Buying Access to the MSAR Website

How can I purchase access to the Medical School Admission Requirements website?

The Medical School Admission Requirements website is available for purchase through AAMC Publications for $28.00.  A subscription to the Medical School Admission Requirements site includes data for each medical school. You may sort, browse, and compare medical school profiles.

Alternatively, you can purchase The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions which includes chapters on deciding if a career in medicine is right for you, how to prepare for medical school during your undergraduate years, and an overview of medical school education. The guidebook contains some national data, but school-specific data and individual school profiles are only available in the Medical School Admission Requirements site.

How can I purchase access to the Medical School Admission Requirements website?

The Medical School Admission Requirements website is available for purchase through AAMC Publications for $28.00.  A subscription to the Medical School Admission Requirements site includes data for each medical school. You may sort, browse, and compare medical school profiles.

Alternatively, you can purchase The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions which includes chapters on deciding if a career in medicine is right for you, how to prepare for medical school during your undergraduate years, and an overview of medical school education. The guidebook contains some national data, but school-specific data and individual school profiles are only available in the Medical School Admission Requirements site.

When is the Medical School Admission Requirements published each year?

The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions and the Medical School Admission Requirements website are published in the spring of each year, typically in April. Access to the Medical School Admission Requirements website is available for one calendar year following the date of purchase/activation, and everyone with a current MSAR subscription will automatically receive access to the new edition as soon as it is published.

When is the Medical School Admission Requirements published each year?

The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions and the Medical School Admission Requirements website are published in the spring of each year, typically in April. Access to the Medical School Admission Requirements website is available for one calendar year following the date of purchase/activation, and everyone with a current MSAR subscription will automatically receive access to the new edition as soon as it is published.

How long will I have access to the Medical School Admission Requirements website?

You will have one year of unlimited access from the date of purchase or from the date your access code was entered. For further details, see the Medical School Admission Requirements Terms and Conditions.

How long will I have access to the Medical School Admission Requirements website?

You will have one year of unlimited access from the date of purchase or from the date your access code was entered. For further details, see the Medical School Admission Requirements Terms and Conditions.

I'm a Fee Assistance Program recipient. When will I receive access to the full Medical School Admission Requirements website?

As of January 1, 2015, Fee Assistance Program awardees receive up to two years of access to the Medical School Admissions Requirements website. Awardees will be able to use their fee assistance award for up to two years, and benefits will expire on December 31, the year after they were awarded. This benefit is not retroactive; discounts, refunds or credits to cannot be applied to purchase of the guide or subscription to the website.

  • If an application is approved Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2017, benefits expire Dec. 31, 2018
  • If an application is approved Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2018, benefits expire Dec. 31, 2019
  • If an application is approved Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2019, benefits expire Dec. 31, 2020

I'm a Fee Assistance Program recipient. When will I receive access to the full Medical School Admission Requirements website?

As of January 1, 2015, Fee Assistance Program awardees receive up to two years of access to the Medical School Admissions Requirements website. Awardees will be able to use their fee assistance award for up to two years, and benefits will expire on December 31, the year after they were awarded. This benefit is not retroactive; discounts, refunds or credits to cannot be applied to purchase of the guide or subscription to the website.

  • If an application is approved Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2017, benefits expire Dec. 31, 2018
  • If an application is approved Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2018, benefits expire Dec. 31, 2019
  • If an application is approved Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2019, benefits expire Dec. 31, 2020

Getting Started

How do I download my "Official Guide to Medical School Admissions" e-book?

Choose the e-pub version that works best for your eReader or Tablet, click on that version, accept the terms and conditions, and download. You can download the file directly to your device or download on your computer, connect your device, and move the file into the folder on the "E" drive.

Although each file works best for the device listed, any e-pub file can be viewed on your computer using a free Adobe Digital Editions program. To read the e-book on your computer, first download the free Adobe Digital Editions software and complete the authorization process. Next:

  1. Go to your My Downloads page (you must log in with the same account you used to purchase the eBook)
  2. Click the "Download" icon next to the product you desire.
  3. Save the file to your local drive/device.

If you have any questions about this order, please call (202) 828-0416 or send an email to publications@aamc.org and reference the file name.

How do I download my "Official Guide to Medical School Admissions" e-book?

Choose the e-pub version that works best for your eReader or Tablet, click on that version, accept the terms and conditions, and download. You can download the file directly to your device or download on your computer, connect your device, and move the file into the folder on the "E" drive.

