Are you a Non-Traditional Medical School Applicant?

I think the definition is subjective. While when most of us think of a Traditional Medical Student we think of that high achieving high school student graduating with high honors, going to college and getting Mostly A’s in all their classes. Unmarried, no kids to support and may or may not hold a job. They apply to medical school at the end of their Junior year and get accepted somewhere in their senior year. Then they matriculate in medical school in the fall right after graduation.  No gap year, no delays, just stayed on a straight path from High School to Medical school.

So how about the rest of us? Does that mean we are Non-Traditional?

Here is my opinion on other features that may make you a traditional or non-traditional applicant.


  • May take a gap year after graduating college or high school
  • May had a bad semester or two in college but eventually graduated with cumulative GPA of 3.3 or Higher


  • Have Children and/or Married
  • Had a significant event happen many others have not had to go through (significant illness, domestic abuse, death of immediate family member, etc.)
  • Graduating with a GPA of a 3.2 or Lower
  • Career Changers
  • Decided late (2nd semester of Junior year or later) in College you wanted to go to medical school.
  • Took you more than 5 years to finish your Baccalaureate. Maybe you had to stop/drop out of college.

So do you agree? Let me know what you think about my definition of Traditional and Non-traditional Medical School Applicants.

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