Washington University School of MedicineWashington University School of Medicine (WUSM) is well known for its work in the fields of internal medicine, pediatrics, and women’s health. It is widely considered one of the top biomedical research schools in the country. The school is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Veteran’s Administration Hospital, and the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. WUSM is one of the smaller medical schools with a M.D. student population of nearly 400. There are 2,162 faculty members on campus.

Washington University medical schoolAlong with traditional MD degrees, Washington University also offers Ph.D. degrees. Additionally, there are considerably large programs for physical therapy and occupational therapy. Some students choose to complete a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree or a Master of Science in Deaf Education (MSDE) degree through the Program in Audiology and Communication Services. Most of the advanced degrees can be completed in five years. WUSM differs from other medical schools in that students are allowed to choose their own electives as early as their first year. Some of the most popular areas of specialty include emergency medicine, diagnostic radiology, orthopedic surgery, and internal medicine.

WUSTL medical schoolDuring their medical school education, Washington University School of Medicine students are required to complete research projects and take part in clinicals. Grades are issued as pass/fail for first year students and honors/high pass/pass/fail for the following three years. No letter grades are awarded. Students can also take advantage of several top research institutes.

Outside of the classroom and hospital settings, about three quarters of WUSM students participate in clubs and other student-run organizations. These cover a wide array of interests such as the Ballroom Dance Club and the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group. Individuals interested in a more flexible curriculum at a top-ranked medical school should look into Washington University School of Medicine.


Application Volume


WUSM average MCAT and GPA graph

In-State v Out-of-State Applicants

In-State v Out-of-State Matriculants

Applicant to Matriculant Ratios

Additional Information

Total: 4,766
In State: 4.3%
Out of State: 95.7%

Total: 101
In State: 11.9%
Out of State: 88.1%

Average MCAT: 518

Average GPA (4.0 scale): 3.84

* WUSM reported their average MCAT on the percentile scale, so the score reported here is our estimation.

** Applicant and matriculant data courtesy of AAMC.

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NIH Grants

Average Graduate Indebtedness

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Additional Information

2019 NIH Awards: $485,771,160

Average MD Graduate Debt: $125,457

Student Body


Faculty Analysis

Additional Information

Matriculants: 101

Basic: 158
Clinical: 1,951
Total: 2,162

WUSTL accepts international applicants Accepts international students

Washington University medical school student gender ratio

Financial Aid

Washington University medical school cost of attendance

Additional Information

2019-2020 Tuition: $66,913

2019-2020 Estimated cost of attendance: $87,578

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Washington University School of Medicine

This page was last updated in December 2019.