• Hannah Tao

Stanford University College of Medicine


  • Location

  • in Stanford, California

  • area of Santa Clara County and north of Palo Alto

  • Hoover Tower, Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, within an hour from San Francisco Bay Area


  • Tuition

  • regular quarterly tuition for the 2020-21 academic year, payable Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters, is $20,731 for M.D. Program


  • Financial Aid

  • under the financial aid program, which Stanford expanded in 2015, Stanford will continue to provide free tuition for typical parents with incomes below $125,000

  • typical parents with incomes below $65,000 are not expected to pay tuition, mandatory fees, room or board


Section 7: Tuition and Financial Aid, Stanford Educational Budget,

  • Average MCAT

  • 519


  • GPA

  • 3.89


  • Acceptance rate

  • 2.5%


  • What it’s known for

  • pioneered linear accelerator technology to treat cancer

  • demonstrated method of stimulating the auditory nerve in deaf patients, paving the way for cochlear implants

  • conducted the first adult human heart transplant in the United States

  • discovered a new class of immune response genes, suggesting for the first time that people may have predictable susceptibility to certain diseases

  • carried out the first successful human combined heart/lung transplant in the world

  • specific curriculum/specialties known for:

  • notable programs: anesthesiology, dermatology, oncology, pathology, pediatrics, radiology, research, surgery

  • leadership in pioneering research, creative teaching protocols, and effective clinical therapies

  • flexible MD curriculum with multiple learning pathways; diversity of clinical and leadership opportunities within and outside of Stanford; wide range of dual degree opportunities at the medical school and schools across Stanford University

  • strong sense of community with an intimate cohort size of 90-100 students

Requirements, Tuition, and More, Eligibility and Recommendations, Home | MD Program


  • Student Testimonies

  • Raymond Tsai (2nd year M.D. student)

  • “you get to be who you are

  • choose your own adventure

  • different experiences with clinics, research, and basic science but outside of the med school you can interact with other groups of people at the university

  • work out in the community and it’s inspiring to help others and why you joined medical school in the first place”

  • David Mahoney (4th year M.D. student)

  • “choose your own adventure and being able to find your own path and interests

  • different labs and clinics are so beneficial as a student and it’s a blessing that their school can provide certain classes and things that students can study provided by volunteers

  • the classes in the first 2 years of clinic really provide you the skills that you will use for the rest of your life and knowing what and how to take care of patients”

Student experience at Stanford School of Medicine, Day in the Life Stanford Medical School Student,


  • Extra Info

  • total enrollment of 494 full-time students (2019-2020)

  • receives 7000 applications annually

  • certain majors have to know specific information and differs by subject

  • ex: biology applicants must demonstrate knowledge of how biomolecules contribute to the structure and function of cells; an understanding of principles of how molecular and cell assemblies, organs, and organisms, develop structure and carry out function; explain how organisms sense and control their internal environment and respond to external change; and demonstrate an understanding of how the organizing principle of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of life on Earth

  • ex: behavioral and social sciences have a patient-centered approach to health care requiring an understanding of the patient as an individual and a member of a family, community, and society; applicants must develop an understanding of behavioral and social processes and their use to predict or influence health outcomes or health risk factors

  • ex: communication applicants must be able to write clearly, speak fluently, and read English with excellent comprehension; fluency in a foreign language, specifically Spanish or an Asian language, is recommended to enhance learning and service in our diverse communities

  • ex: chemistry and physics applicants must demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of chemistry and physics, and their applications to the understanding of living systems




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