The numer of students who are applying to and enrolling in medical school continues to increase, according to data released today by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The data shows that in 2012, 45,266 students applied to medical school, a 3.1% jump from 2011. Moreover, first-time applicants and first-time enrollment increased in 2012, 3.4 and 1.5 percent respectively.”Medicine continues to be a very attractive career choice for our nation’s best and brightest,” Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., AAMC president and CEO stated in the press release announcing the data. “Given the urgent need our nation has for for more doctors to care for our growing and aging population, we are extremely pleased with the continued growth in size and diversity of this year’s entering class of medical students.”

Here are some additional highlights of the new data:

  • In 2012 applicants had strong academic credentials, with an average undergraduate GPA of 3.54 and combined median MCAT score of 29.
  • In 2012, 4 percent of the entering class were students from one of the 11 new medical schools that admitted their inaugural class between 2007 and 2012.
  • The number of men applying to and enrolling in medical school increased across all racial and ethnic groups, with strong gains among Black/African Americans and Hispanic/Latino.
  • Asian applicants increased by 5.6 percent and enrollees by 5 percent.

To read the full press release, visit www.aamc.org/newsroom/newsreleases/310002/121023.html.