This year’s entering Ohio State University medical students are a diverse and impressive group.
The 101 women and 119 men, ranging in age from 20 to 39, come from 84 different colleges and universities with 57 different academic majors. Eighteen have graduate degrees, one with a PhD in physiology. As might be expected, the majority (over 70 percent) have undergraduate degrees in the basic sciences, but 67 of the total graduated with bachelors of art’s degrees.
Of the 4,237 individuals applying for admittance, 879 were interviewed and 466 accepted. The actual number of enrollees -- 220 in all -- came in with an average GPA of 3.70 (out of 4.00) and a composite MCAT score of 33.
In addition to a diverse educational background, this group exhibits a breadth of interests and experience that ranges from short story and poetry writing to repairing computers. One owned his own restaurant, while another worked as a confidential informant for a police department. Film producer, HIV test counselor, law office clerk, knitting pattern designer, credit analyst, black belt instructor and a cappella soloist were also among the vocations listed, as were veterinary assistant, inventor, paramedic/firefighter, disc jockey and Spanish teacher.
Community service has played a considerable role in this group’s list of previous experience. Some were volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Animal Adoption Foundation, Hospice, Rainbow Babies, Red Cross, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters, while others coached sports teams, including disabled volleyball, rainbow soccer, gymnastics and football. View the 2010 Incoming Class Profile.