Review our list of out of state friendly medical schools to determine which schools accept out of state applicants and which are the most suitable for you to attend. While class size, reputation, and tuition are important factors students consider when choosing which medical schools to apply to, many students feel the most important aspect to consider is the school's location, specifically, whether or not the school is located in-state or out-of-state. In this blog, we'll help you decide if you should study out of state and discuss what makes a good out of state applicant. Finally, we'll provide you with a list of out of state friendly medical schools and 21 of the easiest medical schools to get into as an out of state applicant.

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What is an out of state applicant? Should I study out of state? What makes a good out of state applicant? List of out of state friendly medical schools 21 easiest medical schools to get into out of state

What is an out of state applicant?

An out of state applicant, in general, is an applicant that is a resident of a state outside of a medical school's state. There are, however, some schools that have agreements with neighboring states that allow students to be classified as “in-state” or “in region”, even if they are not residents of the school's state. For example, the UW School of Medicine in Washington is a five-state school, providing 95% of it's available spots to Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho residents.

Should I study out of state?

Determining whether to study in state vs out of state is a personal choice for each applicant and there are no right or wrong answers. In fact, according to the AAMC, last year roughly 61% of matriculants attended medical school in their home state compared with 39% that chose an out of state medical school. When determining whether or not you should study out of state, you should consider the following factors:


Is medical school worth it? Is it more expensive to attend medical school as an out of state applicant? Well, that depends. Medical school tuition fees are much more expensive for out of state students at public medical schools compared with those in state. Last year, on average, in state residents paid roughly $37,000 for one year of tuition, fees and health insurance compared with the $62,000 that out of state applicants paid. In private medical schools, however, we don't see the same discrepancy in cost. In state residents paid approximately $60,000 for one year of tuition, fees, and health insurance. Similarly, out of state residents paid on average $62,000, only a $2000 difference. So when determining the expense of attending medical schools as an out of state applicant, it completely depends on whether or not you're applying to a public or a private school. 

Support System

Medical school is extremely taxing, both mentally and physically and sometimes students underestimate the power of having their support system nearby. If your family and friends live in your home state, and you choose to study in a different state, their support will be less readily available than if you lived nearby. Of course, connecting to loved ones has never been easier as video chat applications keep getting better, still, it's difficult to beat connecting in person. Being farther away also means that you'll have to factor in additional costs to get back home for holidays and events, and in general, you'll likely have to accept the fact that you'll see your family and friends less. If the medical school you want to attend is somewhere you've never been before, or a place where you don't have connections, it's possible that you could feel isolated or homesick. On the other hand, if you're someone who loves new adventures, enjoys challenges and meeting new people, studying out of state may suit you just fine.

Admission Statistics

Start by using our medical school chance predictor to determine how competitive your MCAT and GPA scores are compared to the medical school's admission statistics. Each school will vary, but it's important to note that some schools hold out of state applicants to higher standards and may have tougher admission cut-offs. For example, if a school requires in-state applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.0, they may require out of state applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.2. Be sure you review a school's admission requirements closely to ensure you are competitive as an out of state applicant. 

Acceptance rate

Out of state medical school applicants face high competition and generally low chances of acceptance compared to in state applicants at public medical schools. This is because in state medical schools are funded by the state, so they have a specific number of slots that must be allotted to in state students. This number varies between public medical schools, but on average, there are less than 10% of spots available for out of state applicants. Private schools on the other hand, usually don't have a specific number of spots they need to fill with in state residents, so the acceptance rates at these schools don't differ in state compared with out of state. For a full list of medical school acceptance rates, including average GPA and MCAT score, visit our blog.

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What makes a good out of state applicant?

If you're applying to medical schools outside of your home state, your applications really have to stand out in order to be successful. Your AMCAS work and activities section, medical school personal statement and medical school secondary essays need to be phenomenal and must demonstrate why you would be a good fit, regardless of the fact that you don't live in state. Check out medical school personal statement examples to know the quality of thought and writing expected from applicants. Keep in mind that the reason most public medical schools prefer in state applicants is because they want students who will serve the local community by practicing medicine in state once they've graduated. In selecting out of state applicants, medical schools are interested in students who can demonstrate their love of the state they are applying to, their connections to the state, and their motivations for practicing medicine in the state. Some students, for example, want to apply out of state because they've spent a lot of time in a different state. Having significant ties to a state can certainly put you at an advantage. Perhaps your family has a holiday home in your state of choice or maybe you have parents or other family members that live there. Similarly, if you have worked in a state or have studied there, this can help prove your love and connection to the state.

Now that's not to say that if you don't have any connection to the state that there is no point in applying. Perhaps you have the intention of moving, living and working in a different state because you really want to help a state's local rural underserved community. Your own passions and motivations may line up perfectly with a medical school's mission statement and vision to assist underserved communities. It won't be enough to simply discuss how you love the state and think it's a nice place, you need to have a real reason for applying from out of state and must demonstrate passion and dedication to make you a good candidate.

Out of state friendly medical schools

The following is a comprehensive list of all out of state friendly medical schools in the US along with their percentage of out of state matriculants in the previous year.

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21 easiest medical schools to get into out of state

These are the best out of state medical schools to consider applying to as they have the highest out of state success rates.

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