Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Admissions

Entering Class Profile

Founders Day-incoming class of 2015

Feinberg is actively committed to attracting and training a diverse student body that is representative of the current U.S. population.

160 students entered the Feinberg School of Medicine as the Class of 2022 on August 1, 2018: 82 male and 78 female. They were selected from a pool of 7,089 applicants.

Members of the class have a collective total of 57 undergraduate majors ranging from electrical engineering, chemistry, mathematics and biology, to anthropology and psychology.

In addition to English, incoming students speak 28 different languages. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish, French and Chinese.

GPA and MCAT Median Scores

Median GPA: 3.89

Median Science GPA 3.88

New Median MCAT: 519

medical students

Thirty-one students (19 percent) self-identified as part of underrepresented minority groups. Among the 160 matriculates, represented racial and ethnic groups include 11 (7 percent) African and African American; 56 (35 percent) Asian; 5 (3 percent) American Indian; 15 (9 percent) Hispanic; and 66 (41 percent) White. Seven (4 percent) matriculants chose not to self-identify. Six students (4 percent) self-identify as members of the LGBT community.

There are 36 (23 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 37 years old, claims 66 institutions as their undergraduate alma maters, and hails from 27 states and 2 foreign countries.

Seventy-seven members of the Class of 2022 have earned BA degrees and 79 have BS degrees. Three have BH degrees, four have MH degrees, two have MS degree, one has a MA degrees and two have PhD degrees.

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

As undergraduates, 152 students received academic honors. Fifty-four members of the class achieved Phi Beta Kappa honors; 104 students graduated with Latin or honor society recognition; and 99 students received a scholarship during undergraduate school. Seventeen were National Merit Scholars and seven were Presidential Scholars.

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

No. of StudentsJoint Degree Program
13Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
19Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME)
5Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP)

Research Experience

Medical students in research lab

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

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

Global Health Opportunities

Global Health

Over half of the entering class has traveled outside the U.S. These experiences included working in Tokyo, Japan, Southeastern China and India. Community service trips included a variety of service medical mission trips to Kenya, Peru, Ecuador, Syria, Jamaica, and Nicaragua.

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. One hundred-twenty members have been a tutor, and 93 students have served as a teacher or teaching assistant.