• Hannah Tao

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


  • Location

  • Los Angeles, California

  • Venice Beach, Westwood, West LA, Korea Town, concerts at Staple Center or Hollywood Bowl, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Walk of Fame, UCLA Bruins, Universal Studios


  • Tuition


  • Average MCAT

  • MCAT: 510 (10th %ile) to 524 (90th %ile)


  • GPA

  • total GPA: 3.53 (10th %ile) to 3.99 (90th %ile)

  • science GPA: 3.43 (10th %ile) to 4.00 (90th %ile)

  • cutoff GPA of 3.4


  • Acceptance rate

  • 2018 - 2.1%

  • only 180 students are accepted out of the 13,000 applicants



  • Student Testimonies

  • Terry Dubrow: graduate of David Geffen, plastic surgeon and television personality

  • dream come true of going to UCLA

  • originally wanted to become a heart surgeon but was inspired to go into plastic surgery after there was a guest speaker at his lecture and showed him the magic of being able to heal someone almost perfectly after being injured in a car accident

  • Doctor of The Swan: Terry J. Dubrow

  • Sudeep Banerjee: student

  • Strong research institution, wide variety of clinical opportunities

  • Christine Kho: student

  • Commitment to social justice

  • Volunteer opportunities and the ability to go out into the community and gain firsthand experience, sense of community

  • Why You'll Love LA - David Geffen


  • Extra Info

  • these undergrad content should be mastered before going to UCLA medical school

  • reading and writing in English

  • quantitative thinking (math and science)

  • insight in human behavior, thought, and aspiration (social science and humanities)

  • (skills looked for in applicants)

  • good writing and interpersonal skills

  • clinical experience

  • some experience or familiarity with research

  • knowledge of the challenges of healthcare delivery

  • awareness of the importance of diversity


  • Curriculum of certain majors

  • biology: cellular and molecular biology, genetics

  • chemistry/biochemistry: inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry of intermediary metabolism, and associated labs

  • humanities: literature/art, history, philosophy, religion, ethics, economics, social behavior, and psychology

  • math and statistics: biomathematics, computer science, and matrix algebra











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