Here Are the 10 Best Medical Schools in New York

New York is one of the top states for pursuing a rewarding and successful career in the medical field. Perhaps it is no surprise, then, New York has the greatest number of medical schools of any state, surpassing even the state of California. 

New York is home to many of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools, offering both a comprehensive education as well as access to top affiliate hospitals. Additionally, many of the nation’s leading doctors, surgeons, and medical scholars not only practice throughout the state of New York, they also simultaneously teach in major universities.

For the following list, we are ranking the schools based on each school’s placement in the US News Medical Schools – Research list. While the top nine schools are included in the US News list, the writers at College Gazette appointed the 10th place school based on editorial opinion.

Without further ado, here are the 10 best medical schools in the entire state of New York.


10. New York Medical College (Valhalla, NY)

New York Medical College
Somguy885, NYMC Sunshine Cottage Front, public domain, details on Wikimedia Commons

Founded in 1860, New York Medical College today is situated on a 600-acre campus shared with two affiliate medical centers, the Westchester Medical Center as well as the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Approximately 12,000 people call themselves alumni of this prestigious school. 

Outside of the aforementioned two medical centers, NYMC maintains an affiliation with over a dozen more centers throughout New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and even West Virginia.

NYMC is selective, taking just one out of every ten applicants who apply. Students who apply are typically expected to have a GPA in the area of 3.6 and an MCAT in the 90th percentile (approximately 510 and higher).

New York Medical College offers attendees the opportunity to study abroad in countries like Korea, Japan, and Israel, allowing them to achieve multicultural knowledge and sensitivity to different healthcare systems worldwide. 


9. University of Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (Buffalo, NY)

University of Buffalo Medical School
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Founded in 1846, the University of Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine is among the country’s oldest and most established medical schools. Additionally, with friendly in-state and out-of-state tuition, Buffalo’s medical school is a great option for students looking to mitigate student loan debt.

Unlike many other medical schools, the Jacobs School of Medicine does not operate an independently owned medical center. Rather, UB students have access to affiliated Buffalo-based hospitals, including the Buffalo General Medical Center, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, and the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. 

While pursuing a medical degree at the University of Buffalo, students find themselves winning significant recognition from top academic journals. They include one Natalia Quade, who has recently won Paper of the Year by the American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology. 

Buffalo’s medical school acceptance rate is 9.5%, meaning it accepts less than 1 in 10 of all applicants who apply. 


8. Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (Hempstead, NY)

Zucker School of Medicine may not be as old as some other schools on this list, having been established less than 15 years ago in 2008, yet it is recognized among the top 10 medical schools in the state of New York. Zucker is among the relatively few schools offering a “4+4” dual-degree program. In the 4+4 program, undergraduate students earning a BA or BS degree at Hofstra can automatically enroll into the medical school for graduate studies.

Zucker School of Medicine is named after its major donor, Donald and Barbara Zucker, who gave an unprecedented $61 million to the medical school in 2017. This gift created a $50 million scholarship fund for medical students as well as the “Emerging Scientists Program” at the associated Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research.

Speaking of the Feinstein Institutes, much of the medical school’s research is carried out at this affiliated program. With over 5,000 researchers & staff, the Feinstein Institutes publishes 1,300+ medical papers a year

Admission into the Zucker School of Medicine is competitive, with the average acceptance rate just 7%. The average MCAT is 515, and the typical GPA is 3.7, which is an “A” average.


7. Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine (Stony Brook, NY)

Stony Brook Medical School
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According to US News, Stony Brook’s Renaissance School of Medicine is the top public medical school in the state of New York, making it a desirable – and relatively more affordable – option for in-state students seeking a high-quality medical education.

Renaissance School of Medicine is an important medical school, having advanced scientific and medical growth through $90 million of annual research funding. Some of the school’s most important discoveries historically include finding the cause of lyme disease, creating technology that ultimately led to the creation of the MRI, and advancements in PET scan technology.

Students at Stony Brook gain intensive, 1-on-1 experience working with the school’s own hospital, the Stony Brook University Hospital. US News ranked Stony Brook’s medical facility as the 10th best hospital in all of New York.

Renaissance Medical School is an evolving institution not resting on its past laurels and accomplishments. To that end, the size of the faculty has increased by over 22% in the last five years. In the same time period, 15 additional endowed chairs have been added.

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