How to Get Into Harvard Medical School: The Definitive Guide (2022) | International Medical Aid (2023)

Many pre-med students consider Harvard to be the medical school of their dreams. And it’s no wonder why. Getting into Harvard Medical School is incredibly difficult but well worth the effort. The GPA and MCAT score requirements can seem unreachable, but the curriculum is state-of-the-art and will prepare you like no other for a career in medicine.

So, where is Harvard Medical School? And just how hard is it to get into Harvard Medical School? In today’s definitive guide, we’ll be answering those questions and more. We’ll discuss the Harvard Medical School acceptance rateandthe requirements you must meet to even be considered.

Harvard Medical School is difficult to get into, but it’snotimpossible. If this is the school of your dreams, continue reading to see what it takes to get in. We believe in you!

Medical Programs Offered at Harvard Medical School

There are two different ways to dive into the traditional MD curriculum at Harvard Medical School. The first way is calledPathways. The second way is known asHealth Sciences & Technology (HST). Let’s take a look at each one.

Pathwaysis focused on “pedagogical approaches” that “foster active learning.” Early clinical experience and exposure to population science are key parts of the Pathways program. You’ll also complete a scholarly project.

Health Sciences & Technology (HST)is a joint venture between Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). HST is designed for students who want to conduct biomedical research or physical or molecular science. The program focuses on “quantitative understanding of modern biomedical sciences and pathophysiologic processes.”


The Pathways curriculum is as follows:

You’ll begin Year 1 with Foundations courses:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Introduction to Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology

Immunity in Defense and Disease courses immediately follow:

  • Dermatology
  • Rheumatology
  • Allergy
  • Immunology

Next is Homeostasis I & II:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Hematology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Renal
  • Endocrinology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology

Throughout your first year, you’ll engage in thePractice of Medicine, where you apply what you learn inpresentations,examsand someclinical experience. There are also twoProfessional Developmentweeks.

Upon successful completion of Year 1, you’ll move into Year 2.

Year 2 Curriculum

Practice of Medicine

  • Neuroscience
  • Psychopathology

Transition to the Principle Clinical Experience

  • Clinical Skills / OSCE
  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Imaging
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Ethics
  • Culture of the Wards
  • Addiction
  • Human Development

Once you’ve completed PCE, you’ll formally begin your clerkships. You’ll take the following courses:

  • Medicine
  • Neurology
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

These clerkships will take up the remainder of your sophomore year in medical school.

Year 3 Curriculum
The first part of Year 3 still has you immersed in clerkships. Upon completion, you’ll transition toAdvanced Clinical and Science Experiences. You’ll also study for and takeUSMLE Step 1by December 31st of Year 3. You’ll takeAdvanced Integrated Science Coursesand complete a scholarly project. You’ll also study through clinical electives and subinternships.

Year 4 Curriculum
In the first part of Year 4, you’ll takeUSMLE Step 2 CK(no later than December 31st). You’ll also complete aClinical Capstoneexperience. Throughout all this, your Advanced Integrated Science Courses will continue.

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Upon successful completion of all of this curriculum, you’ll successfully graduate from Harvard Medical School’s Pathways program and become a medical doctor.

Health Sciences & Technology (HST)

Year 1 of the HST program begins withGrowth of Physician Scientist (GPS). During this time, you’ll take the following courses:

  • Biostatistics
  • Matlab for Medicine
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Pathology
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Diagnostics / Bioinformatics
  • Introduction to Care of Patients
  • Hematology
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
  • Respiratory Pathophysiology
  • Renal Pathophysiology
  • Muscular Pathophysiology

After completing these courses, you’ll be introduced and immersed in theResearch phaseof HST. Research continues into Year 2, when you’ll take the following courses:

  • Microbiology
  • Human Reproductive Biology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neuroscience
  • Epidemiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychopathology
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine

Year 3 is mostly made up of Principle Clinical Experience with Core Clerkships in:

  • Medicine
  • Neurology
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

Toward the end of Year 3, you’ll beginAdvanced Clinical & Science Experiences. You’ll also need to takeUSMLE Step 1by December 31st (of your third year).

Year 4 continues where Year 3 left off: with more Advanced Clinical & Science Experiences. You’ll also have a one-monthClinical Capstoneand takeUSMLE Step 2 CK.

As you can see, the Pathways and HST routes are different. It comes down to what you want to study and how you want to practice medicine for your career.

