Boston University Medical School – Insider Review

Boston University Medical School

Boston University

Boston University School of Medicine is one of the best medical schools in the United States, ranking number 34 in the 2011 US World and News Report medical school rankings for research.

  • Basic Information

    • Name: Boston University School of Medicine
    • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
    • Public or Private: Private
    • School Website: Click here
  • Admissions

    • Competitive. As with any of the higher ranked medical schools, medical school admissions here are competitive. Selection factors include academic factors (MCAT and GPA), medical school personal statement, research experience,
      involvement in community activities and service and letters of evaluation. They also look at qualities of personality, character and resilience. For information on how the medical school admissions work and how to be a great applicant, click here.


  • Average MCAT: 32.4 (10.8 per section)


  • Average GPA: Available in the MSAR (click here for more information and to buy)
  • Early Decision Program Available. This means that if you are sure you want to go to this school, you can apply through this program and have a decision before October 1. For more information, click here.
  • One year of humanities required. This is not one of the normal medical school requirements, so you should be aware of this if applying to Boston University. Humanities courses for Boston University include (but are not limited to): history,
    sociology, psychology, philosophy, art, religious studies and foreign language.
  • For full information from the admissions website, click here
    • Financial

      • Tuition: $48,116, plus a Graduate Program Fee of $600.
      • Loans: Federal loans are available as with other US medical schools.
      • Scholarships: Boston University Medical School offers long-term low-interest loans and need-based scholarships. There are many scholarships available. For the financial aid site, click here.
      • Cost of Living: The cost of living is very high. Boston is an expensive city and you can expect to pay over $1000 for a one-bedroom apartment. Student housing is no longer available for graduate students. For more
        about student housing, click here.
    • Insider Information

    • This is a pass/fail school during the first two years. This means that you do not have to stress out about out-performing your classmates on your tests.
    • Not much time required in class. The curriculum gives a significant amount of time for independent study. There are only two hours of lecture daily and at least two afternoons every week are set apart for structured or unstructured independent study.
    • USMLE. First time pass rate for USMLE tests has been 92-99% with the mean consistently above the national average. Board Review sessions with faculty occur before Step I and Step II.
    • Residency match. 91% of students matched into one of their top four choices and 94% were either satisfied or very satisfied with their residency match from Boston University medical school. This is good news for you as a student because it means the medical school is doing their job: getting you into the residency you want. For the school’s residency match list, click here.

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