Princeton Health Professions School Admission Statistics

HPA takes a data driven approach to advising aspiring health professionals. Below are a few selected statistics that illustrate the diversity of Princeton applicants to health professions schools. Data is calculated over five application cycles, from 2015-2019.

Current students can access additional data by logging in and accessing the HPA Virtual Data Binder (alums can request access by emailing More data is shared with applicants in the year that they apply.

What health professions do Princeton alums pursue?

HPA works the most closely with applicants to medical and dental school since these programs ask for the HPA committee letter of recommendation. We have advised students and alumni who are preparing for health professions programs including veterinary medicine, nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, naturopathic medicine, and public health, among many others. 

Additionally, many alums go on to careers in academia, research, policy, government, and many other sectors where their work is directly or indirectly health-related. We hope that Princeton students use their time to explore the diverse array of professional paths within and outside of health. Campus partners like the Center for Health and Wellbeing and Center for Career Development can provide additional guidance on the wide array of ways to integrate an interest in health and healthcare into a professional career.


How successful are Princeton applicants in gaining admission?

HPA tracks data for medical, dental, and veterinary school applicants. Over the last five application cycles (2015-2019 matriculation):

  • 609 out of 715 (85%) medical school applicants were accepted via three different paths:
  • 13 out of 16 veterinary school applicants were accepted.
  • 8 out of 9 dental school applicants were accepted. 

For other professions, either comprehensive data is not available to us and/or the number of applicants to the profession is very small.

How successful are Princeton applicants compared to other schools?

We do not track our outcomes relative to other schools. There is national acceptance data available online:

What GPA and MCAT score do I need to get into medical school?

Admission to medical school is holistic and based on a number of academic and non-academic factors including timeline to application, GPA trajectory, letters of recommendation, state of residence, oral and written communication skills, experiences, and other attributes. 

  • Of applicants who were accepted without postbac coursework, the middle 80% were in the following GPA and MCAT ranges (10% were higher and 10% were lower)
    • 3.40-3.92 cumulative GPA (with a median of 3.68)
    • 3.29-3.95 bio/chem/physics/math (BCPM) GPA (with a median of 3.66)
    • ~511 to ~524 MCAT (with a median of 518)

  • Prospective applicants with lower metrics work with HPA advisers to discuss their specific academic context and next steps. 
  • Some students with lower GPAs took additional courses after graduation (postbaccalaureate) and before application to provide more evidence of readiness for the rigor of the medical school curriculum.
When do Princeton applicants apply?

There isn't a "traditional" timeline to application to medical school. Princeton applicants matriculated to medical school on timelines from directly after graduation ("direct entry") to fifteen years after graduation.

  • In 2015-19, accepted Princeton medical school applicants followed these timelines:
    • Between 21% and 23% went "direct entry" to medical school. Some of these applicants were accepted through Sophomore Early Assurance programs.
    • Between 50% and 56% took 1-2 glide years.
    • The other ~25% took 3 or more glide years.
  • See Applicants by Time to Application
  • See Applicants by "Premed Path" -- early assurance vs. HPA committee letter process vs. postbac/other process.
  • Nationally, according to the latest Matriculating Student Questionnaire, about 65% of medical students took glide/gap years prior to matriculation.
What schools do Princeton applicants typically attend?

Between 2015 and 2019, Princeton alums matriculated at 110 allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools across the country. The schools with the largest number of matriculants are:

  1. Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (35)
  2. Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (31)
  3. Harvard Medical School (25)
  4. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (24)
  5. Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (22)
  6. Weill Cornell Medicine  (22)
  7. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine  (21)
    Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (21)
  8. Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (15)
  9. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine  (14)
    University of California San Francisco    (14)
    Yale School of Medicine  (14)
  10. Keck Sch. of Med.University of Southern California (13)
    Stanford University School of Medicine (13)