Getting Started

 Class of 2017 First-Year Students, please read this important letter from Pam Middleton

 Universal symbol for medicineMedicine has long been regarded as a highly rewarding profession, appealing to both the altruistic and the intellectual sides of our nature.  The path to becoming a physician is often described as long and arduous.  This is,in part, true.  However, during that journey, you are studying and gaining experiences that are not just in preparation for the future, but are also fulfilling at the time you are undertaking them.  There is not one path to “getting there” either;people begin their journeys at different stages of their lives.  Some students enter Carleton having had significant experienceswith the healthcare world that have already convinced them that medicine is their calling.  Others arrive knowing that they love science and they love helping people, and that medicine might be the perfect career to meld those two passions; they begin the more serious exploration during their undergraduate years.  Still others decide midway through their Carleton career, or even a few years after graduation, that they want to pursue medicine.  The important message here is that, wherever you are on this path, Carleton has the resources to help you to navigate your own individual path.

Competition for seats in the 141 U.S. medical schools is as strong as ever; there are more than two applicants for each seat, and on average the national acceptance rate to medical school is 40-45%.  Carleton’s acceptance rate is considerably better than this national average, and is comparable to our peer institutions.  Carleton supports all of the students and alumni who decide to apply, regardless of GPA.  Of course, medical schools look for much more in their applicants than simply the GPA and MCAT score; it is important that the applicant must have strong interpersonal skills.  In addition, an understanding of the healthcare field as gained through experiences in hospitals and clinics and a strong commitment to service are required.

The majority of the information on this website is focused on medical school admissions; however, many of the same courses and experiences are required by other health professions programs.  For additional information on either those programs (dental, veterinary, etc) or for medical school, please contact Pam Middleton at