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Gauging Growth in EY 2021 - Medical Applicants

Take a look at how applications to member medical institutions in TMDSAS grew in EY2021.

Getting into medical school isn't easy, and throwing a global pandemic into the mix complicated matters even more. Among several changes, applications to medical school increased in a big way. Here's how:

graph of medical applicants by entry year

The number of medical applicants in entry year 2021 grew by a record 1258, or 21% over the previous cycle. It's the largest single-year increase in TMDSAS history for medical schools. In previous cycles, there were:
Entry Year 2020
    • an increase of 30 applicants, which represents a 0.5% increase over the previous cycle for a total 6122 applications
Entry Year 2019
    • an increase of 4%, or 243 applications over the previous cycle for a total of 6092 applications
Entry Year 2018
    • a 1% increase over the previous cycle, or 54 additional applications for a total 5849 applications
Entry Year 2017
    • a total of 5795 applications 
Throughout these application cycles, TMDSAS has added several participating medical institutions including Sam Houston State University and University of Houston College of Medicine. Starting in EY 2022, Baylor College of Medicine will be the 13th participating medical institution.

What do these trends mean?

Year over year, applicant pools have become increasingly competitive across quantitative metrics; the average GPA for EY2021 medical applicants was 3.64 and the average applicant MCAT score was 506.4. 
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While these averages have remained steady over the past two application cycles, other factors in your application have become increasingly important to help improve an applicant's competitiveness in the admissions cycle.

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About the author: The Texas Health Education Service amplifies TMDSAS and JAMP’s missions to serve students, collegiate advisors, and professional schools in Texas by providing students with accurate educational resources to enhance their preparation for a career in the health professions, and supporting efforts by advisors and professional schools to reach students and enrich the applicant pool.

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