UCLA Medical School – Insider Info from a Former Admissions Committee Member
My Alma Mater! UCLA Medical School is one of the best medical schools in the United States, ranking number 13 in the 2011 US World and News Report medical school rankings for research.
- Name: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM)
- Location: Los Angeles, CA (near Beverly Hills/ Bel Air)
- Public or Private: Public
- School Website: Click here
- Very Competitive.As with any of the higher ranked medical schools, UCLA admissions are competitive. The average MCAT score is 11.5 per section, meaning a 34.5 overall score for admitted students. There were 8,756 applications sent in for 187 spots in the class!
- Average MCAT: 34.5
- Average GPA: 3.81
- Can you get in if your MCAT and GPA are lower? Find out in my eBook!
- Most students are California residents. The site officially says that state of residence is not considered a factor, but 85% of the class is from California.
- Spanish recommended. The site gives all the required classes, but they recommend Spanish. I speak Spanish and it may have helped me get admitted and has definitely helped me in my clinical rotations at UCLA. Save 20% Off Rosetta Stone here.
- Multiple programs available. UCLA medical school has several different programs for which you may apply. The UCLA Drew program focuses on serving the underserved population. The PRIME program students also earn a Master’s Degree during their training. UC Riverside/UCLA students spend their first two years at the UC Riverside campus and their clinical years at the UCLA campus. More information for each of these programs is available on the site below.
- For full information from the admissions website, click here
- Tuition: UCLA medical school tuition is $0 for California residents, $12,245 for non-CA residents. Don’t get too excited if you are a California resident, though. Fees for everyone attending the school are $32,781. Also, if you are accepted as a non-California resident, you can apply for residency after your first year and pay in-state tuition for the remaining three years of medical school. That’s not done at every school and is a nice benefit of UCLA medical school.
- Loans: Federal loans are available as with other US medical schools.
- Scholarships: UCLA medical school has multiple scholarships available based on financial need, a few merit scholarships, and other somewhat random scholarships. The financial aid office is wonderful about finding scholarships available for you to apply for.
- Cost of Living: The cost of living is ridiculous. You will be paying AT LEAST $1000 in rent monthly just for one room. If you have a family (like I do), be ready to pay $1600 or more a month. For the official school budget for cost of attendance, click here.
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