For Prospective Students
Are you considering becoming a physician or dentist? What about an optometrist or podiatrist? Or becoming the person who discovers a new treatment for diabetes or heart disease or discovers what makes a normal cell become a cancer cell? The opportunities at MU will provide excellent academic preparation for health professional schools.
In selecting your undergraduate institution, you are most likely wondering "How many of your applicants get into medical school?" If you’re interested in medicine, dentistry, or another health profession, this is probably very much on your mind. The answer to just this one question may not, however, tell you the most important things you need to know. We suggest that you ask the following questions at each of the colleges you’re considering:
What services are provided for pre-health students?
At MU, the MedOpp Advising Office assists all students who are interested in a career in medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), dentistry, optometry and podiatry. We will help you decide whether medicine is the best career for you, and assist you in meeting the academic and other requirements for professional school.
Advising Structure: Students are invited to make individual appointments with their assigned adviser. Appointments are individualized and personal. During these appointments, we encourage students to carefully consider the core competencies needed to be a successful healthcare professional. We also assist students in developing strengths and abilities through opportunities in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.
Freshmen and Sophomore Advising: We offer small group advising sessions for freshmen and sophomores. These intimate group interactions provide valuable information in an interactive format. Students are able to engage with their peers and make valuable connections.
Upperclassmen Advising: Juniors and seniors participate in MDAP (Medical and Dental Application process); a series of seminars, personal consultations and interactive workshops designed to prepare and assist students with the application process.
Electronic Communication: There is a listserv and blackboard site dedicated to pre-health advising issues.
What is the acceptance rate of students applying to medical schools?
MU consistently ranks significantly above the national average (~44-45%) for acceptance into medical school. For the 2012 entering class, approximately 75% of MU’s applicants with a 3.69 Cumulative GPA and a score of 29 on the MCAT were accepted into medical school.
Does MU write a committee letter for every student who applies?
This is an important question to ask. The pre-health committee interview and the committee letter of recommendation it produces are important features of applications to medical schools and dental schools. In fact, in the absence of a committee letter of recommendation, some medical schools will ask why an applicant did not provide one. The MedOpp Advising Office provides pre-health committee interviews and committee letters of recommendation to all enrolled students, regardless of any other characteristic of the applicant (e.g. GPA, test score, participation in program events). Please be aware that most colleges and universities do not offer such a committee letter so an applicant attending MU has an important advantage.
FAQs for Prospective Students
Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive are addressed briefly below.
Can I be a pre-med/dental/optometry/podiatry student in any of the majors?
Yes, as long as the requirements of the professional schools are met. There is no “pre-med” major at MU, but as long as students work together with their major adviser and the MedOpp adviser they can major in anything they want.
What are the pre-requisites for a health profession school?
What are the average statistics and acceptance rate of students applying to medical schools?
In a typical year, the average MCAT score for an accepted student at MU was 29 and the average cumulative GPA was approximately 3.76. MU consistently ranks significantly above the national average for acceptance into medical school.
What factors affect admission into health-profession schools?
Medical and other health-profession schools’ selections are based upon several factors, including GPA, standardized test scores, letters of evaluation, personal history and background, interests, motivation, knowledge and involvement in the health profession, extracurricular activities, and personal interview.
Can I study abroad, if I want to go to a health professions school?
Yes! In fact, it is encouraged for students interested in studying abroad to meet with their academic adviser early in their career to make plans for that opportunity. However, it is not recommend for students to take any of their pre-health coursework abroad.
Can I use my Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate credit at MU?
MU gives credit for several AP/IB exams. Please note though that not every health profession school will accept AP/IB credit. They will want to see you take additional coursework in that subject area. This issue can be discussed in more detail with your MedOpp Adviser.
How can I meet with an adviser?
Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule your campus visit: 1-800-225-6075.