While the number of enrollments at America’s colleges and universities has fallen during 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an opposite effect on applications to medical school programs.
The Stanford University School of Medicine had 11,000 people apply for 90 seats in their program. Meanwhile, 12,024 students applied to the Boston University School of Medicine. Only 110 seats are available.
The visibility of medical professionals as they battle the pandemic appears to be spurring the 18% increase in medical school applications nationally when compared to last year. Some have likened the response to the increase in military enlistments after 9/11.