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Prospective Students


Number of applications: 10,980

Number interviewed: 1,019

Number matriculated: 215

Average age: 24

Average science GPA:  3.63

Average overall GPA:  3.68

Average MCAT: 31.59


  • 62% Pennsylvania residents
  • 38% non-Pennsylvania residents from 18 states, plus Puerto Rico
  • 67% worked or volunteered between college and medical school


The 215 students represent 107 different undergraduate colleges and universities with at least 3 students matriculating from each of the following schools:  Penn State University (17), New York University (11), Temple University (10), University of Pittsburgh (10), University of Pennsylvania (9), Boston University (7), University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (6), Emory University (4), and 3 each from Brown University, Cornell University, Gettysburg College, Lehigh University, Loyola University Maryland, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, University of Maryland College Park, University of Virginia.


Sixty percent were science majors, 25% were non-science majors, and 15% were double majors.  Some are entering medical school with advanced degrees, including:  master’s degrees in Bioengineering, Bioethics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Science, Biophysics and Physiology, Business, Chemical Engineering, Classics, Divinity, Historic Preservation, Molecular Medicine, Theology, Urban Education, Visual Arts and one Lawyer.


Thirty (14%) of our students were born outside of the US, including: Albania (1), Brazil (1), Canada (3), China (3), Egypt (2), Great Britain (3), India (2), Ireland (1), Iraq (1), Jordan (1), Kenya (1), Korea (2), Mexico (2), Nigeria (2), Norway (1), Pakistan (2), Philippines (1), Taiwan (1), and Ukraine (1). Of those born in the US, 77 were born in Pennsylvania.


Many students had opportunities to study abroad in places like Argentina, Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain. 


They went on medical mission trips or volunteered at health care facilities in Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Honduras, India, Ireland, Jordan, Kenya, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Spain, Thailand, and Ukraine.  Students also spent time working on projects around the world including: 


  • Volunteered at an orphanage and clinic in Ethiopia
  • Unite for Site Impact Fellow in India
  • Volunteer Nursing Assistant at Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria
  • Internship at St. Vincent's Hospital in Australia
  • Global Medical Brigades in Honduras
  • Volunteer in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Service Mission in Germany
  • Medical Mission trip to Haiti
  • Clinical assistant at a leprosy patient center, South Korea
  • Service Mission in Portugal
  • Service trip to South Africa
  • Volunteer at a medical clinic in Mexico
  • Medical Volunteer with The Luke Commission in Swaziland, Africa
  • Medical Intern at a hospital in Ecuador
  • Global Medical Brigades in Panama
  • Global Medical Brigades in Ghana
  • Peace Corp Volunteer in Samoa
  • Volunteer with World Resources Group in Honduras
  • Medical Clinic Volunteer at Smile Africa Orphanage
  • Volunteer at a clinic in Kenya
  • Intern at health communications company in London
  • Recipient of South Korea Scholarship to promote cultural exchange
  • Intern at hospital in Mali
  • Volunteer and translator for medical missions in Burkina Faso, West Africa
  • Mission trip to Russia
  • Alternative spring break in Guatemala
  • Volunteer at a clinic in Guatemala
  • Co-founded AIDS Relief International which tries to address gaps in global HIV/AIDS programs. First program is in Mumbai, India
  • Fellow to design research project to examine a program which encouraged the empowerment of adolescent girls in Rural Honduras
  • Immunology research at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem
  • Volunteer at elementary school and on a coffee farm in Nicaragua
  • Volunteer at a rural hospital in China


Students had a variety of service jobs prior to attending Temple - servers, hosts, cooks, valets,  bartenders, lifeguards, baristas in coffee shops, sales associates and cashiers in clothing stores, department stores, grocery stores and pharmacies. Other interesting jobs/experiences included:  


  • Research Assistant at University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Research Scientist at Collagen Matrix INC
  • CNA at an adult mental health group home
  • EMT for a private ambulance company
  • Session Assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Avodah Corp Member at Chicago Women’s Health Center
  • Clinical Research Assistant at Mt. Sinai Medical Center
  • Gross Room Technician at Tampa Pathology Laboratory
  • Research Assistant at South Florida Medical Research
  • Emergency Medicine Scribe
  • Health Literacy Volunteer
  • Bus driver for University transit system
  • Emergency Service Assistant at Brigham and Womens Hospital Emergency Dept.
  • Medical Scribe at Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Research Associate at UCLA
  • English teacher in Japan
  • Receptionist at physician’s office
  • Administrator for an anesthesiologist practice
  • Coordinated and participated in bi-monthly basketball games with death-row inmates of San Quentin Correctional Facility.
  • Research Assistant at New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Designer at an Architect Firm
  • White House Volunteer
  • Research Associate for Design Science
  • Science Teacher and Basketball Coach at the Haverford School
  • Associate Scientist at Johnson and Johnson
  • Associate Consultant at The Amundsen Group
  • Academic Advisor at Drexel University
  • Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Quality Improvement Researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Intern at Community Health Center
  • Research Associate at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Teach for America at the Maritime Academy Charter High School in Philadelphia
  • Project Leader at Antria LLC
  • Healthcorps Coordinator at a high school in Newark, NJ
  • Fellow at Match Community Day School in Massachusetts
  • Medical Assistant at a Family Practice
  • Patent Examiner at United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Research Assistant at the Meyers Primary Care Institute
  • Research Assistant at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania
  • Portfolio Manager for Italian Wine Merchants
  • Research Assistant at SUNY Stony Brook
  • Research Technician at Temple University
  • Intake Worker PA Department of Public Welfare
  • Latin teacher and baseball coach at St. Joe’s Prep
  • Program Manager for Sabre Systems
  • Senior Analyst for Mercer Health and Benefits, LLC
  • Research Coordinator at Leonard David Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Lawyer at SanDisk Corporation
  • Emergency  Room Scribe
  • Phlebotomist
  • Senior Lab Technician at Rutgers University
  • Assistant to Art Curator
  • Branch Operations Manager for Sovereign Bank
  • Associate Editor St. Martin’s Press
  • Wrangler at Eatons' Ranch (dude ranch)
  • Research Technician at University of Pennsylvania
  • Postbac IRTA Fellow at the National Institutes of Health
  • Coordinator for Heart Failure Transitional Care Program at Kaiser Permanente
  • Research Assistant at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center
  • Research Assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Clinical Research Recruitment Assistant at The Rockefeller University
  • Research Associate for Johnson and Johnson
  • Research Assistant at the Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health
  • Trail Guide leading horse and mule pack trips in a National Park
  • Landscaper
  • Senior Lab Technician at the CHOP
  • Clinical Research Assistant at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Caretaker at family farm
  • Improvisational Comedy Company Member
  • Owner of historic preservation consulting firm
  • Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Ski Instructor
  • Associate for management consulting firm
  • NIH IRTA Fellow
  • Market Researcher at the Nielsen Company
  • Clinical Lab Technician at Precision Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Officer (Nuclear Weapons Operator) in the US Air Force
  • Clinical Research Assistant in Medical Ethics at CHOP
  • Life Science and Healthcare Consultant for LEK Consulting
  • Research Scientist at Fox Chase Cancer Center