The decision about when to apply to professional schools should be based on your level of readiness. Our staff encourages you to apply to professional schools when your portfolio is at its strongest. As pursuing further education at a health professional school requires a substantial financial, time, and personal commitment, we encourage you to apply only once and when you are ready. This means applying when your portfolio (grades, entrance exam scores, extra-curricular activities) is the best it can be.
Health professional schools look for early evidence that you can manage the challenges of their science-intensive curriculum and will view your cumulative grade point average (GPA) and BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math) GPA as your way of demonstrating this. Other considerations include trends in your academic performance, the diversity and rigor of your courses, knowledge of the profession you seek to enter, and a demonstrated commitment to health care on an individual and/or societal level.
NYU's competitive candidates for allopathic (MD) medical schools traditionally earn a
3.6–3.7 GPA overall and in the sciences and score above the 88th percentile on the MCAT entrance exam. NYU's competitive candidates for dental schools traditionally earn a 3.4–3.5 GPA overall and in the sciences and score a 20 on the DAT.
Professional organizations also publish aggregated applicant and matriculant data. We encourage you to review this information as you assess your application readiness and academic preparation:
- American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
- American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)
- American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
- Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
- Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
- Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)
We encourage you to use the admissions materials in Preprofessional Advising Center's resource library to help you collect information about your programs of interest, as academic standards vary from discipline to discipline and school to school.