Analysis: Columbia University ranks 6th best for medical research in the nation, study finds


Columbia University finished in a tie for sixth in a ranking of best medical schools for research by U.S. News that examined 120 campuses around the nation.

The New York school’s full-time tuition was $61,146. It enrolls 620 full-time students.

U.S. News surveyed 185 medical schools engaged in research that were accredited either by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association. A total of 120 schools responded with the data required for the study.

The schools were rated for eight indicators, including student selectivity, faculty-student ratio, research activities by faculty members and a quality assessment.

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Top Medical Schools for Research

RankSchoolCityTuitionEnrollment (Full-time)
1Harvard University Boston, MA$61,600 (full-time)712
2Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD$53,400 (full-time)476
3 (tie)Stanford UniversityStanford, CA$58,197(full-time)494
3 (tie)University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)Philadelphia, PA$57,884 (full-time)587
5University of California-San Francisco San Francisco, CA$34,977 (in-state, full-time645
6 (tie)Columbia University New York, NY$61,146(full-time)620
6 (tie)University of California-Los Angeles (Geffen)Los Angeles, CA$35,187 (in-state, full-time)713
8Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO$65,044 (full-time)492
9 (tie)Cornell University (Weill) New York, NY$57,050 (full-time)414
9 (tie)Mayo Clinic School of Medicine (Alix) Rochester, MN$55,500 (full-time)307
9 (tie)New York University (Langone) New York, NYN/A481
12University of Washington Seattle, WA$36,549 (in-state, full-time)1,090
13 (tie)Duke University Durham, NC$59,100 (full-time)503
13 (tie)University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA$56,004 (in-state, full-time)579
13 (tie)Yale University New Haven, CT $61,140 (full-time)391
16 (tie)University of Chicago (Pritzker) Chicago, IL $55,440 (full-time)362
16 (tie)University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn Arbor, MI$37,540 (in-state, full-time)717
16 (tie)Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN$55,608 (full-time)397
19 (tie)Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, NY$52,682 (full-time)557
19 (tie)Northwestern University (Feinberg) Chicago, IL$59,986 (full-time)666
21University of California-San DiegoLa Jolla, CA$33,855 (in-state, full-time)526
22Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX$29,900 (full-time)723
23University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC$30,437 (in-state, full-time)788
24 (tie)Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH$63,262 (full-time)938
24 (tie)Emory University Atlanta, GA$50,000 (full-time)556
26University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallas, TX$19,654 (in-state, full-time)905
27 (tie)University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA$43,828 (in-state, full-time)613
27 (tie)University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI$34,478 (in-state, full-time)740
29Oregon Health and Science University Portland, OR$42,636 (in-state, full-time)602
30 (tie)Boston University Boston, MA$60,864 (full-time)726
30 (tie)Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OH$30,690 (in-state, full-time)778
30 (tie)University of Alabama-Birmingham Birmingham, AL$28,410 (in-state, full-time)814
30 (tie)University of California-DavisSacramento, CA$37,686 (in-state, full-time)442
30 (tie)University of ColoradoAurora, CO$39,364 (in-state, full-time)722
30 (tie)University of Southern California (Keck) Los Angeles, CA$62,964 (full-time)757
36 (tie)Brown University (Alpert)Providence, RI $61,244 (full-time)590
36 (tie)University of Rochester Rochester, NY$56,800 (full-time)422
38 (tie)Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY$52,145 (full-time)771
38 (tie)University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH$31,182 (in-state, full-time)708
38 (tie)University of Iowa (Carver)Iowa City, IA$36,382 (in-state, full-time)595
38 (tie)University of MarylandBaltimore, MD$36,375 (in-state, full-time)650
38 (tie)University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT$39,281 (in-state, full-time)501
43 (tie)University of Florida Gainesville, FL$32,744 (in-state, full-time)544
43 (tie)University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN$38,628 (in-state, full-time)1,012
45 (tie)Dartmouth College (Geisel)Hanover, NH$63,080 (full-time)403
45 (tie)University of California-IrvineIrvine, CA$33,855 (in-state, full-time)429
45 (tie)University of Massachusetts-Worcester Worcester, MA$35,500 (in-state, full-time)617
48 (tie)Georgetown UniversityWashington, DC$52,037 (full-time)796
48 (tie)Indiana University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN$34,979 (in-state, full-time)1,426
50 (tie)University of Illinois Chicago, IL$46,359 (in-state, full-time)1,317
50 (tie)Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC$58,823 (full-time)510
52 (tie)University of Connecticut Farmington, CT$36,932 (in-state, full-time)425
52 (tie)University of Miami (Miller) Miami, FL$44,107 (full-time)797
52 (tie)University of South Florida Tampa, FL$29,175 (in-state, full-time)716
52 (tie)University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston (McGovern)Houston, TX$16,509 (in-state, full-time)984
56 (tie)Stony Brook University-SUNY Stony Brook, NY$43,020 (in-state, full-time)550
56 (tie)Thomas Jefferson University (Kimmel) Philadelphia, PA$56,851 (full-time)1,130
