Preparing for Medical School

Important Update Regarding COVID-19 

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.

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.

MCAT Testing Information:

Applications will be accepted from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025.  We encourage applicants to not delay applying because an MCAT score is not yet available.

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

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:

  • 79 percent — non-medical/clinical community service or volunteer experience
  • 89 percent — medical/clinical community service or volunteer experience
  • 1 percent — military service
  • 39 percent — medical/clinical paid employment

MCAT scores and GPA for accepted applicants

Type Accepted scores ranging from
the 10th to 90th percentile
Median National median
Overall GPA 3.21-3.96 3.76 3.75
Science GPA 3.16-3.97 3.71 3.70
MCAT total score (2015 scores only)  499-517 507 509
CPBS 124-130 127 127
CARS 123-130 126 127
BBLS 124-130 127 127
PSBB 124-130 128 128

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.


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