By TONIA HILL
The University of Chicago (U. of C.) Pritzker School of Medicine earned a No.15 spot in an annual review of the nation’s top medical schools.
Pritzker tied with the University of Pittsburg in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” published on Tuesday, March 14. Results from the review rank Pritzker as the highest-ranking research medical school in the state of Illinois. It was ranked 11th among research medical schools in the magazine’s 2017 issue. The primary care program was ranked 34th, down from its 20th spot the year before.
The magazine also published results for biological sciences programs that were released in 2014 for its 2015 issue. The results from the review placed U. of C’s Biological Sciences Division’s doctoral programs in the 14th spot. U. of C.’s paleontology program, which draws from the interdepartmental and inter-institutional Committee on Evolutionary, was rated number one, and the Ecology/Evolutionary Biology program tied for 4th place. The biological sciences are ranked every four years rankings are scheduled for next year.
U.S. News rates medical schools on a number of factors that involves its reputation, the competitiveness of students, acceptance rates, faculty to student ratios and research funding.
Pritzker also earned high marks for its students’ median scores on the Medical College Admission Test (averaging 520 on a 528 scale); the median undergraduate GPA of its students (3.88 on a 4.0 scale); and the average National Institutes of Health grant funding received per faculty member ($237,800). The school tied for third in student selectivity.