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Academics & MCAT FAQs

 Q1. Is there an academic cutoff, GPA or MCAT, for applying?  
  • There is no minimum cumulative GPA or MCAT scores, however, applicants must demonstrate the ability to be competitive academically.   
  • Applicants are assessed on an individual basis via a holistic approach whereby an applicant’s academic history,  personal characteristics, and geographic background are considered in concert with personal circumstances and potential disadvantaging factors.  
  • Students must be able to demonstrate they can handle the heavy academic workload of medical school regardless of their GPA and/or MCAT scores. Applicants may not be excluded solely on the basis of academics IF other components of their application, like personal circumstances, work experience, and extra-curricular activies, merit further consideration. 

Q2.  How is the overall academic average/GPA determined?  
  • An applicant’s overall academic average/GPA is determined by calculation of all courses taken each year at the University/College level. For grade conversion to Memorial University Grading System, please click here.

Q3.  The grading system at my university is completely different than Memorial's; how should I report my grades?   
  • In indicating your grades/GPA on the application, use the conversion table above. Although an applicant indicates their grades on the application, the Admissions Committee's final decision is based on the official transcript and conversion table provided by the educational institution.