The numbers in the first chart reflect discrete applicants, not the total number of applications. For the 2010-2011 entering class, U.S. medical schools received 580,304 applications from 42,742 applicants, an average of 14 per applicant. There were also 31,834 first-time applicants—up 2.5 percent from 31,063 in 2009-2010.
The Association of American Medical Colleges and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine list 130 accredited MD-granting and 28 accredited DO-granting medical schools the United States, respectively.
Wikipedia – Medical school in the United States
Most commonly, the bachelor degree is in one of the biological sciences, but not always; in 2005, nearly 40% of medical school matriculates had received bachelor’s degrees in fields other than biology or specialized health sciences. All medical school applicants must, however, complete year-length undergraduate courses with labs in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics; some medical schools have additional requirements such as biochemistry, calculus, genetics, psychology and English. Many of these courses have prerequisites, so there are other “hidden” course requirements (basic science courses) that are often taken first.
In 2006, the average GPA and MCAT for osteopathic matriculants was 3.46 and 24.6 respectively, and 3.64 and 30.4 for MD matriculants. In 2006, 39,108 people applied to medical schools in the United States through the American Medical College Application Service. 17,370 of them matriculated into a medical school for a success rate of 44%.
Wikipedia – List of medical schools in the United States
Currently, there are 159 medical schools in the United States, 133 of which award MD degrees, 29 of which award DO degrees.