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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Admissions

Entering Class Profile


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

159 students entered the Feinberg School of Medicine as the Class of 2023 on July 31, 2019: 83 female and 76 male. Thirty-five students (22 percent) are from Underrepresented Minority Groups.  Members of the Class of 2023 were selected from a pool of 6,878 applicants.

Members of the class have a collective total of 51 undergraduate majors ranging from biomedical engineering, chemistry, mathematics and biology, to anthropology and psychology.

In addition to English, incoming students speak 25 different languages. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish, Chinese, and French.

GPA and MCAT Median Scores

Median GPA: 3.91

Median Science GPA 3.9

New Median MCAT: 520


medical students

Of the 159 students in the class, 15 (9 percent) are in the MSTP (MD/Ph.D.) program; 21 (13 percent) entered through Feinberg School of Medicine’s Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME), and 9 (6 percent) entered through the Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP).

There are 30 (19 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 62 institutions as their undergraduate alma maters, and hails from 30 states and 6 foreign countries: Canada, China, Cuba, India, The Republic of Korea and Turkey.

One hundred thirty-nine (87 percent) students of the class received academic honors during undergraduate school. Forty-seven (30 percent) members of the class achieved Phi Beta Kappa honors; ninety-seven (61 percent) graduated with Latin or honor society recognition.  Eighty-two (52 percent) students received a scholarship during undergraduate school, twelve (8 percent) were National Merit Scholars and ten (6 percent) were Presidential Scholars.

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

No. of StudentsDegree Program
114Medical Degree Program
21Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME)
15Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
9Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP)



Research Experience

Medical students in research lab

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

Global Health Opportunities

Global Health

Thirty-seven percent of our students have studied outside of the United States of America. These experiences included studying or working in China, India, Italy, Sprain, and Tanzania.  Community service trips included a variety of service medical mission trips to Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, and the Philippines.

Medical students can engage in global clinical experiences at one of 18 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-sixteen members have been a tutor, and 96 students have served as a teacher or teaching assistant. Students have taught in a variety of topics from English as a Second Language, biology, cello, chemistry, debate, mathematics, swimming, and viola. Our students have taught here throughout the United States, and abroad in countries such as China, France, Japan, and Peru.