MCAT Scores: High, Good and Average MCAT Scores across the US

MCAT scoring and medical school admissions guide focused on MCAT scores and GPA

Your MCAT scores are important in the medical school admissions process. This MCAT scoring page aims to provide you with information about the exam is scored, what are average, good and high MCAT scores, and how your GPA and scores affect your chances of getting accepted to medical schools in the United States and Canada. Note that individual circumstances vary and so students should consult with their premed advisor and explore the website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

MCAT scores range

MCAT scores range from a low of 118 to a high of 132, with a midpoint of 125 for each of the four sections: (1) Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; (2) Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS); (3) Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; and (4) Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior.


When you add the scaled scores of each section, the total MCAT score range is from the lowest score of 472 to the highest MCAT score of 528, with a midpoint of 500.

MCAT score distribution with mean and range

What is a Good MCAT Score?

A good MCAT score is 127 out of 132 in any one section, or 508 out of 528 for all 4 sections. The latter represents the average score of students admitted to medical schools nationwide in the 2019 admissions cycle. Of course, an average score is not the same as a minimum score, nor does it provide information about specific medical schools (which we have compiled here).


Average, good and high MCAT scores are relative terms and, as such, are dependent on perspective, the cohort and the medical school to which you intend to apply. There is no pass or fail score for the exam, there are only scores that are acceptable for specific, individual medical schools. Consider consulting specific medical schools, or their websites or the AAMC for past trends.


Please keep in mind that the percentile rank indicates your test performance relative to all the students who sat the same test on the same day. It records the percentage of students whose scores were lower than yours.


What score do you need for medical school? Here is a summary of the high, good and average MCAT scores acceptable to medical school.


Average MCAT score
50th percentile
Sectional score: 125
Combined score: 500

Good MCAT score
80th percentile
Sectional score: 127
Combined score: 509

High MCAT score
95th percentile
Sectional score: 129
Combined score: 517

  Average score acceptable to few medical schools Average score acceptable for most medical schools Average score acceptable for Ivy League medical schools
Qualitatively average MCAT score good MCAT score high MCAT score
Percentile* rank 50th percentile 80th percentile 95th percentile
Sectional score:
MCAT (max. = 132)
125 127** 129**
Combined score:
MCAT (max. = 528)
500 509** 517**

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MCAT scores and GPA requirements of medical schools

The average MCAT score and GPA requirements of medical schools in the United States and Canada are found below.

Arkansas
Medical Schools in Arkansas Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine 3.5 500
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine 3.86 510
Colorado
Medical Schools in Colorado Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine 3.66 504
University of Colorado School of Medicine 3.86 514
Connecticut
Medical Schools in Connecticut Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine 3.71 514
University of Connecticut School of Medicine 3.78 513
Yale School of Medicine 3.93 521
District of Columbia
Medical Schools in District of Columbia Median GPA Median MCAT Score
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences 3.78 513
Georgetown University School of Medicine 3.79 513
Howard University College of Medicine 3.53 505
Hawaii
Medical Schools in Hawaii Median GPA Median MCAT Score
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine 3.74 511
Idaho
Medical Schools in Idaho Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine 3.2 50th percentile
Indiana
Medical Schools in Indiana Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Indiana University School of Medicine 3.84 512
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine 3.6 503
Iowa
Medical Schools in lowa Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine 3.63 506
University of lowa Carver College of Medicine 3.86 515
Kansas
Medical Schools in Kansas Median GPA Median MCAT Score
University of Kansas School of Medicine 3.88 512
Maine
Medical Schools in Maine Median GPA Median MCAT Score
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine 3.6 Minimum 490
Massachusetts
Medical Schools in Massachusetts Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Boston University School of Medicine 3.8 518
Harvard Medical School 3.9 520
Tufts University School of Medicine 3.7 513
University of Massachusetts Medical School 3.8 516
Minnesota
Medical Schools in Minnesota Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Mayo Medical School 3.9 520
University of Minnesota Medical School - Twin Cities 3.8 513
University of Minnesota Medical School - Duluth 3.7 504
Mississippi
Medical Schools in Mississippi Median GPA Median MCAT Score
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine 3.4 501
University of Mississippi School of Medicine 3.8 505
Nebraska
Medical Schools in Nebraska Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Creighton University School of Medicine 3.84 513
University of Nebraska College of Medicine 3.9 513
New Hampshire
Medical Schools in New Hampshire Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth 3.77 516
New Jersey
New Mexico
Medical Schools in New Mexico Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Burrell COM at New Mexico State University Science - 3 493
University of New Mexico School of Medicine 3.8 505
North Dakota
Medical Schools in North Dakota Median GPA Median MCAT Score
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences 3.8 507
Oklahoma
Medical Schools in Oklahoma Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine 3.6 500
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine 3.85 511
Oregon
Medical Schools in Oregon Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine 3.77 512
Rhode Island
Medical School in Rhode Island Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Brown University The Warren Alpert Medical School 3.83 517
South Dakota
Medical School in South Dakota Median GPA Median MCAT Score
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine 3.87 508
Utah
Medical School in Utah Median GPA Median MCAT Score
University of Utah School of Medicine 3.82 513
Vermont
Medical School in Vermont Median GPA Median MCAT Score
University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine 3.73 512
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Medical Schools in Wisconsin Median GPA Median MCAT Score
Medical College of Wisconsin 3.73 511
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health 3.8 513
Canada
Medical Schools in Canada Median GPA Median MCAT Score
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry 3.3
(Albertans)
3.5
(Non-Albertans)
496
(Albertans)
512
(Non-Albertans)
University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine 3.2
(Albertans)
3.8
(Non-Albertans)
127 in CARS
(Non-Albertans)
University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine 496 513
University of Manitoba Rady Faculty of Health Sciences 3.3 504
Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine 3.7 508
Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine 3.3
(Nova Scotia, Brunswick and Prince Edward)
3.7
(Others)
503
(Nova Scotia, Brunswick and Prince Edward)
506
(Others)
McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine 3.84 128 (CARS)
Northern Ontario School of Medicine 3.81 Not Applicable
University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine 3.85 Not Applicable
Queen's University Faculty of Health Sciences 3.57  
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine 3.95 500
University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry 3.7
BBFLS-125, CPFBS-125, CARS-125 (SW Ontario)
 
BBFLS-128, CPFBS-126, CARS-129 (Others)
Universite Laval Faculty of Medicine    
McGill University Faculty of Medicine 3.5 3.83
Universite de Montreal Faculty of Medicine    
Universite de Sherbrooke Faculty of Medicine    
University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine   506

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