University of Pittsburgh

Our Students

At the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, we want applicants who will make exceptional doctors. We try very hard to achieve a class that is diverse in regard to academic, socioeconomic, experiential, and ethnic background. Since our curriculum includes considerable time spent in small-group learning, we look for students interested in collegial relationships with peers and faculty. Lastly, we want our students to enjoy a full, rich life while they are here at medical school, so we are attracted to candidates who have a variety of interest in addition to medicine."

-Beth Piraino, Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid


Our Incoming Class by the Numbers:

Number of Applicants 6,151
Class size 147
Average age: 24
Age range: 20-44
Percentage of in-state residents 36%
Percentage of females for entering class 60%
Percentage of Under-represented minorities 23%
Percentage of Science and Math Majors 61%
Mean GPA 3.7

Median MCAT Score

MCAT Score Range

Median MCAT Score (New 2015 Test)

MCAT Score Range (New 2015 Test)


24 - 39



States Represented 28
Foreign Countries 2
Undergraduate Institutions Represented 86

Matriculants with:
Baccalaureate Degree 100%
Graduate Degree(s)  14%

Proportion of Accepted Applicants with Relevant Experience:
Community Service/Volunteer (not Medical/Clinical) 76%
Community Service/Volunteer (Medical/Clinical) 87%
Research 94%
Physician Shadowing / Clinical Observation 78%
Paid Employment - Medical / Clinical 36%
Military Service 2%

Our Mission

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine.