Admissions FAQs: First Steps Toward Medical School
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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.
- 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 AC Applicants
- Life experience, including experience in healthcare fields (chiropractic, nursing, emergency medical response, etc.)
- Volunteer work
- Critical judgment and problem-solving skills
- Social maturity
- Ability to pursue independent study
- Personal integrity
Important: Regarding the MCAT...
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.
However, other studies indicate that a student's MCAT an GPA alone may not tell the whole story. Exam scores and grades do not define our students, but they are still important. However, we believe 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.
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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 contact an admissions advisor at email@example.com.