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Prospective Students


Number of applications: 11,346
Number interviewed:  1,076
Number matriculated: 205
Average age: 24
Average science GPA: 3.62
Average overall GPA: 3.66
Average MCAT: 31.77

PA residents: 47%

Women: 48%

Underrepresented in Medicine: 18%


73% did something between college and medical school


205 students represent 113 different undergraduate colleges and universities with at least 4 students matriculating from each of the following schools:  Penn State University (11), Temple University (9), University of Pittsburgh (8), University of Florida (6), Duke University (5), Johns Hopkins University (4), University of Pennsylvania (4), and 3 each from Brandeis University, Brown University, Bucknell University, Columbia University, Drexel University, Emory University, Lehigh University, New York University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Swarthmore College, UC San Diego, University of Delaware, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and Villanova University.


What were our students’ undergraduate majors?

  • 65% were science majors, 23% were non-science majors, and 12% were double majors.

Some are entering medical school with advanced degrees, including:

  • Master’s degrees in Biology, Clinical Anatomy, Electrical Engineering, Medical Science (3), Psychology, & Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • One student has a Doctorate in Neuroscience

Where were our students born and raised?


* 25 states plus DC and Puerto Rico are represented in the group of out-of-state, including:  Arizona (2), California (19), Colorado (2), Connecticut (1), DC (1), Delaware (1), Florida (9), Hawaii (3), Illinois (1), Maine (2), Maryland (9), Massachusetts (4), Minnesota (2), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (19), Nevada (1), New York (13), North Carolina (4), Ohio (2), Oregon (2), Rhode Island (1), Tennessee (1), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (2) and Wisconsin (1).  There are 97 students from Pennsylvania


*24 (12%) of our students were born outside of the US, including: Argentina (1), China (1), France (1), Great Britain (1), Ghana (1), India (3), Israel (1), Kenya (1), Korea (4), Sri Lanka (1), Nigeria (1), Pakistan (3), Philippines (1), Romania (1), Russia (2), Saudi Arabia (1).  Of those born in the US, 69 were born in Pennsylvania.


Students had a variety of service jobs prior to attending Temple - - you may have encountered them when they were working as servers, bartenders, hosts, cooks, bouncers, lifeguards, baristas, sales associates and cashiers in clothing stores, department stores, and grocery stores (Apple Store, Eastern Mountain Sports, Dicks Sporting Goods, Barnes and Noble, Total Wine & More,  Panera Bread, Metro PCS, Jimmy John’s, Starbucks, Target, Wawa, Justice, Lowe’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Philly Pretzel Factory, Walmart, Anthropologie).


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, Lancaster General Hospital, Crozer Chester Medical Center, Geisinger Health System, and St. Luke’s University Hospital.


Many students had opportunities to study abroad in places like Austria, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Vietnam and one visited many countries through Semester at Sea.

They went on medical mission trips or volunteered at health care facilities in Cameroon, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and Tanzania.


Students also spent time working on projects around the world including: 

  • Youth ministry apprenticeship in Ghana
  • Taught 6, 7 and 8th grade in Sri Lanka
  • Bilingual Education Internship in France
  • Project Manager for the Global Supply Chain Council
  • Toured Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy with college wind ensemble
  • Taught English as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia
  • Marketing Intern for American Medical Center in Shanghai
  • Taught English and Math in Ghana
  • Reforest the Tropics Intern in Costa Rica

Students had a variety of experiences giving back as volunteers, interpreters, tutors, and mentors.  Many shared their talents with others as music instructors, coaches and referees for youth/high school sports.  They also served others as ESL tutors, teachers aid for special needs students, life guards, teaching assistant, translator, tutor, and 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 basketball, bowling, broomball, cricket, crew, cross country, dodgeball, fencing, field hockey, figure skating, flag football, football, handball, ice hockey, kickball, lacrosse, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and wrestling.  Two students have been members of the US National Field Hockey Team. 

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.


They have also brought their artistic talent to the University orchestra, marching band, concert band, drum corp, wind ensemble, chorus, theatre productions, dance teams, and singing groups.  Their academic career was enriched as radio reporter, 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 5Ks, ½ marathons, marathons, triathlons, and the Broad Street Run.  Other student interests include the martial arts (Tang Soo Do) and scuba diving.  Some have also achieved success as Eagle Scouts and earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.