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2021 Best Medicine Schools

138 Colleges
$54,795 Avg Salary
$169,628 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Medicine School for You

Medicine is the #13 most popular major in the country with 19,720 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

With all the healthcare programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Healthcare Degree Search has created its Best Medicine Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 138 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for healthcare students.

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2021 Best Medicine Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Medicine Colleges.

Top 15% Best Medicine Schools

Our analysis found Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to be the best school for medicine students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the large city of New York, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that medicine majors at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai take out is $123,323. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,437.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Stanford University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Medicine Schools list. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Medical College of Wisconsin is a great place for medicine students. Located in the suburb of Milwaukee, Medical College of Wisconsin is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Albany Medical College is a great place for medicine students. AMC Albany is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

While working on their degree, medicine majors at AMC Albany accumulate an average of around $218,235 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $2,543.

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#5

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Harvard University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Medicine Schools list. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

The average amount in student loans that medicine majors at Harvard take out is $48,654. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $567.

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Weill Cornell Medical College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Medicine Schools list. Located in the large city of New York, Joan and Sanford I.Weill Medical College of Cornell University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their degree, medicine graduates from Joan and Sanford I.Weill Medical College of Cornell University carry an average student debtload of $116,359. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,356, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #7, Northeast Ohio Medical University did quite well on this year’s best schools for medicine students. Located in the large suburb of Rootstown, NEOMED is a public college with a fairly small student population.

The average amount in student loans that medicine majors at NEOMED take out is $121,332. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,414, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Baylor College of Medicine ranked #8 on this year’s Best Medicine Schools list. Located in the city of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Nebraska Medical Center did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for medicine students. It came in at #9 on the list. UNMC is a small public school located in the city of Omaha.

On average, medicine graduates from UNMC take out $171,251 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,995, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Medicine Schools list. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hanover.

The average amount in student loans that medicine majors at Dartmouth take out is $164,750. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,920, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for medicine students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

On average, medicine graduates from UChicago take out $116,791 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,361.

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#12

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for medicine students. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, medicine graduates from Brown carry an average student debtload of $130,940. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,526.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ranked #13 on this year’s Best Medicine Schools list. UTHealth is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Houston.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for medicine students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Medicine majors at Northwestern U take out an average of $193,635 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $2,256.

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With a ranking of #15, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center did quite well on this year’s best schools for medicine students. Located in the large city of Dallas, UT Southwestern is a public college with a small student population.

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best medicine programs. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

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#17

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best medicine programs. Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Medicine majors at Johns Hopkins take out an average of $91,525 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,066.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio ranked #18 on this year’s Best Medicine Schools list. UT Health San Antonio is a small public school located in the large city of San Antonio.

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#19

Upstate Medical University

Syracuse, NY

Upstate Medical University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Medicine Schools list. Located in the city of Syracuse, SUNY Upstate Medical University is a public college with a small student population.

Medicine majors at SUNY Upstate Medical University take out an average of $222,953 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $2,598.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Medicine students that almost earned our Best Medicine Schools award.

Rank College Location
20 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
21 Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA
22 Pennsylvania State University - College of Medicine Hershey, PA
23 Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, VA
24 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
25 SUNY Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, NY

Medicine by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Medicine is one of 34 different types of healthcare programs to choose from.

Medicine Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Medicine 19,720

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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