Pitt medThe University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM), or Pitt Med, is a leading institution in the fields of internal medicine, pediatrics, and women’s health. Founded in 1883, the school is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), which is often ranked among the top hospitals in the country. The school also receives a great deal of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is well-known for conducting biomedical research. With about 600 M.D. students and nearly 2,500 faculty members, the faculty-student ratio is approximately 4 to 1.

Aside from a traditional four-year MD degree, Pitt Med also has Ph.D. degrees through programs like the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program, the Biomedical Informatics Training Program, and the Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology Graduate Program. It also offers Master’s degrees in clinical research, biomedical science, and medical education. For students completing an MD degree, the curriculum includes lectures, problem-based courses, and hands-on clinical experiences. During the clinicals, students participate in clerkships in an area of concentration of their choosing (ranging from Disabilities Medicine to Global Health).

Students are given access to patients early in their medical school career, with patient care and community-site visits within the first year. Aside from time in the hospital, students also take basic science courses on physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. During their third year, Pitt Med students perform clerkships in nearby hospitals. In the fourth year, every student completes a research project. Presenting the project is mandatory in order to graduate.

Pitt Med differentiates itself from other medical schools by providing online curriculum through the Navigator system. This program consists of Web-based applications that allow students to access syllabi, quizzes, podcasts, and other resources to help them increase their understanding of key concepts. The school also provides students with the chance to interact with on-campus organizations and take part in extracurriculars. Many students belong to the American Medical Student Association or Pitt Women in Medicine. Students interested in a diverse, comprehensive curriculum will find many reasons to love the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Application Volume


pitt med mcat and gpa

In-State v Out-of-State Applicants

In-State v Out-of-State Matriculants

Applicant to Matriculant Ratios

Additional Information

Total: 7,013
In State: 11.8%
Out of State: 88.2%

Total: 147
In State: 35.4%
Out of State: 64.6%

Average MCAT: 516

Average GPA (4.0 scale): 3.78

* Applicant and matriculant data courtesy of AAMC.

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NIH Grants

Average Graduate Indebtedness

Pitt Med average MD graduate debt

Additional Information

2019 NIH Awards: $431,783,704

Average MD Graduate Debt: $167,766

Student Body


Faculty Analysis

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Matriculants: 147

Basic: 289
Clinical: 2,178
Total: 2,467

UPSOM accepts international applicants Accepts international students

UPSOM medical school student gender ratio

Financial Aid

Additional Information

In State:
2019-2020 Tuition: $57,684
2019-2020 Estimated cost of attendance: $83,262

Out of State:
2019-2020 Tuition: $59,930
2019-2020 Estimated cost of attendance: $85,508


University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

This page was last updated in December 2019.