U.S. News & World Report ranks MUSC No. 56 in Best Medical Schools: Research

Rankings place MUSC College of Medicine among elite institutions

CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 30, 2022)– The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Medicine has been recognized as one of the best research-focused medical schools in the nation, ranking 56th in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Medical Schools: Research, tying with Georgetown University. When ranked exclusively among public institutions, MUSC ranks No. 30.

“This ranking is truly a testament to the dedication of our faculty, their leadership and their desire to make discoveries that can change the lives of patients,” said MUSC executive vice president for Academic Affairs and provost Lisa Saladin, PT, Ph.D. “Research is at the core of what we do as an academic health sciences center, and we believe it is an important component of medical education. Our faculty, students, trainees and staff are inspired to reach for the impossible every day, which is vitally important in a time where we’re more committed than ever to improving the health of all.”

In the category Additional Medical School Rankings, MUSC ranked No. 6 in Most Graduates Practicing in Medically Underserved Areas. In the most recent U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings, MUSC was nationally ranked in several adult specialties, including Cancer (No. 39); Ear, Nose and Throat (No. 14); and Gynecology (No. 17). In the most recent Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, the institution’s ranked pediatric specialties include Cancer (No. 44), Cardiology and Heart Surgery (No. 12), Pediatric Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (No. 42) and Pediatric Nephrology (No. 30). 

The newly published U.S. News research rankings are based on federal expenditures, survey assessments completed by deans and senior faculty members at peer institutions and entering class data. For this year’s rankings, the magazine surveyed 192 accredited medical and osteopathic schools in the U.S., according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings site. 


About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students in six colleges – Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its health system. MUSC brought in more than $327.6 million in research funds in fiscal year 2021, leading the state overall in research funding. MUSC also leads the state in federal and National Institutes of Health funding, with more than $220 million. For information on academic programs, visit musc.edu.

As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding health care providers and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital locations in development; more than 350 telehealth sites, with connectivity to patients’ homes; and nearly 750 care locations situated in all regions of South Carolina. In 2021, for the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit muschealth.org.

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets totaling $4.4 billion. The nearly 25,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, affiliates and care team members who deliver and support groundbreaking education, research, and patient care.