Western Kentucky University

Biology - Medical School General Facts and Figures

For fall 2011 there will be 132 allopathic and 30 osteopathic medical schools in the United States and Puerto Rico.  For fall 2009, there were 42,269 applicants for 18,390 seats in allopathic medical schools or about 2.3 applicants per opening.  Applications to allopathic medical schools have reached a plateau the last 2 years after having increased steadily the previous 5 years in a row. Applications have gone up 25% since 2002.

There are currently 30 osteopathic medical school campuses in the United States. For the fall 2009, there were 13,386 applicants for 5,222 seats, or a 8.6% increase over 2008.

If you are a Kentucky resident, you should consider yourself fortunate.  In the Commonwealth, there are two publicly financed medical colleges, one at the University of Louisville and the other at the University of Kentucky.  Combined, the two colleges have approximately 275 students in their first year classes and Kentucky residents make up approx. 75% of the first year classes.  For fall 2009, 392 Kentucky residents applied to U-L, 250 were interviewed and 120 matriculated.  406 applied to U-K, 226 were interviewed and 77 matriculated.  Assuming that most of the students applied to both schools, the overall acceptance rate was a little under 50%.  In addition, Kentucky also has a School of Osteopathic Medicine at Pikeville College, with a class of 75 students, a little more than half of which are from Kentucky.

If you are a resident of Tennessee, you are also blessed with two publicly financed medical colleges, one at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, and the other at the University of Tennessee (Memphis).  The state funded schools in Tennessee combined have a first year class of approximately 210 students and take approx. 90% Tennessee residents (217/231 in 2009).  In addition, there are also two private medical colleges in Tennessee at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Meharry Medical College in Nashville.

Information about the Medical Schools to which WKU students most often apply: 

 
School
U of L
U of K
U of T
ETSU
Vandy
Meharry
Indiana
Pikeville
Median Accepted Applicant GPA*
3.7
3.8
3.7
3.7
3.9
3.5
3.8
~3.4
10-90%ile GPA
      3.3-4.0
      3.3-4.0
      3.3-4.0
 3.4-4.0
 3.5-4.0
         3.1-3.9
      3.4-4.0
 
Median Accepted Applicant MCAT Score*
30P
31P
30O
29O
35Q
25N
32P
~24
10-90%ile MCAT
       26-34
28-36
       26-35
  24-33
  30-39
          22-30
      27-36
 
Application Deadline
Oct. 15
Nov. 1
Nov. 15
Nov.15
Nov. 15
Dec. 15
Dec. 15
Feb. 1
Additional Application Fee
$75
$50
$50
$50
$50
$65
$50
$75
Tuition (09-10)*
$26,329 (KY)
$29,233 (KY)
$22,789 (TN)
$24,457
(TN)
$40,331
$37,002
$28,639 (IN)
$33,450
Class Size
160
115
165
66
111
105
322
75

* Data are from AAMC, "Official Guide, Medical School Admission Requirements 2011-2012".

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 Last Modified 7/22/13