Harvard University

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25 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA 02115


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Research rank Category Name
#1 Best Research
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Primary care rank Category Name
#11 Best Primary Care


#2 in AIDS
#6 in Geriatrics
#2 in Pediatrics

Medical School Overview

The Medical School at Harvard University has an application deadline of October 15. The application fee at Harvard University is $100. Its tuition is Full-time: $52,100. The faculty-student ratio at Harvard University is 13.3:1. The Medical School has 12,367 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

A Harvard Medical School president designed the current medical school curriculum in the late 1800s, and in the years since, HMS has continued to innovate and influence medical education. Students today are divided into four academic societies, which each enable team-based learning under faculty supervision. Students interested in the nexus of engineering and medicine may instead enroll in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology program, which makes up a fifth academic society.

HMS students study for two years before beginning clinicals, and there are no traditional letter grades awarded in the first two years. Instead, students are evaluated by a Pass/Fail scale. Students study at the medical school campus on Boston’s Longwood Avenue, and can complete clinicals at nearly 20 affiliated institutions throughout the city. Medical students may also opt for joint degrees, like the M.D./Ph.D. program offered in conjunction with the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and can cross-register in course at other schools within the university, including the highly ranked Law School and Business School.

Despite the grueling course load, HMS makes sure its students have some fun through events like FEAT, the First-Year Adventure Trip, and an annual White Coat Ceremony. Second year students write and perform a live musical, fittingly titled the Second Year Show. The performances parody the medical school experience, with past years’ titles including The White Coats are Coming, Back to the Suture, and Cramalot.

All medical and dental students who wish to live on campus share a residence hall. Among close to 100,000 living alumni of Harvard Medical School are former Surgeon General of the U.S. Army Joseph Lovell and former U.S. Senator and surgeon Bill Frist.


Applications accepted October 15 (Ends)
Application fee $100
AMCAS application accepted Yes


Full-time faculty 9,399
Full-time faculty-student ratio 13.3:1

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 708
Gender distribution
Gender distribution



Full-time: $52,100

Required fees $1,481


Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2012 and 2013 classes)
anesthesiology neurology
dermatology obstetrics and gynecology
emergency medicine pediatrics
family practice radiology - diagnostic
internal medicine

* Medical School Overview details based on 2013 data

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