Combined Degrees

Doctor of Medicine / Doctor of Philosophy

Harvard Medical School and MITcome together to provide this program with sponsorship from theNational Institutes of Health (NIH). The Medical Scientist Training Program trains physician-scientists to perform laboratory research and treat medical patients. The program seeks to “train the next generation of premier and diverse physician-scientist leaders.” One of the key goals of the MD/PhD program is to train doctors from all fields of medicine in research areas ranging from “basic and translational sciences to bioengineering to the social sciences.”

The MSTP curriculum lasts eight years, which isn’t bad, considering that you’ll graduate as a Doctor of Medicine and a Doctor of Philosophy. The curriculum is as follows:

Year 1

  • Summer Course and Research Rotation
  • Introduction to the Profession
  • Biostatistics
  • Matlab for Medicine
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Pathology
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Growth of Physician Scientist
  • Essentials of the Profession
  • Principles of Biomedical Engineering
  • Introduction to Care of Patients
  • Hematology
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
  • Respiratory Pathophysiology
  • Renal Pathophysiology
  • Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology

Year 2

  • Research
  • Microbiology
  • Human Reproductive Biology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neuroscience

During and after completion of these courses, you’ll apply to graduate school.

  • Epidemiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychopathology
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine

Years 3-5
During your third year, you’ll study for and takeUSMLE Step 1. You’ll then spend the rest of the year doing graduate school coursework, research rotations and thesis research.

During your fourth and fifth years, you’ll continue your thesis research.

Year 6
You’ll complete your thesis research and requirements. You’ll then take Reintroduction to Clinical Medicine and Principal Clinical Experience.

Year 7
Your second-to-last year in the MD/PhD program takes you back to the MD side of things. You’ll take the following clerkships:

  • Medicine
  • Neurology
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatric
  • Primary Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

Upon completing your core clerkships, you’ll go on to advanced clerkships. These include elective courses, meaning that you can choose which courses you’d like to take until you’ve met your credit hour requirements.

Year 8
Your final year in the MD/PhD program concludes with more advanced clerkships,USMLE Step CK 2and aClinical Capstonethat lasts for a month.

Doctor of Medicine / Master of Academic Discipline

This dual degree can be completed in five years. After your third year in the medical school program, you’ll take a break to complete 36 credit hours in the Master of Academic Discipline course of study. This degree option is offered through the Master of Bioethics and Master of Biomedical Informatics degree programs. You canread more here.

Doctor of Medicine / Master of Business Administration

Harvard University merges curriculum from Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School to make this degree happen. This joint program is designed to train doctors in medicine and business, enabling them to confidently take on leadership roles in the medical field. An emphasis on finance also helps doctors guide their patients through treatment options. You canread more here.

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Doctor of Medicine / Master of Medical Science

Harvard offers a Master of Medical Science degree in conjunction with the MD program. This dual-degree option also has you completing the MMSc portion after your third year. You must complete 56 credit hours to earn the MMSc degree. Those 56 credits include 32 credits of a mentored research requirement. This project can be related toclinical investigation, global health delivery, immunologyandmedical education. You canread more here.

Doctor of Medicine / Master of Public Health

The Harvard Chan School of Public Health works with Harvard Medical School to provide this dual degree. Following the same timeline as the other dual-degree programs, this degree is for students interested in public health or preventative medicine. You canread more here.

Doctor of Medicine / Master of Public Policy

The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University works with Harvard Medical School to provide this option. If you want to work in policy or create and develop public health programs, this is a great option for you. While you can earn an MPH on its own, this dual degree will allow you to practice medicine and be immersed in issues related to public health. Many graduates work with state and local governments, international organizations, nonprofit institutions, large service delivery organizations or research centers. You canread more here.

Cost of Attendance

Finances are a huge part of deciding which medical school to attend. So, when it comes to finances, how hard is it to get into Harvard Medical School?

Your total cost of attendance isn’t just about tuition. It also involves your cost of living. Having a place to sleep and food to eat is as important as medical school itself. Let’s look at how much attending Harvard Medical School will cost. Keep in mind that these costs are for the MD and HST programs. To calculate the cost for the dual-degree programs, you’ll need to contact the admissions departments.

Year 1:
Cost of Tuition: $66,284
Health Insurance Fee: $4,040
Living Expenses: $27,045
Additional Fees: $208
Total Cost of Attendance: $99,416

Year 2:
Cost of Tuition: $66,284
Mandatory Fees: $1,314
Health Insurance Fee: $4,040
Additional Fees: $274
Living Expenses: $33,050
Total Cost of Attendance: $104,962

Year 3:
Cost of Tuition: $66,284
Mandatory Fees: $1,314
Health Insurance Fee: $4,040
Additional Fees: $928
Living Expenses: $31,840
Total Cost of Attendance: $104,406

Year 4:
Cost of Tuition: $66,284
Mandatory Fees: $1,314
Health Insurance Fee: $4,040
Additional Fees: $259
Living Expenses: $31,535
Total Cost of Attendance: $103,432

Total cost for all four years: $412,216
The total cost of attendance for the HST program is a bit lower: $407,146.

