Stanford Medical School
Admissions Information

Hi Pre Meds!

Drs. Rishi Mediratta and Rachel Rizal LOVED their Stanford Medical School experience. We also love helping pre-meds get into their dream medical schools.  When we take a look at our Stanford Med classmates around us, they were incredible and talented in so many ways!

Be sure to contact us, email us at or if you want to learn more about our Cracking Med School Admissions team’s story, check out our “About Us” page.

This page serves as a informational resource for Stanford Med School. We’ve compiled it from Stanford Medical School acceptance rate data, the Stanford University Medical school website, and most importantly, from Stanford Med students themselves! You will have facts such as Stanford Medical School admissions statistics AND we will give you a perspective of student life about the Stanford Medical School curriculum, including scholarly concentrations and Med Scholars.

Our Cracking Med School Admissions team often gets asked, “How to get into Stanford Medical School?” While there are several ways you can strengthen your medical school applications – other than having a high MCAT score and GPA – there is not one way to get into Stanford University School of Medicine!

As a disclaimer, the information on this page was not endorsed by Stanford School of Medicine or Stanford Medical School Admissions. Our goal is to provide pre-meds with more information to help them gather more information about Stanford. Whether you’re comparing medical schools that you have been accepted to, preparing for an interview, or wanting to learn more about our experience at Stanford Medical School, keep reading!

Here is a glimpse of some of the activities we were involved with at Stanford Medical School:

Each year, we help several students get accepted to top medical schools!

Stanford Medical School
Secondary Application Essay Prompts

Stanford Supplemental Application Essay Prompts (2018-2019):
  1. The Committee on Admissions regards the diversity (broadly defined) of an entering class as an important factor in serving the educational mission of the school. The Committee on Admissions strongly encourages you to share unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and life or work experiences. Please discuss how such factors have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine. (Please limit your answer to 2,000 characters including spaces)
  2. What do you see as the most likely practice scenario for your future medical career? Why do you feel you are particularly suited for this practice scenario? What knowledge, skills and attitudes have you developed that have prepared you for this career path? (Please limit your answer to 1,000 characters including spaces)
  3. How will the Stanford curriculum, and specifically the requirement for a scholarly concentration, help your personal career goals? (Please limit your answer to 1,000 characters including spaces)
  4. Optional: Is there anything that we have not specifically asked that you would like for us to know and how you may uniquely contribute to Stanford Medicine? (Please limit your answer to 1,000 characters including spaces)

For more information about the secondary and interview application timeline for the MD application, check out Stanford School of Medicine Admissions Office’s MD Admissions Timeline 

Stanford Medical School Admissions
Interview Style

If you get invited for a Stanford Medical School interview, be prepared for Multiple Mini Interviews. As Stanford Medicine’s article described Multiple Mini Interviews, “It’s like speed dating on steroids.  In 10 mini-interviews of eight minutes each, Stanford medical school candidates rush from room to room, station to station, congregating in suits and skirts in a connecting hallway for a two-minute break to prepare for the next interview.”

Want to learn more about how to prepare for the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)? Prepare for your Stanford Medical School interview by using the Cracking Med School Admission’s resources! Read our blogs about MMI interviews to get tips to ace multiple mini interviews. And schedule a mock interview with us today.

Read our 2 popular MMI blogs here:

  1. The Multiple Mini Interview: What it is, and How to do Well
  2. 5 Tips to Ace the MMI Interview

Stanford Medical School Admissions Statistics

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Admit Rate
Stanford Med School Median GPA: 3.83

Stanford Med School Median Old MCAT: 38 Total (12 Verbal / 13 Physical Science / 13 Biological Science)
Stanford Med School New MCAT: 519 (130 chemical & physical / 129 critical analysis / 130 biological & biochemical / 130 psychological, social)


How did Stanford med students do on the USMLE Step exams?

Average USMLE Step 1 Exam Score: 242

Average USMLE Step 2 Exam Score: 239

Source for Stanford Medical School Admissions Statistics and USMLE scores: US. News and World Report, 2020 Rankings

Stanford Medicine Curriculum

Stanford Medicine Curriculum:


Stanford University School of Medicine has a brand new curriculum called the Discovery Curriculum. 

Read more about Stanford Medical School’s New Curriculum:

From our team’s experience, the Stanford Medicine curriculum is extremely FLEXIBLE. Our Stanford Med classmates took 1 month off to 5+ years off in order to pursue their interests or take a breather for personal issues.

Pre-Clinical Curriculum:

Based on the Discovery Curriculum description, one of the key new features is that you can do your pre-clerkship curriculum in two years or three years. 

Stanford Medical School Scholarly Concentration: What’s unique about Stanford is that your pre-clinical years allow you to explore several of your academic interests, and you are not tied to classes in the medical school. Think about scholarly concentrations as “majors.” Dr. Mediratta did his Stanford Med Scholarly Concentration in “Community Health” and Dr. Rizal did her Stanford Med Scholarly Concentration on “Health Policy.” Aside from the scholarly concentration courses, Stanford Med students can take courses in the business school, engineering schools, and even undergraduate courses, including introductory golf.

Read more information about the Stanford Scholarly Concentrations here.

Stanford Med Scholars: Stanford University excels and prides itself as a top research institution. While we were medical school students, the Med School granted up to 5 quarters (more than 1 year!) of research funding. What’s great about research is that Stanford supports research in a non-traditional sense. We had friends who did basic science research in a lab, go abroad to do global health research, do data research for nearby start-up companies, and write books. All of this was considered scholarly work!

Read more about Stanford Research funding opportunities here


Pass/Fail during your pre-clinical year. Honors/Pass/Fail during your clinical years.

Student Ranking:

Stanford does not rank its students. It likes to foster a non-competitive atmosphere.

What Students are Saying About Their Experiences At Stanford Med

Main Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • Stanford Health Care
  • Stanford – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
  • VA Palo Alto
  • Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Students have a wide variety of clinical sites they can choose from for each rotation. This allows students a wide breadth of experience across different types of hospital settings and patient populations. For example, Santa Clara Valley is a community hospital, and students can work clinics serving low-income, minority populations.

What Students are Saying About Their
Clinical Experiences At Stanford Med


Stanford Med School Housing:

Students can live on-campus in graduate-student housing scattered around Stanford University’s graduate housing. Most students live on-campus their first and second years of medical school and then move to surrounding cities their last years of medical school. Most students find reasonable off-campus housing in surrounding cities like Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Redwood City. But, some students live as far as San Francisco, Fremont, and San Jose.

Learn more about Stanford University Housing Options:


Financial Considerations:

  • Stanford is very generous with grants and loans. Because it is a private institution, it oftentimes gives its own private grants/scholarships to help pay for your medical education.
  • Don’t think you qualify for financial aid? You may be surprised. They have “middle-income” assistance loans for students who are from families classified as middle-income. 
  • You can be a Teaching Assistant for classes at the medical school, undergraduate campus, or other graduate classes. 
  • You are eligible for 1-5 quarters of research funding if you apply with a good research idea through its “Medical Scholars” program. To learn more about Med Scholars and to read what prior students have done, visit this website:
  • Learn more about Stanford Medical School Tuition and Financial Aid:

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