Top Medical Research Schools in the World


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A medical career starts with finding the program that best fits your needs. With the U.S. News rankings of the top medical schools for research, narrow your search by location, tuition, school size and test scores.

1. Harvard University

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  • Overall score: 100
  • Peer assessment score (1-5): 4.9
  • Residency director score (1-5): 4.6
  • Average undergrad GPA: 3.9
  • Average MCAT score: 519
  • Acceptance rate: 3.3%
  • NIH research grants (in millions): $1,652.60
  • NIH research grants per faculty member (in thousands): $171.20
  • Faculty-to-student ratio: 13.6
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $65,203
  • Total enrollment: 712

2. Johns Hopkins University

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  • Overall score: 76
  • Peer assessment score (1-5): 4.8
  • Residency director score (1-5): 4.6
  • Average undergrad GPA: 3.9
  • Average MCAT score: 521
  • Acceptance rate: 6.0%
  • NIH research grants (in millions): $663.00
  • NIH research grants per faculty member (in thousands): $281.10
  • Faculty-to-student ratio: 5.0
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $60,749
  • Total enrollment: 476

3. University of Pennsylvania, Perelman

  • Overall score: 75
  • Peer assessment score (1-5): 4.7
  • Residency director score (1-5): 4.5
  • Average undergrad GPA: 3.9
  • Average MCAT score: 522
  • Acceptance rate: 4.4%
  • NIH research grants (in millions): $700.50
  • NIH research grants per faculty member (in thousands): $265.10
  • Faculty-to-student ratio: 4.3
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $65,343
  • Total enrollment: 612

4. New York University, Langone (tie)

  • Overall score: 74
  • Peer assessment score (1-5): 4.0
  • Residency director score (1-5): 4.2
  • Average undergrad GPA: 4.0
  • Average MCAT score: 522
  • Acceptance rate: 2.5%
  • NIH research grants (in millions): $542.40
  • NIH research grants per faculty member (in thousands): $530.20
  • Faculty-to-student ratio: 2.4
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $3,950
  • Total enrollment: 430

4. Stanford University (tie)

  • Overall score: 74
  • Peer assessment score (1-5): 4.8
  • Residency director score (1-5): 4.5
  • Average undergrad GPA: 3.9
  • Average MCAT score: 519
  • Acceptance rate: 2.3%
  • NIH research grants (in millions): $462.50
  • NIH research grants per faculty member (in thousands): $422.00
  • Faculty-to-student ratio: 2.2
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $61,328
  • Total enrollment: 489

6. Columbia University (tie)

  • Overall score: 72
  • Peer assessment score (1-5): 4.5
  • Residency director score (1-5): 4.4
  • Average undergrad GPA: 3.9
  • Average MCAT score: 521
  • Acceptance rate: 3.5%
  • NIH research grants (in millions): $585.70
  • NIH research grants per faculty member (in thousands): $276.40
  • Faculty-to-student ratio: 3.7
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $68,886
  • Total enrollment: 580

6. Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Alix (tie)

  • Overall score: 72
  • Peer assessment score (1-5): 3.9
  • Residency director score (1-5): 4.2
  • Average undergrad GPA: 3.9
  • Average MCAT score: 520
  • Acceptance rate: 2.4%
  • NIH research grants (in millions): $512.10
  • NIH research grants per faculty member (in thousands): $606.00
  • Faculty-to-student ratio: 2.3
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $57,170
  • Total enrollment: 362

6. University of California—Los Angeles, Geffen (tie)

  • Overall score: 72
  • Peer assessment score (1-5): 4.4
  • Residency director score (1-5): 4.3
  • Average undergrad GPA: 3.8
  • Average MCAT score: 517
  • Acceptance rate: 2.4%
  • NIH research grants (in millions): $707.50
  • NIH research grants per faculty member (in thousands): $248.50
  • Faculty-to-student ratio: 3.9
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $54,511
  • Total enrollment: 731

6. University of California—San Francisco (tie)

  • Overall score: 72
  • Peer assessment score (1-5): 4.8
  • Residency director score (1-5): 4.6
  • Average undergrad GPA: 3.8
  • Average MCAT score: 518
  • Acceptance rate: 3.8%
  • NIH research grants (in millions): $611.90
  • NIH research grants per faculty member (in thousands): $223.30
  • Faculty-to-student ratio: 4.3
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $53,777
  • Total enrollment: 643

These are the best ranking medical research schools in the world.

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