Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Admissions

Entering Class Profile

Founders Day-incoming class of 2015

163 students entered the Feinberg School of Medicine as the Class of 2020 on August 3, 2016: 87 male and 76 female. They were selected from a pool of 7,608 applicants.

Members of the class have a collective total of 77 undergraduate majors ranging from electrical engineering, chemistry, mathematics, and biology, to history, anthropology and psychology.

In addition to English, incoming students speak 29 different languages. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish, French and Chinese.

GPA and MCAT Median Scores

Median GPA: 3.87

Median Science GPA 3.86

New Median MCAT: 518
Old Median MCAT: 36

medical students

Twenty-eight students (17 percent) self-identified as part of underrepresented minority groups. Among the 163 matriculates, represented racial and ethnic groups include 11 (7 percent) African and African American; 60 (37 percent) Asian; 1 (0.6 percent) Pacific Islander; 16 (10 percent) Hispanic; and 68 (42 percent) White. Seven (4 percent) matriculants chose not to self-identify. Ten students (6 percent) self-identify as members of the LGBT community.

There are 19 (12 percent) nontraditional students, individuals who have taken off two or more years between their undergraduate studies and medical school, in the class. Together with the traditional students, the M1 class ranges in age from 21 to 35 years old, claims 61 institutions as their undergraduate alma maters, and hails from 32 states and 6 foreign countries.

Seventy-four members of the Class of 2020 have earned BA degrees and 85 have BS degrees. Two have BH degrees, two have MS degrees, two have MA degrees, one has a PhD and one individual has an MH degree.

Forty-two students obtained research awards during their academic career. Thirty-three students have been awarded and participated in fellowship programs.

As undergraduates, 118 students received academic honors. Forty-four members of the class achieved Phi Beta Kappa honors; 95 students graduated with Latin or honor society recognition; and 76 students received a scholarship during undergraduate school. Seventeen were National Merit Scholars and six were Presidential Scholars.

To find a breakdown of our entire student makeup, please see the Student Body Profile page.

No. of StudentsJoint Degree Program
15Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
24Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME)
11Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP)

Research Experience

Medical students in research lab

Eighty-three percent of students engaged in research at the undergraduate or graduate level. Thirty-three percent are authors on a research publication or presentation.

Twenty students obtained research awards during their academic career. Twenty-nine students have been awarded and participated in fellowship programs.

Global Health Opportunities

Global Health

More than half of the entering class has traveled outside the U.S. These experiences included working in Honduras offering basic medical care to rural populations, volunteering for Global Brigades medical clinic in Panama, and working with Save the Children in Bolivia. 

Medical students can engage in global clinical experiences at one of 17 affiliated universities, health clinics, and INGOs around the world.

Teaching Experience

Med student volunteers at Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work

Many members of the class have volunteered for a variety of organizations as tutors and teachers. Thirty-two class members have been a tutor, and 51 students have volunteered as a teacher.