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The UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine is receiving push back on its proposal to raise its math and science GPA and MCAT cutoffs to 3.4 and 512, respectively. Many at Geffen are worried this is going to adversely affect the number of underrepresented minority medical school students at UCLA and, consequently, the ability of doctors to connect with the diverse patients in the Los Angeles area.

What makes this proposal a bit different is that Geffen will now only consider those minority students who clear the cutoffs, whereas previously, they took the applicant’s socioeconomic status into account before the cutoffs. We don’t have data at the school level (and a quick search of the UCLA Geffen website didn’t produce any current student demographic data), but for the number of black and Hispanic matriculants at California medical schools this past year was only 13.3%.

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