Medical school ranked most selective in country

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences was named the nation’s most selective medical school Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report after two years in the No. 2 spot.

The school offered admission to 2.1 percent of fall 2012 applicants, increasing its selectivity as medical schools across the country are boosting their enrollment. Its acceptance rate dropped 1 percentage point from its fall class two years ago, potentially due to a jump in applicants – bringing in about 4,100 more between 2010 and 2012.

The school – GW’s most competitive and wealthiest – saw a total of 14,700 applicants last fall, more than any other medical school nationwide.

GW’s acceptance rate that year was far below the national average of 8.3 percent. It tied with the Mayo Medical School in Minn., which received about one-third the applications fielded by GW. The prestigious midwestern school has earned the top spot for at least two years running.

U.S. News gave GW the No. 57 spot in the coveted medical research ranking, while the Mayo Medical School earned the No. 27 spot.

Neighboring Georgetown University was the sixth most-selective school, with a 3.4 percent acceptance rate.

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