US News World and News Report has just released their rankings of research medical schools. UW is sixth, but we share that with five other schools.
Other interesting numbers .. in OUT OF STATE tuition we charge $46,000 ... well above Harvard, $40,000, Hopkins $38,000, and U Penn $41,000. (the top three in research) . In other words students coming here to learn, pay a very high price. In contrast, we charge IN STATE students ..we charge $19,000 . UCSF (ranks 5 in research) $0, U MIch. $$26,000, U. Pittsburgh (ranks #13 in research) $37,000, UNC (ranks 20) $11,000, U Texas SW (ranks 20) $12,000, U Virginia (ranks 24) $30,000.
The bottom line, as Ana Mari has pointed out, WA state kids get to attend a top ranked research university medical school, at about 1/2 the tuition they would need to pay anyplace else.
Not only that, as a state school, we offer both the QUALITY AND THE PRICE NEEDED TO ATTRACT THE BEST STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY!
The interesting exception is California! Med School is free there and out of state they only charge $12,000. This includes the UCSF campus, now rated as on a par with the UW in research (rank = 5).
For non med school types, the quality of medical schools is a very important issue in competitiveness outside the clinic. Top schools attract people who generate biotech. Top schools are also an incentive to live and raise kids in the state since being able to say "my kid is a doc" is a major goal for many parents..