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The Top Undergraduate Feeder Institutions of African Americans to U.S. Medical Schools

aamc-thumbNew data from the Association of American Medical Colleges identifies the undergraduate colleges and universities that produce the most African American applicants to U.S. medical schools. During the 2015-16 academic year, the University of Florida graduated 109 students who applied to U.S. medical schools. This was 2.2 percent of all Black students who applied to medical schools in the United States.

Howard University, the historically Black educational institution in Washington, D.C., was the only other university to have more than 100 graduates in the 2015-16 academic year who applied to medical schools. Xavier University of Louisiana ranked third with 89 graduates applying to medical school.

Spelman College, a small liberal arts school for Black women in Atlanta, ranked fourth. Sixty-seven graduates of Spelman applied to medical school. There were 483 graduates at Spelman. Thus, nearly 14 percent of all graduates at the college applied to medical school.

The six other universities ranking in the Top 10 of undergraduate institutions producing the most Black applicants to U.S. medical schools were Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, Florida State University, the University of Maryland College Park, Rutgers University, and the University of South Florida.

Other HBCUs that produced more than 30 graduates in the 2015-16 academic year who applied to U.S. medical schools were Florida A&M University, Morehouse College, Oakwood University, Hampton University.


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