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Medical Schools In Texas: Rankings & Information

Medical Schools in Texas: Beat a 7.5% acceptance rate

Part 1: Introduction

We know that many Texas residents would choose to remain or return to Texas for medical school. Texas offers many great options for prospective students with medical schools top-ranked in research and others distinguished for serving rural and underserved populations. With an overall slower pace of life than some other cities, as well as a more reasonable cost of living, Texas can be an appealing state in which to go to medical school for both in state and out of state residents.

By understanding Texas medical schools’ admissions statistics you figure out how competitive you are for admission. Texas medical school applicants will apply to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools in Texas via three application services (TMDSAS, AMCAS and AACOMAS) depending on which schools interest them most. Ten Texas medical schools use TMDSAS, two use AMCAS and one uses AACOMAS.

In this article, you will find information about Texas medical school admissions statistics, but, we encourage you to read TMDSAS: The Definitive Guide for more suggestions about how to approach TMDSAS specifically.

Texas has a total of fourteen medical schools (with one awaiting full accreditation), of which two, Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, are in the top 30 medical schools in research and the top 20 in primary care, according to U.S. News and World Report. Texas medical schools are competitive to get into, especially for out-of-state students.

Osteopathic Medical Schools in Texas and Texas Medical Schools

Part 3: List of Osteopathic Medical Schools in Texas

Below is a list of the osteopathic medical schools in Texas. We have ranked them based on US News rankings which are in parenthesis. (UR: unranked)

  1. University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (93-120)
  2. Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine – University of North Texas (UR)
  3. Sam Houston State University – NEW SCHOOL

 TMDSAS: The Definitive Guide

Don’t miss this important guide to TMDSAS.

Applying to Medical Schools in Texas through TMDSAS

Part 4: Applying to Medical Schools in Texas through TMDSAS

Ten Texas medical schools use an independent application service, The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service or TMDSAS. As a part of the TMDSAS application, you will need to compose a personal statement, activities entries, as well as two additional essays. For more information about TMDSAS, see TMDSAS, The Definitive Guide.

Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service

Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service
Website: https://www.tmdsas.com
Address: P.O. Box 2175, Austin, Texas 78768
Phone: 512-499-4785
email: info@tmdsas.com

How Competitive are you for Medical School Admissions in Texas?

Part 5: Are you competitive for Medical School Admissions in Texas?

Below are the average MCAT scores and GPAs, interview rates for in state and out of state applicants, acceptance rates, percent of entering class that is in state, and tuition for all medical schools in Texas. When considering how competitive you are for Texas medical schools, this is the data you should refer to.

Admissions Statistics for Allopathic Medical Schools in Texas and texas medical schools

Part 6: Admissions Statistics for Texas Allopathic Medical Schools

Baylor College of Medicine

Average GPA: 3.93
Average MCAT: 518
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): 27% (in-state)

6% (out-of-state)

Acceptance rate: 4.1%
Percent of entering class in-state: 84%
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): $19,723 (in-state)

$32,823 (out-of-state)

 

McGovern Medical School (Houston)

Average GPA: 3.82
Average MCAT: 511
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): 22% (in-state)

5.7% (out-of-state)

Acceptance rate: 9.5%
Percent of entering class in-state: 95%
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): $20,092 (in-state)

$29,708 (out-of-state)

 

Texas A&M College of Medicine

Average GPA: 3.85
Average MCAT: 512
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): 23% (in-state)

7% (out-of-state)

Acceptance rate: N/A
Percent of entering class in-state: 97%
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): $18,308 (in-state)

$32,408 (out-of-state)

 

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Average GPA: 3.85
Average MCAT: 510
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): 16% (in-state)

3% (out-of-state)

Acceptance rate: N/A
Percent of entering class in-state: 97%
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): $17,856 (in-state)

$30,956 (out-of-state)

 

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine Lubbock

Average GPA: 3.83
Average MCAT: 512
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): 21% (in-state)

10% (out-of-state)

Acceptance rate: 9.1%
Percent of entering class in-state: 91%
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): $18,094 (in-state)

$31,194 (out-of-state)

 

Long Medical School San Antonio

Average GPA: 3.84
Average MCAT: 514
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): 22% (in-state)

12% (out-of-state)

Acceptance rate: 8.4%
Percent of entering class in-state: 89%
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): $18,621 (in-state)

$33,739 (out-of-state)

 

University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Average GPA: 3.84
Average MCAT: 516
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): 9% (in-state)

3% (out-of-state)

Acceptance rate: 2.3%
Percent of entering class in-state: 90%
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): $20,268 (in-state)

$34,030 (out-of-state)

 

University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine at Galveston

Average GPA: 3.93
Average MCAT: 512
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): 27% (in-state)

5% (out-of-state)

Acceptance rate: 10.6%
Percent of entering class in-state: 95%
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): $21,606 (in-state)

