I was researching dental schools when I stumbled upon a really old Marquette literature with old stats. How old? Class profile of 1990-91 This is what it stated for 1990-91 number of applicants:757 size of class:64 Men: 41(64%) Women: 23(36%) Average age:24 Range of ages: 20-42 Mean GPA: 2.81 Mean DAT: Acad. Avg: 15.6 PAT Avg: 15.8 Granted the DAT is not the same as back then but still you get the idea. Compare that with the stats shown at their admissions info page here There are other factors at work here such as the relative attractiveness of the career now than back 10-15yrs ago. This shows some dramatic increase in competitiveness of the field.