Attending Harvard Medical School is most definitely not cheap. If you’re paying out of pocket for your education, these numbers could seem overwhelming. That’s why financial aid exists. For the Class of 2025, 70% of students received financial aid. Most receivedaround $50,000 per year. Between scholarships, grants and student loans, you can get a good part of your education covered. Now, it would be hard to graduate from medical school without some debt. But it’s also very possible to offset some of those costs.

Grades and Coursework Requirements

Before we show you the numbers, we want to remind you that it’s hard foranyoneto get into Harvard Medical School. The Harvard Medical School acceptance rate is very low because of the number of applicants vs. the number accepted. If fewer people applied, the acceptance rate would be higher. But that’s not the case. There will always be a lot of competition to get into Harvard Medical School.

So, how hard is to get into Harvard Medical School? The acceptance rate sits at 3.5 percent.

Applicants: 8,002
Interviews: 851
Matriculants: 164

For the Class of 2025, there were 134 Pathways students, 30 HST students and 15 MD/PhD students.

Three-fourths of the Class of 2025 were undergraduate science majors. Theaverage GPA was 3.9/4.0, and theaverage MCAT was a 519. Keep in mind that 528 is the highest possible score. MostJohns Hopkins Medical Schoolstudents earned a 522. Johns Hopkins ties with Harvard for the #1 ranking in most categories, so we offer this information as a comparison.

The required coursework is as important as the grades. The Harvard Medical School requirements are as follows:

  • Behavioral Sciences is strongly recommended but not required.
  • Biology:
    – One year with accompanying labs – 8 credit hours
    – Molecular and cellular biology are required.
    – AP credits cannot be used unless that coursework was used to satisfy college-level biology requirements.
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry:
    – Two years with accompanying labs – 4 courses
    – Inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry are required.
  • Physics:
    – One year is required – 2 courses
    – Pathways students must take one full semester at the college level. One AP course may satisfy one-half of this requirement.
    – HST students must take one full year at the college level. Calculus-based physics are highly recommended.
  • Math:
    Strongly encouraged for both Pathways and HST students. Calculus and statistics are recommended for Pathways students. Differential equations and linear algebra are recommended for HST students.
  • Writing:
    – One year is required – 6 credits
    – AP courses will not be accepted.
    – Writing-intensive courses, humanities or social sciences courses will satisfy this requirement.

The Harvard Medical School websites states: “HST candidates are required to demonstrate competency in upper-level mathematics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and calculus-based physics.”

The Harvard Medical School requirements aren’t unlike any other medical school’s requirements. But because getting into Harvard Medical School is so challenging, every point counts. The higher your grades are, the better.

Extracurricular Activities

Fulfilling every recommended extracurricular activity is key to getting into Harvard Medical School. Like we said, every point counts. So, what does Harvard recommend?

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  • Research:
    – Technically, research is only “encouraged.” But the one percent of applicants whodon’tparticipate in researchdon’tget in.
  • Shadowing and patient exposure:
    – You’ll want to spend time in clinical and hospital settings shadowing doctors and observing patient treatment.
  • Community service and volunteering:
    – It might seem like a lot, but something as simple as volunteering with your local ER or helping run a blood drive will help boost your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Getting into Harvard Medical School includes submitting letters of recommendation. You can submit up to six, as long as you meet the following requirements:

  • 2 letters from Science professors
  • 1 letter from a non-Science professor

One committee letter/packet counts as one letter.

Starting Your Application

So, getting into Harvard Medical School is difficult. But, like we said, it’s not impossible. If you want to put your hat in the ring, this next part will show you how to apply. We’ve covered the programs that Harvard Medical School offers. We’ve looked at the grades you need and the courses you must take. Now, it’s time to talk about primaries and secondaries. We’ll also guide you through writing your secondary essays and give you tips to prepare for an interview, should you receive that coveted invitation.

Primary and Secondary Applications

If you’re still learning medical jargon, then you might not know the difference between primary and secondary applications. We’ve written an in-depth articleexplaining the similaritiesanddifferences.

