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Best Medical Schools In The United States

Don't Settle For Less Than The Best

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Are you or your child thinking about attending medical school? Choosing the right school is a major decision; it can dramatically impact the future of your or your loved one's career. Finding an institution that will fulfill professional needs and personal preferenceis essential before making such a significant investment in time and money.


Check the list below to help you narrow down your search and inspire your clinical aspirations!

1. Harvard University

Tall white-capped, brick tower of the Memorial Church at Harvard University


A giant in academia. Home of the White Coat Ceremony. Harvard University is consistently found at or near the top of best medical schools in the country. Located in "The Hub," this Boston-based school has been a major influencer and innovator in the field of clinical medicine and research. Medical students get the opportunity to fulfill clinicals and internships all over the city. This is a great opportunity for students since some of the best and brightest minds in medicine from all over the world practice there.


As of this time, annual tuition is $61,600, and the medical school boasts over 9,200 faculty members. The acceptance rate was 3.7% in 2015.

2. Stanford University

Tall brick Hoover Tower at Stanford University


With a faculty to student ratio of 2.1:1 and a School of Medicine staff of just over 1,000, Stanford University offers students the best of both worlds: the opportunity for big bold learning in a smaller intimate environment. Prospective students couldn't ask for a better location, either. It's located near the coveted and fast-paced Silicon Valley. Stanford University also falls into US News's top 10 for anesthesiology, radiology, pediatrics, and psychiatry, which are among the school's most popular specialty programs.


The current annual tuition is $58,197. The acceptance rate was 2.3% in 2016.

3. John Hopkins University

Front of the Gilman Hall at John Hopkins University


Looking for a place to study that's more community oriented? This medical school offers a respectable 4.8:1 faculty-student ratio and has 2,300 staff members on deck. Unique to this school are their periodic Intersessions. These are week-long specialty courses that allow students a chance to practice advance skills and undergo simulations. The Baltimore-area medical school is associated with the prestigious John Hopkins Hospital, known for their pediatric and eye trauma services.


Current annual tuition is $53,400. The acceptance rate is 3.9%.

4. University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)

Statue of Benjamin Franklin at the University of Pennsylvania


Like the other schools on this list, U Penn's medical school is known for providing the latest evidenced-based research and innovations to their 580+ enrolled students. It has a 4.5:1 staff-student ratio and over 2,600 faculty members. Future M.D., Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D., master’s, M.D.-master’s, and post-doctoral recipients get the opportunity to intern at respectable hospitals in the greater Philadelphia area. These places include Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Hospital. Students can also participate in certification courses in sub-specialties like Women's Health and Aging.


Current annual tuition locks in at $57,884. The acceptance rate was 78% for alumni/current students and 43% for other applicants in 2017.

5. University of Southern California (Los Angeles)

Street view of the Medcenter at UCLA
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The David Geffen School of Medicine of UCLA enrolls 713 medical students and has a faculty-student ratio of 3.8:1 with over 2,700 full-time staff members. The curriculum comes in three phases: Human Biology and Disease, Core Clinical Clerkship, and 4th Year Colleges. In addition to traditional medical degrees, students may also fulfill certain joint-degree programs. Annual events for students—as well as affiliation with hospitals such as the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center—make this LA university a leading choice for many.


Tuition for the UCLA medical school is currently $47,432. The acceptance rate was 3.9% in 2010.


6. Duke University

Front of the neo-gothic Duke University Chapel


With just over 500 full-time medical students, Duke University in Durham, NC, has 3:1 faculty-student ratio and nearly 1,500 staff members. In addition to being known for its medical research, this home of the Blue Devils also ranks in the top 10 for clinical specialties, including internal medicine, family medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, radiology, and obstetrics and gynecology.


To attend, students currently pay a tuition of $59,100. The acceptance rate is 7%.

7. Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

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The Mayo Clinic is a major name in medicine, so it's no surprise to see their medical school on the list. This Midwestern university, located in Rochester, MN, is home to just 307 medical students and 834 faculty members. However, students also have the ability to study at additional Mayo Clinic campuses in Florida, Arizona, and many other places associated within the extensive Mayo Clinic Health System. Students enjoy a lot of autonomy in their course selection, and the school reports that over 80% of research papers written by third-year students are published. Those who want to have publications attached to their name by the end of their studies could find a lot to love here!


Current tuition is $55,500. The acceptance rate was 2.1% for the 2017-2018 academic year.

8. New York University

NYU Lagone Medical Center as seen from busy street
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NYU's medical school enrolls 481 full-time students and has just over 1,000 faculty on staff. The school is located within the Langone Medical Center overlooking the beautiful East River toward the Eastern side of Manhattan. The school offers several unique opportunities for students, including 18+ weeks of research and thesis through the School of Medicine Honors Program. It also hosts highly ranked programs specializing in AIDS and substance abuse.


The acceptance rate was just 1.6% in 2017.

9. Yale University

Outside of a brick building at Yale University


This New Haven, CT, school is one of the most famous Ivy League universities, and its medical school is just as respected. With about 400 students and 1,650 faculty members, the staff-student ratio comes in at 4.2:1. Yale takes a somewhat unusual approach to fostering student autonomy; it allows them to take smaller seminar-type classes with optional and self-directed tests during the preclinical stage. Students also have ample opportunity to seek joint degrees including  M.D./M.Div and M.D./J.D through the Yale Divinity School and Yale Law School, respectively.


Current medical school tuition is $61,140. The acceptance rate is roughly 5.4%.

10. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

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Rounding out the list is the U of M medical school, which is home to 717 medical students and 2,643 faculty members. Through the Initial Clinical Experience, students get to start seeing patients within the first month of enrollment, and this hands-on approach continues throughout the program. The U of M offers medical students over 200 different electives. While research projects are not required, students are able to contribute to studies if interested as well as community service projects such as Student-Run Free Clinic.


Annual tuition is $56,640  (or as little as $37,540 for in-state students). The acceptance rate is roughly 2.2%.


Notes and Disclaimers
Positions based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 list as well as US News World & World Report statistics. Ranking methods include assessments by peers and residency directors, academic reputation, research activity and citations, and mean MCAT score of the students. Opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and are not necessarily reflective of the veiws of Top10.today or any of the institutions mentioned in this article.