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Prospective Students


Number of applications: 11,286
Number interviewed:  981
Number matriculated: 232
Average age: 24
Average science GPA: 3.63
Average overall GPA: 3.68
Average MCAT: 32

  • 67% Pennsylvania residents
  • 33% non-Pennsylvania residents from 22 states
  • 68% worked or volunteered between college and medical school

They represent 106 different undergraduate colleges and universities with at least 4 students matriculating from each of the following schools:  Penn State University (17), University of Pittsburgh (14), Temple University (11), Rutgers University (10), University of Pennsylvania (8), Johns Hopkins (7), UCLA (6), Bucknell University (6), Haverford College (4), and 3 each from College of William and Mary, Duquesne University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, New York University, Northwestern University, UC Irvine, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, University of Scranton, Ursinus College, Vassar College, West Chester University, Yale University.


What were our students’ undergraduate majors?

  • 63% were science majors, 22% were non-science majors, and 15% were double majors.

Some are entering medical school with advanced degrees, including:

  • Master’s degrees in Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Human Nutrition, Neurobiology, Physiology and Biophysics, Public Health (4), Science & Medicine of Athletic Performance, Urban Education, and one Lawyer. 
  • Three additional students are already have their Doctorate in Immunology, Music Performance and Pharmacy

Where were our students born and raised?


*22 states are represented in the group of out-of-state, including:  Alabama (1), Arizona (2), California (13), Colorado (2), Connecticut (2), Florida (4), Georgia (1), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (4), Maryland (4), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), New Jersey (18), New Mexico (1), Nevada (1), New York (11), Oregon (1), Utah (2), Virginia (2), Washington (1) and Wisconsin (2).  There are 157 students from Pennsylvania


*30 (13%) of our students were born outside of the US, including: Austria (1), Canada (1), China (4), Egypt (2), Hong Kong (2), India (3), Japan (2), Korea (2), Lithuania (1), Nigeria (1), Pakistan (1), Peru (1), Poland (1), Russia (2), Singapore (1), Taiwan (1), Ukraine (2) and United Kingdom (2).  Of those born in the US, 90 were born in Pennsylvania.


Students had a variety of service jobs prior to attending Temple - - servers, hosts, bouncers, valets, lifeguards, baristas, sales associates and cashiers in clothing stores, department stores, movie theatres, grocery stores and pharmacies (Best Buy, Dunkin Donuts, Home Depot, Panera Bread, Shop Rite, Starbucks, Subway, Target, University bookstore).


You may have seen some of our new students doing research or volunteering at Temple and our affiliated hospitals:  Fox Chase, Shriners, Abington Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital, Crozer Chester Medical Center, Geisinger Health System, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and St. Luke’s University Hospital.


Other interesting jobs/experiences included:   

