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 2017-2021.

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 (2017-2021 matriculation):

  • 566 out of 676 (84%) medical school applicants were accepted via three different paths:
  • Ten accepted to Physician Assistant (PA) masters programs
  • Eight accepted to veterinary school.
  • Six accepted to dental school. 
  • Two accepted to Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • One accepted to Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • One accepted to Optometry (OD)
  • One accepted to an MS in Genetic Counseling

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 in 2017-2020, the middle 80% were in the following GPA and MCAT ranges (10% were higher and 10% were lower)
    • 3.39-3.94 cumulative GPA (with a median of 3.70)
    • 3.28-3.95 bio/chem/physics/math (BCPM) GPA (with a median of 3.69)
    • ~511 to ~524 MCAT (with a median of 519)
    • 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 are many timelines 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 2017-21, accepted Princeton medical school applicants followed these timelines:
    • Between 22% and 24% went "direct entry" to medical school. Some of these applicants were accepted through Sophomore Early Assurance programs.
    • Between 48% and 54% took 1-2 glide years between graduation and medical school matriculation.
    • 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 66% of medical students took glide/gap years prior to matriculation.
    • Less than 32% of matriculants were 22 or younger.
    • About 16% were 26 or older.
What schools do Princeton applicants typically attend?

Between 2017 and 2021, 558 Princeton alums matriculated at 104 allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools across the country and internationally. The schools with the largest number of matriculants are:

  1. Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (35)
  2. Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (34)
  3. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (31)
  4. Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (30)
  5. Weill Cornell Medicine  (23)
  6. Harvard Medical School (22)
  7. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine  (20)
  8. Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (15)
  9. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine  (14)
  10. Stanford University School of Medicine (13)
  11. Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (12)
  12. Albert Einstein College of Medicine (12)
  13. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (11)
  14. Tufts University School of Medicine (10)


Does HPA discourage students from applying to medical school if their GPA or MCAT is too low?

Our advisors want our students to reach their goals, and believe that any Princeton student has what it takes to become a doctor. We try to help each potential applicant reflect on the strength of their candidacy on many dimensions, including grades and MCAT scores, so that they have a realistic understanding of their candidacy.

We might recommend taking another year or two to strengthen aspects of your candidacy, but this is not to raise our acceptance rates--it's to try to help you reach your goal of getting accepted! Even if we advise you to wait a while, if you choose to apply, we will do our best to support you when you do. We are not gatekeepers to medical school admissions--we are your advocates and coaches along the way.