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Medical School General Facts and Figures

For fall 2017 there will be 189 allopathic and 39 osteopathic medical schools in the United States and Puerto Rico.  For fall 2016, there were 53,042 applicants for 22,036 seats in allopathic medical schools or about 2.4 applicants per opening.  Applications to allopathic medical schools have reached a plateau the last 2 years after having increased steadily the previous 5 years in a row. Applications have gone up 28% since 2002-2003.

There are currently 39 osteopathic medical school campuses in the United States. For the fall 2017, there were 20,836 applicants for roughly 7,317 seats, or 2.8 applicants per opening.

If you are a Kentucky resident, you should consider yourself fortunate.  In the Commonwealth, there are two publicly financed medical colleges, one at the University of Louisville and the other at the University of Kentucky.  Combined, the two colleges have approximately 292 students in their first year classes and Kentucky residents make up approx. 73% of the first year classes.  For fall 2016, 446 Kentucky residents applied to UL, 282 were interviewed and 119 matriculated.  465 applied to UK, 235 were interviewed and 87 matriculated.  Assuming that most of the students applied to both schools, the overall acceptance rate was a little under 50%.  In addition, Kentucky also has a School of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Pikeville , with a class of 141 students, a little more than half of which are from Kentucky.

If you are a resident of Tennessee, you are also blessed with two publicly financed medical colleges, one at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, and the other at the University of Tennessee (Memphis).  The state funded schools in Tennessee combined have a first year class of approximately 238 students and take approx. 93% Tennessee residents (222/238 in 2016).  In addition, there are also three private medical colleges in Tennessee at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, and Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate.

Information about the Medical Schools to which WKU students most often apply:

School UL UK UT ETSU Vandy Meharry Indiana Pikeville

Median Accepted Applicant GPA

3.8 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.9 3.5 3.8 ~3.5
Median Accepted Applicant MCAT Score 508 512 510 506 520 499 510 ~501
Application Deadline Oct. 15 Nov. 1 Nov. 15 Nov. 15 Nov. 1 Dec. 15 Nov. 15 Mar. 1
Additional Application Fee $75 $50 $0 $50 $85 $65 $0 $75
Tuition (2016-2017)


$36,230(KY) $34,344(TN) $32,995(TN) $50,570 $52,584 $34,484(IN) $42,975
Class Size 156 136 170 68 89 105 364 141

Click Here to Visit the Association of  American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Web Site

Click Here to Visit the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)


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 Last Modified 12/5/18