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Entering Class Profile

Founder's Day - Class of 2017

The 154 members of the Class of 2017 entered their first year of medical school on August 7, 2013.  The class includes 91 men and 63 women. They were selected from a pool of 7,762 applicants.

Members of the class have a collective total of 71 undergraduate majors ranging from biomedical engineering, mathematics, and chemistry to economics, English, and philosophy.

In addition to English, incoming students speak 32 different languages. The most commonly spoken languages are Chinese, French, and Spanish.

GPA and MCAT Averages

Average Total GPA: 3.82

Average Science GPA 3.79

Average Total MCAT: 35.3

Class of 2016 Race and Gender Pie Charts

Twenty-six students self-identified as part of underrepresented minority groups. Among the 154 matriculates, represented racial and ethnic groups include 14 (9 percent) African and African American; 50 (32.4 percent) Asian; 12 (7.7 percent) Hispanic; and 62 (40.2 percent) white. Fifteen new students chose not to self-describe.

There are 22 (14.2 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 31 years old, claims 75 institutions as their undergraduate alma maters, and hails from 33 states and 10 foreign countries.

Sixty-eight members of the Class of 2017 have earned BA degrees, 83 BS degrees, two have BH degrees, and eight others have a MS degree.

Fifty-one students obtained research awards during their academic career. Thirty-four students have been awarded and participated in fellowship programs.

As undergraduates, 136 students received academic honors. Forty-two members of the class achieved Phi Beta Kappa honors; 103 students graduated with Latin or honor society recognition; and 102 students received a scholarship during undergraduate school. Sixteen were National Merit Scholars and two were Presidential Scholars.

No. of Students Joint Degree Program
12 Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
14 Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME)
6 Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP)

Research Experience

chem lab work

Ninety-eight percent of students engaged in research at the undergraduate or graduate level. Forty-four students are authors on a research publication or presentation.

Fifty-one students obtained research awards during their academic career. Thirty-four students have been awarded and participated in fellowship programs.

As undergraduates, 136 students received academic honors. Forty-two members of the class achieved Phi Beta Kappa honors; 103 students graduated with Latin or honor society recognition; and 102 students received a scholarship as undergraduates. Sixteen were National Merit Scholars and two were Presidential Scholars.

Global Health Opportunities

Global Health

Over half of the entering class has traveled outside the U.S. These experiences included working with Healing Hearts across Borders, the Red Cross in Cusco, Peru, and the Kidsfest Running and Reading Program, as well as working as a tutor, teacher, or mentor for various groups and activities. 

Medical students can engage in global clinical experiences at one of 20 affiliated universities, health clinics, and INGOs around the world.

Volunteer Experience

Med student volunteers at Take Your Sons and Daughters to WorkMany members of the class have volunteered for organizations More than 100 students in the class have been a tutor, and 89 students have volunteered as a teacher.

This page last updated Mar 5, 2014

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