Students seeking M.D.'s are a varied lot
What do a former professional ballet dancer, a college homecoming king, and a top contestant in the World Cannoli Eating Championship have in common? They're all pursuing an M.D. as members of DMS's Class of 2012—a select group drawn from almost 5,600 applications to the American Medical College Application Service.
The 75 new M.D. students came to Dartmouth from as far as Slovakia and Tanzania and as near as New York City and a small town in Maine. Their undergraduate majors ranged from philosophy to biomedical engineering to theater, and they had average GPAs in both science and nonscience classes of over 3.7. Their average combined MCAT score of 32.9 was DMS's second-highest ever.
Sports: But these students have not spent all their time with their noses to the grindstone, despite their stellar GPAs and MCAT scores. Many of the '12s played college sports—including tennis, ice hockey, and volleyball—and three were DJs for their college radio station.
The new students have also built houses with Habitat for Humanity, acted in independent films, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Korean Marine Corps, and translated Holocaust testimonies.
The students' hobbies include skiing, hiking, painting, scuba diving, fencing, playing the piano, woodworking, and
Some stats about the
75 new M.D. students
Percentage increase in
applications over last year
Number born at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital
Number born outside the U.S.
Number of undergraduate
Number who graduated from
Percentage who were 25 or
older at the time they applied
Number of states represented
Percentage students of color
and/or international students
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