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Prospective Students


Number of applications:  10,328

Number interviewed: 964

Number matriculated: 207

Average age: 24

Average sci GPA: 3.63

Average overall GPA: 3.68

Average MCAT:  31.14

  • 53% Pennsylvania residents

  • 47% non-Pennsylvania residents from 26 different states

  • 50% women

  • 16% from groups under-represented in medicine

  • 62% worked or volunteered between college and medical school

The 207 matriculants came from 104 different undergraduate colleges and universities with at least 3 students matriculating from each of the following schools:  Temple University (13), Penn State (10), University of Pittsburgh (10), Boston University (9), University of Miami (8), Cornell University (6), University of Pennsylvania (6), Lehigh University (5), Swarthmore College (5), University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (5), Brigham Young University (4), Georgetown University (4), University of California – Berkeley (4), UCLA (4), College of William and Mary (3), Johns Hopkins University (3), Saint Joseph’s University (3), University of California – San Diego (3), University of Delaware (3), University of Florida (3), University of Maryland, College Park (3).


Sixty-eight percent were science majors, 20% were non-science majors, and 12% were double majors. Some entered with advanced degrees, including master’s degrees in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Creative Writing, Education, Environmental Chemistry, Journalism, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Public Health, Teaching and one Dentist.


Thirty-seven (18%) were born outside of the US, incl: Brazil (1), Canada (2), China (5), Cuba (1), Germany (1), India (8), Jamaica (1), Kenya (1), Korea (3), Morocco (1), Nigeria (2), Netherlands (1), Peru (1), Philippines (1), Saudi Arabia (1), Taiwan (1), Ukraine (1), Uzbekistan (1), Venezuela (1), and Vietnam (3).  Of those born in the US, 60 were born in Pennsylvania.


100 students (48% of the class) speak a language other than English with 7 students listing the other language as their primary language and English as their “other language.” 


Many students had opportunities to study abroad in places like Argentina, Australia, China, Denmark, England, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Latin America “Semester at Sea”, Spain, Tanzania and Vietnam.  They went on medical mission trips to Albania, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, and Venezuela. Students also spent time working on projects in other countries including:

  • Service mission in Russia
  • Volunteer at Kyoto University Hospital in Japan
  • English language teacher at public school in France
  • Shadowed physicians at Instituto Nacional del Cáncer in Chile
  • Peace Corp in Suriname
  • Archeological excavator in Belize
  • Surgicorp volunteer in Guatemala
  • Service mission to Argentina
  • Unite for Site trip to Kalinga Eye Hospital in India
  • Internship teaching science and English in Costa Rica
  • Internship at McCormick Hospital in Thailand
  • Educator for HIV/AIDs and TB awareness in Knysna, South Africa
  • Unite for Site trip to Accra, Ghana
  • Won 2 gold medals at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel
  • People to People Student Ambassador traveled to New Zealand, Australia, and Costa Rica
  • Director of Sports Programming for an overnight summer camp in Italy
  • Fulbright Teaching Scholarship teaching English in Neuss, Germany
  • Co-lead a youth mission trip to Ecuador
  • Amerispan Volunteer in Costa Rica
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship teaching English in the Dominican Republic
  • Birthright trip to Israel
  • Volunteered as a farm hand in Kenya
  • AIDs clinic volunteer in Kenya
  • Fulbright Teaching Scholarship teaching English in Germany
  • Coordinator at Centro Medico Humberto Parra in Bolivia


Students had a variety of service jobs prior to attending Temple - waiters, bartenders, lifeguards, working in coffee shops, sales associates and cashiers in clothing stores, department stores, bookstores, grocery stores and pharmacies. Interesting jobs included:   

  • Production Associate for Stouffer’s Frozen Foods
  • Test and Verification Engineer for Vestas American Wind Technology
  • Group Visit Coordinator at University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Imaging Specialist at medical billing company
  • Special education math teacher at Frankford High School (in Philadelphia)
  • Emergency Department scribe at Beth Israel Hospital
  • Research Technician at Ragon Institute in Massachusetts
  • Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Americorp - KEYS Service Corp with the Braddock Youth Project
  • Research Assistant at Stanford University's Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute
  • Clinical Research Assistant at Temple University Hospital
  • Clinical Research Coordinator at Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Research Assistant at University of Pennsylvania
  • Research Assistant at the Scripps Research Institute
  • Research Assistant at Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • High School Physics and Chemistry teacher
  • Teach for America
  • Clinical Research Assistant at Georgetown University
  • Research Specialist at Unit for Experimental Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania
  • Research Assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Clinical Research Coordinator at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Research Assistant at Mass General Hospital
  • Clinical Research Coordinator at Mass General Hospital
  • Emergency Department Technical Associate at Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Research Associate at International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
  • Clinical Coordinator for the 22Q and You Center at CHOP
  • Clinical Research Coordinator at University of Pennsylvania
  • Research Assistant in Rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Consultant with Charles River Associates
  • Laboratory Instructional Assistant at Bryn Mawr College
  • Business Analyst at Credit Suisse in London
  • Community Profile Intern for Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Research Assistant in Immunology Lab at UC Boulder
  • Ballet dancer with Danse Etoile Ballet Company
  • Summer employment working with road construction and paving crews
  • Research Assistant in Immunology Lab at Duke Medical Center
  • Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow at the National Cancer Institute
  • Post Baccalaureate IRTA at the NIH
  • Post Baccalaureate IRTA Clinical Metabolic Unit at the NIH
  • Analyst at Bear, Sterns & Co. Inc.
  • Lab Technician at NYU
  • Research Technician in Pulmonary Lab at Pitt
  • Congressional Fellow for American Political Science Association
  • Journalist for San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic News, Baltimore Sun, and The National
  • Research Technician at Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Clinical Research Coordinator at Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Emergency Department Scribe at Rockingham Memorial Hospital
  • Research Assistant at Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Scribe for Richmond Emergency Physicians
  • Front Office Manager for Hilton Hotel
  • Research Assistant in Lymphoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Research Assistant in Pediatric Oncology at CHOP
  • Classroom facilitator for CORA services
  • Research Assistant at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Data Coordinator at Mass General Hospital
  • Service Representative at Veteran’s Affairs Office
  • Office Manager at family's potato farm
  • Research Technician in Pulmonary Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Unit Assistant at Grandview Hospital
  • Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award in the Genes, Cognition and Psychosis Program at NIMH
  • AmeriCorps Service Member
  • Research Assistant in Department of Endocrinology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine