• Taylor Ngyuen

Boston University School of Medicine


  • Location

  • Boston University is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Boston, MA 02215


  • Costs

  • Tuition: $64,884

  • Graduate Program Fee: $550

  • Health and Wellness Fee: $456

  • Health Insurance is free

  • Total costs: $89,992

  • Financial aid

  • Direct Lending Program

  • CitiAssist Student Loan Program

  • SallieMae funding

  • Wells Fargo funding

  • Graduate Federal PLUS loan program

  • IAEM Scholarship

  • Average MD Graduate debt: $227,541


  • MCAT Scores

  • Average score: 517

  • GPA

  • Average GPA: 3.69


  • Application requirements

  • Application fee: $110


  • Applicants must

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college/university located in the U.S. or Canada

  • Completed coursework in

  • English Composition or Literature (or other writing intensive course(s))

  • Humanities

  • Biological Sciences including Lab work

  • Chemistry including Lab work

  • Physics

  • Completed prerequisites

  • Letters of Recommendation


  • Regular MD Applicants:

  • Health Professions Advisory Committee Letter or

  • Minimum (3) individual letters of recommendation; (2) science professor letters and (1) of choice

  • Regular MD Applicants with graduate degree or currently in graduate program:

  • Health Professions Advisory Committee Letter or

  • Minimum (4) individual letters of recommendation; (2) science professor letters, (1) of choice and (1) graduate school letter

  • MD PhD Applicants:

  • Health Professions Advisory Committee Letter or

  • Minimum (4) individual letters of recommendation; (2) science professor letters, (1) of choice and (1) research advisor


  • Acceptance rates

  • Applications:

  • Total: 9,151

  • In State: 9.2%

  • Out of State: 90.8%

  • Matriculants:

  • Total: 160

  • In State: 23.8%

  • Out of State: 76.2%


  • Location

  • Located in the South End of Boston

  • Next to Boston’s Back Bay district and close to Beacon Hill and downtown Boston

  • Holds many historic sites

  • Freedom Trail

  • Union Park

  • Blackstone Square

  • The Cyclorama

  • Comprised of

  • Boston Medical Center

  • Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center


  • What the school is known for

  • The first institution in the world to formally educate women (founded in 1848)

  • The first school in the U.S. to award an MD to an African-American woman (1864)

  • Operates the largest 24 hour Level I trauma center in New England

  • Founded the nation’s first combined cancer research and teaching laboratory

  • Has the largest network of regional community health centers

  • Has lots of money in research awards ($648 million)

  • Has one of the largest and most rapidly growing research programs among American medical schools (640 fully-funded programs)

  • Tight-knit community

  • Nice student residences ($33 million spent in resident housing)

  • Many programs offered

  • 30 national, regional, and local groups

  • 20 service-learning groups

  • Notable programs

  • Urology

  • Cardiothoracic surgery


  • Student testimonials

  • “My favorite part about Boston University School of Medicine is the community. Everyone, including students, professors, doctors, etc., was handpicked because we all share the common goal of serving others, especially the underrepresented and disadvantaged. This passion is manifested in so many different ways, and our school feels like one big supportive family. Definitely grateful to find my perfect fit for medical school.” - Jyla Hicks

  • “In medical school I have learned about addiction and the history of it, but not at the same level I learned through the summer didactic sessions and observations with their social, clinical, and public health lens. I think I could actually see myself doing internal medicine in the future.”

  • “During my daily interaction with study participants, I found out that drug addiction affects all different ages, races, and economic backgrounds. I was talking to people who were younger than me, people who had their PhD, and people who had the same music taste as me. So I really was struck by just how widespread drug addiction can infiltrate society.”













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