Dental schools and the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service provide much less information than do their medical counterparts. Most reports include only the number of students who enrolled in dental school, not how many students were actually accepted. The most recent data show that nationally there were 12,001 applicants to dental school for the 2010 entering class and 4,955 students (41.2%) enrolled. For this entering class, 762 in-state and out-of-state students applied to the MUSC program and 70 matriculated. Clemson is typically the largest feeder school in MUSC’s College of Dental Medicine. Overall, Clemson had 55 students apply to dental schools throughout the U.S. and 23 enrolled (41.8%).
For the entering class of 2010, MUSC’s mean GPA for enrollees to dental school was 3.58 and the mean DAT was a 19 Academic and 20 Perceptual. The DAT consists of four written parts: Natural Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Reasoning (Math), and Perceptual Ability. Scores on each section range from 1 to 30. Two scores are commonly used to predict academic success in dental school. One score is the Academic Average Score of the three subject areas of the DAT. The other is the score on the Perceptual Ability section of the test. For the 2010 entering class, Clemson students accepted to dental school had an average GPA of 3.50 and averaged an Academic Average Score of 18.2 and 19.9 on Perceptual Ability. (Dental schools rarely consider applicants with less than a 3.2 GPA.)
We can attempt to answer this question for medical school admissions using data provided by the Premedical Advisors Information Service of the AAMC and of the AACOMAS. These services provide information regarding students who apply to either an allopathic (MD) medical school or an osteopathic (DO) medical school. Currently, the qualifications for acceptance into a DO program are slightly less stringent than those of an MD program. A student should know the differences in practice between the two types of medicine (rather than apply to a DO program simply because they have a lower GPA or MCAT score). However, trends indicate that within the next few years the admissions process of both types of programs will be equally competitive.
(The data available for DO schools only represents students who applied and students who matriculated; whereas the data for MD schools represents students who applied, acceptances and matriculations.)
The most recent data show that nationally there were 13,387 applicants to DO schools for the 2010 entering class and 4,658 students (34.8%) enrolled. 29 Clemson students applied to a DO school this year, and 13 were accepted (44.8%). This data compares to 41,309 students applying to MD schools nationwide,19,860 (48.1%) accepted, and 18,149 (41.2%) matriculated. 143 Clemson students applied to MD schools for the entering class of 2010 and 50 (35.0%) were accepted.
For 2010, the national average GPA of students matriculating in DO schools was 3.48. For Clemson students accepted to a DO school, the average GPA was 3.60. However, the national average GPA of students accepted to MD schools was somewhat higher at 3.67. For Clemson students accepted to MD schools, the average GPA was higher still, at 3.79.
Students applying to DO schools will take the same MCAT as students applying to allopathic schools. The national average MCAT score of students matriculating in DO schools was 26.6. For accepted Clemson students to DO schools, the average MCAT was 24.8. Again, the national average MCAT for students accepted to MD schools was higher at 29.3. The average MCAT of Clemson students accepted to MD schools was a 27.4.
Data is available for every state in the nation, for MD schools. If you are interested in MCAT score
grade point average
information for another state, see the table that is available at <https://www.aamc.org/download/161700/data/table21-mcatgpa-statemat2010.pdf.pdf>
Most likely because many of the individuals counted as our students are not recent graduates, and they did not take advantage of the premedical advising opportunities available on campus prior to applying to medical school in 2010. In addition, we do not try to discourage any student who is set on applying to medical school. We give an honest appraisal of each student's competitiveness and support every student to the best of our ability during their application process.
Read carefully! Frequently these schools use term such as “80% of recommended applicants are accepted” or “90% of recommended, first-time applicants are accepted.” These vague statements usually indicate that the “less qualified students” (as determined by the faculty or committee evaluations) are eliminated from the application pools of these schools. This manipulation of data is usually done to recruit students to the school. Fortunately Clemson does not need to recruit in this manner! Most schools get the data from the AAMC Advisors Information Service as Clemson does. Any school should be able to show you data to back up their success rate.
Loma Linda University
Medical University of South Carolina
New York University
University of Maryland
University of Louisville
University of Pennsylvania
University of Health Sciences
West Virginia University
Baylor College of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Emory University School of Medicine
Florida State University
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina Univ
The Medical College of Georgia
The Ohio State Univ. Coll. of Med.
University of Alabama School of Medicine
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
University of Florida
University of Louisville School of Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
University of TN Health Science Cntr Coll. of Med.
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
The table at https://www.aamc.org/download/159428/data/table3-facts2010sl-web.pdf.pdf details applicant numbers by state of legal residence (1999-2010).
The table at https://www.aamc.org/download/159534/data/table4-facts2010slrmat-web.pdf.pdf indicates matriculate numbers by state of legal residence (1999-2010).
The table at https://www.aamc.org/download/159330/data/table5-facts2010slmat3-web.pdf.pdf provides the number of 2010 applicants matriculating in state, out of state and not matriculating. This table does not include data for applicants who were accepted to but did not enroll in medical school; the national average number of these students ranges from 1100-1200 applicants annually.
Notice that more students from any given state matriculated to in-state medical schools than to out-of-state medical schools. Again using South Carolina as an example, in 2010 there were 556 South Carolina residents who applied to medical school, 212 matriculated in-state and 27 matriculated out-of-state. There are two reasons for this phenomenon. For political reasons, most state-supported medical schools consider only state residents for admission. Thus the bulk of any state’s residents will matriculate to a state-supported school. Students interested in attending medical school in another state should consider admission to a private medical school in that state. South Carolina residents accepted to both an in-state, state-supported medical school (MUSC or USC-SOM) and to an out-of-state private school note the $20,000 plus annual difference in tuition and most often choose an in-state school.
It makes no difference in which state you attend college. If one or both of your parents claim you as a dependent on their income taxes, you are a resident of the state in which they file taxes. If your parents do not claim you as a dependent, you are a resident of the state in which you file Federal and State Income Tax Forms.