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2021 Best Value Medicine Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

129 Colleges
$27,287 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$54,795 Avg Salary

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 Value Medicine Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 129 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for medicine students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Medicine Schools in the United States

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

Top 15% Best Medicine Schools

Our analysis found Northeast Ohio Medical University to be the best value school for medicine students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Rootstown, NEOMED is a public school with a fairly small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NEOMED are $0 per year. 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.

In addition to its great value ranking, NEOMED is in the top 1% of all schools on our Best Medicine Schools list.

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Out of the 129 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio landed the # 2 spot on the list. UT Health San Antonio is a small public school located in the large city of San Antonio.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UT Health San Antonio are $20,138 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, UT Health San Antonio also did well on our Best Medicine Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Medicine Schools list. Located in the large city of Dallas, UT Southwestern is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UT Southwestern are $0 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, UT Southwestern also did well on our Best Medicine Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Mayo Clinic School of Medicine is a great value for medicine students. Located in the medium-sized city of Rochester, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine are $11,432 a year. After completing their degree, medicine graduates from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine carry an average student debtload of $114,200. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,331, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 1% of all schools on our Best Medicine Schools list.

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The excellent programs at The University of Texas Medical Branch helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best medicine schools in the United States. UTMB Galveston is a small public school located in the fringe town of Galveston.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UTMB Galveston are $22,240 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UTMB Galveston also is in the top 5% of our Best Medicine Schools ranking.

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#6

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
$12,807 Average Tuition & Fees

University of South Dakota came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Medicine Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of Vermillion, USD is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

USD undergraduate students pay an average of $12,807 in tuition and fees each year.

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Medicine Schools ranking. TTUHSC is a medium-sized public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at TTUHSC are $22,788 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, TTUHSC also did well on our Best Medicine Schools list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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With a ranking of #8, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai did quite well on this year’s best value schools for medicine students. Located in the city of New York, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai undergraduate students pay an average of $0 in tuition and fees each year. 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.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai not only placed well in our value ranking, but it is also #1 on our Best Medicine Schools list.

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Medicine Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Little Rock, UAMS is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UAMS are $16,145 per year. On average, medicine graduates from UAMS take out $195,646 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $2,280.

UAMS also claimed a spot on our Best Medicine Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#10

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Creighton University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Medicine Schools list. Creighton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Omaha.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Creighton are $41,400 a year. After completing their degree, medicine graduates from Creighton carry an average student debtload of $225,511. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $2,628.

In addition to its great value ranking, Creighton is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Medicine Schools list.

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Albany Medical College

Albany, NY
$0 Average Tuition & Fees

Albany Medical College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value medicine programs. AMC Albany is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Albany.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at AMC Albany are $0 a year. 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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Medical College of Wisconsin did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for medicine students. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the suburb of Milwaukee, Medical College of Wisconsin is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Medical College of Wisconsin are $0 per year.

Medical College of Wisconsin also claimed a spot on our Best Medicine Schools list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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Baylor College of Medicine came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Medicine Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Baylor College of Medicine are $0 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Baylor College of Medicine also is in the top 1% of our Best Medicine Schools ranking.

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University of Nebraska Medical Center landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value medicine programs. UNMC is a small public school located in the city of Omaha.

UNMC undergraduate students pay an average of $30,301 in tuition and fees each year. 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.

In addition to its great value ranking, UNMC is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Medicine Schools list.

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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Medicine Schools list. SUNY Downstate is a small public school located in the large city of Brooklyn.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at SUNY Downstate are $17,630 a year. While working on their degree, medicine majors at SUNY Downstate accumulate an average of around $177,265 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 $2,066.

In addition to its great value ranking, SUNY Downstate is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Medicine Schools list.

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#16

Upstate Medical University

Syracuse, NY

With a ranking of #16, Upstate Medical University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for medicine students. Located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse, SUNY Upstate Medical University is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at SUNY Upstate Medical University are $17,881 a year. 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.

SUNY Upstate Medical University also claimed a spot on our Best Medicine Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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Eastern Virginia Medical School did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for medicine students. It came in at #17 on the list. Eastern Virginia Medical School is a small public school located in the city of Norfolk.

Eastern Virginia Medical School undergraduate students pay an average of $0 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Eastern Virginia Medical School is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Medicine Schools list.

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#18

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

Thomas Jefferson University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Medicine Schools ranking. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Thomas Jefferson University are $41,715 per year. On average, medicine graduates from Thomas Jefferson University take out $181,998 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $2,121, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Thomas Jefferson University also did well on our Best Medicine Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Medical University of South Carolina came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Medicine Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Charleston, MUSC is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MUSC are $24,840 per year. The average amount in student loans that medicine majors at MUSC take out is $195,039. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $2,273.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, MUSC also did well on our Best Medicine Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
20 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
21 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
21 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
23 University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
24 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
25 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT

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.

  • 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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