Can anyone offer any insight as to why osteopathic schools are willing to bend so much on mcat scores. I'm just curious because it seems that the majority of allopathic schools are real firm on at least a 27 on the mcat, i mean the average is 29.6 i believe. But DO schools accept people with as low as 18's. Sure the applicant can have a great gpa and ecs but 18 is pretty low for a medical school matriculant. Someone who scores sub 20's probably ranks down in the 30th-20th percentile. I mean if thats the case why even make the mcat a requirement for admissions?Also i'm sure many hospitals are aware of this and thats probably why its difficult to get into an allopathic residency as a DO. I personally feel that DO schools need to raise their standards, that way it adds credibility to the degree and it'll attract stronger applicants. I mean common if you have a 4.0 and a 33 on the mcat why would you want to graduate from the same institution as someone with a 3.8 but a 18 on their mcat, kind of makes you wonder why you even bothered studying for the 33. Can anyone out there please help me figure out their reasoning. I love the osteopathic principle but I just can't understand this.