43 Medical Schools With the Highest MCAT Scores

Farran Powell , Ilana Kowarski
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MCAT top scorers flock to these schools.

Taking the Medical College Admission Test, known as the MCAT, is one of the first steps in applying to medical school. Among aspiring doctors who wanted to start their medical education in fall 2020, applicants to some medical schools could submit a score from either the old or new MCAT, though the majority submitted scores from the newer test introduced in 2015. At other medical schools, a score from the new MCAT is now mandatory. The maximum possible score is 528 under the current MCAT. Among the 43 medical schools with the highest MCAT scores, the median score among incoming students in 2020 was 517. Here are the 43 schools where students scored the highest on the updated exam.

Dartmouth College (Geisel) (NH)

U.S. News research rank: 45 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 24 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 96

Median new MCAT score: 514

Learn more about the Geisel School of Medicine.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School--Newark

U.S. News research rank: 66 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 93-123

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 514

Learn more about Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Thomas Jefferson University (Kimmel) (PA)

U.S. News research rank: 55 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 59 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 96

Median new MCAT score: 514

Learn more about the Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

Tufts University (MA)

U.S. News research rank: 55 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 51 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 94

Median new MCAT score: 514

Learn more about the Tufts School of Medicine.

University of Iowa (Carver)

U.S. News research rank: 39 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 22 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 514

Learn more about the Carver College of Medicine.

University of Massachusetts--Worcester

U.S. News research rank: 45 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 10

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 514

Learn more about the University of Massachusetts--Worcester School of Medicine.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY)

U.S. News research rank: 39 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 69 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 515

Learn more about the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Emory University (GA)

U.S. News research rank: 22 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 36 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 515

Learn more about the Emory School of Medicine.

Ohio State University

U.S. News research rank: 33 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 28 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 515

Learn more about the OSU College of Medicine.

Stony Brook University--SUNY (Renaissance)

U.S. News research rank: 55 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 93-123

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 515

Learn more about the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook.

University of California--Irvine

U.S. News research rank: 48 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 41 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 515

Learn more about the UCI School of Medicine.

University of Cincinnati

U.S. News research rank: 42 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 59 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 515

Learn more about the UC College of Medicine.

University of Florida

U.S. News research rank: 36 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 51 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 92

Median new MCAT score: 515

Learn more about the UF College of Medicine.

Boston University

U.S. News research rank: 33 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 44 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 516

Learn more about the BU School of Medicine.

Brown University (Alpert) (RI)

U.S. News research rank: 36 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 19 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 58

Median new MCAT score: 516

Learn more about the Warren Alpert Medical School.

University of California--San Diego

U.S. News research rank: 19 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 28 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 516

Learn more about the UCSD School of Medicine.

University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

U.S. News research rank: 15 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 15

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 516

Learn more about the Michigan Medical School.

University of Pittsburgh

U.S. News research rank: 13 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 34 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 86

Median new MCAT score: 516

Learn more about the Pitt School of Medicine.

University of South Florida

U.S. News research rank: 48 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 69 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 516

Learn more about the Morsani College of Medicine at USF.

University of Texas Health Science Center--San Antonio (Long)

U.S. News research rank: 52

U.S. News primary care rank: 46 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 96

Median new MCAT score: 516

Learn more about Long School of Medicine.

Hofstra University (Zucker) (NY)

U.S. News research rank: 66 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 76 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 94

Median new MCAT score: 517

Learn more about the Zucker School of Medicine.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (NY)

U.S. News research rank: 17 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 69 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 57

Median new MCAT score: 517

Learn more about Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

University of California--San Francisco

U.S. News research rank: 4 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 2

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 517

Learn more about the UCSF School of Medicine.

University of Rochester (NY)

U.S. News research rank: 36 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 14

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 77

Median new MCAT score: 517

Learn more about the Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

University of Southern California (Keck)

U.S. News research rank: 29 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 46 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 517

Learn more about the Keck School of Medicine.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

U.S. News research rank: 26 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 32

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 517

Learn more about UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Baylor College of Medicine (TX)

U.S. News research rank: 22 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 17 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 518

Learn more about the Baylor College of Medicine.

