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 (2017 – 2021 entering classes), acceptance rates at U.S. medical schools for all applicants with a Wesleyan BA has ranged from 55% to 77%**. The national average is 41 to 44%.

Wesleyan graduates with overall grade point averages of 3.7 or above and an MCAT of 512 or higher have fared even better, with acceptance rates to medical school ranging from 80% to 83%.

It is important to note that GPA and standardized exams such as the MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE are only two of the many factors taken into consideration by health professions admission committees. Clinical/healthcare experience, shadowing, 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 offers a thorough preparation in the natural sciences, trains students to think critically and creatively and provides them the necessary skills to become successful health professionals. In the Fall of 2021, 40 Wesleyan graduates, from the class of 2005-2021, matriculated at 28 MD/DO schools, one dental program, and one veterinary medicine program.

Medical, Dental and Veterinary Programs Attended by Wesleyan Alumni

2021 Entry Year

Albany Med College Einstein (2) UConn (2)
Arizona Coll of Osteopathic Med Harvard (2) U Dublin Sch of Medicine
Boston U Icahn Mount Sinai U Illinois at Chicago Sch of Medicine
California-U of Science and Medicine Jefferson U Hong Kong Sch of Medicine
Case Western (2) Nova Southeastern U Pacific Sch of Dentistry
Columbia Quinnipiac (3) Utah
Chicago Coll of Osteopathic Medicine Rocky Vista Coll Osteopathic Medicine U of Virginia
Cornell Veterinary Med Rutgers (2) U Washington Sch of Medicine
Drexel SUNY Brooklyn (3) Vanderbilt
Duke (2) Temple Wake Forest

*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 physician assistant, 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.