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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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If you have questions about the MD Program entering class profiles, contact us at 717-531-8755 or StudentAdmissions@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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2017 Class Profile

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

Our class comes from ...

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25 different states

(the higher the concentration, the darker the color)
A map of the United States colored to indicate the ratio of students' home state by darkness of blue tint. They are colored darkest to lightest in this order: PA, NY, MD, CA, NJ, OH, MA, CO, CT, NC, WI, DC, DE, IL, UT, FL, HI, ID, ME, MN, NM, OK, OR, TX.
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2 different countries (US and Cameroon)

They speak 34 languages

  • Ukrainian
  • French
  • Tamil
  • Creole
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Chinese
  • Gujarati
  • Latin
  • Telugu
  • Farsi
  • Bulgarian
  • Korean
  • Vietnamese
  • Russian
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • American Sign Language
  • Malayalam
  • Hebrew
  • Bengali
  • Cambodian
  • Hiligaynon
  • Newari
  • Urdu
  • Polish
  • Chichewa
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Hawaiian
  • Taiwanese
  • Tagalog
  • Portuguese
  • Italian

International experiences

  • Afghanistan
  • United Kingdom
  • Cambodia
  • Palestine
  • Iraq
  • France
  • Ukraine
  • Fiji
  • Nicaragua
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Panama
  • Haiti
  • Mongolia
  • Poland
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • Philippines
  • Dominican Republic
  • South Africa
  • Syria
  • Pakistan
  • Costa Rico
  • Spain
  • Vietnam
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Canada
  • Belize
  • South Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Italy
  • Guatemala
  • Cape Verde
  • Mexico
  • Cameroon
  • Finland
  • Bangladesh
  • Ghana
  • Jordan
  • China
  • Turkey
  • Gambia
  • Isreal
  • Zambia
  • Taiwan
  • Peru
  • Sweden
  • Russia
  • Malaw
  • Australia

In our class, we have ...

7 veterans
2 writers
33 musicians
2 professional dancers
1 professional ski instructor
2 singers
13 varsity college athletes
3 poets
1 certified doula
38 former public/private sector employees

2017 Facts and Figures

Applications

Pennsylvania residents: 1,137
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 7,478
Total: 8,615

Interviews

Pennsylvania residents: N/A
Non-Pennsylvania residents: N/A
Total: 914

Academic Profile

Colleges and universities: 98
Different fields of study: 63
Biology or pre-medicine: 34%
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.74
Average MCAT: 507

Entering Class

Total: 152 (8 MD/Ph.D.)
Pennsylvania residents: 35%
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 64% (25 states)
Women: 54%
Ethnic minorities: 43%
Underrepresented minorities: 14%
Lived, worked or studied internationally: 49

2016 Facts and Figures

Applications

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

Interviews

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

Applications

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

Interviews

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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