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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