10 Most Popular Medical Schools
A school’s yield is the percentage of admitted students who opt to enroll in the program. At Kansas, 176—or 82.2 percent—of the 214 accepted students chose to attend the school in the academic year beginning in 2010, narrowly edging out the University of Nevada—Reno School of Medicine, where 62 students, or 81.6 percent of the 76 accepted, enrolled last year.
Of the top 10 most popular medical schools, only one—the University of Washington School of Medicine—placed in the top 10 of U.S. News‘s rankings of medical school research programs. Only two—Washington and the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill School of Medicine—of the most popular schools cracked the top 50 of that ranking.
However, five of the most popular medical schools were ranked among the top 50 primary care programs, including 14th-ranked Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the 41st-ranked University of Kansas Medical Center.
Each school on the list of most popular medical schools is a state institution, which likely contributes to the popularity of each, since tuition for in-state students at public medical schools is significantly lower than tuition for out-of-state students or at private schools. At the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, for instance, in-state tuition is $16,170 compared to $46,347 out of state.
Of the 10 most popular medical schools, all have yield percentages of more than 70 percent, while the national average among the 121 schools that provided yield data to U.S. News is 50.2 percent. Below is a list of the 10 most popular law schools, sorted by percentage yield among new students in 2010:
School Name Students Accepted Students Enrolled Yield Percentage U.S. News Research Rank U.S. News Primary Care Rank
|University of Kansas Medical Center||214||176||82.2%||71||41|
|University of Nevada–Reno School of Medicine||76||62||81.6%||Rank Not Published*||92|
|University of New Mexico School of Medicine||117||94||80.3%||87||28|
|University of Washington School of Medicine||272||216||79.4%||9||1|
|University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences||79||62||78.5%||RNP||66|
|University of Oklahoma College of Medicine||213||165||77.5%||84||92|
|University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine||71||54||76.1%||RNP||58|
|University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill School of Medicine||215||160||74.4%||20||2|
|Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine||211||156||73.9%||91||73|
|Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine||435||318||73.1%||RNP||14|