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 – 2018 entering classes), acceptance rates at U.S. medical schools for all applicants with a Wesleyan BA has ranged from 55% to 67%**. 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 72% 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, cultural 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 become a successful health professional, including a thorough preparation in the natural sciences. In Fall 2018, 90 Wesleyan graduates, from the class of 2010-2018, matriulated at 38 MD/DO schools, two dental programs, and one veterinary medicine program.

Medical, Dental and Veterinary Programs Attended by Wesleyan Alumni

2018 Entry Year

A.T. Still KCOM Pacific Northwest Univ of Health Sci SOM University of Michigan
CA-UCLA Penn State University University of New Mexico
Colorado Veterinary Medicine Quinnipiac University University of Oregon SOM
Columbia University Southern Illinois University University of Pennsylvania
Columbia Dental Medicine St. Louis Univ SOM University of Pittsburgh
Cornell University Stony Brook University University of Rochester
Geisinger Commonwealth SUNY - Brooklyn University of Utah
Harvard Dental Medicine Tulane University University of Vermont
Idaho COM University of Connecticut Virginia Tech-Carilion
Jefferson University University of Illinois
Meharry Medical College University of Maryland
Miami University University of Massachusetts

*Because different colleges and universities use various methods to calculate their "percentages," please note that for our calculations we use the national databases to compile data for all known applicants to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, dental schools, and veterinary medicine programs. 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), the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), or the Association of American Veterinary Colleges (AAVMC). In addition to optometry and physical therapy, 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.