Just because you're enrolled in medical school, requiring intensive study, doesn't mean you can't do it in a pleasing environment and location. Best Medical Degrees has developed a list of forty of the Most Beautiful Medical Schools in the U.S.
We've researched and described architectural styles, landscaping and locations of 40 medical schools in this compilation, knowing that people have different tastes. Some of the older medical schools on this list include schools that blend renovated architecture while preserving traditional building styles of the 18th and 19th-centuries. Other schools offer sleek, modern and futuristic architecture and campuses.
Not every medical school of the 40 listed may have a campus one might consider "beautiful" but may be located in an urban setting that offers a wide array of entertainment, social, and/or historic significance. This list also includes information on the recreational, cultural and other attractions in the cities and towns surrounding the schools.
We hope you enjoy this list and that it gives you an idea of some of the atmosphere and environment for these schools. Good luck!
1. Yale School of Medicine – New Haven, Connecticut
In addition to being one of the country's most prestigious universities, Yale University is also one of the oldest, established in 1701. Yale School of Medicine, founded in 1810 and today, features manicured lawns, courtyards, and landscaping which complements its Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine, Anlyan Center, Amistad Buildings and the dominant Sterling Hall of Medicine with its domed roof and four columned, Federalist entry. The Yale campus offers a wide range of architectural designs that span the school's long history. From traditional Colonial/Federalist design, Art Deco, post-war modern and contemporary buildings, the school is proud to feature works by Finnish architect, Eero Saarinen, Louis I. Kahn, Charles Gwathmey, and other noted architects of their day. An academic powerhouse, Yale University School of Medicine is ranked #11 in Research by U.S. News and World Report, with the Primary Care program ranked #51 in that publication's Best Medical School. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, which has a population of nearly 130,000 residents, the medical school is near the city and its restaurants, shopping, museums and theatre district. New Haven is located close to the beaches on Long Island Sound. The Yale School of Medicine consistently ranks in the top 100 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools ranking.
2. Harvard Medical School – Boston, Massachusetts
Founded in 1782, Harvard Medical School is one of the nation's oldest, which today, has nearly 12,000 faculty members and 11,000 students. U.S. News and World Report gives Harvard Medical School a #1 ranking for Research in the Top Medical Schools in America. Harvard Medical School is located on a separate campus across the Charles River from Harvard University, in the historic Mission Hills area of Boston. The historic HMS Quadrangle, developed in 1906, is in the center of the heavily ornamental Beaux Arts design buildings of Harvard Medical School. Gordon Hall of Medicine is the focal point for the Quad. Gordon Hall of Medicine unique features include enormous skylights and glass floors, designed to provide the school's earliest students with natural, and enhanced, lighting for the school's earliest students. Beautifully maintained, the Quad is surrounded by the Armenise Medical Research Building, Tosteson Medical Education Building, Goldenson Biomedical Research Building and Countway Library of Medicine. The area makes up the Longwood Medical Area Of course, the city of Boston is home to some of the most historic sites in the country, including the Boston Common, the inside-outside shopping of Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail and the infamous North End with the Old North Church, which figured prominently in the American Revolution. Additonally, Boston is home to baseball's Fenway Park, world-class restaurants and sits near the Boston Bay and Cape Cod areas.
3. Emory School of Medicine – Atlanta, Georgia
Reflecting the Italian Renaissance Revival architectural design popular in the US at the beginning of the 20th century, Emory School of Medicine (part of the nationally ranked Emory University), sits on 600 acres of land located in the Druid Hills section of Atlanta. Initially established in 1854 as Atlanta Medical College, the Emory School of Medicine as we now know it, was created in 1915. It was at that time that architect Henry Hornbostel of New York began work to establish a "natural garden" campus in Druid Hills, which reminded Hornbostel of an Italian town. Utilizing a "quilt-like" pattern with Georgia marble. The architect's unique design is reminiscent of Italian villas and buildings characteristic of Renaissance Tuscany and has placed the university district on the National Register of Historic Places. If you're looking for a highly rated medical school, Emory may be it. Ranking #23 in Research and #37 in U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools. Emory School of Medicine is affiliated with several Atlanta hospitals and health systems which serve as teaching hospitals for the school, including Grady Memorial, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital, as well as the Egleston Children's Hospital at Emory University. The City of Atlanta, one of the largest cities in the South, is a vigorous metropolitan are which is home for professional sporting teams, the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons, is the birthplace of Coca-Cola museum and Centennial Olympic Park. Restaurants, shopping and other hot spots abound in this large, Southern city.
4. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – Baltimore, Maryland
Named for the 19th century entrepreneur, abolitionist and philanthropist, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine was the first medical school and teaching hospital opened in the U.S. Established in 1893, the original buildings for the school were in the Queen Anne style, with the primary, domed building (now known as the Billings Administration Building) dominating the campus. Only three of the school's original buildings exist and are named to the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the campus is a blend of the past and present, with state-of-the-art buildings and facilities share common ground, with the world famous Johns Hopkins Hospital, serving as the campus centerpiece. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is ranked by U.S. News and World Report at #2 Best Medical Schools for Research and #26 Best Medical Schools for Primary Care and Forbes rates this school #25 in its America's Top Colleges ranking. Nicknamed "Charm City", Baltimore sits on the magnificent Chesapeake Bay and provides easy access to cultural activities, professional sports venues, water sports, historic sites and museums. The visual and performing arts are spread over three areas and offer opportunities to visit theatres and art galleries. On your rare day off, visit sites in Baltimore that includes The American Visionary Art Museum, the National Aquarium, a Baltimore Orioles baseball game, wine trails or steep yourself in the abundant historical landmarks and sites. The city is only 40 minutes by car to Washington D.C., short train rides away from Philadelphia and New York City as well as within driving distance to Atlantic Ocean beaches and playgrounds.
