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10 Med Schools That Often Admit Liberal Arts Majors

Ilana Kowarski

Find medical schools with an abundance of liberal arts majors.

One common misconception about becoming a doctor is the idea that you must major in science during college to qualify for medical school. However, experts say that as long as aspiring physicians fulfill all of the medical school admissions requirements at every school where they apply, their college major does not matter. Nevertheless, premed students with liberal arts majors may worry about whether they will fit in at their dream schools given that the majority of students at top med schools earned their bachelor's degrees in a hard science discipline such as biology or physics. Here are the 10 institutions in the U.S. News Best Medical Schools rankings where humanities and social sciences majors were best represented among incoming students in fall 2018.

East Carolina University (Brody) (NC)

Share of incoming medical students in fall 2018 majoring in humanities or social sciences: 19%

U.S. News research rank: 93-120

U.S. News primary care rank: 31 (tie)

More about the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Wake Forest University (NC)

Share of incoming medical students in fall 2018 majoring in humanities or social sciences: 19%

U.S. News research rank: 50 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 64 (tie)

More about the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Emory University (GA)

Share of incoming medical students in fall 2018 majoring in humanities or social sciences: 20%

U.S. News research rank: 24 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 35 (tie)

More about the Emory University School of Medicine.

Hofstra University (NY)

Share of incoming medical students in fall 2018 majoring in humanities or social sciences: 20%

U.S. News research rank: 72 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 85 (tie)

More about the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University.

Columbia University (NY)

Share of incoming medical students in fall 2018 majoring in humanities or social sciences: 21%

U.S. News research rank: 6 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 39 (tie)

More about the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

University of Rochester (NY)

Share of incoming medical students in fall 2018 majoring in humanities or social sciences: 21%

U.S. News research rank: 36 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 23 (tie)

More about the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

University of Vermont

Share of incoming medical students in fall 2018 majoring in humanities or social sciences: 25%

U.S. News research rank: 67 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 43

More about The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (NY)

Share of incoming medical students in fall 2018 majoring in humanities or social sciences: 29%

U.S. News research rank: 19 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 59 (tie)

More about the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Brown University (Alpert) (RI)

Share of incoming medical students in fall 2018 majoring in humanities or social sciences: 34%

U.S. News research rank: 36 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 26 (tie)

More about the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.

University of California--Irvine

Share of incoming medical students in fall 2018 majoring in humanities or social sciences: 36%

U.S. News research rank: 45 (tie)

U.S. News primary care rank: 74 (tie)

More about the UC--Irvine School of Medicine.

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Medical schools with high percentages of liberal arts majors

-- University of California--Irvine: 36%

-- Brown University: 34%

-- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: 29%

-- University of Vermont: 25%

-- Columbia University: 21%

-- University of Rochester: 21%

-- Emory University: 20%

-- Hofstra University: 20%

-- East Carolina University: 19%

-- Wake Forest University: 19%



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