Among undergraduate institutions across the U.S., the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (UMich) top a list of the nation’s undergraduate institutions that supply the most number of applicants to U.S. medical schools, according to the most recent data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. And there’s no surprise here as the large, public universities took the top spots.
In 2012, 823 students from the UCLA applied to U.S. medical schools. This was the highest number of undergraduates who applied to medical school of any institution in the country. UMich, the public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, produced 812 students who applied to U.S. medical schools.
Some 768 students at the University of California-Berkeley, another UC system school, applied to medical school in 2012. This placed UC Berkeley in third place.
Here are the undergraduate institutions supplying 400 or more applicants to U.S. medical schools in 2012:
- University of California – Los Angeles: 823 applicants
- University of Michigan – Ann Arbor: 812 applicants
- University of California – Berkeley: 768 applicants
- University of Texas at Austin: 740 applicants
- University of Florida: 713 applicants
- University of California – San Diego: 547 applicants
- Cornell University: 478 applicants
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: 419 applicants
- University of Wisconsin-Madison: 455 applicants
- Brigham Young University: 405 applicants
- University of Georgia: 401 applicants
The large number of students applying to medical school from a single institution should be no surprise; in October 2013, the AAMC reported that the total number of applicants to medical school increased by 6.1 percent to 48,014, surpassing the previous record set in 1996 by 1,049 students. More applicants means more competition and a more challenging time getting into medical school. What’s more, the overall quality of the individuals applying to medical remains strong; applicants reported an average undergraduate GPA of 3.54 and a combined MCAT score of 29.