5. University of Virginia School of Medicine – Charlottesville, Virginia
University of Virginia School of Medicine, established by Thomas Jefferson, as part of his larger design for the university. Today, with a blend of modern and traditional architecture, the school preserves its rich history while advancing modern medicine and research. Original Thomas Jefferson designed buildings (the most famous being the Palladian-style Rotunda) are maintained, included a building he called the Anatomical Hall erected in 1826. Jefferson chose a combination of Roman and Greek classical and Neoclassical architecture in his development of the university which created what Jefferson referred to as an "academical village." Today, The University of Virginia School of Medicine routinely appears on U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools, typically ranking in the top 50 nationwide, in research and primary care. Using the phrase "grounds" rather than "campus," UVA has received accolades for its structures and historic preservation from the American Institute of Architects. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia which has been named 10th Best College Towns . A relatively small town, with a population of just over 48,000, the Charlottesville area is located near the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. Charlottesville is home to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and James Monroe's home, Highland. Offering quaint shops, restaurants, as well as sports and music venues which will provide you the opportunity to unwind and step away from your studies, if only for a little while.
6. The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine – Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Opened in 1765, 25 years after the founding of the University of Pennsylvania, what is now known as the Perelman School of Medicine is one of the oldest in the country. Located in West Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania campus covers 300 acres, with over 100 open lawns and gardens of maintained landscapes. The campus is carefully landscaped under a planned design, which features trees, lawns and meticulous brick paved sidewalks. The medical school has 15 buildings with architectural designs ranging from traditional to early 20th-century brick and glass featured buildings. From the older John Morgan Hall, to the more contemporary structures, featuring sleek, dynamic and modern design features, as seen in the Biomedical Research Building, Clinical Research Building, Jordan Medical Education Center, Roberts Proton Therapy Center and Richards Medical Research Laboratories. The Perelman School of Medicine ranks in the top 10 Best Medical Schools by U.S. News and World Report. The "City of Brotherly Love" is another city rife with historical significance, spanning American history from the Liberty Bell to Independence Hall. Historic sites are not all that Philadelphia has to offer. Professional sports, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (notably shown in the "Rocky" film), special events, and music and arts festivals are presented throughout the year. With beautiful Lake Erie within a day's drive is sure to provide outdoor activities from water sports to beaches.
7. University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine – Chicago, Illinois
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, founded in 1927, is in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. While its original Gothic architecture is reminiscent of Hogwarts, the school is one of the nation's best medical schools. Medical students practice in 21st century state-of-the-art facilities, as demonstrated by the 1.2 million-square-foot, ten stories Center for Care and Discovery, the center of the medical school. Surrounded by teaching facilities such as the Comer Children's Hospital, Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine and Mitchell Hospital, the school of medicine is annually recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's Best Medical Schools. The 2019 ranking places The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in the top 50 for its research and primary care education; and, the university ranks #18 in Forbes America's Top Colleges 2019. Calling Chicago home, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is in close proximity to the shores of Lake Michigan and water sports activities including boating, paddle boarding and jet skiing. If you're looking for professional sports, Chicago is also home to the Chicago Cubs and Bears, professional baseball and football, respectively. The Magnificent Mile district provides unparalleled shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Museums and attractions abound in Chicago such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lincoln Park Zoo, Second City and the Chicago River Walk featuring bars and restaurants as well as water taxis.
8. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine – Nashville, Tennessee
In 1873, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt provided an endowment to establish Vanderbilt University. In 1874, the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine established near downtown Nashville. Designed in the Gothic and Victorian styles popular at the time, this medical school has the feel of old Southern charm and a campus that is considered a National Arboretum as the perfect setting for the best modern medical studies available. The medical school is adjacent to the world-renowned Vanderbilt University Medical Center and it's 11 medical units which provide teaching experiences for medical students. Forbes lists Vanderbilt University at #32 in its America's Top Colleges ranking; and, U.S. News and World Report ranks the medical school at #32 in Primary Care and #17 in Research in its Best Medical School. The school is also noted as the only National Cancer Institute in Tennessee, a Level 3 Burn Center and a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The regionally acclaimed Vanderbilt University Hospital serves as a teaching hospital and will soon be joined by a free-standing children's hospital which is currently under construction. Nashville, or "Music City", is a vibrant, energetic city well known for country music venues including the Ryman Auditorium (home of the world famous Grand Ole Opry) to The District and Printers Alley (a hub of honky tonks and live music). The city also boasts The Partheon (an exact replica of the ancient Greek temple) which is located in Centennial Park. Historic landmarks are scattered throughout Nashville with the Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Frist Museum of Art and the Tennessee State Museum. Combine the fashionable restaurants, country music scene, shopping and surrounding neighborhoods (home to many music stars) and you should be able to find ways to relax when your studies allow.
9. Duke University School of Medicine – Durham, North Carolina
Duke University School of Medicine is another medical center with great Southern charm. Established in 1924 by industrialist, James Duke, the Duke University School of Medicine was the largest Depression-era construction project in the U.S. when construction began in 1930. Building designs on the campus were influenced by, what was called at the time, Collegiate Gothic. The 55 acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens complements the merger of tradition and modernity. Duke is comprised of three contiguous campuses spreading over 9,000 acres; and, the School of Medicine is comprised of 98 buildings, including the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center which opened in 2013 and was the first medical school building constructed since the Davison Building in 1930. Today, the Duke University School of Medicine ranks in the top 25 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools in Primary Care and top 10 in medical research. Forbes rates Duke University #10 as one of America's Top Colleges. The Duke University campus is in Durham, North Carolina, which is part of the North Carolina Research Triangle, a well known driver in medical research and healthcare. From the Duke Gardens, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham Performing Arts Center, there's something to appeal to anyone in this beautiful area of North Carolina. Durham is a 2-3 hour drive from North Carolina beaches in Wilmington, the Outer Banks, Cape Hatteras and Kitty Hawk.
