MCG 2016 Facts

Class of 2016

In 2013, MCG launched an 18-month, fast-paced, comprehensive strategic planning process. The result, the college’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020, Our 186-year Legacy and Future: People Make the Place, provides a five-year roadmap that strengthens MCG’s core teaching mission, as well as parallel missions of research and clinical care.




Ninety-five percent of MCG students are Georgia residents, representing widely diverse cultural, socioeconomic and academic backgrounds. The state’s medical school is committed to ensuring each class is diverse and reflective of the state it serves.


Students will log more than 9,000 hours of volunteer work, collectively, over their first and second years of medical school. They volunteer in the community and beyond, including staffing an after-hours health care clinic for Augusta’s homeless and underinsured, tutoring disadvantaged youth, and running a farmer’s market that offers produce and ideas on healthy eating to people in the inner city. They also regularly volunteer at programs for students of all ages aimed at inspiring the next generation of physicians.

  • 30 MD/PhD students
  • 117 PhD students
  • 9th largest total enrollment
  • 3,092 applicants
  • 13.4 to 1 percent acceptance ratio
  • 200 percent increase in class diversity from 2010-15
  • 3.72 overall GPA, above national average
  • 30.7 mean MCAT, at national average at or above the national average
  • First-time taker pass rate and mean scores from Step 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination consistently
  • 60 percent participation in research among MCG students



  • 534 residents and fellows training in 45 programs
  • 144 postdoctoral research fellows
Dean Peter Buckley

Statewide Impact

The educational experience is anchored by MCG’s main campus in Augusta, as well as regional clinical campuses and a four-year campus in Athens in partnership with the University of Georgia. As the state’s only public medical school, statewide growth of medical education is a priority at MCG. Expanding partnerships with physicians and hospitals throughout Georgia ensures that students experience the full spectrum of medicine, from urban hospitals to small-town solo practices, with a focus on primary care and providing health care to medically underserved areas.

  • Main Campus, Augusta, 190 students per class
  • Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, Athens, 40 students per class
  • Southeast Campus, Savannah and Brunswick, 40 third- and fourth-year students
  • Southwest Campus, Albany, 22 third- and fourth-year students
  • Northwest Campus, Rome, 17 third- and fourth-year students

Research & Rankings

  • $99 million in total grants and contracts in FY2015
  • Nearly $52 million in National Institutes of Health funding - representing a 16 percent increase at a time when many medical schools' NIH funding has remained flat or decreased
  • 70th nationally in NIH grants according to the Blue Ridge Institute fir Medical Research
  • 48 percent increase in funding from all sources, over the last 10 years
  • 20th in research productivity among 58 medical schools surveyed by the Association of American Medical Colleges
  • 73rd in US News & World Report's Best Medical Schools for research, up from 76th

Research at the medical college receives programmatic support from the Georgia Research Alliance, an internationally acclaimed model for bringing business, research universities and state government together to create and sustain a vibrant, technology-driven economy. Seven GRA Eminent Scholars lead extraordinary research and development programs at MCG.

Areas of emphasis include:

  • Cardiovascular biology and disease
  • Cancer
  • Neuroscience and behavioral science
  • Public and preventative health
  • Regenerative and reparative medicine
  • Personalized medicine and genomics

MCG’s strong commitment to research is built on a proud tradition that boasts achievements such as laying the groundwork for fertility treatments and beta-blocking drugs for cardiac arrhythmias, which won Dr. Raymond Ahlquist MCG’s first Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. Another early MCG scientist, Dr. Virgil Sydenstricker, was nominated for a Nobel Prize for his research on the use of nicotinic acid in pellagra therapy.


Class of 2016

  • All 223 Class of 2016 graduates matched among 24 specialties in 34 states.

Students matched at top training programs across the nation, such as Johns Hopkins, Mount Sinai and Harvard. Twenty-eight percent of our students will be doing their residency in Georgia, and a little more than half of those will train at MCG and AU Health’s residency programs. Almost half of our students matched in primary care - internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine – and other top specialties included emergency medicine, anesthesiology and general surgery.


  • MCG has more than 11,000 living/located alumni with 5,203 living in Georgia
  • 1 in 5 Georgia physicians graduated from MCG and/or completed their residency at MCG and AU Health.
  • More than 51 percent of graduated remain in the state to practice, well above the national average, with 30-40 percent practicing primary care.



Philanthropy remains a top priority for medical college leadership. Gifts to the state’s public medical school help pay for building projects such as the J. Harold Harrison, M.D., Education Commons; fund scholarships that help recruit the best and brightest students; establish endowed chairs; and provide financial support for faculty and students.

  • MCG has 56 endowed chairs, an all-time high.
  • The current endowment for the medical school at the MCG Foundation is approximately $200 million, an all-time high.
  • 10 endowed chairs and 48 scholarships will be established over the next five years, funded by the transformative $66 million gift from 1948 graduate Dr. J. Harold Harrison and his wife, Sue.

the Dean

Dr. Peter F. Buckley, a psychiatrist and clinical researcher whose expertise includes leadership development and planning, was named 26th dean in 2011.


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  • One of four state public comprehensive research institutions
  • Nine colleges and schools
  • Nearly 9,000 students
  • 1,000 full-time faculty
  • 7,000 staff
  • 125 educational programs
  • Georgia's only dental school
  • An aligned and integrated health system
  • A growing and intercollegiate health system
  • A growing intercollegiate athletics program


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  • 478-bed adult hospital
  • 154-bed children’s hospital
  • Only Level 1 adult & pediatric trauma center serving 13 surrounding counties
  • Medical Office Building, with more than 80 outpatient practice sites in one building
  • Digestive Health Center
  • Georgia Radiation Therapy Center
  • Sports Medicine Center
  • Georgia Cancer Center
  • World-renowned for patient- and family-centered care
  • Alliances across the state, including an affiliation with Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation as well as innovative collaborations with Philips and Cerner


In FY2015

  • 19,000 admissions
  • 365,400 outpatient visits
  • 89,415 emergency room visits
  • $58 million in charity care for Georgians

Augusta University Medical Associates is the centralized faculty practice plan for the Medical College of Georgia that provides all revenue-related activities for the clinical providers in the AU Health System and oversees the management of ambulatory operations, both on and off campus. Medical Associates had a total revenue of $157 million in FY15. MCG faculty practice in Medical Associates clinics across the state.

Augusta, the third largest city in Georgia, is located on the south bank of the Savannah River and recently ranked the second most favorable place to live in the state. The city is home of the world-famous Augusta National Golf Club, which hosts the annual Masters Tournament, as well as the U.S. Army’s Fort Gordon and Cyber Command.

Savannah River in Augusta, GA


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Medical College of Georgia
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1120 15th St, AA-1002
Augusta, GA 30912

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