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2021 Most Popular Medicine Schools

147 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Healthcare Degree Search has created the Most Popular Medicine Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 147 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for healthcare students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Medicine program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Medicine Colleges.

Our 2021 rankings named Rutgers University - New Brunswick the most popular school in the United States for medicine students. Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public college with a very large student population.

Medicine majors at Rutgers New Brunswick take out an average of $147,766 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,722, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Medicine Schools list. IUPUI is a fairly large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

While working on their degree, medicine majors at IUPUI accumulate an average of around $209,531 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $2,441, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 147 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Illinois at Chicago landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Chicago, UIC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, medicine graduates from UIC carry an average student debt load of $248,114. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $2,891.

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#4

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Out of the 147 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Wayne State University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Detroit, Wayne State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, medicine graduates from Wayne State carry an average student debt load of $164,460. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,916, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Thomas Jefferson University is a great place for medicine students. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their degree, medicine graduates from Thomas Jefferson University carry an average student debt load of $181,998. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $2,121, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #6, University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for medicine students. UW - Madison is a very large public school located in the city of Madison.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular medicine programs. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a very large student population.

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#8

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

With a ranking of #8, Augusta University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for medicine students. Augusta University is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Augusta.

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#9

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for medicine students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, medicine majors at Drexel accumulate an average of around $263,037 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $3,065.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Medicine Schools list. UTHealth is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Houston.

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The University of Texas Medical Branch came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Medicine Schools ranking. UTMB Galveston is a small public school located in the fringe town of Galveston.

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Medical College of Wisconsin ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Medicine Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Milwaukee, Medical College of Wisconsin is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Medicine Schools ranking. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, medicine graduates from UMN Twin Cities carry an average student debt load of $150,062. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,749.

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Virginia Commonwealth University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular medicine programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Richmond, VCU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Medicine Schools list. UT Health San Antonio is a small public school located in the city of San Antonio.

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With a ranking of #16, Case Western Reserve University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for medicine students. Located in the city of Cleveland, Case Western is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

While working on their degree, medicine majors at Case Western accumulate an average of around $175,415 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 $2,044.

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#17

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for medicine students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of Lawrence, KU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, medicine graduates from KU take out $173,867 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $2,026.

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University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Medicine Schools ranking. Located in the city of Dallas, UT Southwestern is a public college with a small student population.

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#19

New York Medical College

Valhalla, NY

With a ranking of #19, New York Medical College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for medicine students. Located in the large suburb of Valhalla, New York Medical College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, medicine graduates from New York Medical College take out $247,056 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 $2,879.

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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular medicine programs. SUNY Downstate is a small public school located in the large city of Brooklyn.

After completing their degree, medicine graduates from SUNY Downstate carry an average student debt load of $177,265. 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.

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#21

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular medicine programs. Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that medicine majors at Tufts take out is $205,928. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $2,399, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #22, Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for medicine students. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Medicine Schools award.

Rank College Location
23 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
24 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
25 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
26 Georgetown University Washington, DC
27 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
27 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
29 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL

Medicine by Region

View the Most Popular Medicine Schools for a specific region near you.

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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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