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A closeup of the Penn State College of Medicine logo is seen on the jacket of a white coat, draped over the arm of a medical student who is also holding a White Coat Ceremony program. The student was part of the July 2016 White Coat Ceremony, in which incoming medical students at the College receive their short white coats signifying their status as future doctors.

MD Programs

Entering Class Profiles

Penn State College of Medicine students come from diverse educational, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

See below for profiles of recent entering classes.

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2016 Class Profile

Women: 51%
Ethnic minorities: 43%
Underrepresented minorities: 17%

Our class comes from ...

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22 different states

(the higher the concentration, the darker the color)
A state map of the United States, indicating by darkness of color how many students from the Class of 2016 are from that state. Most are gray; Pennsylvania is a very dark blue. New York, New Jersey, California and Maryland are less dark; Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Texas and Utah are all a pale blue.
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3 different countries (US, India and Thailand)

They speak 25 languages

  • Ukrainian
  • French
  • Tamil
  • Greek
  • French Creole
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Konkani
  • Chinese
  • Gujarati
  • Latin
  • Telugu
  • Persian
  • Korean
  • Dutch
  • Vietnamese
  • Russian
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • American Sign Language
  • Malayalam
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Korean

International experiences

  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • India
  • Tanzania
  • Nigeria
  • Kenya
  • Vietnam
  • South Korea
  • Cambodia
  • Aruba
  • Panama
  • Ghana
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Israel
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia
  • Ukraine
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Moldova
  • Bolivia
  • Nepal
  • Dominican Republic
  • Madagascar
  • India
  • Peru
  • Jamaica
  • El Salvador
  • Uganda
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • Cuba
  • Morocco
  • Canada
  • China
  • Australia
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • Columbia
  • Iran

Some of our students have ...

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Played piano at Carnegie Hall

An illustrated drawing of a rocket in mid-flight, with the top pointed to the top-right corner, and a flame shooting out the bottom.

Worked at NASA/JPL

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Competed in marathons and triathlons

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Served in the Armed Forces

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Won a DII lacrosse national championship

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Worked as a Zamboni driver

2016 Facts and Figures


Pennsylvania residents: 1,259
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 8,416
Total: 9,675


Pennsylvania residents: 286
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 625
Total: 911

Academic Profile

Colleges and universities: 83
Different fields of study: 71
Biology or pre-medicine: 34%
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.74
Average MCAT: 507

Entering Class

Total: 144 (8 MD/Ph.D.)
Pennsylvania residents: 50%
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 50% (21 states)
Women: 51%
Ethnic minorities: 43%
Underrepresented minorities: 17%
Lived, worked or studied internationally: 49

2015 Facts and Figures


Pennsylvania residents: 1,235
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 8,214
Total: 9,449


Pennsylvania residents: 225
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 656
Total: 881

Academic Profile

Colleges and universities: 88
Different fields of study: 61
Biology or pre-medicine: 32%
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.73
Average MCAT: 30.7

Entering Class

Total: 149 (6 MD/Ph.D.)
Pennsylvania residents: 42%
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 58%
Women: 56%
Ethnic minorities: 30%
Underrepresented minorities: 10%

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