Harvard Medical SchoolHarvard Medical School (HMS) is one of the oldest medical schools in the country and was founded in 1782. The school has become well-known for its research in geriatrics, internal medicine, and drug and alcohol abuse. Harvard is affiliated with more than 20 institutions in the Boston area. It also works with Partners Harvard Medical International (PHMI), which is affiliated with universities in Munich, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

Harvard is one of the larger medical schools in the country, with just over 700 students enrolled every year. Class sizes are also a bit bigger than other schools, with a faculty-student ratio of just under 13 to 1. The Medical School currently has over 9,000 faculty members as well as over 9,000 alumni living around the world.

Harvard Medical School studentsAside from a traditional MD degree, Harvard Medical School also offers joint degrees like the MD/PhD degree through the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students can also take courses through Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. There are also opportunities for students interested in engineering and medicine through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology Program.

The curriculum currently used was actually developed by a Harvard president back in the 1800s. Harvard Medical School students focus on academics the first two years and then begin their clinical work. The most popular areas of study include family practice, pediatrics, and radiation oncology.

Harvard med school rankingOne difference with most other medical schools is that Harvard Medical School students are divided into five societies during their first semester. Each society is named after a famous Harvard alum and includes a master and several associate masters who work as academic advisors to the rest of the students in their group. Students participate in small group tutorials and lab sessions within their society through the New Pathway program.

There are plenty of opportunities for students to blow off steam outside the classroom and clinic settings. The five societies compete in the Society Olympics every year; activities include events like the dance-off, dodge ball, and a limbo contest. Many other events are held on campus, like the First-Year Adventure Trip and the annual White Coat Ceremony. Students also enjoy participating in the Second Year Show, where second-years put on a live musical. These extracurricular activities demonstrate that Harvard knows how to balance rigorous studies with lighthearted events. Students interested in studying at a prestigious medical school should look into Harvard Medical School’s program.


Application Volume


In-State v Out-of-State Applicants

In-State v Out-of-State Matriculants

Applicant to Matriculant Ratios

Additional Information

Total: 7,613
In State: 7.6%
Out of State: 92.4%
Acceptance rate: 3.3%

Total: 165
In State: 11.5%
Out of State: 88.5%

Average MCAT: 518.0

Average GPA (4.0 scale): 3.9

* Applicant and matriculant data courtesy of AAMC.

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NIH Grants

Average Graduate Indebtedness

Additional Information

2019 NIH Awards: $188,610,810

Average MD Graduate Debt: $111,823

Student Body


Faculty Analysis

Additional Information

Matriculants: 165

Basic: 355
Clinical: 8,911
Total: 9,266

HMS accepts international applicants Accepts international students

Financial Aid

Additional Information

2019-2020 Tuition: $63,400

2019-2020 Estimated cost of attendance: $95,055

Harvard Medical School waives the expected parental contribution for parent income below $100,000 and reduces the expected parent contribution for parent income between $100,000 and $150,000.

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This page was last updated in December 2019.