1. For those students applying to medical school with average GPAs and MCAT scores, black applicants are almost three times more likely to being admitted than their Asian counterparts, and more than twice as likely than their white counterparts. 2. For students applying to medical school with slightly below average GPAs of 3.20-3.40 and slightly below average MCAT scores of 24-26, black applicants are more than 8 times as likely to be admitted as Asians, and more than 5 times as likely as whites. Bottom Line: Because of apparent affirmative action policies for admission to medical schools in the U.S. that especially favor blacks and Hispanics, Asian and white students are discriminated against. For example, a black applicant with average grades and a below average MCAT score is slightly more likely to be admitted to medical school (78.1%) than an Asian student with both higher than average grades and higher than average MCAT score (73.7%). Further, an Hispanic student with a below average GPA and a below average MCAT score is only slightly less likely to be admitted to medical school (38.3%) than a white student with both above average GPA and MCAT score (40.3%).
updated Jan 11, 2011
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