10. Stanford University School of Medicine – Stanford, California
Stanford University School of Medicine was established in 1908 having transitioned from the Medical Department of the University of the Pacific to Stanford University. The campus is undergoing major renovations to transition the School of Medicine from it's older, existing buildings to offer a more modern campus for the 21st century. Focusing on the biomedical revolution, the school is introducing new laboratories and teaching environments to encourage collaboration of research scientists and clinicians. Features of the new architectural designs emphasize adaptable space to accommodate new technologies, streamlined and open laboratories. Incorporating natural landscaping, tree-lined walkways and outdoor spaces complete the redesign of the school. The medical school is in a unique position of being affiliated with the high tech Silicon Valley and its technology innovations which affect healthcare today. The campus includes state-of-the-art buildings which house Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (Lokey Stem Cell Research Building), the Clark Center, Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research (clinical trials) and affliation with hospitals and health systems for clinical training. Unsurprisingly, Stanford University is a top-flight school (ranked #3 in America's Top Colleges as published by Forbes), the School of Medicine ranks #3 in Best Medical Schools in research and in the top 40 in primary care by U.S. News and World Report. The city of Stanford is proud of its arts museums, theatres, sculptural and botantical gardens, farmers markets, golf courses, parks, restaurants featuring California cuisine, and much more. Stanford University is located within an hour's drive of five of California's stunning beaches. If California sunshine and a first class education appeal to you, Stanford University School of Medicine is well worth a look.
11. Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons – New York, New York
Opened in 1767, the medical school of King's College (later, Columbia University) was the second medical school established in the North American Colonies and the first to award a medical degree. In 1928, the College of Physicians and Surgeons became the first academic medical center when the college and Presbyterian Hospital (now, New York-Presbyterian Hospital) moved their facilities to its present location. Columbia University of Physicians and Surgeons changed its name to Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons following a $250 million gift to the school intended to eliminate medical student loans. Located in the Upper Manhattan, Washington Heights area, the medical school has a combination of older, traditional buildings as well as sleek and modern edifices to keep pace with modern technology and development. Consistently and highly ranked as one of U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools (#11 Best Medical Schools in Research and #43 in Primary Care), the Vagelos College of Physician and Surgeons is closely affiliated with the prestigious NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #6 in Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. Forbes places Columbia University #15 in America's Top Colleges. This medical school has been a pioneer in medical research, patient care and medical education for over 250 years. With Manhattan as a backdrop, there is little need to describe the offerings of the "City That Never Sleeps" you can explore during any free time you may find from your studies. Suffice to say, New York has something for any cultural, athletic or entertainment whim.
12. University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine – Burlington, Vermont
Located on a 450-acre campus, The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, founded in 1822, is considered to be the 7th oldest medical college in the country. Forbes ranks the university in its top 200 America's Best Colleges ranking and The Larner College is ranked in the top 100 in U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools. Named in 2016 for Robert and Helen Larner, following a substantial endowment, the college is using that endowment to digitize its entire curriculum, build state-of-the-art classroom, a clinical skills simulation center and professorial recruitment. With over 150 buildings on campus, many on the Historic Register, facility designs for the school are a blend of the quaint traditional and the more modern, efficient and technologically advanced structures. Affiliated teaching hospitals and facilities for the College of Medicine include the University of Vermont Medical Center (a Level One Trauma Center), the University of Vermont Children's Hospital and Cancer Center. Nearby Burlington, Vermont is the quintessential New England city. The city is situated near beautiful Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains, wooded areas and parks and downtown Burlington (largest city in Vermont) with its small shops and entertainment venues. Burlington features the Church Street open-air marketplace, a four block, pedestrian area featuring over 100 shops and restaurants. The area provides outdoor experiences that range from fishing for bass, northern pike, landlocked salmon and lake trout to winter skiing on Stowe Mountain at one of the many ski resorts.
13. Saint Louis University School of Medicine – Saint Louis, Missouri
Opened in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine was the first medical school west of the Mississippi River to award a medical degree. Located within the Saint Louis University Medical Center and it's campus. As with most universities with a long history, the Saint Louis University (established in 1818) hosts a variety of building styles ranging from the historic Gothic Revival and Neo-Renaissance to the sleek, contemporary designs of today. The architectural award-winning, 206,000 square foot Edward A. Doisy Research Center is designed with brick, exposed steel and over 48,000 square feet of glass. The building is surrounded by a grand landscape which includes a stream, fountain, and Zen gardens. Rated in the top 200 of Forbes America's Best Colleges, the School of Medicine is ranked by U.S. News and World Report the top 100 in its Best Medical Schools. With an emphasis on medical research, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has established a reputation for its research in brain disorders. The recipient of a $5.3 million grant from the Department of Defense to map brain injuries in veterans and civilians. Additional research funding has allowed the school to conduct research on brain disorders in the aging population. Several clinical trials are underway at the school in multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's Disease. Popularized by the 1904 Saint Louis World's Fair and the Judy Garland song, "Meet Me In Saint Louis", the city of Saint Louis was first established in 1764 by fur traders. Sitting on the western bank of the Mississippi River, Saint Louis is now a vibrant city filled with attractions and events. Saint Louis, dubbed the "Gateway City" is well known for the Gateway Arch which offers a stunning aerial view of the city. Activities are abundant in Saint Louis with Six Flags at St. Louis, St. Louis Cardinals baseball games, upscale restaurant, trendy shops and musical venues. The city also provides several outdoor art parks as well Forest Park (once the location of the World's Fair) with a golf course, beautiful walkways and biking trails which allows a relaxing environment.
