Medical Schools in Colorado

Medical Schools in Colorado
Medical Schools in Colorado

Medical Schools in Colorado

Colorado is home to just two medical colleges, including one allopathic and one osteopathic school. Like schools in other states, both the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine are highly selective, each with their own personality and distinctive qualities. What MCAT and GPA do you need to get into medical school in Colorado?

Information, Average MCAT & GPA for Medical Schools in Colorado

University of Colorado School of Medicine

US News Ranking 27
Practice Type Allopathic
Location Aurora
School Type Public
Average GPA 3.8
Average MCAT Score N/A
Interview & Acceptance Rates 6.8% (interview)
Percent of Class In State N/A
Tuition $42,390/$83,290(IS/OOS – year 1) *Reduced in the 2021–22 academic year


The University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus has several notable claims to fame, such as being the site where immunology was founded and the first liver transplant was performed. The institution has been accepting both women and men, as well as minorities, since its establishment in 1883. Graduating top physicians in numerous specialties, many of whom practice in Colorado, it is a leader in medicine in the West.

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

US News Ranking Unranked
Practice Type Osteopathic
Location Parker
School Type Private
Average GPA 3.55
Average MCAT Score 506
Interview & Acceptance Rates N/A
Percent of Class In State 38%
Tuition $58,330


Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) is an osteopathic program that leads to earning a DO. It focuses on serving diverse populations, including underserved populations. Students can explore many aspects of primary care through on-site and community partnerships. Another notable feature is that the school has a high percentage of military scholarships and prepares students to practice, among other specialties, military medicine, global medicine, and much more.

How to Improve Your Odds of Getting into a Colorado Medical School

While no one is guaranteed admission to any medical school, there are certainly ways to increase your chances of getting into a Colorado school.

First, you should determine which type of program you want to pursue, allopathic or osteopathic. Learn about the different approaches so you can figure out which one is better for you. Given that there are only two medical colleges in Colorado, it’s an important step to take so you can ensure you end up at the one that’s the best fit for you.

Moreover, it’s important to understand that the University of Colorado School of Medicine in particular is even less likely to accept out-of-state residents. Even RVUCOM’s student body is made up of over a third Colorado residents, although the impact of residency typically matters less for private schools. If you’re applying as an out-of-state student, you’ll need to make your ties to the state and community very obvious.

Of course, as always, gear your materials toward the specific school, making your interest in the particular college obvious through your medical school personal statement, interviews (assuming you’re invited), and other components. You should be demonstrating why this school, over other medical schools, appeals to you.

MedEdits Medical Admissions Founder and Chairwoman, Jessica Freedman, MD
JESSICA FREEDMAN, M.D., is president of MedEdits Medical Admissions and author of the MedEdits Guide to Medical Admissions and The Medical School Interview. Follow Dr. Freedman and MedEdits on Facebook and Twitter.


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