The Top Feeder Schools for Black Applicants to U.S. Medical Schools

In 2011, 87 Black graduates of Howard University in Washington, D.C., applied to U.S. medical schools. This was the highest number of undergraduates who applied to medical schools of any college or university in the United States, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Xavier University, a historically Black educational institution in New Orleans, produced Black 68 graduates who applied to U.S. medical schools.

The University of Florida produced more Black applicants to U.S. medical schools in 2011 than any other predominantly White undergraduate institution. Sixty-four Black graduates of the University of Florida applied to medical school in 2011.

Some 57 graduates of Spelman College applied to medical school in 2011. This placed Spelman in fourth place. Other HBCUs that had 40 or more graduates who applied to medical school were Hampton University in Virginia and Oakwood University in Alabama.

Other predominantly White institutions that had large numbers of Black graduates apply to medical school were the University of Maryland, the University of Miami, the University of South Florida, Florida State University, Cornell University, Emory University, Rutgers University, and the University of Texas.

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  1. Good information and thank you. It would be helpful if data could be made available as to the number of black applicants actually admitted, matriculated and the names of the institutions the public would better informed. I found that students apply to medical schools but do not immediately matriculate:instead enroll in post bachelor degree programs for further preparation. There is nothing wrong with the arrangement but data can be misleading giving impressions that black students are graduating college heading directly to medical schools from the colleges listed above.

    In a previous report JBHE released the type of data highlighted in this article and Howard was always first, Brown University second, and Xavier University held a third position. Apparently the rating has changed.

  2. I would like to see the number of applicants from each of the listed universities and not just for the top four. I also agree with the above comments that more info regarding admitted, matriculation and graduate numbers would be value added. I was surprise not to see Duke in this list as they advertise having an 85% acceptance rate to med school from their graduates in their admissions information sessions. They state in that session that the average acceptance rate is 40% of all schools.

  3. As a proud Xavier alum (Class of 1996) I am curious to know the percentage of applicants accepted into medical school, and the percentage of those accepted who go on to graduate from medical school.

  4. I agree with all the points made. The more important ranking is that of the schools that have the most AA students accepted and that graduate from medical school each year. Complete data for the schools that produce the most applicants to medical school can be found here

    Data for the undergrad schools that have the most actual graduates exists, as it was quoted in this piece but is a bit harder to come by I”ve been trying to track it down myself 🙁

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