14. Medical College of Georgia – Augusta, Georgia
The original medical college was opened in 1828 and demonstrates the Greek Revival period of the Antebellum South. Now used as a venue for weddings, receptions, and parties, the Old Medical College gave way to more modern and functional structures such as the Cancer Research Center that maximizes natural lighting and enhanced environmental features. The only pubic medical school in Georgia, U.S. News and World Report includes this medical college in its Best Medical Schools ranking in 2019. The Medical College of Georgia campus, a college of Augusta University, is located near historic downtown Augusta with its tree-lined boulevards, urban parks, and open green spaces. Augusta is, of course, home of the famed Augusta National golf course; but, Augusta also offers much more in terms of cultural and recreational activites. This charming Southern town recognizes its storied past while blending it with modern allures. The Riverwalk is the site for art museums, live concerts and outdoor markets. The Canal area includes opportunities to appreciate the waterways of Augusta via boat tours and also includes the Park and Pavillion, biking, and walking trails. Birthplace to James Brown, Augusta has a robust music scene that can be enjoyed in area bars featuring local talents to professional concerts in either the James Brown Arena or Imperial Theatre.
15. University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Columbia, South Carolina
Palm trees and Southern charm accent the 100-acre campus of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Near the University of South Carolina main campus, the School of Medicine was established in 1973 and is one of the newer schools on our list. Buildings on the campus are a mixture of contemporary and federalist designs, housing state-of-the-art laboratories, research facilities, and clinical classrooms. The school has affiliations with local hospitals and medical centers such as Palmetto Health, Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Lexington Medical Center and facilities of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. U.S. News and World Report ranks this school #62 in Research and #72 in Primary Care on its Best Medical Schools ranking; and, the university ranks #211 in Forbes America's Top Colleges. The capital of South Carolina, Columbia provides a variety of arts and cultural opportunities including live theatre, dance, film and fine art museums. The Columbia area provides ample opportunities for recreational activities with boating on Lake Murray; canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding on the Congraee, Broad or Saluda Rivers; camping in the Congraee National Park; a lively music scene downtown; and, annual events such as the Restaurant Week Columbia, Columbia International Festival, Main Street Latin Festival, the Jam Street Music Festival, and many others.
16. Weill Cornell Medical School – New York, New York
Set in the middle of New York City, Weill Cornell School of Medicine was founded in 1898, Weill Cornell Medical School blends in with the Manhattan skyline. The "campus" of the medical school includes designs which represent the best architectural offerings with 21st-century designs found in the Weill Greenberg Center and Belfer Research Buildings. Located in one of the busiest cities in the world, the medical school accents its facilities with lush landscaping throughout the grounds, including trees, bushes, and flowers. This medical school ranks in the top 50 by U.S. News and World Report in Research and Primary Care. Forbes America's Top Colleges ranks Cornell University at #13. Located on the fashionable Upper East Side of Manhattan, the medical school is near the "Museum Mile" featuring world-class art, design and natural museums such as the world renowned Guggenheim Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park Zoo, shopping in some of the most fashionable stores of Kate Spade, Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren, and Valentino, etc. The vibrancy of New York is sure to provide you with an occasional escape from studies.
17. School of Medicine at Northwestern University – Chicago, Illinois
Opened over 150 years ago, the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University with its the imposing buildings make up the school's campus that sits near Lake Michigan. The school's architecture ranges from the Gothic-Revival styles, popular in the 1920-30s, best exemplified in the Montgomery Ward Memorial Building. These designs share campus space with more contemporary steel and glass buildings. Northwestern University is ranked #20 in Forbes America's Top Colleges and, the medical school is regularly ranked in the top 50 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools in Research and Primary Care. Medical students will find research opportunities and fellowships in Global Health, Clinical Trials, Translational Research, Medical Humanities, and others. This school calls Chicago home. Downtown Chicago, or the "City of Broad Shoulders", as we described above, is a remarkably vibrant city offering nearly everything you could want. Water sports abound on Lake Michigan, some of the world's best museums, an internationally recognized zoological park, spectacular restaurants, entertainment ranging from Class A Broadway productions to the comedic stalwart of Second City. Professional baseball and football are active in Chicago with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. The River Walk provides, not only water taxis, but trendy bars, restaurants and other social activities as well.
18. Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine – Kalamazoo, Michigan
Another relatively new medical school is the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine established in 2012. Located midway between Chicago and Detroit, the medical campus is known as the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus. The campus features the newly renovated Pfizer Building 267 which features a curved design housing team-based learning halls with a virtual hospital in the basement and a three-story atrium design. Construction continues for the School of Medicine providing contemporary design along with functionality in its state-of-the-art educational facilities. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the school is near the wide opportunities in Kalamazoo from festivals, historic sites, performing arts, dining and numerous outdoor activities. The Western Michigan University campus, with its Miller Auditorium, takes its place along with the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, the city's ballet company and symphony to provide an array of cultural offerings. The city's Bronson Park is the site of several festivals and features art sculptures scattered throughout. Whether you prefer summer or winter sports, you can find both in Kalamazoo. There are 83 lakes surrounding the area for water sports, 55 city parks for the hiker or waker and tennis courts, and the nearby Echo Valley Winter Sports Park with ice skating, snowmobiling and tubing.
19. Rush Medical College – Chicago, Illinois
Rush Medical College was founded in 1837 and is located near downtown Chicago and ranked in the top 100 of U.S. News and World Reports Best Medical Schools . The college holds the distinction as the first medical college in the Midwest. Rush Medical College shares a campus with the Rush University Medical Campus. The landmark and iconic East Tower, is a dramatic architectural statement, looking like a Boeing 747 perched atop the glass-lined building. Completed in 2012, this 1,000,000 square foot structure is an award-winning design for distinguished design both for the exterior; but, also for excellence in interior architecture. The sustainable design features indigenous landscaping, green roofs, recycled building products, and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. Within this urban setting, there is close access to all that Chicago has to offer in restaurants, nightlife, entertainment and, world-class shopping, as we've previously described. From the "Magnificent Mile" to the beaches of Lake Michigan there are amble activities and amusements to give you a break from your rigorous studies.
20. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine – Cincinnati, Ohio
The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine was established in 1819. The 900,000 square foot Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE)/Crawley Building, the focal point for the college, was constructed in 2008 and houses laboratories, medical sciences, medical library, as well as, dining facilities and bookstore. The building and surrounding area, features an atrium, limited hardscape (sidewalks and plazas) and is surrounded by woods and landscaped areas. Ranked in the top 100 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools, the University of Cincinnati also is rated in the top 500 in America's Top Colleges published by Forbes. UC's College of Medicine is one of firsts. In the 1950s, the first heart-lung machine was created and a decade later, Dr. Albert Sabin developed the first live, polio vaccine. The College of Medicine was also the site of the first use of the YAG laser, used to vaporize inoperable brain tumors. Medical research was also conducted on the effects of lead in children and the school was one of the first medical teams to develop protocols in stroke prevention. When time allows, medical students may enjoy all that Cincinnati has to offer. The Cincinnati riverfront provides chances to enjoy boating, fishing and a relaxing riverboat cruise. Art and cultural museums, the gorgeous Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Newport Aquarium, the Findley Market provide for relaxing breaks from studying. If you're wanting to attend the theatre, the Arnoff Center books professional Broadway touring companies, ballet productions, music concerts, etc., and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra calls the city's Music Hall home. Ten miles south of Cincinnati is the Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky, if horse racing appeals to you. The Cincinnati area has something for everyone.
21. Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine – Hanover, New Hampshire
If you're looking for old world charm blended with a nod to modern design and medical technology, this is it. Originating in 1797 as Dartmouth's "Medical Department", the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine maintains its quaintness, but is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 50 Best Medical Schools. Staying true to its long history and location, campus buildings of this Ivy League school, reflect the Federalist style of the area, and green lawns and rolling landscapes accentuate the New England charm of this campus. The charm of the School of Medicine campus belies the technologically advanced laboratories and modern educational centers. Clinical rotations are performed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Indian Health Center and the VA Medical Center located in White River Junction. Located in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, near the small town of Hanover, New Hampshire. The area provides a range of outdoor activities such as, hiking or skiing in the White or Green Mountains, water sports activities on the Connecticut River. If wandering strolling through the village green and visiting shops, the Hanover Area Farmer's Market, and seasonal festivals are more your style, Hanover has it.
22. Boston University School of Medicine – Boston, Massachusetts
Boston University Medical College opened in 1848. Located in the South End of Boston and near the Charles River, the campus is a blend of renovated historic buildings and more contemporary facilities. Architectural styles on campus vary from 1920-30s Gothic Revival to today's contemporary styles well suited for technology and research equipment. The campus is dotted with well placed plants, trees, and extensive green spaces. Ranked in the top 30 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools, Boston University Medical College is affiliated with Boston Medical Center and institutional partners to provide students with a variety of clinical and laboratory experiences. Boston is one of the most recognizable cities in the country and Boston Medical College students can visit some of the most significant American history sites or enjoy the more contemporary offerings in culture, performing arts and nightlife. Historic sites of Boston include the Freedom Trail, Old North Church, Boston Commons along with restored homes of some of America's most prominent 18th-century revolutionaries. Faneuil Hall provides indoor-outdoor shopping, the eight blocks of Newbury Street highlights boutiques, bars and pubs, and specialty shops. And, during you time in Boston, you should take in a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, home of the "Green Monster." If you're looking for an escape from the city and your studies, Cape Cod and other coastal attractions are a short care ride away.
23. University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine – Iowa City, Iowa
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine was established in 1870 and is the premier medical school in the state of Iowa. The campus buildings are a mixture of two-hundred-year-old brick buildings and ultra-modern, contemporary buildings as seen in the Carver Biomedical Research Building, the John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, and the Medical Education and Research Facility. The Carver College of Medicine is ranked in the top 40 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools. Iowa City is a typical college town, but with a different spin. The city hosts regular the Downtown Block Party, featuring music, food, fun, and more. There's also the Gallery Walk which includes 22 galleries, shops, and featured artists. In the Spring, Iowa City presents the Top Chef: Downtown Iowa City, where restaurants and bartenders present their signature dishes and drinks. In early Summer, you can enjoy the Sidewalk Sales as local merchants and vendors show their wares. The Landlocked Film Festival and Iowa Writers Workshop are annual events.
24. University of Central Florida College of Medicine – Orlando, Florida
The University of Central Florida College of Medicine is one of the newest schools in this listing. The university opened the College of Medicine in 2006 and boasts of one of the few medical colleges in recent decades which was completely built in this century. As a result, the College of Medicine Health Sciences Campus in the Lake Nona area sits on 50-acres and is home to the Medical Education building and the Burnett Biomedical Sciences building. Plans exist for the inclusion of UCF's College of Nursing. Featuring palm trees and indigenous plants, the campus is within close proximity to a Veterans Affair Medical Center, M.D. Anderson Cancer Research facility, and the Nemours Children's Hospital. Located in Orlando, Florida, you should have no problem finding things to do one your (however rare) day off. Within an hour's drive of some of Florida's most popular beaches, Orlando is known as Theme Park Capital of the World ® and is home to theme parks such as Walt Disney World (including the Magic Kingdom and Epcot), Universal Studios Florida and SeaWorld Orlando. Water Parks abound in the area as well; but, if those activities don't appeal to you, Orlando offers more. The city supports a robust performing arts community, art and cultural museums and offers cuisine ranging from food trucks to 5-star restaurants.