For Harvard Medical School, you’ll submit your primary application via theAmerican Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). This application will include yourWork and Activities sectionand yourpersonal statement.

Secondary Essays

While you’ll write your personal statement for yourAMCAS, you’ll need to write several more essays for Harvard Medical School. Here are the questions you’ll be asked and some sample responses to help get you started. Each essay has a 4000 character limit.

Question #1
“If you have already graduated, briefly summarize your activities since graduation.”

This question only needs to be answered if you’ve graduated with your bachelor’s degree and are now applying to medical school. Taking a gap year would be the perfect example for this question.

Here’s an example:

I chose to take a gap year between earning my bachelor’s degree and applying to medical school. I did this because my husband is a current medical school student. To stay with him when he was accepted to UC Irvine, I transferred. I was halfway through my bachelor’s. Because of this, I ended up needing to repeat some courses that didn’t transfer. I took 20 credits per semester to prevent my bachelor’s degree from taking six years to finish.

Because I was so busy with my classes, my husband and I decided that I would take a gap year. I would use my gap year to work and apply for medical school. This would allow me to pay off some student loans and be thorough in my applications.

I’m glad I decided to take a gap year. I was able to successfully complete my bachelor’s degree. I’m working as a CNA at a doctor’s office. I’ve paid off half of my loans, and I use nights and weekends to work on medical school applications. This gap year has also allowed me to spend more time with my husband, which I’ve treasured.

Taking 20 credit hours as an undergrad science major is alot of work. It’s no wonder she decided to take a gap year. While she doesn’t mention her mental health, it was probably another factor in her decision. She chose to take care of herself while still following her dreams.

Question #2
Is there anything (not already addressed) from your personal background or identity that you would like to share? If so, please share it here. If you feel that your application is complete without answering this question, that is fine. This is not a required essay prompt.

When considering whether to answer this question, you might consider discussing finances, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or gender identity, coming from a minority background, having a unique religion, etc. If you choose to discuss one of these topics, explain how it connects to medicine.

You might be nervous to answer this question if youdohave something to share. And that’s understandable! But when it comes to medical school, our differences add to our diversity. Medical schools are looking for diversity in their applicants. The search for diversity is imperative to meet the needs of America’s diverse population. If every doctor had the same skillset, life experience and background, there would be many patients receiving inadequate healthcare due to lack of understanding and experience.

Having said that, don’t feel like you have to share information that makes you feel vulnerable or uncomfortable. That’s not the intent of the admissions committee.

Question #3
We will conduct interviews for the 2021-2022 cycle from mid-September to January 2022. If you will be unavailable for more than three weeks, please give us those dates. If none, please leave this section blank.

You’ll want to keep your calendar as open as possible. Having said that, don’t feel like you need to cancel important plans. Maybe you have an internship lined up. Or perhaps your plans are personal. It could be wedding season or time for a family reunion. Make yourself as available as possible, but let the admissions committee know if there are times when you can’t interview.

Here’s an example of how to go about this:

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There are two different times when I’ll be unavailable to interview.

During the month of October, I will be interning at Rocky Mountain Health Clinic. My schedule will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. I will be unavailable during those working hours. However, I would be happy to interview before or after my shift is over.

During Thanksgiving week, I’ll be at a cabin in the mountains without reception. I’ll be spending this time with both my immediate and extended family. I will be gone from the Monday before Thanksgiving until Black Friday.

This student keeps it short and sweet. He provides the requested information with sufficient detail.

Question #4
We understand that COVID-19 has significantly impacted the lives of many pre-med students. If COVID-19 has affected your ability to prepare for medical school, please share with us what happened. We will take it into consideration when reviewing your application. (This essay is not required. Leaving it blank won’t affect whether you’re accepted.)

It’s hard to imagine just how much COVID-19 has affected the world population. Harvard Medical School wants to be mindful of how COVID-19 has affected their applicants. What if your MCAT score is out-of-date? What if an internship or volunteer hours were canceled? What if you contracted COVID-19 and had to quarantine instead of working in a doctor’s office? All of those circumstances would be out of your control.

Harvard Medical School understands. That’s why they have this optional essay. If you were among the lucky few who weren’t affected by COVID-19 in your medical school preparation, then feel free to skip this one.

Here’s an example:

Everything shut down from COVID-19 one week before I was scheduled to take the MCAT. It was also three months before my summer internship was set to begin. I was sure that COVID-19 would be over by then, but it wasn’t, and my internship was canceled. I was able to volunteer at the hospital, but I’d been volunteering since high school. So, while that increased my total volunteer hours, it didn’t add anything significant to my resume. I felt very frustrated and worried. I had put so much time and effort into preparing for medical school. Now, it felt like everything was falling apart because of this horrible virus.

