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MD Program

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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2021 Class Profile

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Women: 63%
Underrepresented in medicine: 18 students

Our class comes from ...

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19 different states

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53% Pennsylvania residents

They speak 28 languages

  • Italian
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Gujarati
  • Vietnamese
  • Hindi
  • Hebrew
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Urdu
  • Telugu
  • Latin
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Bengali
  • Albanian
  • American Sign Language
  • Bulgarian
  • Dari
  • Polish
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Syrian
  • Tagalog

International experiences

  • Honduras
  • China
  • Haiti
  • United Kingdom
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Costa Rica
  • Belize
  • Nicaragua
  • Granada
  • Taiwan
  • Guatemala
  • Ecuador
  • Israel
  • France
  • India
  • Austria
  • Ireland
  • Panama
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • Japan
  • Bolivia
  • Ukraine
  • Mexico
  • Greece
  • Dominican Republic
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam
  • Italy
  • Albania
  • Cuba
  • Pakistan
  • Argentina
  • West Indies
  • Iran
  • Australia
  • Iraq
  • Trinidad
  • Botswana
  • Thailand
  • Columbia
  • Jamaica
  • Cambodia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea

In our class, we have ...

1 veterinary drug technician
1 technical writer
1 Philadelphia rock gym assistant
1 ballet soloist
1 warehouse worker
1 web developer
13 waitstaff
1 science illustrator
1 fashion model
1 search and rescue operations member
1 construction worker
1 falconer at the Pa. Renaissance Faire
4 health coaches
1 stables farmhand
1 horse trainer
3 custodians
1 cruise line dancer
1 peace corps service member (Botswana)

2021 Facts and Figures

Applications

Total: 8,815

Interviews

Students interviewed: 819
New students matriculated: 152

Academic Profile

Colleges and universities: 77
Single majors: 38
Multiple majors: 25
Graduate degrees: 16

Entering Class

Total: 152
Hershey Curriculum: 140
University Park Program: 12
MD/PhD Program: 8
Pennsylvania residents: 53% (80 students)
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 47% (72 students from 18 states)
Women: 63% (96 students)
Proud to welcome students who Identify with Female, Male, and Nonbinary genders
Underrepresented in medicine: 12% (18 students)
International experiences: 48 countries
Participated in varsity athletics: 23
Volunteering: More than 125 different national and local service organizations

2020 Facts and Figures

Applications

Pennsylvania residents: 1,129
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 10,350
Total: 11,479

Interviews

Students interviewed: 721
Offers of acceptance made: 346
New students matriculated: 152

Academic Profile

Colleges and universities: 102
Different fields of study: 91
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.75
Average MCAT: 511

Entering Class

Total: 152
Pennsylvania residents: 43% (65 students)
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 57% (87 students from 25 states, the District of Columbia and Canada)
Women: 57% (86 students)
Students with military background: 2% (3 students)
Underrepresented in medicine: 7% (10 students)

2019 Facts and Figures

Applications

Pennsylvania residents: 1,152
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 10,675
Total: 11,827

Interviews

Total: 779

Academic Profile

Colleges and universities: 102
Different fields of study: 91
Biology or pre-medicine: 31%
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.77
Average MCAT: 511 (83rd percentile)

Entering Class

Total: 152 (7 MD/Ph.D.)
Pennsylvania residents: 37%
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 63%
Women: 61%
Students with military background: 3 students
Underrepresented minorities: 11 students

2018 Facts and Figures

Applications

Pennsylvania residents: 1,152
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 9,675
Total: 10,827

Interviews

Total: 914

Academic Profile

Colleges and universities: 92
Different fields of study: 77
Biology or pre-medicine: 29%
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.77
Average MCAT: 510

Entering Class

Total: 152 (9 MD/Ph.D.)
Pennsylvania residents: 39%
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 61% (20 states, 1 territory, 1 foreign country)
Women: 49%
Ethnic minorities: 39%
Military backgrounds: 3%
Underrepresented racial minorities: 7%

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