25. Stony Brook University School of Medicine – Stony Brook, New York
Stony Brook University School of Medicine sits on the over 1,000-acre university on Long Island, New York. The university was started in 1957 in scenic Oyster Bay, Long Island and moved closer to the quaint village of Stony Brook in 1962. Stony Brook's School of Medicine campus features modern buildings utilizing glass and soaring towers as focal points. The school launched an expansion program between 2013-2016 to include the Medical and Research Translation (MART) and Hospital Pavilion. The School of Medicine, which is ranked in the top 100 of Best Medical Schools by U.S. News and World Report, is adjacent to the Hospital and Health Sciences Tower. Stony Brook, NY is 2 hours from Manhattan and is a picturesque area that is minutes from the Long Island Sound, and proud of its long history. The town features nature and wetland reserves, the Long Island Museum focused on American art and history, the Jazz Loft Museum featuring educational programs, live programming and exhibits, parks, and historic homes and sites dating to the early 18th century. The Stony Brook Village Center hosts festivals, as well as dining and shopping. If upscale areas suit you better, Stony Brook is only 30 miles from the tony Southampton area of Long Island. Here you can find restaurants offering local cuisine as well as fine dining experiences, shopping, and, parks and marinas.
26. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine – Cleveland, Ohio
Downtown Cleveland is a short trip from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine which offers an urban setting surrounded by parks and landscaped areas. Contemporary structures set a futuristic atmosphere and the school is expanding. New construction was started in 2015, to build the Health Education Center intended to consolidate several buildings scattered around campus. U.S. News and World Report has rated this school in its top 20 in Best Medical Schools ranking. The School of Medicine was established in 1843 near the shores of Lake Erie; and, is close to the cultural, sports and all the attractions Cleveland has to offer. With Lake Erie in the backyard, Cleveland has a variety of attractions, dining experiences, museums, parks, and cultural activities to enjoy as you can during your studies. Home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland also supports museums dedicated to art, natural history, science and aeronautics. The renowned West Side Market is the place to go for the freshest in meats, vegetables, cheese and baked goods. City parks are abundant in Cleveland, as are historic landmarks, and, natural reserves. The performing arts are strong in Cleveland, with the Cleveland Orchestra, live concerts at Severance Hall and Cleveland Institute of Music. If you enjoy theatre, you're in luck. The famed Cleveland Playhouse, Playhouse Square, and Allen Theatre are mainstays in the city. Professional football is prominent in Cleveland, with the Cleveland Browns football, Cavaliers basketball, and Cleveland Indians baseball teams.
27. Colorado University School of Medicine – Aurora, Colorado
With the majestic views of the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, the Colorado University School of Medicine , ranks in the top 30 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools in the primary care, pediatric and research disciplines. offers a whimsical campus with modern art placed around the campus to highlight the bright, modern architecture of the school's brick and glass buildings. Located six miles east of Denver, the medical campus is beautifully landscaped with walkways, green spaces, and well-maintained landscaping. The campus is located in Aurora, Colorado, which is considered the Gateway to the Rockies, and hosts activities ranging from horseback riding, water sports, golf courses, ranches, and more. You can immerse yourself in the history of the area with visits to one of the numerous, historic landmarks, such as Centennial House, Babi Yar Park (dedicated to Holocaust victims), the Delaney Farm Farm Historic District, and others. Your epicurean pallet will enjoy a variety of cuisines including American, Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Japanese, German, etc. Aurora doesn't overlook the cultural and artistic tastes with Aurora Cultural Arts Districts which hosts annual festivals, local artists and exhibits. The Aurora Symphony Orchestra joins the Aurora Fox Arts Center to provide performing arts productions.
28. University of Hawaii Medical School – Honolulu, Hawaii
It's hard to imagine a more beautiful place to study medicine than at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. With the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop and palm tree-lined walkways, this school promotes a bucolic atmosphere that would be difficult to beat. Contemporary buildings of glass and brick house comprise the 9.9-acre campus with advanced technology and research facilities. Since it opened in 1965, the school has grown to be affiliated with eight, nearby hospitals. U.S. News and World Report ranks the Burns School of Medicine at #41 in Research and#59 in Primary Care in its Best Medical Schools rankings. It's difficult to determine where to start in describing life on the Island of Oahu. Outdoor activities includes parasailing, surfing, whale watching, fishing charters, snorkeling, island excursions and so much more are available. Honolulu has fascinating historical sites to visit when you have time, such as Pearl Harbor, the Kilohana sugar plantation, or the Lolani Palace. The cultural opportunities are abundant in Honolulu with art and history museums and, live shows and concerts. Luaus, restaurants and cafes can introduce you to Polynesian cuisine and also standard American fare. Jazz clubs, comedy clubs, coffeehouses, bars and pubs provide plenty of nightlife options.
29. Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The gleaming, mirrored glass and red brick facades of the Temple University'sLewis Katz School of Medicine (rated #57 in Research and #69 in Primary Care by U.S. News and World Report), belies the school's 117-year history. The Health Sciences Center Campus provides a state-of-the-art, 480,000 square feet of research and education facilities with top-notch technology. Emphasizing a humanistic educational approach, this program utilizes cutting edge resources such as smart classrooms, a robotic simulation and clinical skills center, and open research spaces. The school is minutes from the vibrant downtown area of Philadelphia. History surrounds you in Philadelphia on a walking tour from Independence Hall to the Liberty Bell, historic landmarks, museums and sites. There's never a lack of special events and festivals in the city, along with live concerts, celebrations of food and drink, and special holiday activities. Public markets, modeled after European, highlight local restaurants and artisanal chefs. Philadelphia's Broad Street, known locally as the Avenue of the Arts, which includes venues for the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House, and the multi-cultural Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Although an urban setting, Philadelphia offers over 25 parks with biking, hiking trails and large green space parks perfect for relaxation.
