African Americans Are Making Progress in Medical School Enrollments

The Association of American Medical Colleges has released new data on diversity among medical school applicants and enrollees.

In 2022, there were more than 55,000 applicants to U.S. medical schools. This was down 11.6 percent after a surge in applicants in 2021 as the nation was emerging from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, there were 5,922 Black applicants to medical school, down by 19.2 percent from 2021. Blacks made up 10.7 percent of all medical school applicants in 2022. In 2015, Blacks were 8.9 percent of all medical school applicants.

In 2022, there were 2,308 Black students who matriculated at a U.S. medical school. This was down nearly 10 percent from a record number of Black matriculants in 2021. In 2015, 1,576 Black students entered medical school.

In 2022, Blacks made up 10.2 percent of all entering students at U.S. medical schools. In 2015, Blacks were 7.6 percent all medical school matriculants.

In 2022, there were 9,630 African Americans enrolled at U.S. medical schools. They made up 10 percent of total enrollments. In 2015, Blacks were 7.2 percent of total enrollments. Since 2015, the number of Blacks enrolled in U.S. medical schools is up by nearly 54 percent.


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