Who Chooses WU?

The 2020 Entering Class

The group is composed of highly talented, intellectually-curious, thoughtful, creative, community-minded and diverse young professionals with outstanding academic and personal qualifications. The group of 104 includes:

  • 63 women and 41 men
  • Ages ranging from 20-29
  • 25 individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine
  • 20 enrolled in the joint MD/PhD Program, also called our Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

What Does My White Coat Mean to Me?

During Orientation week, students shared their thoughts about donning their white coats — the symbol of their future profession.

1st-Year Medical Students | 2017

For more, visit the White Coat Ceremony website.


Academic and personal qualifications (2020 Entering Class)

  • Mean grade point averages (GPA) of 3.88
  • Mean MCAT total score of 520.5
  • Originated from 28 states and 8 foreign countries (Canada, China, Honduras, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain and Vietnam). States most represented are California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New York and Texas.  
  • 60 different colleges and universities, with four or more students coming from:
    • Washington University
    • Duke University
    • Emory University
    • University of California, Berkeley 
    • Vanderbilt University
    • Yale University

Undergraduate Institutions Represented — 2011-2020

(The table below presents only those universities and colleges contributing three or more students; the totals comprise entering WashU medical school classes, 2011 through 2020)

University/College Total
Baylor University  3
Bowdoin University  4
Brandeis University  4
Brigham Young University  11
Brown University  15
California Institute of Technology  7
Carleton College  4
Case Western Reserve University  7
Colby College  3
Columbia University in the City of New York  17
Cornell University 18
Dartmouth College 11
Davidson College  3
Duke University  37
Emory University  14
Florida State University  3
Fordham University  3
Georgetown University  4
Georgia Institute of Technology  3
Harvard University  53
Indiana University-Bloomington 10
Johns Hopkins University 21
Macalester College 3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  19
McGill University  7
Michigan State University  5
Middlebury College  4
New York University  5
Northwestern University  16
Ohio State University  11
Oregon State University 3
Pomona College  3
Princeton University  18
Rice University  23
Saint Louis University 6
St. Olaf College 5
Stanford University 16
Swarthmore College 3
Truman State University 4
Tufts University  5
Tulane University  5
University of Arizona 7
University of Arkansas  4
University of California, Berkeley  41
University of California, Davis  4
University of California, Los Angeles  30
University of California, San Diego  14
University of Chicago  13
University of Florida  9
University of Georgia  7
University of Illinois at Chicago  3
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  14
University of Iowa  4
University of Kentucky  3
University of Maryland – Baltimore County  4
University of Maryland – College Park  6
University of Massachusetts – Amherst  3
University of Miami (FL)  3
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor  27
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities  8
University of Missouri-Columbia  3
University of Nebraska – Lincoln  5
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  12
University of Notre Dame 16
University of Oklahoma 3
University of Pennsylvania  28
University of Pittsburgh  6
University of Southern California  13
University of Texas at Austin  6
University of Toronto  5
University of Tulsa  5
University of Virginia  6
University of Washington  15
University of Western Ontario  4
University of Wisconsin-Madison  9
Vanderbilt University  28
Washington University in St. Louis  160
Wellesley College  4
Whitman College  3
Williams College  6
Yale University  39

Personal qualities

Please visit the Student Life section for more about our students’ personal interests, qualities and lifestyles.