The Medical School at Harvard University

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Academic excellence is expected. Committee members consider the entire application, including the essay, extracurricular activities, life experiences, research, community work and letters of recommendation. HMS looks for evidence of integrity, maturity, humanitarian concerns, leadership potential and an aptitude for working with people.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Joanne M. McEvoy
Application fee $85
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
October 15 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification March 1 (Begins)
March 23 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 3
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due N/A
Early decision plan offered No
Early decision application period N/A
Early decision plan notification date N/A
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

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MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.87
Oldest MCAT considered 2008
Average MCAT scores 12.0 MCAT composite score
12.5 biological
12.4 physical sciences
11.2 verbal reasoning
R writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology physics
English molecular and cell biology
organic chemistry demonstration of writing skills
inorganic (general) chemistry calculus

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H.
Combined college/M.D. program offered No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL N/A

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? No
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? No

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 12.6:1 – High
Full-time faculty 8,924
Part-time faculty 2,893
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 303
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 45
Full-time faculty in clinical program 8,621
Part-time faculty in clinical program 2,848

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $1,346.3
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 2,586
Principal investigators (PIs) 1,712
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 1,777

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Cambridge Health Alliance
Children’s Hospital Boston
Massachusetts General Hospital

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
Harvard Medical School’s MD curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in medicine distinguished by lifelong commitment to service, integrity, excellence and scholarship. The program integrates the biological, social, behavioral and clinical sciences throughout a four-year period.

Medical School Ranking

#1 Best Research
#15 Best Primary Care

(6) Ranking by Specialties

#2 in AIDS
#2 in Drug and alcohol abuse
#4 in Geriatrics
#1 in Internal medicine
#1 in Pediatrics
#1 in Women’s Health

Research Ranking Scores

Score 100
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 4.7
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $1,346.3
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $150.86

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 74
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.1
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.8
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 40.7% – Medium

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.87
MCAT composite score 12.0
Acceptance rate 4.1% – Low
Full-time faculty-student ratio 12.6:1 – High
Total medical school enrollment 709

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 709
In-state students N/A
Minority students 49.5%
Underrepresented minority students 22.6%
International students 5.2%
Non-traditional students 58.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Robert Coughlin
Financial aid phone (617) 432-0449

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $47,500
Required fees $3,543
Room and board $13,170
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $113,943

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 84%
Students receiving loans 74%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 68%
Students receiving work study 1%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
emergency medicine orthopaedic surgery
family practice pediatrics
internal medicine psychiatry
obstetrics and gynecology radiology – diagnostic
ophthalmology surgery – general

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 40.7% – Medium
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 48.5%