Entering Class Profile

Class of 2018 Founder's Day

The 163 members of the Class of 2018 entered their first year of medical school on August 6, 2014.  The class includes 85 women and 78 men. They were selected from a pool of 7,727 applicants.

Members of the class have a collective total of 79 undergraduate majors ranging from anthropology, biomedical engineering, mathematics, and chemistry, to economics, philosophy, and public health.

In addition to English, incoming students speak 20 different languages. The most commonly spoken languages are Chinese, Hindi, and Spanish.

GPA and MCAT Median Scores

Median GPA: 3.87

Median Science GPA 3.86

Median MCAT: 36

Entering class 2018 demographics

Twenty-eight students self-identified as part of underrepresented minority groups. Among the 163 matriculates, represented racial and ethnic groups include 8 (5 percent) African and African American; 56 (34 percent) Asian; 17 (10 percent) Hispanic; and 66 (40 percent) white. Twelve new students chose not to self-describe.

There are 18 (11 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 33 years old, claims 66 institutions as their undergraduate alma maters, and hails from 35 states and 9 foreign countries.

Eighty members of the Class of 2018 have earned BA degrees, 80 BS degrees, two have BH degrees. Five others have MH degrees, three have MS degrees, and two individuals have a PhD.

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

As undergraduates, 118 students received academic honors. Forty-seven members of the class achieved Phi Beta Kappa honors; 148 students graduated with Latin or honor society recognition; and 80 students received a scholarship during undergraduate school. Five were National Merit Scholars and one was a Presidential Scholar.

No. of Students Joint Degree Program
13 Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
23 Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME)
11 Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP)

Research Experience

Medical students in research lab

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

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

As undergraduates, 118 students received academic honors. Forty-seven members of the class achieved Phi Beta Kappa honors; 148 graduated with Latin or honor society recognition; and 80 students received a scholarship as undergraduates. Five were National Merit Scholars and one was a Presidential Scholar.

Global Health Opportunities

Global Health

Over half of the entering class has traveled outside the U.S. These experiences included working with a research study in Cambodia, volunteering at an HIV clinic in Costa Rica, and volunteering in the Philippines to help with typhoon disaster relief. 

Medical students can engage in global clinical experiences at one of 16 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. One hundred students in the class have been a tutor, and 76 students have volunteered as a teacher.