The Association of American Medical Colleges recently released data on applicants and first-time enrollments at U.S. medical schools for 2012. The number of Black applicants and Black first-time enrollees reach all-time highs.
In 2012, the were 3,824 Black applicants to U.S. medical schools. They made up 8.4 percent of the applicant pool. Since 2005, the number of Black applicants to medical schools has increased nearly 21 percent. During the same period, the number of White applicants to U.S. medical schools increased by 13.7 percent.
In 2012, there were 1,416 Black first-time enrollees in U.S. medical schools. Blacks made up 7.3 percent of all entering first-time students. The number of Black entering students has increased by 14.2 percent since 2005. For Whites, first-time enrollments have increased by 9.1 percent since 2005.