Preparing for medical school

Selection factors

The Wayne State University School of Medicine evaluates candidates through a holistic admission process. In addition to fulfilment 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.

Self-assessment guide

The self-assessment guide should be used as a tool to identify and address deficiencies in your application before applying to the Wayne State University School of Medicine. If you've been unable to gain admission to medical school, you are expected to engage in realistic self-appraisal and self-improvement efforts before reapplication. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to review the self-assessment guide and initiate improvement strategies immediately.

If you would like to meet with a Wayne State University School of Medicine admissions representative, complete the self-assessment guide and submit it to the Office of Admissions by emailing or faxing to 313-577-9420. Please include your name, email address and telephone number, and indicate the best method to contact you. Your materials will be reviewed, and we will contact you with further information. Please allow at least one week to review your materials.


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