Class Profile

Entering Class of 2018

One of the unusual features of BUSM is the large number of pathways to the MD degree that we support, either exclusively on the medical campus, or in partnership with other colleges of Boston University. The 160 students in the entering class of 2018 are drawn from the following subgroups:

  • 116 Four-Year MD
  • 6 MD-PhD
  • 10 Early Medical School Selection Program (EMSSP)
  • 16 Seven-Year BA-MD Program
  • 12 Modular Medical Integrated Curriculum (MMEDIC)

In addition, a number of these students will, ultimately, graduate with a MD-MPH or MD-MBA.

The class is about 50% women and 31 are under-represented minorities. All entering students hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US or Canadian institution and 32 hold a graduate degree. The group is extraordinarily diverse from a cultural and linguistic perspective; they represent 36 U.S. states and territories, and 19 countries of origin. They range in age from 20 to 34. Virtually all of the entering students have had some experience in clinical settings and many have been engaged in biomedical research. Some come from families with a long tradition of service in the medical profession, while others are the first member of their extended family to attend college.

Many have had substantial careers prior to attending medical school, including pharmacy, elementary and secondary education, health policy, information systems consulting, business management, performance arts, and nursing. Many have worked or volunteered as Emergency Medical Technicians or Paramedics, others have served as personal care attendants for handicapped individuals or as hospital interpreters. Students have worked in Americorps, Teach for America, the Peace Corps, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brother/Big Sister programs, and a host of other service activities.

The 126 4-year MD students were selected from a pool of over 10,000 individuals who submitted initial applications to BUSM. On the academic side, this is one of the best qualified classes we have ever had. The mean undergraduate GPA in this group was 3.72 and the mean MCAT was 516 (94%).  Many of the students have received their undergraduate degrees with Latin Honors, and many have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, as well as other local and national academic honor societies.

Some of the 61 undergraduate institutions attended by the 160 entering students, include the following:

Boston University University of California-Los Angeles
Bryn Mawr College University of California-San Diego
Cornell University University of Maryland
Dartmouth College University of Miami
Harvard University University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Johns Hopkins University University of Southern California
New York University University of Texas at El Paso
North Carolina Central University University of Washington
Northeastern University Vassar College
Tufts University Washington University in St. Louis
University of California-Berkeley


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How Well We Do?

  • National Board Licensure Exams (USMLE):  In recent years, BUSM students have achieved a 99% -100% pass rate for first time takers on step I and 99% -100%  for step II—both are above the average for U.S medical schools.
  • Match:  BUSM students are encouraged to apply to the top programs in their field of choice and have succeeded with very high match rates.  A full match list for the most recent graduating class is available here.

Match Day 2018: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!