Academic excellence. Scientific acumen. Diversity. Leadership. Compassion. Communication skills. A commitment to lifelong learning. The goal of the Geisel School's Admissions Committee is to enroll students who reflect all of those qualities and who will contribute to the uniquely close-knit and stimulating learning environment that defines the Geisel School. Dartmouth receives approximately 5,200 applications a year for about 85 places in the entering class. The Geisel School's student body is national in scope and impact. In fact, the vast majority of our students--over 90 percent in recent years, come from out-of-state.
- One year (8 semester hours or equivalent) of general biology and general physics.
- Two years (16 semester hours or equivalent) of chemistry, which must include one semester (or equivalent) of organic chemistry and one semester (or equivalent) of biochemistry. The biochemistry requirement may be substituted with a second semester of organic chemistry for applicants entering in 2014, but is required for entry starting 2015.
- One half-year (3 semester hours or equivalent) of college-level mathematics, including either calculus or statistics.
- Facility in written and spoken English.
- Three years of post-secondary study at US and/or Canadian colleges or universities with a broad range of study that introduces students to the sciences and humanities, preparing students to understand both the scientific basis of medicine and human behavior and society.
- A semester of biochemistry is encouraged for the class entering in 2014 and required classes entering in 2015 and beyond.
- Students are encouraged to major in a field of particular interest and, if possible, to pursue independent investigations in that field.
- All candidates are expected to present scores from the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Students who choose not to submit MCAT scores will be at a disadvantage. Although the Admissions Committee does not employ rigid cutoffs, applicants should be aware that accepted applications have a median combined MCAT score of 34, and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.8.
- For 2014 entry, the MCAT exam must have been taken between January 2011 and September 2013.
Dartmouth College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all its students, faculty, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. For that reason Dartmouth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin,
"Students tell me their dreams. I listen and
try to connect them with the people here who will
help make their dreams become a reality."
—Joseph O'Donnell, M.D., Senior Advising Dean
disability, military or veteran status in access to its programs and activities, and in conditions of admission and employment (hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits). (Dartmouth College refers to the entire institution, including the professional schools, graduate programs, and auxiliary activities). For more information, please see Dartmouth's Policy Concerning Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. For more information about the Geisel Office for Learning Services and the Essential Standards for Matriculation, Promotion, and Graduation, including the Standards for Capacity, visit the Office for Learning Services or call (603) 650-6535.
Medical Education Programs at Dartmouth
In addition to the M.D. degree, Geisel medical students participate in the following degree programs:
M.D.- Ph.D. program is committed to training physician-scientists for the 21st century who will provide excellent patient care, lead discovery in biomedical disease-oriented research, advocate for basic and translational biomedical research, and take leadership roles in biomedical research and the delivery of health care. For more information, visit the M.D.-Ph.D. Program Website or call (603) 650-1505.
M.D.-M.B.A. program with Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business Administration is designed to create leaders in health care and medical administration and in entrepreneurial ventures in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical-product industries. For more information, visit The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth or call (603) 646-3162.
M.D.-M.P.H.,M.D.-M.S. programs with The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, where students apply after enrolling in the M.D. program. These unique programs provide students with the academic knowledge and skill sets to make an impact in evidence-based public health practice and quality improvement. For more information,
visit the TDI Programs page or call (603) 650-6522.
M.D.-M.S. program, with Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering is designed for people who intend to pursue clinical practice and want to develop research skills in a related engineering area. It is also well suited to students who want to study technologies they will employ as practicing physicians. The program provides a funded research experience in engineering that is expected to lead to a research publication and provides practice in engineering design and analysis. For more information, visit the Thayer School of Engineeering at Dartmouth website or call (603) 646-2230.
Dartmouth Ph.D. programs in a breadth of disciplines, including Chemistry; Computational Biology; Earth Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Experimental and Molecular Medicine (Biomedical Physiology; Cancer Biology and Molecular Therapeutics; Cardiovascular Diseases; Molecular Pharmacology, Toxicology and Experimental Therapeutics; Neuroscience); Health Policy and Clinical Practice; Mathematics; Molecular and Cellular Biology (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Genetics, Microbiology/Immunology); Physics and Astronomy; and Psychological and Brain Sciences. For more information, visit the Dartmouth Graduate Studies website or call (603) 646-2106.
Students are admitted on a need-blind basis • Students have a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.8 and an average
MCAT total of 34 • Approximately 20 percent of applicants are invited to interview on campus