Academic and Selection Factors
The following is a listing of the estimated averages for the entering class:
- Average total GPA of 3.68
- Average science GPA of 3.63
- Average MCAT scores of:
- 10.0 in Verbal Reasoning
- 10.3 in Physical Sciences
- 10.9 in Biological Sciences
Candidates for admission are considered comparatively on the basis of:
- Assessment of motivation, ability to communicate, problem-solving ability and maturity
- Review of overall scholastic record
- Review of MCAT scores
- Review of letters of recommendation
- Understanding and appreciation of health care issues and/ or biomedical research
- Interest in rural health, underserved areas and primary care
- With respect to the M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program, commitment to and potential for biomedical research
The committee adheres to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, military service, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. The School of Medicine gives preference to the following applicants:
- Residents of Oregon.
- Non-resident applicants with Oregon Heritage. The School of Medicine uses the Oregon Heritage Policy for student selection, but it is not used as a basis for determining residency, and therefore the tuition a student pays. Oregon Heritage is defined as 1) A student with one or both parents residing in Oregon at the time of application, 2) A student who graduated from high school in Oregon with at least two years of attendance at a high school in Oregon, or 3) A student who graduated from an Oregon institution of higher education with a bachelor’s or advanced degree with at least two years of attendance at an institution of higher education in Oregon.
- WICHE-Certified residents of Montana and Wyoming.
- Applicants applying to the M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program.
- Applicants applying to the M.D./M.P.H. Combined Degree Program.
- Non-resident applicants with superior achievements in academics and other related experiences. For the 2017 cycle, superior academics is defined as a cumulative Total GPA, as reported by AMCAS, of 3.70 or higher, and a cumulative score of 32 or higher (for the old MCAT) or 513 or higher (for the new MCAT) on the most recent eligible MCAT. Superior achievements is defined as significant experiences in healthcare, leadership, extracurricular activities, and/or community service activities.
- The School of Medicine Admissions Committee fully recognizes the importance of diversity in its student body and in the physician workforce in providing for effective delivery of health care. Accordingly, the OHSU School of Medicine strongly encourages applications from persons from all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, religious, and educational backgrounds and from persons from groups underrepresented in medicine.