Applications to Geisel School of Medicine Surge


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Applications to the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth for the 2014 MD entering class have risen 22 percent compared to the previous year. The medical school experienced an increase of 946 secondary (completed) applications, pushing that total to 5,275 applications from prospective students vying for fewer than 90 seats this year.

First-year Geisel student Chelsea Modlin helps a patient at a flu clinic in Enfield, N.H. (Photo courtesy of the Geisel School of Medicine)

The increased applicant pool—projected to be 3 to 5 times the national average—provides the opportunity for even greater selectivity and diversity in the make-up of the 2014 entering class, according to Aileen Panitz, assistant director of admissions at Geisel.

“The larger applicant pool presents a very talented and diverse range of applicants to Geisel, making our job in admissions even more challenging. It certainly will make the process even more selective and competitive this year,” says Panitz.

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) within the Geisel School of Medicine also experienced an increase in applications to its MPH and MS degree programs this year. The Institute attributes the growth to greater outreach efforts, working with a larger prospective student database, and an increase in research and recognition of TDI professors.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on July 25, 2014, to correct the original story, which included incomplete information about the increase in applications to Geisel. The updated figures reflect the final application number from AMCAS (the Association of American Medical Colleges’ national application system).

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