I was able to take the MCAT when a testing center two hours from me opened on a limited basis. It was a long drive, but it was worth it to meet all the basic requirements for medical school. I didn’t score as well as I would like to, but my 509 still shows how hard I studied. I would have re-taken the test to score higher, but I didn’t want to book an exam that another student needed.

Internships have since re-opened with masks and face shields to keep us safe. I was able to score a two-week internship with a cardiothoracic surgeon, but then I contracted COVID-19 and had to quarantine for the entire two-week period. The surgeon didn’t have any other internship dates that were available, so I missed out on the experience.

COVID-19 interrupted my ability to prepare for medical school in the way I had planned. However, it didn’t diminish my desire to become a doctor. I hope that my application is strong enough without a 517 MCAT score and without the cardiothoracic internship. I want to be a heart surgeon more than anything, so I’m submitting this application with high hopes of being accepted to Harvard Medical School.

We recommend taking your time as you write these essays. Start your application long before the deadline. That way, you’ll be able to focus on writing strong essays. And if you need help, IMA is here for you. We help pre-med students just like you every day. We can help you brainstorm essay ideas, review what you’ve written and proofread your final product. This is available through our hourly consulting and tiered packages. Clickhereto get started.

Interviewing with Harvard Medical School

Now that we’ve gone over the essays for Harvard Medical School, it’s time to look at the interview process they use. Keep in mind that scoring an interview with Harvard Medical School is avery good sign. It means that your personal statement and secondary essays impressed the admissions committee enough to want to meet you. Of course, with COVID-19 still terrorizing the world, interviews are being conducted virtually.

Harvard Medical School uses thetraditional interview format. You can prepare for your interview before the big day by reviewing the sample questions that Harvard has listed on its website.

Sample Interview Questions

  • Tell me where you want to be in 10 years.
  • Explain your desire to become a doctor.
  • Share with me what experiences led you to apply to medical school.
  • How did you become interested in medicine?
  • “Tell me about a time when you had to compromise.”
  • We all make mistakes. Tell me about one you made and how you fixed it.
  • Tell me about the most stressful situation you’ve ever found yourself in. What happened and how did you respond to it?
  • “Tell me about a time when you collaborated on a successful project.”
  • Tell me more about you.
  • After this interview, what do you want me to tell the admissions committee about you?
  • “What is the biggest challenge that is facing the medical field today?”
  • Tell how you plan to balance research and clinical work.
  • So, you want a career in healthcare. Why not choose another field?
  • “Tell me more about ­­­______ from your personal statement (or AMCAS application).”
  • Why Harvard Medical School?
  • Share with me the highlights of your undergraduate experience. Is there anything you wish happened differently?
  • Tell me what branch of medicine you want to practice.
  • Tell me about your undergraduate major.
  • You’ve taken plenty of science courses. But tell me about your favorite non-science courses.
  • What do you think will be your biggest challenge in medical school?
  • Tell me about your strengthsandyour weaknesses.
  • Tell me about your biggest failure. How did you handle it?
  • Tell me how you handle stressful experiences. Provide an example.
  • “How do you respond to criticism? Describe a situation where your work was criticized. What was your immediate reaction to the situation?”
  • There are lots of positives associated with being a doctor. But what are some negative aspects of a medical career?
  • What changes could you make to the healthcare system?
  • How would your best friend describe you?
  • What is the most important quality you want to have as a doctor?
  • Tell me about a time where you felt like a fish out of water.
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • What career would you choose if you weren’t interested in medicine?
  • “How would you react if a colleague wanted you to keep a medical error they made a secret from a patient?”
  • How would you handle a situation where a 15-year-old came to you for an abortion?
  • Share your thoughts on physician-assisted suicide. What about alternative medicine?
  • Is there anything else you want me to know?

Feeling overwhelmed? While there are atonof questions listed here, rest assured you won’t be asked even close to this many. Your interviews won’t last for more than 30 minutes each. This is a broad sample of some of the questions you might be asked.

Want more preparation for your interview day? We offer mock interviews as part of our pre-med advising and medical school admissions consulting.Reach out to usto get started.


We know that Harvard Medical School is the school of your dreams. And we sincerely hope that you get in! But it’s not a good idea to lay all your eggs in one basket. This is especially true when you’re applying to a top school in medicine. That’s why we highly recommend applying to other medical schools as well. You might already know this. Maybe you have a list of schools picked out. But if not, we’ve put together a list of medical schools for you to go over.

