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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 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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2020 Class Profile

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Women: 57%
Underrepresented in medicine: 10 students

Our class comes from ...

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23 different states and Ghana

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 (U.S. and Ghana)

They speak 27 languages

  • Italian
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Gujarati
  • Vietnamese
  • Hindi
  • Ukrainian
  • Hebrew
  • Romanian
  • Kannada
  • Russian
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Urdu
  • Telugu
  • Latin
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Teochew Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Akan Languages
  • Armenian
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Bengali

International experiences

  • Honduras
  • China
  • Haiti
  • England
  • Peru
  • Jordan
  • South Africa
  • Puerto Rico
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Costa Rica
  • Portugal
  • Belize
  • Nicaragua
  • Granada
  • Kenya
  • Taiwan
  • Guatemala
  • Ecuador
  • Israel
  • France
  • India
  • Scotland
  • Madagascar
  • Brazil
  • Zambia
  • Russia
  • Austria
  • Gambia
  • Ireland
  • Panama
  • Switzerland
  • Egypt
  • Turkey
  • Croatia
  • Ghana
  • Japan
  • Wales
  • St. Kitts/Nevis
  • Liberia
  • Palestine
  • Korea
  • Armenia
  • Denmark
  • Rwanda
  • Malawi
  • El Salvador
  • Poland
  • Bolivia
  • Slovenia
  • Republic of Congo
  • Canada
  • Nepal
  • The Netherlands
  • Chile
  • Ukraine
  • Mexico
  • Greece
  • Dominican Republic
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam
  • Italy

In our class, we have ...

1 industrial painter
1 Minor League Baseball vendor
8 Scribe America volunteers
16 research techs/assistants
3 landscapers
1 aquaponics technician
1 parachute packer
1 semiprofessional runner
14 waitstaff
12 lifeguards
1 Milieu therapist
1 professional guitarist
4 certified nursing assistants
1 martial arts instructor
3 dance choreographers
2 ukulele players
1 inner tube water polo athlete (we don't know, either)
6 ESL volunteers

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%

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%
Military backgrounds: 4%
Underrepresented racial minorities: 10%
Lived, worked or studied internationally: 49

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