Massachusetts is filled with history, diversity and an incredible higher education system that brings together young adults from all around the country to pursue their career and educational goals. I spoke about some of the best medical school’s in my previous post, and this is the rest of the list of schools and their individual specializations.
3. University of Massachusetts | Worcester, MA
With just slightly lower averages in GPA and MCAT test scores, and more promising acceptance rates, UMass provides an excellent education, and an especially good program for those looking to practice as a primary care doctor. A public school, it offers in-state applicants a much more favorable tuition (approximately $8,000 compared with the typical $50,000) with low cost of sacrifice. Out-of-state applicants are required to complete the M.D./PhD program, instead of the M.D. only route. The school also offers great interlingual courses including opportunities to interview and speak with patients of a foreign language, namely, Spanish.
4. Tufts University | Boston, MA
Recently ranked in the top ten school with the most applicants with 8,000, Tufts is becoming a greater competitor in the field. Ranking lower than others on U.S. News and StartClass reports (#49 in research and #52 in primary care for U.S. News, #61 on StartClass), Tufts offers a few unique things to consider: a larger class size which means more interaction with like-minded and differing perspectives (and mostly out-of-state students), and a slightly higher acceptance rate for that relatively large class size. Some things to watch out for are the average-to-high tuition, the higher-than-average numbers for debt with which students graduate, and the lower-than-average funding granted to the school.
StartClass’s ranking system arranges schools based on mean GPA, mean MCAT score, acceptance rate, faculty-student ratio, financial aid packages, and endowment per student.1 US News uses these same data in addition to submitted quality assessment scores, grant funding supplied to the school by the National Institutes of Health, and the percentage of graduates taking a position in the field.3