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    MCAT Admissions Insights

    Admissions Officers’ Survey Data Snapshot

    MCAT Admissions Insights delivers evidence-based insights, resources, and tools to help you use MCAT scores in ways that align with your schools’ missions and contexts. We invite you to join the conversation and share your reactions, comments, and insights with us.

    MCAT Data Chart

    Note: A total of 116 schools responded to the survey (76% response rate). Percentages shown represent responses of “currently use” or “will consider using if available” to the survey question: “Which of the following data about an applicant’s educational opportunities, lived experiences, and background characteristics does your school currently consider when interpreting applicants’ MCAT scores and UGPAs?”


    Meeting students where they are: Many schools are interested in the larger context of educational opportunities — where applicants learned and lived — when interpreting academic metrics.

    Data Highlights

    • Schools use almost all the individual information included in the application (e.g., transcripts, essays or personal statements, letters of recommendation) to triangulate the meaning of MCAT scores and GPAs. (Not shown in the figure.)
    • Far fewer use data about an applicant’s high school, college, or community to provide additional context for where they have lived and learned when interpreting MCAT scores and GPAs.
    • Many are interested in using these contextual data about the applicant’s environment — their college, high school, and community — if available.

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