Announces Top Medical Schools for Quality of Network and Social Life

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Graduate students nationwide have weighed in at and chosen the best med schools in the country based on quality of network and social life.

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Graduate students nationwide have weighed in at and chosen the best med schools in the country based on quality of network and social life.

A key consideration for med school applicants is the peer, faculty and alumni connections and networking opportunities that will be available to them. According to, the Top Medical Schools for Quality of Network are:

1    University of Southern California    (9.85 stars)
2    Duke University    (9.80 stars)
3    The University of Chicago    (9.75 stars)
4    Stanford University    (9.75 stars)
5    Emory University    (9.67 stars)
6    Temple University    (9.65 stars)
7    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center    (9.50 stars)
8    Harvard University    (9.46 stars)
9    Vanderbilt University    (9.38 stars)
10    University of Washington Seattle    (9.33 stars)
11    Northwestern University    (9.25 stars)
12    University of California-San Francisco    (9.10 stars)
13    Tulane University    (9.05 stars)
14    Tufts University    (9.03 stars)
15    Eastern Virginia Medical School    (9.02 stars)
16    University of South Florida    (9.01 stars)
17    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor    (9.00 stars)
18    University of Utah    (8.99 stars)
19    Johns Hopkins University    (8.98 stars)
20    Yale University    (8.96 stars)
21    University of Virginia    (8.95 stars)
22    Case Western Reserve University    (8.90 stars)
23    Drexel University    (8.78 stars)
24    University of California-Los Angeles    (8.75 stars)
25    Washington University in St. Louis    (8.73 stars)

In addition to ranking their respective programs at, students also posted comments regarding their experiences. A Class of 2016 med school student from second ranked Duke University commented, “Duke Med, beyond its status as an excellent academic institution, is also a very nurturing, supportive learning environment. The degree of support and enthusiasm received from faculty members is indicative of how they value the students and seek to assist us in our learning and career process.”

Med students also rated the quality of their social lives at their respective schools. Despite unarguably arduous schedules throughout med school, accessibility to the social scene may be an important factor influencing prospective students. How easy is it to go out, meet people and/or date?’s Top Med Programs for Social Life are:

1    Tulane University    (10.00 stars)
2    University of Southern California    (9.85 stars)
3    University of Washington Seattle    (9.75 stars)
4    The University of Chicago    (9.70 stars)
5    University of Miami    (9.67 stars)
6    Stanford University    (9.50 stars)
7    New York University    (9.30 stars)
8    University of California-Los Angeles    (9.25 stars)
9    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center    (9.25 stars)
10    Tufts University    (9.15 stars)
11    Washington University in St. Louis    (9.05 stars)
12    University of Rochester     (9.00 stars)
13    Vanderbilt University    (8.88 stars)
14    Eastern Virginia Medical School    (8.83 stars)
15    Yale University    (8.82 stars)
16    University of Virginia    (8.77 stars)
17    Northwestern University    (8.75 stars)
18    Loyola University Chicago    (8.73 stars)
19    Case Western Reserve University    (8.70 stars)
20    University of California-San Francisco    (8.65 stars)
21    Duke University    (8.60 stars)
22    Emory University    (8.50 stars)
23    University of South Florida    (8.40 stars)
24    Medical College of Wisconsin    (8.38 stars)
25    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill    (8.37 stars)

A current NYU Med School student said, “I have truly loved my experience at NYU med so far. The fact that everything is pass fail is great and has allowed me to have a life outside of medical school. The workload is challenging yet manageable and everyone truly does work together and wants to see each other succeed, while still striving to do their best. The absolute best thing about NYU is our awesome location in NYC and our close proximity to so many great neighborhoods.”

Students can continue to submit ratings and reviews at Those who do may qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. All business school rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 until July 30, 2013. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., medicine. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.

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