$36,516 (out-of-state)

 

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

Average GPA: 3.58
Average MCAT: 508
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): 9% (in-state)

7% (out-of-state)

Acceptance rate: N/A
Percent of entering class in-state: 88%
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): $18,298 (in-state)

$31,398 (out-of-state)

 

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Average GPA: 3.89
Average MCAT: 517
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): 17% (in-state)

9% (out-of-state)

Acceptance rate: 8.8%
Percent of entering class in-state: 88%
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): $21,934 (in-state)

$34,134 (out-of-state)

 

TCU & UNTHSC

Average GPA: 3.6
Average MCAT: 504
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): NA
Acceptance rate: N/A
Percent of entering class in-state: N/A
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): N/A
Admissions Statistics for Allopathic Medical Schools in Texas and texas medical schools

Part 7: Admissions Statistics for Texas Osteopathic Medical Schools

University of North Texas – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Average GPA: 3.63
Average MCAT: 506
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): N/A
Acceptance rate:    12.4%
Percent of entering class in-state: 95%
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): $13,078 (in-state)

$28,766 (out-of-state)

 

University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (NEW SCHOOL)

Average GPA: N/A
Average MCAT: N/A
Interview rate(s) (in-state and out-of-state applicants): N/A
Acceptance rate: N/A
Percent of entering class in-state: 76%
Tuition (in-state and out-of-state applicants): $55,000 (in-state)

$55,000 (out-of-state)

How can you increase your chances of getting accepted to a Texas medical school?

Part 8: Increase Your Chances of Acceptance

Getting into medical school is tough, regardless of whether you are an in-state or out-of-state applicant. First, you need to determine whether your GPA and MCAT score is competitive. As a very general rule of thumb, MedEdits considers you competitive if your GPA is no less than .25 points lower than a school’s average GPA and your MCAT no lower than three points below a school’s average. However, there are other factors to consider when determining your overall competitiveness.

Then, you need to figure out to which medical schools you want to apply. Only three Texas medical schools do not participate in TMDSAS (Baylor, TCU and UNTHSC and University of Incarnate Word). Therefore, you must make sure your TMDSAS application sets you apart. Thankfully, the TMDSAS application offers lots of opportunity to do that. We have broken down the TMDSAS application components below.

  1. TMDSAS Personal Statement. The TMDSAS personal statement has a 5000 character limit which is only slightly less than AMCAS (5,300 characters).
  2. TMDSAS Work and Activities: You are allowed 300 characters for each TMDSAS entry and are allowed an additional 500 characters for three experiences you identify as “most meaningful”. This is in contrast to the AMCAS limits of 700 and 1325 characters.
  3. There are two additional essays you can take advantage of with TMDSAS. The first asks you to write about your personal characteristics, and the second, which is technically optional, but we encourage applicants to complete. This essay asks you to write about unique life experiences. Both essays are 2500 characters each.

Not only should your personal statement reflect your passion for medicine while highlighting your distinctive qualities and experiences, but, it also offers the chance to explain why you want to attend medical school in Texas and your connection with the state. Because medical schools in Texas have some distinct missions, your background might make you a better for some, and a weaker fit for others. As with every step of the admissions process, don’t try to “tweak” your persona; always be true to yourself and let your experiences tell your story.

You should also take advantage of the two additional TMDSAS essays by emphasizing different aspects of your background, values and ideals than you did in your personal statement. If you are an out-of-state applicant applying to Texas medical schools, you absolutely need to have a competitive application overall.

Nine Texas medical schools offer a further opportunity to set yourself apart.

Texas Medical Schools with Secondary Essays:

  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Dell Medical School
  • UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
  • McGovern Medical School
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Texas A&M University College of Medicine
  • Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine
  • The University of North Texas HSC – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Texas Tech University HSC El Paso Paul L. Foster SOM

These nine medical schools offer another opportunity to set yourself apart from other applicants because the school’s differ with regards to their missions, communities served, and overall strengths. Therefore, when writing secondary essays, pay attention to each school’s prompt while also considering the school’s mission and communities it serves. For example, Dell Medical School initiated an innovative secondary video application in place of the traditional written secondary essay. In this video, applicants are asked to reflect on how their own experiences reflect the values and ideals of Dell’s mission and vision to “revolutionize how people stay and get healthy” through a “vital, inclusive health ecosystem.”

 TMDSAS: The Definitive Guide

TMDSAS timeline, TMDSAS essay prompts, which schools require secondary essays!

Final Thoughts

For Texas residents, applying to medical schools in Texas become a no-brainer. With so many great medical schools, all of which offer in-state preference, all Texas residents should apply. However, for out of state applicants, one must consider if they are competitive for Texas medical schools and if they would like to live in the state. With a separate application system, applying to Texas medical schools is certainly more “work” and an added stress. However, Texas is appealing because of great medical education options, lower in-state tuition and cost of living.

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