Major in what you love. Medical schools do not care what you major in. What they do expect is that you like/love what you study and excel in that discipline. Medical schools look at three GPAs: 1) your science GPA, 2) your non-science GPA, 3) an overall GPA. The science GPA consists of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math. There is no separate major GPA on AMCAS.

For your reference, more Biology majors apply to medical school than any other major. In 2018, over half (55%) of applicants to medical school were Biology majors whereas all of the Humanities majors combined only represented 3.2% of the applicant pool. As you can see from the numbers below, the matriculation rate per major is roughly the same so major in what you love! I have worked with all majors from Japanese and Business to Chemical Engineering and Physics. 

Applicants (52,777) vs Matriculants (21,622) according to the Table A-17: MCAT and GPAs for Applicants and Matriculants to U.S. Medical Schools by Primary Undergraduate Major, 2018-2019.

  • Biology Majors: 29,443 Biology majors applied and 11,843 matriculated

  • Humanities Majors: 1,689 Humanities majors applied and 797 matriculated

  • Social Science Majors: 5,143 Social Science majors applied and 2,107 matriculated

  • Math and Statistics Majors: 353 Math and Statistics majors applied and 168 matriculated


Last Updated September 2019