UCSF School of MedicineThe School of Medicine at University of California San Francisco has respected specialty programs, including one of the best for the care of AIDS patients. Founded in 1873, it currently has a population of over 600 M.D. students. UCSF is the only medical school to perform only biomedical and patient-centered research.

The UCSF medical school has also made great strides in the fields of research, public service, and patient care. The Parnassus campus houses the UCSF Medical Center, the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, and the UCSF Children’s Hospital. The campus is also famous for the Beckman Vision Center, which conducts research and offers treatment for all types of eye care, and the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center for the diagnosis and treatment of babies with birth defects. Over the next 10 years, UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus will hold the largest ongoing biomedical construction project in the world. There will be facilities for research for biotechnology and life sciences companies.

UCSF medical schoolUCSF School of Medicine has over 2,500 full-time faculty members and the faculty-student ratio is currently around 4 to 1. For traditional MD degrees, students participate in two years of block courses, then a year of clerkships and a year of clinicals. These clinicals can take place at the UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Children’s Hospital, and San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center. Some of the most popular specialties include drug and alcohol abuse, family medicine, women’s health, and geriatrics. UCSF Med School also offers joint programs, like the MD/MS program through UC Berkeley where students take three years of classes at Berkeley and then complete their degree at UCSF for the next two years. UCSF med schoolUCSF medical school students who are interested in serving disadvantaged communities can complete a five-year Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved.

The UCSF medical school has been the place of many medical breakthroughs, including the first in-utero fetal surgery, the first to create special care units for AIDS patients, and the first to discover prions (which are responsible for causing some neurodegenerative diseases). Students who are excited about being on the forefront of medical discoveries will fit in with the innovative programs UCSF medical school offers.


Application Volume


In-State v Out-of-State Applicants

In-State v Out-of-State Matriculants

Applicant to Matriculant Ratios

Additional Information

Total: 7,900
In State: 44.8%
Out of State: 55.2%

Total: 171
In State: 77.8%
Out of State: 22.2%

Average MCAT* (MD): 516
MCAT* (MSTP): 520

Average GPA (4.0 scale): 3.81
Average Science GPA (4.0 scale): 3.77

Average GPA (MSTP on 4.0 scale): 3.90

* UCSF reports its average MCAT on a percentile basis, so the test scores represents our approximations.

** Applicant and matriculant data courtesy of AAMC.

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NIH Grants

Average Graduate Indebtedness

Additional Information

2019 NIH Awards: $618,608,163

Average MD Graduate Debt: $134,618

Student Body


Faculty Analysis

Additional Information

Matriculants: 171

Basic: 149
Clinical: 2,326
Total: 2,566

UCSF medical school accepts international applicants Accepts international students

UCSF medical school student gender ratio

Financial Aid

Additional Information

In State:
2019-2020 Tuition: $41,532
2019-2020 Estimated cost of attendance: $72,787

Out of State:
2019-2020 Tuition: $53,777
2019-2020 Estimated cost of attendance: $85,032

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This page was last updated in December 2019.