Top 10 Medical Schools for Out of State Applicants

Medical School Rankings

In an earlier post about in-state medical school admissions, we highlighted the acceptance rates of some schools that give preference to resident medical school applicants. However, there are some medical schools who seemingly prefer students from other states.

Medical School Rankings

Many medical school ranking systems are usually an attempt to justify and praise the selectivity of medical school in the U.S. The top 10 medical schools for out of state applicants merely brings the facts to light. In the end, this ranking system says nothing positive or negative for the quality of the education that each of the schools provide.

The Top 10 Medical Schools are Private

Generally speaking, private medical schools tend to accept more out of state applicants than public medical schools. Public medical schools, which receive funding from the state government, tend to focus on filling the healthcare needs of their respective states. On the other hand, private medical schools receive more of their funding from research and other grants. Therefore, private medical schools seek out applicants to fill those needs.

In addition to the preferences of medical schools, applicant decisions are also important to consider. On average, public medical schools are cheaper to attend. In fact, the cheapest medical schools in the United States are public schools. Since the average medical student graduates with more than $150,000 in debt, financial factors are a consideration for those accepted to more than one program.

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The Ranking Results

We’ve ranked medical schools by comparing of accepted out of state applicants to the total number of applications. What did we find? In the end, the top 10 medical schools for out of state applicants are all private schools. In fact, all of these schools accept more than 90% of their first-year medical students from another state.


Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Meharry Medical College describes itself as a “independent, historically-black: perhaps the major educator of black physicians in the U.S.” . Of the 105 students that applied to Meharry in 2012, 90.5 percent of accepted premed students were not residents of Tennessee.


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Uniformed Services University

The mission of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is

to train, educate and prepare uniformed services health professionals, officers and leaders to directly support the Military Health System, the National Security and National Defense Strategies of the United States and the readiness of our Armed Forces.

Considering the mission of USUHS is to provide physicians to support the U.S. military, it may come of little surprise to learn that 90.6 percent of its 171 accepted applications are from students who reside in a different state than Maryland.


Duke University School of Medicine

Duke School of Medicine

This Durham, North Carolina medical school is frequently named in the top 10 U.S. medical schools by nearly any ranking system. Duke prides itself in its history, heritage, and scholastic accolades, which include being one of the few medical schools ranked by the AAMC. In 2012, 90.1 percent of Duke’s 101 medical students were from outside of its home state.


Yale School of Medicine

Yale School of Medicine

Founded in 1810, the Yale School of Medicine is a renowned producer of leaders in the healthcare community. Every graduate of Yale is obligated to produce a thesis from unique research prior to graduation. Possibly as a result of the state’s small population relative to others, Yale accepts 91.0 percent of its incoming medical class of 100 from states other than Connecticut.


Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

The Washington University School of Medicine promises its graduates with:

solid opportunities for highly sought-after residencies and fellowships

Washington University, because of the school’s stellar applicant profile, is considered the most selective medical school in the nation. As a result, the Missouri medical school only accepts 91.1 percent of 124 eligible students from out of state.


Dartmouth-Geisel School of Medicine

Dartmouth School of Medicine Ranking

The fourth-oldest medical school in the United States, the Dartmouth School of Medicine was founded in 1797. Considered one of the 7 “Ivy League” medical schools, Dartmouth selects 92 percent of its 87 person freshman class from states that don’t rhyme with New Hampshire.


Creighton University School of Medicine

Creighton University Rank

Creighton University, located in Omaha, Nebraska, is a “comprehensive Catholic, Jesuit university founded in 1878”. Creighton receives over 6,000 applications every year that compete for 152 slots. Of the 152 premeds that offered admission, 93.4 of them are not residents of Nebraska.


Howard University College of Medicine

Howard College of Medicine Ranking

Established in 1868, Howard University College of Medicine is one of 3 medical schools located in our nation’s capitol – Washington, D.C. Howard University emphasizes the preparation of its physicians for under-served communities, which is expressed by the dean and in the college of medicine’s vision statement. Although originally built to help meet the needs of the Washington, D.C. community, 94.6 percent of the 112 incoming medical students are not from Washington, D.C.


Georgetown University School of Medicine

Georgetown School of Medicine Ranking

Georgetown University School of Medicine, whose mission statement begins with:

Guided by the Jesuit tradition of Cura Personalis

is another medical school who located in the U.S. capital. In 2012, Georgetown university received nearly 12,000 applications. Only two other medical schools in the United States received more applications than Georgetown – those schools are Drexel and George Washington University. Of those applications, Georgetown accepts only 196 pemedical students each year. Of the 196 accepted students in 2012, 98 percent were not from Washington, D.C. A quick calculation shows that less than 4 students were considered residents of Washington, D.C.


George Washington University
School of Medicine and Health Sciences

George Washington University Ranking

The top medical school for out of state applicants is the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Founded in 1825, George Washington University is another medical school located in Washington, D.C. Just higher than the numbers of Georgetown, George Washington University School of Medicine accepts 98.3 of 177 students from elsewhere.

3 of the students accepted to George Washington University in 2012 were from Washington, D.C. With a population of 5,703,948, you would think that more students would come from the local area.

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One of the most interesting aspects of these findings is that all of the Medical Schools in Washington, D.C. accept statistically more applicants from residents of other U.S. states. Washington, D.C. is the 7th largest city in the U.S. by population. Not only are the medical schools located in Washington, D.C. in the top 10, they are the top three.

[View the AAMC’s Statistics on Medical School Applications and Matriculants by School, State of Legal Residence, and Sex.]


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