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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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2018 Class Profile

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Women: 49%
Ethnic minorities: 39%
Underrepresented minorities: 7%

Our class comes from ...

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22 different states and territories

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 South Korea)

They speak 28 languages

  • Bengali
  • Latin
  • Swedish
  • Creole
  • Vietnamese
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Hindi
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Amharic
  • Urdu
  • French
  • Turkish
  • Romanian
  • Japanese
  • Cambodian
  • Korean
  • Igbo
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Gujarati
  • Spanish
  • Farsi
  • Ukranian
  • American Sign Language

International experiences

  • Peru
  • St. Lucia
  • Ghana
  • Afghanistan
  • South Korea
  • Cambodia
  • Mexico
  • Singapore
  • Uganda
  • Brazil
  • Iraq
  • France
  • Canada
  • Israel
  • El Salvador
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Spain
  • Cuba
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Nigeria
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Panama
  • Jamaica
  • Syria
  • United Kingdom
  • Nicaragua
  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Algeria
  • Dominican Republic
  • South Africa
  • Guatemala
  • Jordan
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sweden
  • Vietnam
  • Ethiopia
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Switzerland
  • Cyprus

In our class, we have ...

1 master BMW mechanic
4 custodians
1 person featured in People Magazine
24 varsity college athletes
1 beekeeper
26 EMTs
1 fireworks pyrotechnician
14 people with ER experience

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

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%
Students with military background: 1% 
Underrepresented minorities: 17%
Lived, worked or studied internationally: 49

2015 Facts and Figures

(Graduating Class of 2017)

Applications and Interviews

Applications received: 2,175
Class size: 30
Students from Early Assurance partnership program: 1
Applicants interviewed: 107 (4.9%)

Demographic Profile

Pennsylvania residents: 13
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 17
Women: 11
Men: 19
Underrepresented or disadvantaged students: 14 (47%) - Underrepresented students include veterans, educationally disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged, and/or underrepresented minorities in healthcare.
Average age: 27 (range: 21 to 38)

Academic Profile

Overall cumulative GPA average: 3.63 (range: 3.02 to 4.0)
Overall science GPA average: 3.69 (range: 3.03 to 4.0)
Average healthcare hours: 6,522 (range: 500 to 31,265)
Average GRE total: 313 (range: 301 to 338)
GRE quantitative average: 155 (range: 145 to 168)
GRE verbal average: 158 (range: 148 to 170)
GRE writing average: 4.2 (range: 3.0 to 5.0)
MCAT average: 31.5 - See admission requirements for GRE waiver eligibility.
Class members with master's degree: 8
Class members with doctorate degree: 1

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