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10 Most Expensive Public Medical Schools for In-State Students

Some medical students spend more than $40,000 annually in tuition and fees.

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For students interested in a medical school education, the investment of time and money may be steep. Students who attend some of the highest ranked—and often most expensive—programs may face costs of more than $50,000 annually.

Across the country, private medical programs may stretch a student's budget more than public school options. Among the 49 private medical schools that submitted tuition and required fees data to U.S. News for the 2011-2012 school year, the average annual cost was $45,870.

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Students may find better deals on medical programs at public schools—and even more cost-friendly deals in their state of residence. Of the 64 public schools that submitted in-state tuition and fees data to U.S. News, the average annual cost was $28,812—compared to $50,556 a year for out-of-state students.

While tuition and fees in your state of residence may be more budget-friendly, some programs charge their in-state residents nearly as much as out-of-state students. Among the 10 most expensive public medical schools for in-state students, the average cost for the 2011-2012 school year was $38,745.

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The University of Pittsburgh tops the list of most expensive public medical schools for in-state residents, with an average annual tuition and fees package of $44,207—about $15,000 more than the national average. Among the list of 10 most expensive public medical programs for in-state students, Pittsburgh is the highest-ranked institution for research (it ranked 15th overall in that category). Oregon Health and Science University, which costs in-state students $37,282 in tuition and fees, is the highest-ranked school on this list for primary care (it ranked third in the nation).

The F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a federal service postgraduate academy that charges $0 in tuition and fees in return for military service, was excluded from this list. Schools that were designated by U.S. News as Unranked also weren't considered for this report. U.S. News did not calculate a numerical ranking for Unranked programs because the program did not meet certain criteria that U.S. News requires to be numerically ranked.

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Below is a table of the 10 most expensive public medical schools for first year, in-state students, based on tuition and required fees. The cost does not include room and board, books, and other miscellaneous costs:

Medical school (name) In-state tuition & fees (2011-2012) U.S. News research rank U.S. News primary care rank
University of Pittsburgh $44,207 15 18
University of Virginia $44,028 25 19
University of Minnesota $40,317 39 8
University of California—Davis $38,020 42 24
Oregon Health and Science University $37,282 37 3
Medical University of South Carolina $37,224 57 49
Michigan State University (College of Osteopathic Medicine) $36,798 RNP* 17
University of Illinois $36.758 62 77
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—New Brunswick (Johnson) $36,610 80 RNP
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Stratford $36,210 RNP RNP

*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one fourth of its rankings category. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but has decided not to publish it.

Don't see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News Medical School Compass to find tuition data, complete rankings, and much more.

U.S. News surveyed more than 140 medical schools for our 2011 survey of research and primary care programs. Schools self-reported a myriad of data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News's data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While the data comes from the schools themselves, these lists have no influence over U.S. News's rankings of Best Colleges or Best Graduate Schools.