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  • Ryan Alavi

Harvard School of Medicine

  • Location

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Tuition

  • If your family's income is less than $65,000, you'll pay nothing.

  • For more than ninety percent of American families, Harvard costs less than a public university. All students receive the same aid regardless of nationality or citizenship.

  • Families with students on scholarship pay an average of $12,000 annually toward the cost of a Harvard education.

  • Fifty-five percent of Harvard College students receive need-based scholarship aid, and the average grant this year is more than $53,000.

  • Financial Aid

  • Families who earn more than $150,000 may still qualify for financial aid.

  • Financial aid officers work closely with your family to understand your financial situation, then create a comprehensive financial aid package that accounts for the full cost of attendance.

  • All students receive the same aid regardless of nationality or citizenship.

  • GPA

  • The average GPA of admitted students at Harvard is 3.9 unweighted and 4.15 weighted.

  • Harvard doesn’t screen for a particular GPA or MCAT score, you’ll want to at least come close to matching these numbers in order to keep up with your peers.

  • Mcat

  • Harvard, along with a handful of other schools, boasts some of the highest average MCAT scores in the country.

  • According to their website, the average Harvard Medical School student has a combined MCAT score of 36.16.

  • If we convert this to the new scoring system, it is roughly a 518.

  • Average MCAT score is in the 97th percentile

  • Acceptance Rate

  • 3.7% in 2020

  • Applicants: 40,248

  • Admitted: 2,015

  • Admitted from the waiting list: 34

  • What it’s known for

  • Population on intended field of concentration

  • Humanities: 14.8%

  • Social Sciences: 26.0%

  • BIological Sciences: 18.9%

  • Physical Sciences: 18.9%

  • Physical Sciences: 7.7%

  • Engineering: 10.6%

  • Computer Science: 8.3%

  • Engineering: 10.6%

  • Computer Science: 8.2%

  • Math: 7.4%

  • Undecided: 6.5%

  • The most popular majors at Harvard University include, Social Sciences, Biology/Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science; and History

  • The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97%.

  • Harvard Medical School has affiliation agreements with 15 of the world's most prestigious hospitals and research institutes, vital partners that provide clinical care and training.

  • They also serve as home base for more than 10,000 physicians and scientists with faculty appointments.

  • Harvard Medical School only takes on extremely high academic achievers with some of the highest incoming GPA averages and MCAT scores in the country.

  • Accordingly, Harvard is one of the most-respected medical research arenas in the world.

  • Student testimonies

  • “Harvard Medical School is world renowned for its excellence in paving the way in Medicine. As a student, I feel incredibly supported by the school. There are abundant opportunities for networking and meeting the people who are the top in their field. The opportunities seem endless. People really work to ensure your success through their programs. I would highly recommend!”

  • “Best medical school in the country! Plenty of opportunities available to students, residents, and faculties to become leaders in healthcare!”

  • “Excellent curriculum with all programs and clinical courses taught by the world's best faculties and researchers!”

  • Harvard requires you to complete the following prerequisites prior to enrolling:

  • 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. (Note: HST applicants should complete additional calculus-based physics courses.)

  • Math: One year, including calculus and statistics. (Note: HST applicants should take additional math courses, such as differential equations and linear algebra.)

  • Writing: One year

  • In addition, Harvard highly encourages coursework in behavioral sciences such as psychology or sociology.

  • They also recommend that you take courses in literature, languages, arts, humanities, and social sciences to be a competitive applicant.

  • In many ways, the extracurricular activities required or desired by Harvard Medical School are no different than those required by other medical schools.

  • However, given the competitive applicant pool and Harvard’s commitment to recruiting the best med students, it’s important to demonstrate a multi-year commitment to the activities that most interest you, as well as high levels of achievement

  • You’ll want to go deep in a few related areas to develop a clear theme and help your application stand out

  • Research: While the Harvard Med School website “encourages” research, it’s essentially a requirement, as 99 percent of matriculants completed research prior to enrolling, according to MSAR.

  • Shadowing and patient exposure: The vast majority of matriculants shadow physicians and gain patient exposure experiences during their premed years.

  • Community service and volunteering: Most Harvard med students also pursue meaningful and longstanding community service and volunteer experiences before they’re accepted










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