30. Morehouse School of Medicine – Atlanta, Georgia
Morehouse School of Medicine opened its doors in 1975 and is one of the first of its kind for Historically Black Colleges. With its modern design elements, the Morehouse School of Medicine campus offers a beautiful setting for this college and provides students with easy access to the big city activities in Atlanta. In 2015, the school received a multimillion-dollar grant from baseball great, Hank Aaron and Billye Suber Aaron, to expand the Hugh Gloster Medical Education building. The grant also includes funds for the construction of the Billye Suber Aaron Pavilion, which is a two-story facility featuring a rooftop area. Ranked as one of America's Top Colleges by Forbes, Morehouse is also ranked #1 in meeting it's Social Mission. Key elements of the Morehouse School of Medicine's mission includes influencing diversity in the healthcare profession, improving public and community health and confronting primary health care issues, especially in underserved areas and people of color. There's always something to do in Atlanta, from professional baseball and football to performing arts. Atlanta offers dining experiences from nearly every country imaginable from American to Polynesian and everything in between. From the professional Alliance Theatre, opera and ballet, jazz and nightclubs, the arts and culture scene in Atlanta has something for everyone. The Atlanta Beltline provides miles of walking and biking trails, with restaurants and shops along the way; and, Centennial Olympic Park is the perfect locale for picnics and relaxation.
31. Albany Medical College – Albany, New York
The campus of the Albany Medical College (established in 1839) offers modern brick and glass buildings, open plazas and crisp landscaping while respecting the college's long history and architecture. The older structures of the Albany Medical College are brick and glass, and one iconic feature on campus the colonnaded entry to the college and pays tribute to its origins. The consolidation of the Albany Medical College with Albany Medical Center created a unique clinical practice opportunity for medical students while providing medical care for the community. A member of the State University of New York (SUNY), Albany University is ranked #296 of America's Top Colleges by Forbes. The college is conveniently located close to downtown, the state capitol of New York. Albany offers a wide range of activities for you to enjoy as you have time. The city hosts museums dedicated to history and culture. The New York State Museum is located there as are the Institute of History and Art, the Irish American Museum, and Italian American Museum. Albany offers 5 city parks with Washington Park, Albany Pine Bush Preserve among them. Scenic tours and boat cruises on the historic Hudson River provide relaxing activities to unwind from studies. You can attend concerts and performances in one of the three popular theatres in Albany: The Egg, The Palace or The Capital Repertory venues. Nightlife in active in Albany and has comedy clubs, craft beer pubs and taverns, to enjoy a night out.
32. A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine – Mesa, Arizona
The manicured lawns of the 22-acre A. T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA) campus highlight the school's western locale. With a nod to the original adobe architecture of Arizona, the facilities at SOMA are modernistic in design with curved walls, arches and ample windows for natural light. The beautifully manicured lawns highlight native flora to bolster the overall beauty of the campus and the ruggedly attractive landscape of Arizona. The school is a short 15-minute drive to Mesa, Arizona, the third largest Arizona city. Here you'll find several activities to help you decompress from studies as time allows. You can explore the Superstition Mountains by taking the Apache Trail or visit the Mesa Arts Center. Wander through the exhibits of the Arizona Museum of Natural History or enjoy a hot air balloon ride above the Sonoran Dessert. Enjoy horseback riding or hiking as well as enjoying an evening at the one of the many craft breweries and casinos. Mesa is also home to two professional baseball training camps for the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A's. You can also relax at one of the medical and day spas; or, take a tour to explore the area and take in ghost towns, pan for gold, nature trails and learn of the rich, Native American history of the area. Mesa, Arizona has more to offer than you may imagine.
33. University of California Irvine School of Medicine – Irvine, California
The Medical Education Center is located in the heart of the Health Sciences Campus of the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. Established in 1896 as the Pacific Sanitarium and School of Osteopathic Medicine, UCI School of Medicine is the oldest medical school in the Great Los Angeles area. U.S. News and World Report ranks this school as one of the Best Grad Schools for Medical Research. Covering 1.5 acres, the award-winning center is separated into two blocks. The broader block houses technologies and educational segments and the more narrow block providing meeting areas and offices. True to the eclectic styles so affiliated with California, the urban UIC campus covers over 1,500 acres and includes architectural designs reminiscent of old Spanish styles as well as 21st century, ultra-modern design characteristics. The nearby city of Irvine, is proud of its 19 community parks and 40 neighborhood green spaces. Home to the famous Balboa Pier features a retro diner, fishing and ferry rides to Balboa Island. Along the scenic California coastline, you can enjoy surfing, paddle boarding, whale watching and more. Irvine hosts art and cultural festivals (such as the Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival and the Diamond Jamboree highlighting international flavors). Art, children and historical museums complement the Irvine Fine Arts Center featuring art work and artists. Athletic endeavors such as golf on one of the three city courses, professional soccer, and Division I Intercollegiate and 50 miles of off-road biking trails with an additional 300 road trails. You may as well enjoy what the California lifestyle has to offer as you pursue your degree.
34. Indiana University School of Medicine – Indianapolis, Indiana
University of Indiana School of Medicine began in 1903 when the campus architectural designs were greatly influenced by the Romanesque-Gothic styles. Throughout the school's growth, new building designs preserve its architectural past while being attentive to modern styles and techniques. The current School of Medicine features the dramatic use of glass and forward thinking stylistic construction. Scattered across the campus, students and visitors enjoy statues, fountains and art work that complements the greenspaces, woods, and attractively landscaped grounds. The school's website claims the UI School of Medicine is the largest U.S. medical school operating today. This school of medicine is ranked in the top 50 of Best Medical Schools by U.S. News and World Report and Forbes sets the university at #132 in its America's Top Colleges ranking. You're sure to find something to do on your occasional day off in Indianapolis. The largest city in Indiana is host to 24 museums, ranging from the Indiana Medical History Museum located in the oldest pathology building in the U.S., specialty museums (i.e., James Whitcomb Riley Museum House), the Indianapolis Artsgarden featuring performances and art galleries, to name a few. For an adrenaline rush, visit the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the historic Indianapolis Speedway, site of the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Brickyard 400 racing complex. Of course, you can also take in a professional football game with the Indianapolis Colts. Fifteen parks and gardens surround the city for a leisurely and relaxing day. Concerts, performing arts and a symphony orchestra can give you an evening's entertainment before returning to your studies.
