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 (2013 – 2017 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 44%.

Wesleyan graduates with overall grade point averages of 3.6 or above have fared even better, with acceptance rates averaging 75% to 87%.

It is important to note that GPA is only one of the many factors taken into consideration by health professions admission committees. Clinical/health experience, community service, laboratory and research experience, critical thinking, leadership, culturual diversity and breadth/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 2017, 59 Wesleyan graduates, from the class of 2012-2017, matriulated at 45 MD/DO schools and two dental programs. 

Medical and Dental Programs Attended by Wesleyan Alumni

2017 Entry Year

Albany NOVA COM Tennesse
CA-UCLA NY Med College Tufts University
Case Western Oklahoma Tufts Dental Medicine
Columbia Penn State University of Arizona-Tuscon
Dartmouth Quinnipiac  University of Arkansas
Einstein College of Medicine Rochester  University of Buffalo
Emory Rowan COM University of California, Davis
Florida Atlantic Rush University of Chicago-Pritzer
Harvard University Rush Medical - Chicago University of Connecticut
Indiana, Rochester Rutgers NJ Medical University of Minn Dental School
JA Burns SOM Hawaii Southern California University of Pennsylvania
Jefferson St. George's SOM University of Utah
Johns Hopkins SUNY - Brooklyn  University of Wisconsin
Lerner COM Cleveland Clin SUNY - Syracuse University of South Florida - Morsani
Mt. Sinai Temple University of Virginia

*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 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.