Every year, colleges and universities are ranked by U.S. News and World Report. For medical schools, the magazine has two categories: research schools, which focus on training medical professionals to work on creating cures and understanding diseases and conditions, and primary care schools, those attached to large hospitals where students are trained for direct interactions with patients. The top ten research schools are generally considered the best in the world. In 2010, no schools outside of the United States were ranked in the top ten.

Medical schools in the US fill the top ten list.
Medical schools in the US fill the top ten list.

Every year, colleges and universities are ranked by U.S. News and World Report. For medical schools, the magazine has two categories: research schools, which focus on training medical professionals to work on creating cures and understanding diseases and conditions, and primary care schools, those attached to large hospitals where students are trained for direct interactions with patients. The top ten research schools are generally considered the best in the world. In 2010, no schools outside of the United States were ranked in the top ten.

Rankings 1-3

In 2010, the top ranked medical school in the world was Harvard University. Located in Boston, MA, it has approximately 700 students. A private school, tuition is $42,500 a year. In second place was the private Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania, with around 625 students and a yearly tuition of $42,472. The third-ranked medical school was Johns Hopkins University, a private school in Baltimore, MD. It has just under 500 students and charges $39,500 per year in tuition.

Harvard University Harvard Medical School 25 Shattuck Street Boston, MA 02115 617-432-1000 hms.harvard.edu/hms

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 295 John Morgan Building 3620 Hamilton Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-662-2560 med.upenn.edu

The Johns Hopkins University 600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21287 410-955-2196 hopkinsmedicine.org

Rankings 4 and 5

The public University of California--San Francisco was ranked in fourth place. UCSF's medical school has about 600 students. Tuition at UCSF for in-state residents is free; for out-of-state students, it is $12,245. In fifth place was Washington University in St. Louis, a private school in St. Louis, MO. It has just under 500 students and charges $47,150 per year in tuition.

University of California--San Francisco UCSF Medical School 513 Parnassus Ave San Francisco, CA 94143-0410 415-476-4044 medschool2.ucsf.edu

Washington University in St. Louis One Brookings Drive St. Louis, MO 63130 314-935-5000 wustl.edu/index.html

Rankings 6-10

Another private school, Duke University, located in Durham, NC, was ranked sixth. Duke's tuition is $42,771 per year and it has about 400 students. Tied with Duke University for sixth place were the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, the University of Washington, and Yale University. The public University of Michigan--Ann Arbor has about 700 students and charges $27,284 for in-state students and $43,638 for out-of-state students. The Seattle, WA-based University of Washington, also a public school, has about 900 students, and its tuition is $20,997 for in-state students and $50,037 for out-of-state students. Yale University, a private school located in New Haven, CT, has approximately 400 students and charges $43,850. In tenth place was private Columbia University, located in New York, which has about 650 students and charges $44,864 in tuition.