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Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ratio of Medical School Applicants to Available Slots Stays Flat

The WSJ Health Blog reports that the new figures on medical school applications from the Association of Medical Colleges came out on Tuesday. They show that the ratio of applications per available slot has stayed essentially the same for the past decade - two applicants for every slot:

The 2009 figures are out today from the Association of American Medical Colleges: 42,269 applicants for 18,390 first-year slots. That compares to 38,443 applicants for 16,221 slots in 1999.

Despite the long-term stability, there are some year-to-year variations. Between 2008 and 2009, the number of applicants didn’t change much. But there are about 350 more first-year students this year, largely because four new med schools seated their first entering classes (some existing schools also expanded their first-year classes).

The new schools are affiliated with Florida International University, Texas Tech and the University of Central Florida; a fourth school, the Commonwealth Medical College, in Pennsylvania, is independent.


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