The data below is based on AUA’s most recent entering class (February 2021) of more than 230 students. If you think you know a student who’s a great fit for AUA, you and other premed advisors can email our Department of Admissions.
- More than three-quarters (76%) of our students hail from the United States. The remaining 24% are from more than 20 other countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and more.
- 65% of our student population is female; 35% is male, with the average age being between 26 and 29 years.
- AUA encourages a highly diverse campus and class. The most recent starting class at AUA was made up of students who identified as the following:
- White/Caucasian: 21%
- African-American: 28%
- Hispanic/Latino: 13%
- Asian-American: 25%
- Asian/Indian Subcontinent: 13%
- MCAT scores are not factored into the admissions process, though completing the exam is required for US students. Students who score a 505 or higher are eligible for scholarships of up to $80,000.
‘Schreiner is delighted to form a collaboration with AUA, because we see the tremendous opportunities for our students. I have been impressed with the success metrics I have seen in AUA graduates, and those closely align with the Schreiner focus on student success. Together, we can do great things to educate tomorrow’s physicians.
Diane Comuzzie, Developer of Health Professionals Program, Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX
Read a press release announcing the AUA/Schreiner MOU.
USW is thrilled to begin a new collaboration with AUA. As admission to medical school is extremely competitive, we are grateful to now be able to provide an opportunity for guaranteed admission to AUA’s College of Medicine to our qualified graduates who are seeking a career in medicine.
Brian Arnold, Director of Counseling and Career Services, University of the Southwest, Hobbs, NM
Read a press release announcing the AUA/USW MOU.
How does AUA’s curriculum compare to US medical schools?
AUA’s MD program, like medical schools in the United States, is divided into two parts: Preclinical Sciences, which takes place on our medical school campus, and the more hands-on Clinical Sciences, which takes place at affiliated hospitals throughout the US.
Like most US medical schools, AUA follows an organ-system-based structure for teaching the Preclinical Sciences: Year 1 focuses on learning about the structures and functions of organ systems, while Year 2 focuses on disease-based pathologies for those systems. Students learn via modified case-based and problem-based studies, as well as large group active learning techniques like team-based learning and flipped classroom lectures.
During AUA’s Clinical Sciences curriculum in academic periods 5 through 8 (Years 3 and 4), students continue to develop clinical and communication skills in all areas of patient care, under the direction of the medical faculty at teaching hospitals in a patient-centered environment. The clinical education consists of 84 weeks of core and elective rotations.
Where do AUA students complete preclinical and clinical studies?
How large are class sizes during the Preclinical Sciences curriculum?
Via AUA’s Curriculum Next program, Preclinical Sciences students work primarily in small groups—approximately 10 students or less per group—each of which is equipped with its own small-group learning center to serve as students’ academic base of operations.
What can students expect from the island of Antigua?
Students can expect to find virtually everything they’ll need on the island of Antigua, from grocery shopping to transportation. The twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has a storied history and unique culture that provides a rich backdrop for students learning the study of medicine here.
Read more about life in Antigua.
What are some of AUA’s standout programs and collaborations?
AUA offers a program track specifically dedicated to global health. Conducted in collaboration with Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and fully integrated into AUA’s MD curriculum, the Global Health Track offers special academic programming to help guide students in developing expertise in global health issues. Read more about the Global Health Track and AUA’s other collaborations with FIU.
Can my school collaborate with AUA, and what are the benefits of doing so?
A wide variety of undergraduate universities throughout the United States have signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with AUA, which grants advanced admissions priority, scholarship opportunities, and other benefits to students of those schools who select AUA for their medical education. Email Samara Chamble, Manager of University Outreach, if you’re interested in establishing an MOU.
What is AUA’s residency track record?
AUA has enjoyed a 90% first-time residency attainment rate two years in a row for both 2019 and 2020. Like most high-quality Caribbean or international medical schools, AUA graduates earn a wide variety of residency placements across the spectrum of medical specialties, with the majority of its graduates entering primary care programs after graduating. Many move on to more specialized postgraduate training via fellowship programs. View sortable year-by-year residency listings for AUA.
What criteria does AUA look for in a potential student?
The Admissions Committee uses a holistic philosophy when evaluating students, typically looking at things like work experience, prerequisite and cumulative GPA, volunteerism in healthcare fields, personal statements, conduct during the interview process, and intrinsic qualities like determination and dedication.
Completing the MCAT is required for US students, but the Admissions Committee will not consider the numerical MCAT score when making an admissions decision.
AUA encourages a highly diverse campus and considers students from all backgrounds and walks of life. View full admissions requirements.
How can I refer a student to AUA?
Are AUA students eligible for financial aid?
Does AUA offer scholarships or grants for entering students?
AUA offers more than 20 cultural, service, and academic scholarships/grants. View the full list.
What academic support services are available to AUA students?
The Education Enhancement Department (EED), available to both preclinical and clinical students, provides services and activities that providing assistance in students’ organizational skills, study habits, complement and enrich classroom instruction, improve student performance and advance instructional goals for learning, retention, and curriculum progression. Read more about our academic support services.
What health and psychological services are available to AUA students?
AUA hosts an on-campus clinic where members of the AUA community can receive convenient access to medical care. The clinic, which is staffed by four physicians and two nurses, accepts US-based health insurance coverage from United Health Care and Cigna, as well as local provider Sagicor Life. Services provided by the AUA Clinic include, but are not limited to, routine medical care, vaccinations, blood and urine tests, medication, screenings, and electrocardiograms. Students have 24-hour access to the clinic via an emergency number. Off-campus urgent care centers and Mount St. John’s Medical Centre, the area hospital, are also options for medical care. Minor surgeries can be performed at private clinics in the area. In the event of extreme circumstances, students can be medically evacuated off the island.
In addition, AUA provides a variety of counseling services to meet the specific needs of medical students dealing with issues far from home. Many students experience life events or academic pressures that leave them feeling anxious, confused, lonely, angry, depressed, or overwhelmed, and it is often helpful to speak with an unbiased, objective professional. Counseling services are provided in the AUA Health Clinic. Read more in AUA’s Student Handbook.
What processes does AUA have in place to help keep its students safe?
Though Antigua is considered a safe island, students should practice personal safety just like anywhere else. AUA maintains a 24-hour security presence on campus that consists of AUA-employed security officers and contractors. Security officers are also in place at all approved off-campus housing. The campus is monitored via surveillance cameras, which record all campus incidents, and all students or visitors to campus must first be cleared at a security checkpoint before entry. AUA offers an emergency hotline that students and parents can call.
Hurricanes have been known to impact Caribbean islands. However, AUA is well-equipped to handle hurricanes and tropical storms. Previous storms have only necessitated campus closures of between 1 and 2 days, with no severe damage. In the event of a severe storm or hurricane, campus would remain closed until the government of Antigua gives approval to reopen. Campus buildings are used as shelter for students, faculty, and staff. Read our Hurricane Preparedness Guide for more information.
Webinars, Toolkits, Guides, and More
- Thursday, September 23 @ 1 PM ET: The AUA-FIU Collaboration. Join other premed advisors for this special webinar, where you’ll discover the standout academic programs offered through AUA’s one-of-a-kind collaboration with Florida International University. RSVP now.
- April 2021: AUA Tuition & Affordability | Watch Now
- February 2021: Residency Support at AUA | Watch Now
- November 2020: Academic Student Support at AUA | Watch Now
- October 2020: AUA’s Admissions Process | Watch Now
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