The Entering Class of 2017
80 MD Students
10 MD/PhD Students
22% Illinois Residents
29% Underrepresented in Medicine (Black, Hispanic, or Native American)
504 •-------------• 528
Cumulative GPA Range
3.36 •-------------• 4.0
Science GPA Range
3.19 •-------------• 4.0
The entering class of 2017 hailed from 25 states (and 49 different colleges and universities):
Nearly 60% of the class took at least one year between completing a bachelor's degree and beginning medical school:
In Their Words
Why the entering class of 2017 chose the University of Chicago
From the moment I started looking into Pritzker's program, I fell in love with it. On its website, Pritzker talks about diversity and commitment to service in a way that feels deeply genuine. In my research into Pritzker, I also appreciated the balance between clinical skills education and scholarship -- some of the schools I looked into were very strong in one area or the other. None felt as balanced as Pritzker. When I got to Pritzker for my interview, the hunches I had about the program were completely confirmed. More than that though, I fell in love with the people. The people of Pritzker are truly phenomenal. They are warm, funny, brilliant, and very caring. After my interview day, I was completely head over heels in love with the school. Since coming to Pritzker, this feeling has only deepened.
Starting at the interview day and continuing at revisit, Pritzker emphasized the school's commitment to the South Side community. After visiting other schools, it became clear that Pritzker is genuinely dedicated to serving its patient population in the South Side. I wanted to be surrounded by students and faculty who share that value for community service.
I also appreciated how Pritzker integrates research into its curriculum. As a medical student and physician, I want to continue working on public health research. I felt confident that the S&D curriculum would facilitate continued research in public health and medicine. Finally, I was excited about Pritzker's small class size and emphasis on diversity.
There are so many incredibly important things that Pritzker does well - maintaining a dedication to continual learning and research, a focus on serving the local community and meeting the needs of the underserved, and a strong emphasis on medical education and academia. But most important to me in my decision-making process was the intangible sense of community I felt the minute I arrived on campus. This was my first interview, and other schools had a hard time living up to the warmth and genuine kindness I felt from the Pritzker community and my fellow interviewees that day. I could see a true devotion to compassion.
Pritzker's commitment to diversity in all forms and at all levels was extremely refreshing to me. Many schools I interviewed at talked about inclusion efforts, but to come here and meet students with such varied life experiences who genuinely wanted to learn from and advocate for groups different from their own was amazing. This is even reflected in the administration at Pritzker; I cannot think of another school I interviewed at where I saw as many women and people of color in leadership positions. Just from these initial observations, I could tell that Pritzker was a place that knows that medicine must be inclusive of people from all walks of life, especially those that are typically marginalized.
The Pritzker School of Medicine stood out to me as a place I felt I could grow most as a physician and a scientist. The culture stood out to me with each individual I interacted with: from the medical students to the faculty. The opportunity to be here at a pivotal time with the reintroduction of the Trauma 1 center gave me the feeling that I could truly reach out and impact the South Side community directly as a volunteer. Moreover, the research faculty here is absolutely outstanding, and I look forward to working on an impactful project that may lead to advances to human health. Ultimately, I felt like Pritzker really cared about me as a potential student, and that feeling has proven to be true in my time here.