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Academic YearA one year period, from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. An academic year is usually cited as the year when the period starts. For example, academic year 2017 refers to July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
Acceptance StatusWhether an applicant has been accepted or not and, if they were accepted, whether they matriculated or not.
Accepted Applicant or AccepteeA person who has applied to one of the U.S. MD-granting medical schools and who has been offered admission to (i.e., been accepted by) one or more of those schools.
Active StudentsCurrent medical students who are not on any type of leave of absence (LOA) and can register and attend classes at the medical school.
AMCASThe American Medical College Application Service, a centralized service through which a person can apply to most of the U.S. MD-granting medical schools.
ApplicantA person who has applied to at least one U.S. MD-granting medical school.
Class OfRefers to graduates or a graduating class, such as Class of 2017. With respect to the academic year, it is the end of the academic year. For example, Class of 2017 would be the end of academic year 2016 that spanned 7/1/2016 through 6/30/2017.
EnrollmentIncludes any and all persons seeking the MD degree at any U.S. MD-granting medical school. Enrollment includes persons at all class levels, inactive or active, and those repeating years or on leave for any reason. (There are four class levels, but any student may remain in any class level for more than one year.)
First-Time ApplicantAn applicant is considered by the AAMC to be applying for the first time if s/he has not applied in the previous nine years.
First-Year Enrollment

The body of medical students enrolled at class level 1 in U.S. MD-granting medical schools, including those students repeating the first year because they did not advance in class level.


Any person who was awarded a degree of MD at an MD-granting U.S. medical school.

Inactive Students

Students enrolled in medical school who are on a temporary leave of absence (LOA) from classes at the medical school for academic, health, financial, or other reasons. Inactive students also include enrolled students who are participating in research (e.g., research at Howard Hughes Medical Institute), participating in the non-MD component of a joint degree (e.g., MD-PhD, MD-MBA), or participating in special studies (not related to obtaining a joint degree).

MatriculantA person who has applied to one of the U.S. MD-granting medical schools, who has been offered admission by one or more of those schools, and who has indicated to one and only one of those schools that they plan to attend in the academic year to which they applied.

The Medical College Admission Test, scores from which are required by most medical schools.


Applicants are asked to choose one or more of the following as a self-identity. Race/ethnicity are only reported for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native

  • Asian

  • Black or African American

  • Hispanic, Latino, or of Spanish Origin

  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

  • Other

  • White

SexThe self-reported sex of the applicant.
State of Legal ResidenceThe self-reported state in which the applicant reports on their application that they reside.
StudentAny person enrolled in any academic program and pursuing an MD degree (or MD-combined degree, such as MD-PhD) at a U.S. MD-granting medical school.
Student Records System (SRS)

An online system of centralized enrollment tracking data used by all U.S. MD-granting medical schools. Records are based on all individual medical students.

U.S. Medical SchoolAny school that grants degrees of MD and is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). External Link Does not include osteopathic medical schools.