Admissions FAQs: Beginning the Journey Toward Medical School

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Application Deadlines

Students are advised to apply no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester in which they wish to enroll. AUC enrolls three classes each year: in January, May, and September. 

Three Medical School Starts Each Year

AUC enrolls three classes each year: in January, May, and September. This rolling admissions process means that students who want to start medical school don’t need to wait for the typical medical school admission cycle of some US and Canadian medical schools—your son or daughter can apply for the term that makes the most sense for his/her life circumstances. Learn more about the three different start dates here.

Admissions Requirements at AUC

  • Baccalaureate degree: Your son or daughter will need to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • MCAT: All AUC applicants will need to take the MCAT entrance exam in order to be admitted to AUC. Applicants must score a minimum of 20 on the MCAT to receive consideration (applicants with scores below 20 may be considered in extraordinary circumstances).
  • Undergraduate performance: Our Admissions Committee will look at an applicant’s prerequisite GPA and overall GPA.
  • Pre-requisite coursework: Review full course prerequisites here.

Other Attributes of Successful AUC Applicants

  • Life experience, including experience in healthcare fields (chiropractic, nursing, emergency medical response, etc.)
  • Volunteer work
  • Critical judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Adaptability
  • Social maturity
  • Ability to pursue independent study
  • Personal integrity

Important: Regarding the MCAT...

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The MCAT changed dramatically in April 2015, complete with new sections and new test content. Keep in mind however, AUC will accept test results from the “old” MCAT, assuming your son or daughter’s MCAT scores are no more than five years old from the date they apply. For more on the new MCAT, visit our dedicated online MCAT resource.

Is AUC Right for You?

Before you go any further, here’s an interesting exercise for you and your child to try. If your son or daughter has already taken the MCAT and has his/her GPA handy, visit our interactive candidate assessment tool and plug that information in. The assessment takes only about a minute, and it will provide instant feedback to you and your child about his/her chances of admission to AUC.

Our Holistic Admissions Philosophy

Although the AUC Admissions Committee looks very closely at an applicant’s Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores and GPAs when evaluating their readiness for medical school, we know that these numbers don’t define your son or daughter.

AUC's Admissions Committee considers many other factors, including intellectual and social maturity, critical judgment, adaptability, and life experience. We call this a holistic approach to admissions—a process that looks at an applicant as a whole person, not an exam score.

We don’t want to underplay the importance of the MCAT or an applicant’s GPA, though. For many years, medical schools throughout the world—both international and US-based—relied on hard metrics, like GPAs and MCAT scores, to determine whether they’d accept any given candidate to medical school. That approach didn’t come out of the blue, and it made sense: numerous past studies pointed to a link between science GPAs, MCAT scores, and a student’s performance in medical school.

AUC holistic admissionsHowever, even more recent studies—such as a May 2013 study from Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges—indicate that a student’s MCAT and GPA alone may not tell the whole story. Those metrics need to be tied to an individual’s life experience. Per the study:

Indeed, the high success rates for all students on the outcomes we examined likely reflect multiple influences, including admission committees’ use of MCAT scores in conjunction with other data in determining applicants’ likelihood for success in medical school, the resources provided by institutions to assist students who need support, and the efforts of the medical students themselves.

Some US institutions, after experimenting with the holistic admissions approach, saw some surprising results. Boston University School of Medicine adopted a holistic admissions process about seven years ago, and the school noted that students were more engaged in community activities, more collegial, and more supportive of each other. What’s more, there was no appreciable difference in prerequisite grades or MCAT scores in the Boston University applicants during this period, which indicates that these “holistically reviewed” students were just as prepared as previous applicants.

Exam scores and grades do not define our students, but they are still important. We don’t want to imply that they aren’t important—they are. But, as the study above suggests, life experiences play just as major a role. That’s why we offer scholarships that specifically recognize how a student’s unique life experience, whether it’s community volunteerism or mentorship from an alumni, shaped them as a physician-in-training.

How Can My Son/Daughter Apply to AUC?

Aspiring medical students can apply right on our website.

Got More Questions? The Admissions Department Can Help!

AUC's team of admissions advisors is available to assist and respond to any admissions process questions and concerns quickly and efficiently. Please feel free to email your local Associate Director of Admissions or contact an admissions advisor at