Medical Schools in California

Updated: April 29, 2020

>> Complete list of medical schools in the US including medical school acceptance rates, average accepted GPA and MCAT scores.<<

This blog lists the medical schools in California along with their course requirements and admission statistics. It also outlines some features of the state which you should consider if you are applying to a medical school in California.

California is the most populous state in the United States and the third-largest in area. California offers not only mild weather and varied terrain, but a demographically diverse population, with large immigrant populations from all over the world. California also features one of the world's largest economies and is considered a global trendsetter in popular culture. California produces the country's highest agricultural output and contains Silicon Valley, the global hub of technological innovation. The above characteristics make California an ideal location for any prospective student to embark on a diverse and varied journey through their medical education, allowing you to study in urban, suburban, and rural areas and to encounter many different types of patients and presentations.

California Northstate University College of Medicine

California University of Science and Medicine - School of Medicine

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen, School of Medicine

University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine

University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Do you want our help getting into medical schools in California?

Medical Schools in California:

1. California Northstate University College of Medicine 

Location: Elk Grove, CA

Course prerequisites

  •  2 semesters of college-level English 
  •  2 semesters of Biology with laboratory
  •  2 semesters Inorganic (General) Chemistry with a minimum of 8 units with Laboratory
  •  2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with a minimum of 8 units with Laboratory
  •  2 semesters of Physics
  • 2 semesters of college-level Math 
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry

Recommended courses

  • Social sciences 
  • Anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Behavioral sciences
  • Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Foreign Languages

Admission statistics

Minimum accepted MCAT score: 497

Minimum accepted GPA: 2.8

2. California University of Science and Medicine - School of Medicine

 Location: San Bernardino, CA

Course prerequisites

No specific course requirements

Admission statistics

Minimum accepted MCAT score: 504

Minimum accepted GPA: 3.0

>>Check out our list of out of state friendly medical schools!<<

3. Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Course prerequisites

No specific course requirements

Admission statistics

N/A

4. Loma Linda University School of Medicine

 Location: Loma Linda, CA

Course prerequisites

  • General Biology, one year sequence with lab
  • General or Inorganic Chemistry, one year sequence with lab
  • Organic Chemistry, one year sequence with lab
  • Biochemistry, one academic term. Lab recommended.
  • General Physics, one year sequence with lab

Recommended courses

  • Basic statistics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Admission statistics

N/A

5. Stanford University School of Medicine

 Location: Stanford, CA

Course prerequisites

No specific course requirements

Admission statistics

N/A

6. University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Location: Sacramento, CA

Course prerequisites

  • Biological Sciences, 1 year
  • Chemistry, general and organic sequence: 2 years (If you are unable to take a full year of organic chemistry, courses in biochemistry will be accepted.)
  • Physics, 1 year

Admission statistics

Average accepted MCAT score: 510

Minimum accepted GPA: 3.74

7. University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

 Location: Irvine, CA

Course prerequisites

  • Biology, 1.5 years, including one upper-division biology course.
  • Chemistry, 2 years, to include general/inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.
  • Physics, 1 year

Recommended courses

  • Anatomy
  • Biostatistics
  • Biology/Chemistry Laboratory experience
  • Cell Biology
  • Calculus
  • English Composition
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology (introduction, abnormal and developmental)
  • Spanish

Admission statistics

Average accepted MCAT score: 514

Minimum accepted GPA: 3.78

8. University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen, School of Medicine

 Location: Los Angeles, CA

Recommended courses

  • Biological Sciences and Physiology
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physical Sciences with lab
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics and Statistics

Admission statistics

Average accepted MCAT score: 513

Average accepted GPA: 3.6

9. University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine

 Location: Riverside, CA

Course prerequisites

  • Mathematics — 8 semester hours in calculus and/or statistics.
  • Physics — 8 semester hours, labs optional.
  • General chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry — 16 semester hours, labs optional.
  • Biology — Eight (8) semester hours, labs optional.

Recommended courses

  • English, writing, composition, logic, or critical thinking —8  semester hours 
  • Humanities/social sciences —8 semester hours.
  • Spanish — 3 semester hours.

Admission statistics

Minimum accepted MCAT score: 506

Minimum accepted GPA: 3.6

10. University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

Location: La Jolla, CA

Course prerequisites

No specific course requirements

Recommended courses

  • 2 semesters of college-level Biology
  • 2 semesters of college-level General Chemistry
  • 1 semester of college-level Biochemistry
  • 2 semesters of college-level Organic Chemistry.
  • 2 semesters of college-level Physics.
  • 2 semesters of college-level Calculus or Statistics

Laboratory coursework for all courses that offer corresponding labs.

Admission statistics

Average accepted MCAT score: 516

Average accepted GPA: 3.77

11. University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

 Location: San Francisco, CA

Course prerequisites

  • Biology, one year with laboratory (may include biochemistry)
  • Chemistry, one year, including at least one semester of organic chemistry with lab (may include biochemistry)
  • Biochemistry, at least one course
  • Physics, one semester

Admission statistics

Average accepted MCAT score: 94th percentile

Minimum accepted GPA: 3.20

Check out our video to find out what makes studying in California unique:

Do you want our help getting into medical schools in California?


(limited spots available)

To your success,

Your friends at BeMo

About BeMo Academic Consulting (“BeMo”):

BeMo is the most sought-after academic consulting firms in the world famous for helping applicants with admissions to highly competitive programs and its staunch advocacy for fair admissions. BeMo is the leader in CASPer test prep, Multiple Mini Interview prep, traditional interview prep, panel interview prep, and application review for highly competitive graduate and professional programs.

With over 25,980 students around the world, BeMo has helped more students get into competitive programs than any other expert in the field. BeMo's high-end consulting programs are often at full capacity before peak seasons and it has grown exponentially because of its outstanding success rate of 93.5%. BeMo has the highest rating of any other Academic Consulting with a 4.8/5 score on Trustpilot. BeMo has published multiple books on admissions including the following Amazon Best Sellers:

Ultimate guide to medical school admissions

Ultimate guide to multiple mini interview

Ultimate guide to CASPer test prep

BeMo’s founder and CEO, Dr. Behrouz Moemeni, is an internationally renowned admissions expert. His motivation-based admissions screening strategy has appeared in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, University World News, and Nature Jobs. He regularly presents thought-provoking presentations to an international audience including appearances at TEDx and Beyond Sciences Initiative. He is also the author of the book 14 Rules for Admissions Screening in Higher Ed: An Antidote to Bias. He is compelled by a vision to change the education system. He believes everyone deserves access to higher education. Specifically, he is determined to create and provide admissions and educational training programs that reduce the barriers to access in higher education.