The Medical Schools With the Most Black Students

The Association of American Medical Colleges has released data on the 6,188 Black students enrolled at U.S. medical schools during the 2017-18 academic year.

As expected, the three historically Black medical schools have the largest number of Black students. Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, has the most Black students with 350. Black students are 72 percent of the total enrollments at Meharry. Howard University in Washington, D.C., enrolls 304 Black students. At Howard, Blacks are 60 percent of the student body. At Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, there are 247 Black students, making up 67 percent of total enrollments. (Each school also lists several biracial students.)

Among the predominantly White medical schools, the largest number of Black students is at Indiana University. The 128 Black students at the Indiana University School of Medicine make up nearly 9 percent of the student body. Other medical schools with more than 100 Black students are at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Medical College of Georgia, the University of Illinois, and the University of North Carolina. Medical schools with more than 80 Black students included Ohio State University, the Medical University of South Carolina, and New York Medical School.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the medical schools at the following universities had no Black students: the University of Hawaii, the University of North Dakota, the University of South Dakota, and Washington State University. There were less than five Black students at the medical schools at California Northstate, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Utah.

Related Articles


Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Faculty Positions

The new faculty are Esther Jones at Brown University and Dagmawi Woubshet at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is Established at Bowie State University

"The new program will help to increase the number of counselor educators within the counseling field and the number of competent Black counselor educators," says Dr. Otis Williams, chair of the Bowie State University department of counseling and psychological studies.

Elizabeth City State University Partners With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Increase Representation of Black Graduate...

"We are excited by this partnership with UT Health Science Center and the opportunities this brings to our students who wish to pursue advanced degrees," said Kuldeep Rawat, dean of the Elizabeth City State University School of Science, Health and Technology.

Kimberly White-Smith Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

“Through her leadership and scholarship, Dr. White-Smith inspires a new generation of teachers to serve students and approach their work with equity, compassion, and respect,” said Gail F. Baker, provost and senior vice president at the University of San Diego. 

Featured Jobs