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 5,371
Class size 148
Average age: 24
Age range: 20-44
Percentage of in-state residents 28%
Percentage of females for entering class 49%
Percentage of Under-represented minorities 15%
Percentage of Science and Math Majors 61%
Mean GPA 3.76

Mean MCAT Score

MCAT Score Range


27 - 43

States Represented 30
Foreign Countries 2
Undergraduate Institutions Represented 72

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

Wynne Lundblad, Class of 2012

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.