The School of Medicine at Boston 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.

We draw upon a large and highly qualified applicant pool, with more than 100 applicants for every seat in the entering class. Our students represent the full range of geographic, cultural, ethnic, and educational diversity of our pluralistic society. We believe that diversity contributes to the strength of the experience for all of us.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Dr. Robert A. Witzburg
Application fee $110
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
November 1 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification January 7 (Begins)
August 6 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available No
Deposit to hold place in class due by 05/15
Early decision plan offered Yes
Early decision application period June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date October 1
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.64
Oldest MCAT considered 2009
Average MCAT scores 11.0 MCAT composite score
11.5 biological
11.2 physical sciences
10.2 verbal reasoning
Q writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology physics
English humanities
organic chemistry demonstration of writing skills
inorganic (general) chemistry

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 Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program 7
Combined college/M.D. program URL http:/​/​bu.​edu/​admissions/​discover/​medical.​html

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? Very 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)? Yes
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? Yes

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 1.8:1 – Medium
Full-time faculty 1,315
Part-time faculty 1,216
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 125
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 43
Full-time faculty in clinical program 1,190
Part-time faculty in clinical program 1,173

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $218.2
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 756
Principal investigators (PIs) 333
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 576

Teaching Hospitals

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

Hospitals
Beverly Hospital Framingham Metrowest Medical Center
Boston Medical Center Mt. Auburn Hospital
Boston VA Healthcare System Roger Williams Medical Center
Cape Cod Hospital

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
A foundation in basic & clinical sciences is enriched by patient contact, 11 required clerkships, a subinternship & 20 wks of 4th yr electives. Yrs 1 & 2 lectures are < 3 hrs/day with most available online. An integrated year-long course is offered in yr 2. Clinical training occurs at Boston Medical Center and in community settings w/highly diverse patients. >130 electives are available in yr 4.

Medical School Ranking

#31 Best Research
#31 Best Primary Care

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#10 in Drug and alcohol abuse

Research Ranking Scores

Score 55
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.4
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.5
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $218.2
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $165.96

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 67
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.0
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.5
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 43.7% – Medium

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.64
MCAT composite score 11.0
Acceptance rate 5.1% – Low
Full-time faculty-student ratio 1.8:1 – Medium
Total medical school enrollment 727

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 727
In-state students 19.9%
Minority students 50.2%
Underrepresented minority students 22.0%
International students 3.0%
Non-traditional students 63.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Elayne M. Peloquin
Financial aid phone (617) 638-5130

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $49,560
Required fees $600
Room and board $12,867
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $166,192

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 82%
Students receiving loans 76%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 33%
Students receiving work study 3%

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)
anesthesiology otolaryngology
emergency medicine pediatrics
family practice radiology – diagnostic
internal medicine surgery – general
obstetrics and gynecology

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 43.7% – Medium
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 32.0%