Baylor College of Medicine Admissions


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This page serves as a high-yield resource for Baylor College of Medicine Admissions. The information from this page is a GOLDEN resource. We’ve compiled it from Baylor Medical School acceptance rate data, the Baylor College of Medicine website, and most importantly, from Baylor medical school students themselves! You will have facts such as admissions statistics, but you’ll get an insider perspective about the curriculum.

Whether you’re comparing medical schools that you have been accepted to, preparing for an interview, or wanting to learn more about Baylor Medical School admissions, keep reading!

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Baylor Medical School Secondary Application:

There are 3 essays for the Baylor Medical School secondary application. Although 2 of these seem optional, we recommend you answer all 3 of the essays so the admissions officers get different perspectives about you.

Baylor Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts:

Essay 1) Indicate any special experiences, unusual factors or other information you feel would be helpful in evaluating you, including, but not limited to, education, employment, extracurricular activities, prevailing over adversity. You may expand upon but not repeat AMCAS application information. 2000 character limit.

Essay 2)  If you took a gap year there is a 2,000 character “What did you do during your gap year” question.

Essay 3) If you are a career changer there is this: Is becoming a physician a second career for you? If so, what was your first career choice? (2,000 char)


Baylor Medical School Secondary Application MD/PhD Essay Prompts:

Essay 1) If you are a career changer there is this: Is becoming a physician a second career for you? If so, what was your first career choice? (2,000 char)

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Baylor College of Medicine Admissions – Interview Style:

Baylor’s Medical School’s interview format is one-on-one traditional interview format.

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Baylor College of Medicine Acceptance Rate







Admit Rate


Baylor School of Medicine Median GPA: 3.92

Baylor School of Medicine Median Old MCAT: 43 Total (13 Verbal / 14 Physical Science / 15 Biological Science)

Baylor School of Medicine New MCAT: 518 (130 chemical & physical / 129 critical analysis / 130 biological & biochemical / 130 psychological, social)

How hard is it to get into Baylor Medical School? You definitely need to have the academic preparation and rigor in your pre-med schedule.


How well did Baylor students do on their USMLE Step exams?

Average Baylor USMLE Step 1 Score: 245

Average Baylor USMLE Step 2 Score: 250


Your Baylor College of Medicine  Admissions Advisers
Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine
What I did After College:
• Improved vaccine distribution in developing countries
• Worked with the World Health Organization in the Philippines
• Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
• Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
• Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies
• Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department
Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, Stanford
Masters: Masters in Medical Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What I did after I graduated:
• Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
• Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian
• World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program
• Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities

The Insider’s View on Baylor College of Medicine Admissions

How to Get Into Baylor College of Medicine – Know the Curriculum:



Baylor was one of the first med schools to make its pre-clinical curriculum 18 months. Then, you do one year of your core rotations. Finally, you taeke your USMLE exams in your 3rd year and you finish medical school doing selectives (advanced clinical clerkships), sub-internships, and elective.

Many students elect to do additional courses through the Pathways curriculum, take classes at the business school, and do scholarly research throughout their entire time at medical school.

Pathways Curriculum: Baylor College of Medicine has pathways (think about them as areas of concentration) so you get a broader view of healthcare. Options for Pathways include: medical research, global health, underserved, health policy, medical ethics, space medicine, and genetics & genomics. Read more about the pathways here.

Pre-Clinical Years:

The first year at Baylor Med School are basic science courses. Starting your second year, you learn based on organ systems: cardiology, respiratory, renal, hematology/oncology, radiology & lab medicine, gastroenterology, endocrinology, GU/GYN, genetics, age-related topics

Clinical Years:

During the 2nd year of medical school, students start clinical rotations.

The core clinical curriculum consists of:

  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Psychiatary
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Family & Community Medicine

During your 4th year, you have ample time to choose electives or continue pursuing research. There are a few clinical courses required:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Sub-Internship in Medicine, Neurology, OB/GYN, Surgery, Pediatrics, or Family Medicine
  • Two 2-week courses: Ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, ENT, and urology

Taking Time Off:

Baylor Med School is flexible with taking time off. Many students graduate within 4 years, however the school is flexible with you taking more time to pursue your passions and graduate in 4+ years.


Why choose Baylor Medical School?

The most common reasons we’ve heard:

  • Diverse patient population
  • Research-based institution and supportive of research projects
  • Dual degree programs
  • Houston

What students are saying about Baylor Medical School

Many international students here, which expand my perspective about healthcare.

I love the plethora of other classes we can take. I took a class on management and leadership in healthcare.

Baylor is extremely supportive and gives stipends to students who pursue research projects.

Unique highlights about pre-clinical years:

  • 1.5 years
  • Several options to do a scholarly project
  • One of few places in the United States where you can learn about space medicine
  • Simulation practice throughout your 4 years
  • Classes with nurses and PA students

Unique highlights about clinical years:

  • Flexibility with what to do during your elective time during fourth year
  • Wide breadth of clinical experiences at a variety of places, including a rehab facility

Unique Degree Programs Offered at Baylor University Medical School:

  • MD/PhD
  • MD/MPH
  • MD/JD
  • MD/MBA

Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • Texas Medical Center
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • Harris Health System (public healthcare system)
  • TIRR Memorial Hermann (rehab center)
  • Texas Children’s Center
  • VA Medical Center

What students are saying about clinical rotations at Baylor Medical School

I had several simulation sessions which taught me how to handle code situations.

I enjoyed rotating at various clinical sites because I saw how different hospital systems functioned and operated.

I am interested in Heme/Onc, and training at MD Anderson - one of the best cancer centers - was a world-class opportunity!


Where do students live?

Most students live in apartments or rent houses close to Baylor Medical School.


Getting around:

You will need a car when you attend Baylor Medical School.


Financial Considerations:

  • Baylor Medical School gives many grants, financial-aid and scholarships.
  • Full-time Tuition: ~ $29,000 + ~$25,000 room and board
  • Average indebtedness of graduates: ~$107,000

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