Psychiatric Schools and Colleges in the U.S.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who treat mentally or emotionally distressed patients with counseling and medication. They attend medical school followed by residencies where they learn their psychiatric specialties.
How to Select a Psychiatry School
Psychiatrists, like all medical doctors, are required to complete medical school before beginning their residencies. Students of psychiatry may choose psychiatry as a specialization while still in medical school or after medical school via a residency program. The selection process that follows applies to both the selection of medical school and residency program.
Rankings for both medical schools and their specialty programs are available. Psychiatry students can find medical school rankings by the National Institute of Health (NIH); these rankings are based on the dollar amount awarded by NIH to fund research projects, including research in the field of psychiatry. This resource is useful for students who want to make their medical school selection based on the type of psychiatric research being conducted at the school. Medical students may have the opportunity to work alongside licensed psychiatrists and participate in these clinical and scientific studies.
U.S. News and World Report also ranks medical schools and the hospitals affiliated with them. They provide two lists of medical school rankings: one based on the primary-care training provided and one based on the research being conducted by the school.
Psychiatry programs, like all medical programs, are very specific in their medical philosophy and requirements. Therefore, when searching for a school, consider a school and affiliated hospital that provides integrated public and private psychiatry, stable psychiatric doctoral leadership, a diverse patient population and careers opportunities.
Medical Schools by Overall Student Population
|College/University||Student Population||Institution Type|
|Ohio State University - Main Campus||53,715||4-year, Public|
|University of Florida||51,474||4-year, Public|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||51,140||4-year, Public|
|Michigan State University||46,510||4-year, Public|
|University of South Florida - Main Campus||46,189||4-year, Public|
|New York University||42,189||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||41,620||4-year, Public|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||41,028||4-year, Public|
|University of Washington - Seattle Campus||39,675||4-year, Public|
|Florida State University||38,682||4-year, Public|
|University of California - Los Angeles||38,220||4-year, Public|
|University of Arizona||38,057||4-year, Public|
|Temple University||35,490||4-year, Public|
|University of Southern California||33,747||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||32,044||4-year, Public|
|Boston University||31,766||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Wayne State University||31,024||4-year, Public|
|University of California - Davis||30,568||4-year, Public|
|The University of Tennessee||30,410||4-year, Public|
|Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis||30,300||4-year, Public|
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