  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • McGovern Medical School at UT Health
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
  • UNT Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Houston College of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins Medical School
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (in Pennsylvania)
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Western University of Health Sciences (in California)
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Yale School of Medicine
  • Perelman School of Medicine
  • UCLA Medical School
  • NYU Medical School
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • Brown Medical School

If you have any questions or need help along the way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. IMA has your back.


What is the acceptance rate for Harvard Medical School 2022? ›

Harvard Medical School Admissions Statistics

A snapshot of HMS' class profile shows that only 164 of 8,002 applicants were admitted, putting Harvard Medical School's admission rate at only 2.0%. However, U.S. News states that the Harvard Medical School acceptance rate is 2.8%.

Can you get financial aid for Harvard Medical School? ›

Harvard Medical School has one of the most generous MD financial aid programs in the country. On average the HMS Financial Aid Office administers over $40 million in loans, employment, and scholarship funding from various federal, private, and school sources to approximately 72 percent of the HMS student body.

How much GPA do you need to get into Harvard Medical School? ›

While helpful, these statistics don't fully answer everyone's favorite question: “How hard is it to get into Harvard Medical School?” To get a better sense of that, let's review the academic data among accepted students: Average GPA: 3.9. Average MCAT score: 519.46.

What is the lowest GPA for Harvard Medical School? ›

If your MCAT and GPA are excellent (517 and 3.8 or higher) or there are other extenuating circumstances about your background that distinguish you, try applying. Many people in medicine consider HMS the best medical school in the country so do what is within your control to make yourself a competitive applicant!

What MCAT score do I need for Harvard? ›

If your MCAT score does not reach the school's minimum, they will not read the rest of your application. Your MCAT score quite literally gets you in the door here.
Average MCAT Scores for the Top 30 Medical Schools.
RankMedical SchoolAverage MCAT Score
1Harvard University520
2New York University522
3Duke University519
4Columbia University521
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How do you get a 100% scholarship at Harvard? ›

Scholarships & Grants

Because Harvard is committed to affordability, our scholarships are designed to cover 100% of your demonstrated financial need. Here is our process: First we determine your award by establishing your parent contribution. Then we factor in student employment and any outside awards you've received.

What does it take to get a full scholarship to Harvard? ›

Can you get a full scholarship to Harvard? Harvard does not offer any merit-based aid, and no full-ride scholarships. However, they do meet 100% of students' demonstrated financial need. So, if you have high need, such as an auto-zero EFC on the FAFSA, you might qualify for almost a full ride.

Can I study medicine in Harvard for free? ›

Harvard Medical School Scholarships

This program is funded from endowed funds, current fundraising, and unrestricted income. For a full-need student, the HMS scholarship funding covers both tuition and mandatory fees.

Is it harder to get into Medical School or Harvard? ›

165 students were ultimately admitted, which means its acceptance rate was 3.4%. Harvard Medical School's acceptance rate is only 1.4% higher than the lowest medical school acceptance rate (2%).
Necessary Academic and Test Scores for Harvard Medical School.
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How do you get a free seat at Harvard? ›

If your family's income is less than $75,000, you'll pay nothing.

Is Harvard Med school Worth It? ›

Harvard University is ranked No. 1 in Best Medical Schools: Research and No. 9 in Best Medical Schools: Primary Care. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

How much does it cost to go to Harvard Medical School for 4 years? ›

Itemized Budget
Mandatory fees$1,376
Health insurance fee*$4,080
Additional fees not charged to bill$905
Living expenses$31,287
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How many seats does Harvard Medical School have? ›

Harvard Medical School
Coat of arms
Academic staff11,694
StudentsTotals: MD – 712 PhD – 915 DMD – 140 Master's – 269 DMSc – 39
LocationBoston , Massachusetts , United States Coordinates:42.335743°N 71.105138°W
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Is Harvard Medical School Pass Fail? ›

In the required preclerkship and principal clinical years at HMS, students are graded on a pass/fail basis, a structural strategy that allows them to focus on becoming leaders in improving patient care rather than focusing on class rank.

How many times can you apply to Harvard Medical School? ›

Candidates are considered for admission a maximum of two application cycles. Applications from individuals who have already made two previous application attempts will be rejected. Incomplete application attempts count toward the two-time maximum.

Can an average student get into Harvard? ›

Yes, Harvard accepts some really accomplished students but they also take kids who are just nice, hardworking kids. The old adage is that your chances of getting in are much higher if you apply. Definitely apply because you never know what'll happen!

