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Medical Schools Ranked by Number of Applications

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According to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), there were 55,188 applicants to US medical schools for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle. Each of these applicants submitted a whopping 18 applications to different medical schools, for a total of more than 990,000 applications across all schools.

Of the 55,188 applicants, 41% of those students matriculated at a medical school. However, considering the total number of applications submitted, the matriculation rate at each school is incredibly low, typically ranging between 1 - 8%.

Certain medical schools draw significantly more interest than others. Here are the medical schools with the largest number of applications submitted. Each of these schools received a minimum of 10,000 applications.

Medical SchoolApplicationsMatriculants
4George Washington15,216181
7UCLA Geffen13,122173
12New York Medical12,222214
13Chicago Med Franklin11,382194
14Penn State11,365150
17Wake Forest11,062145
18Miami Miller11,015204
20Medical College of Wisconsin10,045265

View the full list of medical schools ranked by applicants here.

More about the applicant pool

The AAMC data provides additional insights on the medical school applicant pool. Here are some key takeaways.

In-state vs out-of-state

More applicants attend medical school in-state versus out-of-state. Among the 55,188 applicants, 24.6% enrolled at a medical school in the same state as their legal residence; 16.5% enrolled out of state. The remaining 59% were either not accepted or chose not to enroll anywhere.

Enrollment by gender

Female medical students now outnumber male students. Of the 22,692 first-year enrollees, 55% were female, and 45% were male.

First-time applicants vs repeat applicants

In medicine, it pays to be persistent. A robust 30% of matriculants in the 2022-2023 admissions cycle were repeat applicants. First-time applicants represent 70% of new enrollees.

Enrollment by race and ethnicity

The future of medicine will be more diverse. Here is a breakdown of matriculants by race and ethnicity:

Asian: 25%
Black or African American: 8%
Hispanic, Latino or Spanish: 6%
White: 42%
Multiple race/ethnicity: 12%
Other: 7%

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  2. Matriculants to U.S. MD-Granting Medical Schools by Race, Selected Combinations of Race/Ethnicity and Gender, 2019-2020 through 2022-2023.
  3. Applicants, First-Time Applicants, and Repeat Applicants to U.S. Medical Schools, 1980-1981 through 2022-2023.