College welcomes the Class of ‘24

November 10, 2020
Medical student at balloon archway


On August 16, the College of Medicine welcomed the Class of 2024, comprised of 180 students chosen from an applicant pool of more than 3,700, at a virtual 2020 White Coat Ceremony.

Dr. Sonny Kornegay, ’74, president of the College of Medicine Alumni Association Board of Directors, welcomed the incoming class. He congratulated them on their achievement and being accepted to the medical school and spoke movingly about the commitment they are making to become physicians.

The day before, students participated in a fun drive-through supply pick-up in the Horseshoe. During the pick-up, students had the option to have faculty members place their first white coats on their shoulders. It’s unfortunate we had to do things differently this year, but that does not change the importance of these events for our new students. 

Every year, the College of Medicine Alumni Loyalty Fund provides new white coats and stethoscopes for the incoming class. The College of Medicine would like to extend special thanks to those alumni who give annually to the Alumni Loyalty Fund to provide for this need and so many others.

By the Numbers


Total COM Enrollment


Student Diversity

Fall 2020 incoming medical degree class statistics

 Number of applicants  3,712 
 First-year students enrolled in M.D. program   180
 M.D. / Ph.D. students   8
 Mean GPA   3.77
 Average MCAT   509
 Average age    23
 Undergraduate colleges represented    46
 In-State   90%
 Out-of-State   10%
 S.C. counties represented  26
 Other states represented    9
 Male  45%
 Female   55%