  • Research/Lab Assistant at:
    • Temple University School of Medicine
    • Fox Chase Cancer Center
    • Rockefeller University
    • UCLA
    • Mass General Hospital
    • Harvard Medical School
    • University of Chicago
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering
    • McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
    • Weill Cornell Medical College
    • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    • University of Maryland
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • National Institute of Health
    • Columbia Medical Center
    • Janssen Pharmaceuticals
    • UCLA
    • Penn State College of Medicine
    • NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center
    • Reaction Biology Corporation
    • Washington University
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • Boston Children’s Hospital
    • Moss Rehab
    • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    • University of Utah Hospital
  • EMT/EMS/Paramedic
  • Wrote three plays during college that incorporated experiences in neuroscience and patient care into playwriting.
  • Wrote and illustrated two children’s books, in both English and Spanish, which were distributed to pediatric patients in the hospital.
  • Instructors for a variety of test prep companies
  • Research Fellow at Food and Drug Administration (2)
  • Improvisational Theatre Performer and Instructor
  • Operations Coordinator for Health Leads
  • Advocate for Health Leads
  • Worked on a family farm in Lancaster, PA
  • Emergency Department Scribe (about 12 people did this!)
  • Office Assistant at Main Line Allergy
  • Technical Support at EPIC
  • Project Geologist with Farallon Consulting
  • Field Engineer at Turner Construction
  • Beach Badge Checker
  • Certified Nurses Aid
  • Squash Professional at Athletic Club
  • Volunteer at ice cream and soda booth at the Devon Horse Show
  • Congressional Intern for Anthony Weiner
  • Activity Coordinator for a residential facility for blind and visually impaired adults
  • Laborer at home remodeling company
  • Medical Assistant/Clinical Associate
    • General Practitioners Office
    • ENT Center
    • Dermatology Center
    • Adolescent and Child Psychiatry Center
  • You Tube Filmmaker
  • Landscaper
  • Senior Financial Reporting Associate at Prudential Financial
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Special Projects Coordinator for company that stores and ships pledge items for public broadcasting radio stations
  • Developer/Project Manager for medical education website for USMLE prep
  • Endoscopy Technician
  • Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Technician
  • Volunteer at Medical Examiners Office
  • Quality Inspector at Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Teach for America 8th grade science teacher in Los Angeles
  • Investment Analyst at JP Morgan Chase
  • Platoon Sergeant for Cadet Basic Training, United States  Military Academy
  • Student advocate and attendance tracker at high school for at-risk youth
  • SEPTA Customer Service Intern
  • Ophthalmic Technician
  • AmeriCorp American Red Cross National Preparedness & Response Corps
  • Competes in power lifting competitions and won the WNPF National Bench Press Title in the Junior Division for his weight class
  • Coached JV boys soccer, varsity wrestling and middle school baseball at Abington Friends
  • Implementation Services representative at EPIC
  • Teach for America taught math in middle school and high school and managed secondary math and science teachers
  • Contributor to the book “Writing in the Biological Sciences”
  • Rehab Nursing Technician
  • Collaborated on a young adult science fiction novel
  • Volunteer attorney for siblings in Philadelphia family court system
  • Law Clerk with the state court system in Philadelphia
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Forensic Investigator internship with Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Project Manager for funeral insurance broker
  • Opera singer with the Dallas Opera and Opera in the Ozarks
  • Guest Services greeter at the Franklin Institute
  • Teach for America taught high school chemistry in Atlanta
  • Founded and directed educational program to improve reading comprehension and English speaking skills
  • Technician for company that specializes in water, fire, smoke, and mold remediation
  • Project Coordinator for diabetes education program at  St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • Lifeguard for Long Beach Township, New Jersey
  • Writer for The Onion, BuzzFeed, and New York magazine
  • Founded Sydney’s Closet which collects and distributes clothing and money donations
  • Lifeguard for city of Del Mar, California
  • Lifeguard for city of Atlantic Beach, Florida
  • Mentor and Educator through AmeriCorps VISTA at Para Los Niños, an organization within the underserved communities of Los Angeles
  • Senior Associate at Market Platform Dynamics
  • United States Rowing Team coxswaian at the World Championship in Eaton, England for the US National Team and finished second at the World Championship National Trials race the next year.
  • Assistant Football Coach at Newark Academy
  • PADI Certified Scuba Diver
  • Went on a safari and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Rode 1,600 miles cross-country from Wyoming to Oregon on a self-contained group bicycle tour with Adventure Cycling Association

Many students had opportunities to study abroad in places like Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, and Spain. 

They went on medical mission trips or volunteered at health care facilities in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Greece, Haiti, Honduras, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, South Africa, Taiwan, and Zambia.
Students also spent time working on projects around the world including: 

  • Taught science and social studies (in English) to South Korean middle school students
  • Trip to Mozambique through Ag2Africa Learning Laboratory
  • Taught English to middle school students in China
  • Investigated the relationship between nutritional status and malaria in Tanzania
  • Taught English to middle school students in China and Thailand
  • Volunteer at Open Arms for Children in Komga, South Africa
  • Built houses in Guatemala
  •  Assisted with the development of a telemedicine system in Kenya
  • Volunteer with Relief Pitchers which distributes school and medical supplies as well as baseball equipment to the Dominican Republic
  • Volunteer at an HIV/AIDS clinic and teach at an orphanage in Ghana
  • Conducted survey to identify interventions to reduce water and food borne illness in Thailand
  • Study tour to learn about the Cuban Health Care system
  • Taught science at a high school in Nigeria
  • Field Research Assistant in Argentina studying juvenile social behavior in the owl monkey
  • Trained community health workers to measure customers key health metrics in Kenya
  • Professor of applied voice, vocal pedagogy, and and vocal literature at Mahidol University, Bangkok Thailand
  • English teacher in Ecuador
  • Geology research in China
  • English and Health Teacher in Chile

Students had a variety of experiences giving back as volunteers, interpreters, tutors, and mentors.  Many were involved as coaches and referees for youth/high school sports and shared their artistic talents with others as instructors for music, dance, art, and theater. They also served others as a Sunday school teacher, EMT, nursing home volunteer, crisis hotline volunteer, teaching assistant, camp counselor.


In addition to outstanding community service activities our students brought their talents to the athletic fields and arenas through NCAA and University clubs including baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, cycling, equestrian team, fencing, field hockey, figure skating, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, power lifting, rugby, sailing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, tennis, track and field, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, wrestling.  They have also brought their artistic talent to the University jazz ensemble, orchestra, marching band, concert band, pep band, chorus, stage crew, theatre productions, dance teams, singing groups, swing dance, and hip hop.  Their academic career was enriched as radio DJ, editor and contributors to student journals and literary magazines , or columnists and photographers at their school paper.  In college they were also members of social and service fraternities/sororities, admissions ambassadors, orientation leaders, college radio DJs, health educators, musicians, members of bands, peer advisors, resident assistants, student government representatives and tour guides.


They have participated in ½ marathons, triathlons, and the Philadelphia Marathon.  Students indicate interest in the martial arts including Karate and Tae Kwan-Do.