• Chaitanya Kotra

Harvard Medical School


  • Location

  • Cambridge, MA


  • Tuition

COST OF ATTENDANCE (AVERAGE OF 4 YEARS, PROJECTED FOR INCOMING TERM):

  • Tuition $64,984

  • Mandatory Fees $1,366

  • Health Insurance Fee (Waivable*) $3,992

  • Additional Fees Not Charged to Bill $788

  • Living Expenses $30,007

TOTAL Cost of Attendance $101,137

*Students who choose to waive the Harvard BC/BS health insurance fee will have this budget item removed from their cost of attendance budget. Total cost of attendance without the Harvard BC/BS health insurance fee is $40,514.


  • Financial Aid

FINANCIAL AID (2019-2020):

Average Annual Scholarship $50,245


  • Average MCAT

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems (BBFL) 130.22

  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems (CPBS) 130.29

  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior (PSBB) 130.41

  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) 128.89

TOTAL 519.82

25TH/75TH PERCENTILE COMPOSITE SCORES (OUT OF 528): 493 518.00


  • GPA

25TH/75TH PERCENTILE GPA:

Total GPA: 3.79 / 3.96 Science GPA: 3.74 / 3.89


  • Acceptance Rate

  • 3.3%

  • In 2019, Harvard Medical School accepted only 227 out of 6,800 applicants.


ACCEPTANCE RATE BASED ON MAJOR: N/A

No preference is given to applicants who have majored in science over those who have majored in other disciplines.Students can be successful in their medical studies regardless of undergraduate concentration, providing they have had adequate science preparation Students are urged to strive not for specialized training but for a balanced, liberal education.





  • Extra Info

FACTORS CONSIDERED/REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL:

  • Academic Records (from undergraduate education)

  • PREREQUISITE COURSES TO BE COVERED PRIOR TO APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE:

  • Biology: One year with lab. Should include cellular and molecular biology.

  • Chemistry: Two years with lab. Should include inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.

  • Physics: One year. Lab is preferred but not required. (Harvard Science and Technology applicants should have completed calculus-based physics courses in addition to algebra-based physics courses.)

  • Math: One year, including calculus and statistics. (Harvard Science and Technology applicants should have completed additional math courses, such as differential equations and linear algebra.)

  • Writing: One year.

OTHER SUBJECT AREAS RECOMMENDED TO BE COVERED PRIOR TO APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE:

  • Literature/Languages (World Languages, Poetry, etc.)

  • Arts and Humanities (World History, European History, Theater and Film, Studio Art, etc.)

  • Social Sciences (American and Comparative Foreign Political Sciences, Micro/Macroeconomics, Psychology/Sociology, Anthropology, etc.)

  • Applicant essay(s)

  • Personal statement must be written and provided

  • Overview of personal, academic, and extracurricular background, as well as pathway to medicine

  • Secondary essays

  • Answering given prompts in essay format (relating to and elaborating on personal statement), as well as providing further information regarding applicant’s background not mentioned elsewhere in application

  • MCAT scores

  • Letters of evaluation

  • Allows applicants to consult one or more (up to six) professors and/or a committee (extracurricular) to provide their recommendations on their behalf, to give admission officers at HMS more of an idea as to what type of students and people the applicants are

  • At least two letters of recommendation from science professors

  • At least one letter from a non-science professor

  • A committee letter/packet (if applicable) counts as one letter toward the six-letter allowance

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Multi-year exposure to various aspects of health and medicine just as well as any other field, subject area, activity of passion or interest (such as sports teams, academic teams and clubs, internships, theatre, culture associations, community service and volunteering, etc.)

  • Summer occupations

  • Life experiences

  • Experience in the health field (including research, community work, etc.)

  • Shadowing with medical experts, doctors (particularly physicians), and professors in the medical field, often in laboratories and medical theaters to gain exposure and experience with patients and real procedures

  • Volunteering with medical organizations, hospitals and clinics (such as Red Cross) that is meaningful to applicants is highly recommended

  • Research in fields of interest (often medical sciences or studies in particular) is strongly encouraged, as over 99% of medical school matriculants have conducted research on their own or with professors and experts in this way


DUAL DEGREES OFFERED AT HMS (PAIRED WITH DOCTOR OF MEDICINE DEGREE):

  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

  • MPH (Master of Public Health)

  • MBA (Master of Business Administration)

  • MBE (Master of Business Engineering)

  • MMSc (Master of Medical Science)

  • MPP (Master of [Science in] Public Policy)

  • MBI (Master of Biomedical Informatics)




Work Cited

https://meded.hms.harvard.edu/md-cost-attendance

https://meded.hms.harvard.edu/md-financial-aid

https://www.princetonreview.com/medical/mcat-sections

https://www.aamc.org/services/mcat-admissions-officers/resources/percentile-ranks

https://studypreplounge.com/graduate-school-prep/mcat/mcat-score-range/

https://www.shemmassianconsulting.com/blog/how-to-get-into-harvard-medical-school

https://magoosh.com/mcat/harvard-mcat-scores/