Although each file works best for the device listed, any e-pub file can be viewed on your computer using a free Adobe Digital Editions program. To read the e-book on your computer, first download the free Adobe Digital Editions software and complete the authorization process. Next:

  1. Go to your My Downloads page (you must log in with the same account you used to purchase the eBook)
  2. Click the "Download" icon next to the product you desire.
  3. Save the file to your local drive/device.

If you have any questions about this order, please call (202) 828-0416 or send an email to publications@aamc.org and reference the file name.

How do I set up an AAMC account?

To access the Medical School Admission Requirements website, choose the “Sign In” link at the top of the web page, then enter your AAMC username and password. If you don't already have a username and password, you can register now for an AAMC Account for your general use on the AAMC website.
To register, click on the “Sign in” link at the top of the page, then, select “Create AAMC Account“ and follow the directions on the page.

How do I set up an AAMC account?

To access the Medical School Admission Requirements website, choose the “Sign In” link at the top of the web page, then enter your AAMC username and password. If you don't already have a username and password, you can register now for an AAMC Account for your general use on the AAMC website.
To register, click on the “Sign in” link at the top of the page, then, select “Create AAMC Account“ and follow the directions on the page.

How do I use my access code?

Have an AAMC Account?
Sign into the AAMC website by clicking on the “Sign In” link at the top of the page near the search box. Sign in using your AAMC user name and password.
Don't have an AAMC Account?
If you don't already have an AAMC Account, create one by clicking on the ”Sign In” link at the top of the page near the search box. Then click “Register for an AAMC Account” and follow the directions.
Enter your access code
Once you’re signed to the AAMC website, select ”My Account” at the top of the page next to “Sign Out”, near the search box. Select the fourth option, “Add Privilege.” This will prompt you to enter your access code. Note: The code is case sensitive.
Check your inbox
You will receive a confirmation email when your access code is accepted. After you receive your confirmation, you’ll be able to sign in to the Medical School Admission Requirements website directly.

How do I use my access code?

Have an AAMC Account?
Sign into the AAMC website by clicking on the “Sign In” link at the top of the page near the search box. Sign in using your AAMC user name and password.
Don't have an AAMC Account?
If you don't already have an AAMC Account, create one by clicking on the ”Sign In” link at the top of the page near the search box. Then click “Register for an AAMC Account” and follow the directions.
Enter your access code
Once you’re signed to the AAMC website, select ”My Account” at the top of the page next to “Sign Out”, near the search box. Select the fourth option, “Add Privilege.” This will prompt you to enter your access code. Note: The code is case sensitive.
Check your inbox
You will receive a confirmation email when your access code is accepted. After you receive your confirmation, you’ll be able to sign in to the Medical School Admission Requirements website directly.

Using the MSAR Website

What schools are featured in the Medical School Admission Requirements?

The Medical School Admission Requirements website includes the most recent information about medical schools in the United States and Canada that are M.D.-granting and accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

What schools are featured in the Medical School Admission Requirements?

The Medical School Admission Requirements website includes the most recent information about medical schools in the United States and Canada that are M.D.-granting and accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

How can I compare schools?

While viewing the search results, you can select the compare check box beside the school listing. When you have selected the schools you want to compare (you can select up to 5 at a time), click the purple “Compare” button which will appear along the bottom of the screen. You’ll see at a glance details for each school so you can compare them side-by-side.

How can I compare schools?

While viewing the search results, you can select the compare check box beside the school listing. When you have selected the schools you want to compare (you can select up to 5 at a time), click the purple “Compare” button which will appear along the bottom of the screen. You’ll see at a glance details for each school so you can compare them side-by-side.

How can I sort and filter information?

On the search results page, click on the dropdown box at the top of the page to sort by school name, application deadline, MCAT score, GPA and more. Use the search box on the left to filter by location, class size, campus type, and more.

How can I sort and filter information?

On the search results page, click on the dropdown box at the top of the page to sort by school name, application deadline, MCAT score, GPA and more. Use the search box on the left to filter by location, class size, campus type, and more.

How can I save or remove a school as a favorite?

To save a school to your Favorites, click on the star icon that says “Add to Favorites” to the right of each school. The star will be activated and save the school or program in your Favorites until you remove it. To remove a listing from Favorites, simply click the star icon until it is deactivated. To view all Favorites, click on the “My Favorites” star icon at the top of the page.

How can I save or remove a school as a favorite?

To save a school to your Favorites, click on the star icon that says “Add to Favorites” to the right of each school. The star will be activated and save the school or program in your Favorites until you remove it. To remove a listing from Favorites, simply click the star icon until it is deactivated. To view all Favorites, click on the “My Favorites” star icon at the top of the page.

