What are the best medical schools in the US?

August 12, 2016


Getting into medical school is no easy task. But before you even give it a shot, you have to decide where to apply.

When it comes to choosing schools, there are several factors to consider. One thing you may want to look at is which schools are considered the best in the United States. But what makes a school top notch and how much does ranking matter?

Several factors go into calculating a med school’s ranking. For example, how selective the school is, median grand point average and MCAT scores for students who are admitted play a part in school rankings. Research activity per faculty member and peer assessment also are criteria used to rank schools.

Choosing an elite school can make getting into medical school even more difficult. But does attending a highly ranked school lead to career success? It’s difficult to say.

Attending a top school may lead to increased opportunities down the road. It may also help when it comes time for a residency match with a competitive specialty. But on the flip side, it’s important to consider finances, the likelihood of acceptance and curriculum when considering which schools to apply to.

Different organizations and media outlets rank med schools every year. But we took a look at varied sources, and several schools appeared on multiple lists of the top school. Below are five of the best medical schools in the United States.


Harvard is one of the most prestigious medical schools in the world. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Harvard med students have an average GPA of about 3.93, which makes competition to get accepted fierce. It is the third oldest med school in the United States and has been considered one of the most reputable schools for several years in a row.

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Stanford Medical School is located in Northern California between San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. The grade point average of students accepted is about 3.85, which is slightly lower than Harvard’s standards. Although research opportunities are available at all medical school, Stanford is considered one of the top schools for research.

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Johns Hopkins

John Hopkins Medical School is located in Baltimore, Maryland and is considered one of the top schools for both internal medicine and pediatric specialties. The school has a 5.7 acceptance rate. In addition to MD/Ph.D. programs, the school offers MD in combination with a master’s in business administration or a master’s in public health.

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University of California San Francisco

Another California med school to rank high is the University of California San Francisco. At UCSF, students complete two years of classroom work before doing clinical rotations at a variety of hospitals and medical centers in the area. MD/MS programs can be completed in five years with a master’s degree in public health awarded.

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University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is located in Philadelphia and has a long history. In fact, it was the first medical school in the United States. It is affiliated with top hospitals where students complete clinical rotations. There are also plenty of opportunities for medical students to become involved in community work including volunteering at health clinics and AIDS awareness programs.

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