56 (tie)Tufts University Boston, MA$61,918 (full-time)846
56 (tie)University of Hawaii-Manoa (Burns)Honolulu, HI$36,672 (in-state, full-time)290
60 (tie)George Washington University Washington, DC$60,250 (full-time)728
60 (tie)Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI$54,050 (full-time)972
60 (tie)Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC$33,586 (in-state, full-time)743
60 (tie)Temple University (Katz) Philadelphia, PA$55,246 (full-time)829
60 (tie)University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio San Antonio, TX$14,877 (in-state, full-time)858
65 (tie)University of Arizona-Tucson Tucson, AZ$31,652 (in-state, full-time)485
65 (tie)University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE$33,500 (in-state, full-time)525
67 (tie)University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City, KS$37,891 (in-state, full-time)858
67 (tie)University of Vermont Burlington, VT $36,340 (in-state, full-time)466
67 (tie)Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA$31,208 (in-state, full-time)824
70 (tie)Rush University Chicago, IL$54,000 (full-time)537
70 (tie)University of Texas Medical Branch-GalvestonGalveston, TX$18,386 (in-state, full-time)954
72 (tie)Hofstra University Hempstead, NY$50,680 (full-time)396
72 (tie)Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO$54,300 (full-time)717
72 (tie)University of Kentucky Lexington, KY$37,396 (in-state, full-time)575
75 (tie)Rutgers New Jersey Medical School-Newark Newark, NJ $40,274 (in-state, full-time)752
75 (tie)Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ$40,274 (in-state, full-time)757
75 (tie)University at Buffalo-SUNY (Jacobs) Buffalo, NY$43,020 (in-state, full-time)673
78 (tie)University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM$15,978 (in-state, full-time)423
78 (tie)University of Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK$24,752 (in-state, full-time) 658
78 (tie)University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN$35,006 (in-state, full-time)681
78 (tie)Wayne State University Detroit, MI$32,761 (in-state, full-time)1,182
82University of Missouri Columbia, MO$29,447 (in-state, full-time)408
83Texas A&M Health Science Center Bryan, TX$15,150 (in-state, full-time)675
84 (tie)Augusta UniversityAugusta, GA$28,358 (in-state, full-time)942
84 (tie)Drexel University Philadelphia, PA$57,248 (full-time)1,043
84 (tie)University of South Dakota (Sanford) Sioux Falls, SD$30,772 (in-state, full-time)276
84 (tie)West Virginia University Morgantown, WV$30,402 (in-state, full-time)432
88University of Central Florida Orlando, FL$25,491 (in-state, full-time)490
89University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA$34,290 (in-state, full-time)245
90 (tie)Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, VA$31,820 (in-state, full-time)601
90 (tie)Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX$15,616 (in-state, full-time)729
90 (tie)University of South Carolina Columbia, SC$42,084 (in-state, full-time)388
93-120 (tie)Central Michigan University Mt Pleasant, MIN/A104
93-120 (tie)East Carolina University (Brody) Greenville, NC$20,252 (in-state, full-time)326
93-120 (tie)East Tennessee State University (Quillen) Johnson City, TN$32,190 (in-state, full-time)279
93-120 (tie)Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Blacksburg, VA$45,500 (full-time)2,005
93-120 (tie)Florida Atlantic University (Schmidt) Boca Raton, FL$28,111 (in-state, full-time)247
93-120 (tie)Florida State University Tallahassee, FL $22,408 (in-state, full-time)483
93-120 (tie)Howard University Washington, DC $45,254 (full-time)457
93-120 (tie)Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Erie, PA$33,620 (full-time)2,256
93-120 (tie)Lincoln Memorial University (DeBusk) Harrogate, TNN/A943
93-120 (tie)Marshall University (Edwards) Huntington, WV$21,972 (in-state, full-time)309
93-120 (tie)Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Grand Rapids, MI$30,740 (in-state, full-time)832
93-120 (tie)Michigan State University College of Osteopathic MedicineEast Lansing, MI$45,935 (in-state, full-time)1,232
93-120 (tie)Nova Southeastern University Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (Patel) Fort Lauderdale, FL$59,385 (full-time)1,001
93-120 (tie)Ohio University Athens, OH$35,456 (in-state, full-time)983
93-120 (tie)Oklahoma State University Tulsa, OK$25,797 (in-state, full-time)456
93-120 (tie)Rocky Vista University Parker, CO$54,980 (full-time)900
93-120 (tie)Rowan University (Cooper) Camden, NJ$62,369 (full-time)371
93-120 (tie)Rowan University School of Osteopathic MedicineStratford, NJ$40,135 (in-state, full-time)744
93-120 (tie)Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El PasoEl Paso, TX$15,616 (in-state, full-time)416
93-120 (tie)Touro University California Vallejo, CA$55,200 (full-time)545
93-120 (tie)University of New EnglandBiddeford, ME$56,730 (full-time)706
93-120 (tie)University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND$31,130 (in-state, full-time)305
93-120 (tie)University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX$13,078 (in-state, full-time)921
93-120 (tie)University of Pikeville Pikeville, KY$46,035 (full-time)540
93-120 (tie)University of ToledoToledo, OH$31,950 (in-state, full-time)709
93-120 (tie)West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Lewisburg, WV$21,472 (in-state, full-time)841
93-120 (tie)Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, CA$57,825 (full-time)1,352
93-120 (tie)Wright State University (Boonshoft) Dayton, OH$34,894 (in-state, full-time)480
Source: U.S. News

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