Health Professions Admissions

The acceptance rate for Wesleyan graduates applying to medical, dental and veterinary school (based on AAMC, AACOM, ADEA, and AAVMC data*) is significantly higher than the national average.

Over the last five years (2012 – 2016 entering classes), acceptance rates at U.S. medical schools for all applicants with a Wesleyan BA has ranged from 55% to 66%**. The national average is 41 to 45%.

Wesleyan graduates with overall grade point averages of 3.6 or above have fared even better, with acceptance rates averaging 75% to 80%.

It is important to note that GPA is only one of the many factors taken into consideration by health professions admission committees.  Leadership, clinical experience, laboratory and research experience, and breadth and depth of academic preparation are also very important.  Wesleyan's liberal arts curriculum trains students in the kinds of thinking and skills necessary to becoming a successful health professional, including a thorough preparation in the natural sciences. In Fall 2016, 38 Wesleyan graduates, from the class of 2007-2016, matriulated at 28 MD/DO schools and one veterinary medicine program. 

Medical and Veterinary Programs Attended by Wesleyan Alumni

2016 Entry Year

Albany Medical College Northwestern
Brown University New York University-NYU
CA-UCLA Rochester College
Colorado Rush Medical
Cooper Rowan College of Osteopathic Medicine Rutgers/NJ Medical School
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine SUNY-Brooklyn
Duke University Temple University
Einstein College of Medicine Texas Tech
Harvard University Tufts University
Jefferson University of Southern California
Louisiana State University-NO University of Texas-Rio Grande SOM
Minn-Minneapolis Wake Forest
Mt. Sinai Yale University
North Carolina Weill Cornell Medical College

*Because different colleges and universities use various methods to calculate their "percentages," please note that for our calculations we use the national databases, such as the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and count all applicants to with a Wesleyan undergraduate degree who applied in any given year.

**Data for all known applicants to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools and dental schools with Wesleyan undergraduate degrees based on figures from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).  We include in our denominator all reported applicants to medical and osteopathic schools, dental schools, and veterinary medical programs who received their undergraduate degree from Wesleyan and released information about their application and admission status to us through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), or the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).  In addition to veterinary medicine (DVM) and optometry (OD), Wesleyan graduates also pursue degrees in Advanced Practice Nursing (APRN, MSN, DNP) to become nurse practitioners or nurse-midwives, but because there is no national service that maintains a database of matriculants, our information is anecdotal and not reported here.