What MCAT data is available in the MSAR?

MCAT 2015 national data and applicant data is currently available in the MSAR. As of April 2017, this includes school-specific and national accepted applicant data for the MCAT exam. Use the drop down categories above each chart to view acceptance, matriculant, and national data.

The MCAT ® data in MSAR reflects the current version of the exam, which was launched in April 2015. Working with MCAT exam and data subject matter experts, we have created a new chart to better and more fully display MCAT score distributions. You’ll notice it looks markedly different than previous charts on the site. Via the dropdown menu at the top of the chart, you will be able to select and see MCAT data specific to Accepted Applicants- Nationally, Accepted Applicants to an individual medical school and Matriculants to that medical school.

The MSAR site will only feature data describing scores from the current version of the MCAT exam. During this transitional time, when the majority of medical schools will accept either version of the exam, the scores distributions displayed generally reflect about half of the accepted applicants/matriculants for a medical school. In future application years, the MCAT score distributions will be based on a larger pool of applicants, as  more applicants will apply with scores from the current version of the exam. (For information regarding accepted scores for the previous version of the exam, please contact individual medical schools.)
 

Please note: Due to privacy concerns, scores reflecting a cohort of fewer than 10 applicants will not be displayed.

What MCAT data is available in the MSAR?

MCAT 2015 national data and applicant data is currently available in the MSAR. As of April 2017, this includes school-specific and national accepted applicant data for the MCAT exam. Use the drop down categories above each chart to view acceptance, matriculant, and national data.

The MCAT ® data in MSAR reflects the current version of the exam, which was launched in April 2015. Working with MCAT exam and data subject matter experts, we have created a new chart to better and more fully display MCAT score distributions. You’ll notice it looks markedly different than previous charts on the site. Via the dropdown menu at the top of the chart, you will be able to select and see MCAT data specific to Accepted Applicants- Nationally, Accepted Applicants to an individual medical school and Matriculants to that medical school.

The MSAR site will only feature data describing scores from the current version of the MCAT exam. During this transitional time, when the majority of medical schools will accept either version of the exam, the scores distributions displayed generally reflect about half of the accepted applicants/matriculants for a medical school. In future application years, the MCAT score distributions will be based on a larger pool of applicants, as  more applicants will apply with scores from the current version of the exam. (For information regarding accepted scores for the previous version of the exam, please contact individual medical schools.)
 

Please note: Due to privacy concerns, scores reflecting a cohort of fewer than 10 applicants will not be displayed.

How do you read the new MCAT chart?

Let’s walk through two examples. In MSAR MCAT Chart 1, we see sample a MCAT total score distribution for a given medical school. You will typically see five numbers on each graphic that represent, from left to right, the 10th, 25th, 50th (median), 75th and 90th percentiles. If you put your cursor within the image, a tool tip will appear to tell you which percentile you are viewing. As you’ll see from the legend, the 10th-90th percentile range is represented in teal, the 25th-75th percentile range is represented in dark blue, and 50th (median) percentile is centered in a gray circle.

In MSAR MCAT Chart 2, we see fewer than five numbers in the score distributions for two sections: the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section as well as the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section. For the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section score distribution, the 25th and 50th percentiles for this example are the same. To illustrate this, only one number appears and the dark blue band and grey circle overlap. In the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section score distribution, the 10th and 25th percentiles are the same. Here the teal and dark blue bands overlap, with just the one number displayed. The tool tip in each case will show the same score for the two percentiles.

How do you read the new MCAT chart?

Let’s walk through two examples. In MSAR MCAT Chart 1, we see sample a MCAT total score distribution for a given medical school. You will typically see five numbers on each graphic that represent, from left to right, the 10th, 25th, 50th (median), 75th and 90th percentiles. If you put your cursor within the image, a tool tip will appear to tell you which percentile you are viewing. As you’ll see from the legend, the 10th-90th percentile range is represented in teal, the 25th-75th percentile range is represented in dark blue, and 50th (median) percentile is centered in a gray circle.

In MSAR MCAT Chart 2, we see fewer than five numbers in the score distributions for two sections: the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section as well as the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section. For the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section score distribution, the 25th and 50th percentiles for this example are the same. To illustrate this, only one number appears and the dark blue band and grey circle overlap. In the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section score distribution, the 10th and 25th percentiles are the same. Here the teal and dark blue bands overlap, with just the one number displayed. The tool tip in each case will show the same score for the two percentiles.

Is a version of MSAR available for users viewing with accommodations?

—Yes, please contact us at msar@aamc.org for details.

