Top U.S. Primary Care Schools


The order of the first five schools on the list barely changed for primary care schools, with the University of Washington once again coming at number one, according to the annual ranking of graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report.

The latter half of the top 10 saw some real changes, with two new additions from last year, knocking the University of Pennsylvania just out of the top 10. The biggest change was East Carolina University. Last year it capped the top 10, but this year it’s in a four-way tie all the way down at 31.

See the top 10 medical schools for primary care below.

1. University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
Still holding onto the top spot for primary care schools, the University of Washington decreased tuition by almost 13%.
Tuition: $25,320 (in state); $54,300 (out of state)
Fees:
$105

Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates:
$131,166

Enrollment:
951

Most Popular Programs:
Anesthesiology; emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; pathology (anatomic and clinical); pediatrics; psychiatry; radiology (diagnostic); and surgery (general)


2. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
There are only two medical schools in the entire country whose 2010 graduates had less debt: Mayo Medical School and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The average indebtedness of 2010 graduates didn’t even increase a full percentage point over 2009 graduates.
Tuition:
$13,971 (in state); $39,326 (out of state)
Fees:
$1,873

Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates:
$86,967

Enrollment:
771

Most Popular Programs:
Anesthesiology; emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; internal medicine (pediatrics); obstetrics and gynecology; pathology (anatomic and clinical); pediatrics; psychiatry; and surgery (general)


3. (tie) Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Ore.

Although the average indebtedness for Oregon increased by less than a percentage point, it remains a close second for the largest amount in the top 10.

Tuition:
$34,316 (in state); $48,545 (out of state)
Fees:
$2,966

Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates:
$173,498

Enrollment:
499

Most Popular Programs:
Anesthesiology; emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; pediatrics; psychiatry; radiology (diagnostic); surgery (general); and urology


3. (tie) University of California, San Francisco, Calif.
The University of California-San Francisco pulled out of a tie for fourth only to land in a tie for third. Tuition remained low and unchanged (or free for in-state students). However, the fees went up $3,148 for all students, which amounts to a 7.37% increase for out-of-state students and a whopping 10.33% increase for in-state students. It also made the top 10 for research schools.
Tuition:
$0 (in state); $12,245 (out of state)
Fees:
$30,474

Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates:
$101,283

Enrollment:
634

Most Popular Programs:
Anesthesiology; emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; orthopaedic surgery; pediatrics; psychiatry; radiology (diagnostic); and surgery (general);


5. University of Colorado, Denver, Colo.  
With the second most expensive tuition of the top 10 schools, the University of Colorado increased enrollment for 2013.
Tuition:
$29,984 (in state); $53,778 (out of state)
Fees:
$2,034

Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates:
$150,036

Enrollment:
635

Most Popular Programs:
Anesthesiology; emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; pediatrics; psychiatry; and surgery (general)


6. University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.
Although tuition went up by 5% for both in-state and out-of-state students, Omaha is a really good area to live in while in medical school because the cost of living is so low but there is plenty of public transportation and free activities.
Tuition:
$26,980 (in state); $63,262 (out of state)
Fees:
$2,573

Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates:
$129,969

Enrollment:
496

Most Popular Programs:
Anesthesiology; family practice; internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; pediatrics; and surgery (general)

7. University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Mass.
The low tuition at the University of Massachusetts is just as misleading as at the University of California. The schools gets students with the fees, which increased 38.65% from the previous year.
Tuition:
$8,352 (in state only)
Fees:
$10,241

Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates:
$121,119

Enrollment:
514

Most Popular Programs:
Emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; internal medicine (pediatrics); obstetrics and gynecology; pediatrics; psychiatry; surgery (general)


8. (tie) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
In the top 10 for research medical schools, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor wasn’t in the top 10 for primary care schools last year. Its entrance helped to knock the University of Pennsylvania to number 11.
Tuition:
$28,902 (in state); $46,226 (out of state)
Fees:
$194

Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates:
$123,170

Enrollment:
652

Most Popular Programs:
Anesthesiology; emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; ophthalmology; orthopaedic surgery; pediatrics; radiology (diagnostic); and surgery (general).


8. (tie) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
This year tied for eighth, last year the school was ranked sixth. The University of Minnesota accepted slightly less students — down 1.2% — but increased its tuition by 11.39%. Plus, its students are very indebted with 2010 graduates weighing in with the most of the top 10.
Tuition:
$35,700 (in state); $46,467 (out of state)

Fees:
$4,617

Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates:
$174,577

Enrollment:
986

Most Popular Programs:
Anesthesiology; emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; internal medicine (pediatrics); orthopaedic surgery; pediatrics; psychiatry; radiology (diagnostic); and surgery (general)


10. University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.

The second of two University of California entrants in the top 10, UCLA hadn’t made it in last year’s list. Like its brethren in San Francisco, tuition is cheap for students, but the fees are not.

Tuition:
$0 (in state); $12,245 (out of state)
Fees:
$32,780

Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates:
$111,940

Enrollment:
752

Most Popular Programs:
Anesthesiology; dermatology; emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; orthopaedic surgery; pediatrics; psychiatry; radiology (diagnostic); and surgery (general)


See the top 10 research schools.
To see the complete ranking of the best U.S. primary care medical schools in the U.S., visit U.S. News & World Report.

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