Applying to Medical School

10 Most Popular Medical Schools

Every year more than 40,000 students apply to medical school with the dream of becoming a physician. They carefully research potential programs that are within their academic standards and fit their personal goals. Unlike other professional programs, it is common for medical school applicants to apply to ten, fifteen, or even twenty schools in one cycle; this is due to the immense competition that students face. Statistically speaking, the more schools an applicant applies to, the higher chance that applicant has in obtaining admissions into at least one medical school.

Below is a list of the most applied to medical schools in the country. These schools received the most applications according to data gathered by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

1. George Washington University (14,509 applicants)

George Washington University Medical School has been the most applied to medical school for the last six years. About one-third of all medical school applicants in 2012 applied here. Its innovative facilities and its proximity to political figures make it extremely appealing for students. The entering class of 2011 had an average GPA of 3.71 and an average MCAT of 30.6.

2. Drexel University (12,692 applicants)

Located in Philadelphia, Drexel University enrolls more students each year than any other private medical school. The school’s high enrollment coupled with its vast history makes it tough for students to not apply here. Notable alumni include Susan La Flesche Picotte, the first Native American physician, and Rebecca Cole, the second African-American female physician in the country. Temple boasts an average GPA of about 3.6 and a MCAT score of about 30.

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3. Georgetown University (11,733 applicants)

Located in Washington D.C., Georgetown University is the closest medical school in proximity to the National Institutes of Health. Georgetown is considered to be one of the most competitive medical schools in the country. An average matriculate has a GPA of approximately 3.7 and a MCAT score of 32.

4. Boston University (11,640 applicants)

Its location and reputation make Boston University an elite medical school. Founded in 1848, it was the first medical school to train female physicians. Furthermore, it is the first medical school to award an M.D. degree to an African-American male and female. The entering class of 2012 had an average GPA of 3.66 and a mean MCAT score of 34.

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5. New York Medical College (11,422 applicants)

Based in Valhalla, New York, New York Medical College is a leader in biomedical research with an endowment of over $47 million. The historic college has over 12,000 active alumni in the health field. Its notable alumni include Emily Stowe, the first female physician to practice in Canada and Susan Steward, who was the first African-American female to practice in New York. In 2011, the average accepted applicant had a GPA of 3.6 and a MCAT score of 31.

6. Temple University (10,190 applicants)

Temple was founded in 1901. It was the first co-educational medical school in Pennsylvania. Temple is world renown for training dedicated and compassionate physicians. The average GPA at Temple is approximately 3.6 and its MCAT about 31.

7. Rosalind Franklin Medical School (10,046 applicants)

Rosalind Franklin is a private medical school located in North Chicago, Illinois. The school is named after Rosalind Franklin who had a huge role in the research of the DNA. The entering class had an average GPA of 3.55 and a MCAT score of 30.

8. Jefferson Medical College (10,017 applicants)

Founded in 1824, Jefferson Medical College is located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Its notable alumni include Jacob Mendes Da Costa, a pioneer in internal medicine, and Robert Gallo, a co-discoverer of HIV.  The entering class of 2012 had an average GPA of 3.7 and a MCAT score of 32.

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9. Tufts University (9,743 applicants)

Founded in 1893, Tufts University School of Medicine is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The Times Higher Education and Academic Ranking of World Universities consistently rank it as one of the leading medical research institutions. The entering class of 2012 had an average GPA of 3.62 and a MCAT score of 32.

10. Tulane University (9,681 applicants)

Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tulane University School of Medicine is a private institution founded in 1834. It is the second oldest medical school in the deep south.

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