Academic and Selection Factors

The following is a listing of the estimated averages for the entering class:

  • Average total GPA of 3.65
  • Average science GPA of 3.58
  • Average old MCAT scores of:
    • 10.1 in Verbal Reasoning
    • 10.3 in Physical Sciences
    • 10.8 in Biological Sciences
  • Average new MCAT scores of:
    • 127 in Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
    • 127 in Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
    • 127 in Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
    • 128 in Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

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 MD/PhD Dual Degree Program, commitment to and potential for biomedical research

Mission-Based Groups

The School of Medicine gives strong 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.
  • Applicants who are WICHE-certified in Allopathic Medicine.
  • Applicants applying to the MD/PhD Combined Degree Program.
  • Applicants applying to the MD/MPH Combined Degree Program.
  • Non-resident applicants with superior achievements in academics and other related experiences. Superior achievements are defined as significant experiences in healthcare, leadership, extracurricular activities, and/or community service activities.
  • Applicants whose personal experience demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity and contributes to diversity in the provision of healthcare.

The School of Medicine Admissions 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 Committee also 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.