Summer 2013

Competitive Company

Medical school ranks high in number of applicants

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The entrance to the Tufts University School of Medicine's Sackler Center on the health sciences campus. Photo: Alonso Nichols

For the first time, Tufts is ranked among the top 10 medical schools in the country for the number of students who applied for admission last year, according to U.S. News & World Report. Tufts drew 8,316 applicants for the fall 2012 entering class, earning it the number 10 spot. By comparison, the George Washington University School of Medicine and Drexel University College of Medicine came in first and second on the list, with 14,700 and 12,690 applicants, respectively.

“It’s been great to see our numbers continue to rise over the past few years,” said John Matias, associate dean of admissions and enrollment services. “We have a reputation for training outstanding future physicians in a supportive educational environment, and we believe that attracts the best medical school applicants in the country.”

In 2012, total applicants to U.S. medical schools rose 3.1 percent, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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