Is a version of MSAR available for users viewing with accommodations?

—Yes, please contact us at msar@aamc.org for details.

Medical School Requirements

I’m trying to decide which undergraduate college to attend. Does the AAMC have data on medical school acceptance rates from undergraduate colleges?

While this is not information that we have here at the AAMC, it’s a good idea to talk with the students, faculty, orientation and admissions offices of the undergraduate colleges and universities you are considering. The school may be able to put you in touch with alumni who are now in medical school so that you can talk with them about their experiences. We have more information for high school students here.

I’m trying to decide which undergraduate college to attend. Does the AAMC have data on medical school acceptance rates from undergraduate colleges?

While this is not information that we have here at the AAMC, it’s a good idea to talk with the students, faculty, orientation and admissions offices of the undergraduate colleges and universities you are considering. The school may be able to put you in touch with alumni who are now in medical school so that you can talk with them about their experiences. We have more information for high school students here.

Is it okay to take some courses online or through a community college?

Medical schools have varying requirements on the types of courses that they require you to complete prior to matriculating. It’s a good idea to connect with a pre-health advisor to discuss your specific coursework background and application plans. If you don’t have access to an advisor at your school, you can contact the National Association of Advisors in the Health Professions to talk with an advisor. In the MSAR, you can see a premedical coursework chart for each medical school which shows which courses they require and recommend as well as which courses can be taken online, through a community college, or through AP credit.

Is it okay to take some courses online or through a community college?

Medical schools have varying requirements on the types of courses that they require you to complete prior to matriculating. It’s a good idea to connect with a pre-health advisor to discuss your specific coursework background and application plans. If you don’t have access to an advisor at your school, you can contact the National Association of Advisors in the Health Professions to talk with an advisor. In the MSAR, you can see a premedical coursework chart for each medical school which shows which courses they require and recommend as well as which courses can be taken online, through a community college, or through AP credit.

Besides GPA, MCAT scores, and clinical experience, what else makes an application stand out?

We find that successful applicants come to medical school from all paths, experiences and majors. Admission officers love to see that you are doing things that you are passionate about rather than trying to fulfill a checklist of requirements. You can learn more about the requirements from the Medical School Admission Requirements website or directly from each medical school’s admissions website. For information about how to get experience, review some of the resources the AAMC has on its website such as:

And you can always check out our Aspiring Docs Dairies blog to see what pre-meds, medical students, and residents are doing.

Besides GPA, MCAT scores, and clinical experience, what else makes an application stand out?

We find that successful applicants come to medical school from all paths, experiences and majors. Admission officers love to see that you are doing things that you are passionate about rather than trying to fulfill a checklist of requirements. You can learn more about the requirements from the Medical School Admission Requirements website or directly from each medical school’s admissions website. For information about how to get experience, review some of the resources the AAMC has on its website such as:

And you can always check out our Aspiring Docs Dairies blog to see what pre-meds, medical students, and residents are doing.

I am an international aspiring medical student. What steps do I need to take prior to applying to medical school in the U.S.?

Medical schools in the United States have varying policies on accepting international applicants. One thing to keep in mind is that the AMCAS application does not accept transcripts from international evaluation services. Some schools accept international applicants, but require students to prove that they are able to pay for all four years of medical school before they begin their studies. You can find more information for international applicants here.

Nearly all US M.D.-granting medical schools do require you to complete the MCAT exam, and you can find more information about registering for the MCAT here In addition to completing the MCAT exam, all USA medical schools require the completion of a four-year degree from an accredited institution. Each school also has unique requirements for coursework, lab experience, volunteer experience, and “shadowing” experience. You can see which schools accept international applicants in the Medical School Admission Requirements. To see all of the data, you can purchase a subscription for $27.

 

I am an international aspiring medical student. What steps do I need to take prior to applying to medical school in the U.S.?

Medical schools in the United States have varying policies on accepting international applicants. One thing to keep in mind is that the AMCAS application does not accept transcripts from international evaluation services. Some schools accept international applicants, but require students to prove that they are able to pay for all four years of medical school before they begin their studies. You can find more information for international applicants here.

Nearly all US M.D.-granting medical schools do require you to complete the MCAT exam, and you can find more information about registering for the MCAT here In addition to completing the MCAT exam, all USA medical schools require the completion of a four-year degree from an accredited institution. Each school also has unique requirements for coursework, lab experience, volunteer experience, and “shadowing” experience. You can see which schools accept international applicants in the Medical School Admission Requirements. To see all of the data, you can purchase a subscription for $27.