How can I raise my GPA for medical school? ›

Boost your GPA with post-baccalaureate coursework

This is a popular route, especially for applicants who did well on the MCAT but need some help with their GPA. Retaking science classes can show you've mastered the material, but a better strategy is to take advanced classes and do well.

What's the lowest MCAT score accepted? ›

Applicants accepted to allopathic (MD-granting) medical schools for the 2021-2022 year had an average MCAT score of 511.9. This is an increase from 2020-2021 when the average was 511.5. This year alone, MedEdits students have been accepted to allopathic medical schools with MCAT scores as low as 508.

What is the highest MCAT score 2022? ›

Your correct answers in each section are converted to a scaled score ranging from 118 (lowest possible score) to 132 (highest possible score). The scores for all four sections are added together. This means that the lowest possible MCAT score you can get is 472 and the highest is 528.

Can you get a good MCAT score without studying? ›

Scoring well on the MCAT is hard if you do not study properly. Conversely, if you master high-yield content, take lots of test-like practice problems in test-like conditions, and study exactly what you miss, you can score very well on the MCAT and increase your chances of getting into your dream medical school.

What scholarships does Harvard accept? ›

The only scholarship you can get is a financial-aid scholarship. Harvard does not give out merit-based scholarships or athletic scholarships. Run the net price calculator on Harvard's website to find out your estimated family contribution.

How much financial aid does Harvard give? ›

Families with incomes between $75,000 and $150,000 will contribute from 0-10% of their income, and those with incomes above $150,000 will be asked to pay proportionately more than 10%, based on their individual circumstances.

Is there an entrance exam for Harvard? ›

SAT or ACT (with or without writing) - optional for 2022-2026 application cycles. Optional: AP or other examination results. School Report (which includes a counselor letter) and high school transcript.

Which Ivy has best financial aid? ›

Yale University

This private research university and Ivy League institution will meet 100% of demonstrated need-based aid.

How much money do you need to get in Harvard? ›

Subtotal - billed costs$72,357
Estimated personal expenses (including $800-$1,000 for books)$3,500
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How much does it cost to go to Harvard for a doctor? ›

*Students who choose to waive the Harvard BC/BS health insurance fee will have this budget item removed from their cost of attendance budget. Total cost of attendance without the fee is $82,538. Students in the 48 credit Master of Biomedical Informatics program are enrolled for three semesters full-time.

Is food free in Harvard? ›

As such, Harvard College requires all undergraduates living on campus to have an unlimited meal plan. That way, you are able to eat all meals and participate in dining hall activities with your peers in every House. We operate thirteen dining halls.

Is Yale or Harvard better for medical school? ›

Harvard Scores Higher than Yale in Major Subject Ratings

It is 1st for life sciences & medicine and social sciences where Yale is 12th and 8th, respectively. It also ranks second for arts & humanities while Yale is sixth.

Is Harvard Medical School stressful? ›

More than 20 percent of students reported experiencing six or more stressful life events in the last year. Stress exposure was strongly associated with mental health diagnoses, self-harm and suicidality.

What is the hardest medical program to get into? ›

Top 10 Hardest Medical Schools To Get Into
  • Harvard Medical School. ...
  • Wake Forest School Of Medicine. ...
  • George Washington School Of Medicine And Health Sciences. ...
  • Warren Alpert Medical School Of Brown University. ...
  • Howard University College Of Medicine. ...
  • New York University (NYU) Grossman School Of Medicine.

What kind of students get into Harvard? ›

1. Harvard GPA Requirements. Harvard applicants must be at the top of their class and meet the minimum GPA requirements for acceptance into the college. While there are a small number of exceptions, students with GPAs of 4.0 - 4.18 have the best chance of getting accepted.

Is gym free at Harvard? ›

Harvard Athletic Facilities

Membership is free to all Harvard Chan students with a valid student ID.

What courses is Harvard offering for free? ›

Free Courses
  • Art & Design. Design & Creativity. Creativity. Design. ...
  • Business. Negotiation. General. Business Intelligence. ...
  • Computer Science. General. Computer Networking. ...
  • Data Science. General. Data Science. ...
  • Education & Teaching. General. Education. ...
  • Health & Medicine. General. Health. ...
  • Humanities. Culture. Culture. ...
  • Mathematics. General. Geometry.

Do Harvard doctors make more money? ›

Average Harvard University Physician hourly pay in the United States is approximately $142, which is 47% above the national average.

