What it takes to get into 11 of one of the best medical colleges within the US

Becoming a doctor is serious business. It often requires four years of elementary school, four years of medical school, and at least a year of residency, not to mention years of research.

To further complicate matters, medical schools can vary widely. Some schools specialize in medical research, while others are great at preparing students for medical practice. US News & World Report evaluated nearly 100 medical schools to determine which schools are best at doing their job.

Here are the top five medical research schools:

Sign at the entrance to the Mission Bay campus of the University of California San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) in San Francisco, California.

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5. University of California – San Francisco

Total score: 79
Median Undergrad GPA: 3.85
Median MCAT Score: 517
Acceptance rate: 3.3 percent
NIH Research Fellowships (Millions): $ 555.30
Tuition and Out of State Fees: $ 51,916

3. New York University (tie)

Total score: 80
Median Undergrad GPA: 3.93
Median MCAT Score: 521
Acceptance rate: 4.7 percent
NIH Research Fellowships (Millions): $ 381.90
Tuition and Outside State Fees: $ 56,764

3. Stanford University (tie)

Total score: 80
Median Undergrad GPA: 3.82
Median MCAT Score: 519
Acceptance rate: 2.3 percent
NIH Research Fellowships (Millions): $ 408.80
Tuition and Out of State Fees: $ 57,150

2. Johns Hopkins University

Total score: 82
Median Undergrad GPA: 3.93
Median MCAT Score: 519
Acceptance rate: 5.3 percent
NIH Research Fellowships (Millions): $ 593.00
Tuition and Out of State Fees: $ 57,230

1. Harvard University

Total score: 100
Median Undergrad GPA: 3.93
Median MCAT Score: 517
Acceptance rate: 3.5 percent
NIH Research Fellowships (Millions): $ 1,523.10
Tuition and Out of State Fees: $ 61,535

Here are the six best primary care medical schools:

5. Baylor College of Medicine (tie)

Total score: 86
Median Undergrad GPA: 3.92
Median MCAT Score: 517
Acceptance rate: 4.1 percent
Basic service graduates: 57 percent
Tuition and Out of State Fees: $ 32,823

5. Oregon Health and Science University (tie)

Total score: 86
Median Undergrad GPA: 3.73
Median MCAT Score: 51
Acceptance rate: 3.8 percent
Basic service graduates: 45 percent
Tuition and Out of State Fees: $ 69,831

4. University of California-Los Angeles

Total score: 87
Median Undergrad GPA: 3.75
Median MCAT Score: 512
Acceptance rate: 3.2 percent
Basic service graduates: 53.00 percent
Tuition and Out of State Fees: $ 51,739

3. University of Washington

Total points: 95
Median Undergrad GPA: 3.67
Median MCAT Score: 508
Acceptance rate: 3.9 percent
Basic service graduates: 50.00 percent
Tuition and Out of State Fees: $ 65,671

2. University of California – San Francisco

Total points: 96
Median Undergrad GPA: 3.85
Median MCAT Score: 517
Acceptance rate: 3.3 percent
Basic service graduates: 44.1 percent
Tuition and Out of State Fees: $ 51,916

1. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Total score: 100
Median Undergrad GPA: 3.68
Median MCAT Score: 511
Acceptance rate: 3.8 percent
Basic service graduates: 62 percent
Tuition and Out of State Fees: $ 56,484

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Harvard University was voted the number one medical research school for good reason. In 2017 alone, Harvard received research grants worth $ 1,523,100,000 from the National Institute of Health (NIH).

The University of North Carolina (UNC) topped US News’ list of Best Medical School to Prepare Students for Careers in Primary Care. A full 62 percent of UNC Medical School graduates practiced medicine.

The hardest school to reach is Stanford University, where only 2.3 percent of applicants are accepted.

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