Case Western Reserve University (OH)

U.S. News research rank: 25

U.S. News primary care rank: 74 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 95

Median new MCAT score: 518

Learn more about the Case Western School of Medicine.

Cornell University (Weill) (NY)

U.S. News research rank: 19 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 51 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 96

Median new MCAT score: 518

Learn more about the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Stanford University (CA)

U.S. News research rank: 4 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 22 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 518

Learn more about the Stanford University School of Medicine.

University of Virginia

U.S. News research rank: 31

U.S. News primary care rank: 19 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 518

Learn more about the UVA School of Medicine.

Duke University (NC)

U.S. News research rank: 3

U.S. News primary care rank: 51 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 519

Learn more about Duke School of Medicine.

Northwestern University (Feinberg) (IL)

U.S. News research rank: 15 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 39 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 519

Learn more about the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Vanderbilt University (TN)

U.S. News research rank: 13 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 36 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 519

Learn more about the Vanderbilt School of Medicine.

Yale University (CT)

U.S. News research rank: 10

U.S. News primary care rank: 59 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 99

Median new MCAT score: 519

Learn more about the Yale School of Medicine.

Harvard University (MA)

U.S. News research rank: 1

U.S. News primary care rank: 8

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 520

Learn more about Harvard Medical School.

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine (Alix) (MN)

U.S. News research rank: 11 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 41 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 520

Learn more about the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

Columbia University (Vagelos) (NY)

U.S. News research rank: 4 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 66

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 96

Median new MCAT score: 521

Learn more about the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Johns Hopkins University (MD)

U.S. News research rank: 7 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 59 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 521

Learn more about the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

University of Chicago (Pritzker)

U.S. News research rank: 17 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 34 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 97

Median new MCAT score: 521

Learn more about the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Washington University in St. Louis

U.S. News research rank: 11 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 59 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 521

Learn more about the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

New York University (Grossman)

U.S. News research rank: 2

U.S. News primary care rank: 41 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 100

Median new MCAT score: 522

Learn more about the Grossman School of Medicine.

University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)

U.S. News research rank: 9

U.S. News primary care rank: 24 (tie)

Percentage of students who submitted a new MCAT score: 87

Median new MCAT score: 522

Learn more about the Perelman School of Medicine.

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Med schools with the highest median MCAT scores

-- New York University Grossman School of Medicine: 522

-- University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine: 522

-- Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons: 521

-- Johns Hopkins School of Medicine: 521

-- University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine: 521

-- Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine: 521

-- Harvard Medical School: 520

-- Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine: 520

-- Duke University School of Medicine: 519

-- Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine : 519

-- Vanderbilt University School of Medicine: 519

-- Yale School of Medicine: 519

-- Baylor College of Medicine: 518

-- Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine: 518

-- Cornell University's Weill Cornell Medical College: 518

-- Stanford University School of Medicine: 518

-- University of Virginia School of Medicine: 518

-- Hofstra University Zucker School of Medicine: 517

-- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: 517

-- University of California--San Francisco School of Medicine: 517

-- University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry: 517

-- University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine: 517

-- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: 517

-- Boston University School of Medicine: 516

-- Brown University's Alpert Medical School: 516

-- University of California--San Diego School of Medicine: 516

-- University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Medical School: 516

-- University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine: 516

-- University of South Florida's Morsani College of Medicine: 516

-- University of Texas Health Science Center--San Antonio's Long School of Medicine: 516

-- Albert Einstein College of Medicine: 515

-- Emory University School of Medicine: 515

-- Ohio State University College of Medicine: 515

-- Stony Brook University--SUNY's Renaissance School of Medicine: 515

-- University of California--Irvine School of Medicine: 515

-- University of Cincinnati College of Medicine: 515

-- University of Florida College of Medicine: 515

-- Dartmouth College's Geisel School of Medicine: 514

-- Rutgers New Jersey Medical School--Newark: 514

-- Thomas Jefferson University's Kimmel Medical College: 514

-- Tufts University School of Medicine: 514

-- University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine: 514

-- University of Massachusetts--Worcester School of Medicine: 514