Physician Assistant Program Entering Class Profiles

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Entering Class Profiles

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

See below for profiles of recent entering classes.

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2023 Class Profile






Matriculated Students

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Women: 57%
Total underrepresented: 60%
Military veteran: 10%
First generation or educationally disadvantaged: 47%
From Medically Underserved Area: 33%

Our class comes from ...

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 from Pennsylvania

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Over 3,600 hours of healthcare experience

In our class, we have ...

3.72 average undergraduate cumulative GPA
313 average GRE score


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2023 Facts and Figures

(Graduating Class of 2025)

Applications and Interviews

Applications received: 4,932
Class size: 30
Students from Early Assurance partnership program: 0
Applicants interviewed: 100 (2%)
Applicants offered admission: 41

Demographic Profile

Women: 17
Men: 13
Underrepresented: 60% (Total underrepresented includes students who identify as underrepresented minority in medicine, veteran status, first generation in college, educationally disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged and/or from medically underserved areas​​​​​​​)
Underrepresented minority in medicine: 20%
First Generation in college or educationally disadvantaged: 47%
Veteran: 10%
From medically underserved area: 33%​​​​​​​
Average age: 25
Pennsylvania residents: 11
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 19 (Countries represented: Canada and the United States. States represented: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington D.C., Wisconsin)

Academic Profile

Overall cumulative GPA: 3.72 (range 3.27 to 4.0)
Overall science GPA: 3.63 (range 3.03 to 4.0)
Average healthcare hours: 3,680 (range 500 to 23,455)
Average GRE total: 313 average; (range 301 to 326)
GRE quantitative: 157 average; 61st percentile rank (range 150 to 163)
GRE verbal: 156 average; 68th percentile (range 146 to 165)
GRE writing: 4.4 average; 70th percentile (range 2.5 to 6.0)
MCAT average: 516

See admission requirements for GRE waiver eligibility.