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Admissions Outlook

In 2021, 23,711 applicants were accepted to allopathic (MD) medical school out of 62,443 who applied, for an overall acceptance rate of 38%. However, the acceptance rate at any given school is considerably lower. At Albany Medical College, for example, 1% of the total number of applicants matriculated (143 out of 13,739); at Drexel, 2% (303 out of 16,682). The outlook for Swarthmore premedical students is much better than the overall acceptance rate of 38%. Our acceptance rate in 2021 was 77% — substantially higher than the national average — a record that few other colleges can claim.