The University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is seeking a jump in the number of medical school applications for admission.

In December, the university reported that they received a total of 4,356 applications, 3.5 percent higher than last year’s application total of 4,201 and higher still than the 4,090 received in 2013. Furthermore, among those who were offered admission, more students accepted the offer and ultimately enrolled.

UB officials believe that significant credit for the increase goes to the newly-constructed medical school located in downtown Buffalo. “Building a brand-new, state-of-the-art medical school is certainly a positive,” says Charles Severin, MD, PhD, associate dean for medical education and admissions at UB. “The excitement created by the project is helping to raise awareness about the quality of our medical school and all the positive things happening right now in Buffalo.”

The applicant pool included 2,364 males and 1,985 and more than 80 percent of the applicants were New York State residents.

“We’re looking for people with the brains of a doctor and the heart of a doctor,” says Severin. “The brain part is easy. But you can have the highest MCAT score ever and a 4.0 grade point average, or even better, but if you don’t prove you have the heart of doctor, you won’t get in.”