Preparing for Medical School

Preparing to head to medical school, there are a few things to help you prepare for the application process. 
At Wayne State University School of Medicine, we look at each student through a holistic review. We consider many factors in the review, including GPA, MCAT score, health and patient care experiences, community service, employment, and other activities and experiences. We assess attributes that cannot be measured by exams or transcripts. As you work towards applying, there are no minimum requirements for GPA or MCAT scores. 


Pre-med advising and information sessions

Wayne State University's Pre-Med and Health Advising Center provides prerequisite advising, academic support and professional development strategies for all Wayne State University students pursuing admission to competitive health care programs.

Selection Factors

The Wayne State University School of Medicine evaluates candidates through a holistic admission process. In addition to fulfillment of all admission requirements, your entire record, including grade-point average, Medical College Admission Test scores, recommendations and interview results, will be considered. The Admission Committee uses this process to evaluate your personality, maturity, character and suitability for a career in medicine.

Relevant Experience

Prior experience in the health care field is a desirable characteristic and improves your chances of being admitted to the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Percentage of accepted applicants with relevant experience:

  • 87 percent — Non-medical/clinical community service or volunteer experience
  • 90 percent — Medical/clinical community service or volunteer experience
  • 1 percent — Military service
  • 56 percent — Medical/clinical paid employment

Matriculant MCAT scores and GPA scores

Type Accepted scores ranging from
the 10th to 90th percentile
Median National median
Overall GPA 3.53-3.99 3.86 3.79
Science GPA 3.43-4.00 3.84 3.74
MCAT total score*  506-519 513 512
CPBS 126-130 128 128
CARS 124-130 127 127
BBLS 126-131 129 128
PSBB 127-131 129 129
*MCAT scores prior to 2015 cannot be accepted. 


Additional resources

Office of the Admissions at Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM) recognizes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to ensure no applicants are disadvantaged as a result of this event, please note the amendments to our policy listed below.

Coursework and Pre-Requisites:

Colleges and universities nationwide are offering a pass/fail or credit/no credit option in addition to transitioning to online platforms. For any pre-requisite coursework: Wayne State University School of Medicine strongly recommends that you do not take these courses online. However, during these uncertain times, we will be flexible if no in-person courses are available and will accept courses from other 4-year colleges & universities with preference given to your home institution. For all courses: Strong candidates will select courses to be graded as opposed to P/F if the option is available. We will accept pass/fail coursework to fulfill prerequisites if taken during or after the Winter 2020 term.

Early Decision Program: 

For the 2022 application cycle, Early Decision Program (EDP) application deadline is August 2, 2021. Applicants may take the MCAT up to August 7 and still apply for the program. For more information, visit the EDP page