How much do Harvard med students make? ›


How much does a Harvard medical doctor make? ›

Average annual salary in Harvard Medical School is INR 23.9 lakhs.

How many years does it take to be a MD at Harvard? ›

The standard MD program at Harvard Medical School takes four years to complete; however, students may apply to postpone graduation for a year if they: Want to obtain another degree (e.g., MPH, MPP) Want to spend a year doing a scholarly project. Want to take an additional year of formal coursework.

How much does 1 year of Harvard cost? ›

Harvard College
Harvard College Tuition RatesAcademic Year 2022-23
Health Services$1,304
Room Rate$12,056
Student Services$3,298
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How much is Harvard 1 year? ›

Harvard University's main campus in Cambridge, MA. According to Harvard's website, tuition costs for the 2019-2020 school year total $47,730, fees are $4,195, and room and board costs $17,682 for a subtotal of billed costs of $69,607.

What is the number 1 university in the world for medicine? ›

Harvard University

Is Harvard Medical School the same as Harvard University? ›

A center of teaching, research and learning for nearly 12,000 faculty and more than 11,000 students, residents and postdoctoral fellows, HMS is located on a campus separate from the main Harvard University complex across the Charles River in Cambridge.

What GPA is needed for Harvard Medical School? ›

Harvard Medical School overall acceptance rate:

Success rate (Out-of-State): 2.1% Success rate (International): 1.63% Average Accepted GPA: 3.94. Average Accepted MCAT Scores: 520.

What are my chances of getting into Harvard Medical School? ›

Given its acceptance rate of just 3.5 percent, getting into Harvard Medical School is a challenge for even the best applicants.

How hard is it to get into medical school 2022? ›

For this, we turn to the average GPA and MCAT score of med school applicants and matriculants. Among applicants for the 2022–2023 entering class, the average cumulative GPA and MCAT score were 3.62 and 506.5, respectively, up slightly from 3.59 and 505.9 for the 2021–2022 entering class.

What is the acceptance rate of Harvard Medical School? ›

Can I get into Harvard in 2022? ›

To be considered for admission to Harvard, you must earn top grades in high school. The Harvard Crimson reports that the average reported GPA of entering freshmen in the class of 2022 was 3.90 on a 4.0 unweighted scale. According to College Data, the average weighted GPA of freshmen matriculates is 4.18.

Is it harder to get into med school or Harvard? ›

Harvard Medical School's acceptance rate is only 1.4% higher than the lowest medical school acceptance rate (2%).
Necessary Academic and Test Scores for Harvard Medical School.
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Is starting medical school at 27 too late? ›

Average Age of Medical Students

The average graduating age is 28, but it's never too late to go to med school. Non-traditional applicants often fear it may be too late to attend medical school. It's important to know there is no age limit to attending medical school. You can become a doctor at any age.

What is the lowest GPA a medical school will accept? ›

Most medical schools set a cap at a 3.0 GPA. Generally, a low GPA is less than a school's 75th or 80th percentile. You can also review your chosen school's average GPA for accepted students. If your GPA is more than 0.3 points below that average, you can assume the school will consider it low.

How can I increase my chances of getting into medical school? ›

10 Tips on Getting Into Med School
  1. Get Some Medical Experience on Your Résumé ...
  2. Do Research Projects. ...
  3. Put in Time Serving Others. ...
  4. Choose a Major You Will Excel In. ...
  5. Apply to Multiple Schools. ...
  6. Study Early and Often for the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT. ...
  7. Learn Another Language. ...
  8. Don't Skimp on Extracurricular Activities.

Is Harvard Med School Worth It? ›

Harvard University is ranked No. 1 in Best Medical Schools: Research and No. 9 in Best Medical Schools: Primary Care. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

What GPA is good for Harvard? ›

In truth, you need close to a 4.0 unweighted GPA to get into Harvard. That means nearly straight As in every class.

What is the age limit for Harvard? ›

Students must be 18 years of age at time of registration. Undergraduate degree program application.

How can I increase my chances of getting into Harvard? ›

How to Improve Your Chances of Getting into Harvard
  1. Achieve at least a 4.22 while taking the most challenging classes available. ...
  2. Aim for a 1580 SAT and 35 ACT (use the 75th percentile) ...
  3. Cultivate at least one or two Tier 1-2 extracurriculars (find your “spike”) ...
  4. Write engaging essays. ...
  5. Ace Your Interview.
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What med school program is easiest to get into? ›

Easiest Medical Schools to Get Into
  • University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. ...
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School. ...
  • University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine. ...
  • University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine. ...
  • LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport.


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