Who Chooses WU?

The 2021 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 123 includes:

  • 60 women and 62 men
  • Ages ranging from 21-35
  • 36 individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine
  • Six first-generation students
  • 32 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 (2021 Entering Class)

  • Mean grade point averages (GPA) of 3.87; cumulative undergraduate GPAs ranged from 3.34 to 4.00
  • Mean MCAT total score of 520.3.  The MCAT range for the 2021 Entering Class was from 509 to 528.
  • Originated from 35 states and 10 foreign countries (Brazil, Canada, China, Ghana, India, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Russia, and Singapore). States most represented are California, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, and North Carolina.  
  • 62 different colleges and universities, with four or more students coming from:
    • Washington University
    • Cornell University
    • Duke University
    • Harvard University
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • University of Notre Dame
    • Vanderbilt 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.