35. Georgetown University School of Medicine – Washington D.C.
Located in the nation's capital, Georgetown University School of Medicine campus reflects the city's historic atmosphere. The university opened in 1789 with the medical school established in 1851. Today, the medical school remains true to the architectural styles of the school's beginning. From the heavily Federalist influenced buildings of the 18th century, the Gothic Revival trend of the 19th century to the modern spin of 20th century glass and brick design, the Georgetown University School of Medicine has a peaceful, urban campus. Spread over 106 acres, the modern day School of Medicine is comprised of 17 buildings, with the oldest, currently standing (the Medical Dental Building) being built in 1930. Broad, brick walkways lined by trees and shrubs run throughout school of medicine campus leading to the heart of the campus at Dahlgren Quadrangle. U.S. News and World Report ranks this school in the top 50 Best Medical Schools for Research and Forbes lists it in the top 15 of its America's Top Colleges rating. It goes without saying that the proximity to Washington D.C., presents students with ample activities, including museums, historic sites, theatres, and an energetic Georgetown nightlife.
36. University of California San Francisco School of Medicine – San Francisco, California
With the San Franciso Bay as a backdrop, the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine is continuing to grow. Started in 1846 as the Toland Medical College, UCSF School of medicine is affiliated with the university's medical center. Expanding beyond its original buildings, the campus now features plazas and patios surrounding the newly constructed medical center complex. Glistening glass and functionality are key points for the building. A prestigious school, UC-San Francisco lists four Nobel laureates as faculty members and rates #5 Best Medical Schools for Research and #3 for Primary Care. The Princeton Review also rates this school highly in its Best Med rankings. The San Francisco Bay area is well known for its beauty. The city has a thriving arts community with galleries and museums, a long and fable history displayed in museums and tours, a remarkable nightlife in clubs, craft breweries and restaurants and over 107 nature preserves, gardens, beaches and parks. One can't think of San Francisco without thinking of cable cars and areas such as Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. There's never a lack of things to do and see in San Francisco.
37. FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine – Miami, Florida
With architecture that's a little Mediterranean and a little Caribbean, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University is an urban campus located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. A relatively new medical college (established 2009) this school has affiliations with ten area hospitals and health systems which provide excellent clinical opportunities for its medical students. Forbes lists the university #459 in its America's Top Colleges. With lush greenways, lakes, parks and carefully manicured lawns, this is a campus located a short distance from the vibrancy of nightlife in Miami or South Beach and Florida coastlines. The rejuvenated South Beach an area which can't be missed. The colorful, stylish art deco building styles featured in South Beach frame an eclectic area offering nightclubs, boutiques, trendy restaurants, as well as a world famous beach. The Little Havana area of Miami is as close to visiting Cuba without leaving the U.S. Cafes, restaurants and markets provide Latin inspired cuisine; and, the vibrant Cuban heritage is prominent in museums, cultural arts and music. The Miami Dolphins football, the Miami Heat basketball and Marlins baseball teams call Miami home.
38. Penn State Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine – Hershey, Pennsylvania
The Penn State College of Medicine is located in what is arguably the birthplace of American chocolate. The College of Medicine was established in 1963 through a grant provided by Milton S. Hershey to create a teaching hospital, medical school, and medical research center. Sitting on a sprawling 550 acres, surrounded by the lush Pennsylvania countryside, the architecture is crisp and clean and framed with a park like atmosphere of sidewalks and greenery. Confectioner and philanthropist Milton Hershey was no Willy Wonka, but he built his utopian city in Pennsylvania. With street lights designed in the shape of Hershey Kisses, there is little doubt that Hershey is the town that chocolate built. With a population of a little more than 14,000, and nicknamed "The Sweetest Place on Earth", Hershey offers an array of activities. Students, during their free time, may take in the attractions of the Hersheypark theme park, the luxurious Hershey Gardens, the Hershey Theatre, a 1900 seat venue for concerts, plays and ballet. Of course, the Hershey's Chocolate World factory tour is a must; and, since chocolate goes so well with wine, a visit to the Cullari Vineyards and Winery should be on your itinerary. Hershey is an easy one-day drive to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and near Lancaster County's Amish country where you can enjoy horse drawn buggy rides,
39. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – New York, New York
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is located on the East Side of Manhattan and near East Harlem. Mount Sinai Hospital traces its roots to 1852 and is considered to be the one of the oldest teaching hospitals in the country. Now a division of the current Mount Sinai Health System, the current medical school was opened in 1958. Ranked #18 in Research and #39 in Primary Care in U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools, the Icahn School of Medicine is considered a global leader in medical research. The school receives over $340 million from the National Institute of Health for research, 12th in the nation for NIH funding. This medical school offers research opportunities in clinical trials, multidisciplinary fields and is considered a leader in Alzheimer's Disease and brain and spinal cord functions (and dysfunctions) and has been no the cutting edge of medical innovations in treating psychiatry, autism and tracheal transplant. Bordering Central Park East, the school is within walking distance of New York's famed 5th Avenue and is adjacent to the East Harlem neighborhood which is undergoing redevelopment. The Upper East Side has the Central Park Zoo, the Museum Mile, Gracy Mansion (the NYC mayor's residence) and the East River which offers a beautiful urban park area with pedestrian walkways along the banks. On days off, students can explore the shops, restaurants and museums of the neighborhood or take a tram to historic Roosevelt Island and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, site of several parks and landmarks.
40. University of Utah School of Medicine – Salt Lake City, Utah
Overlooking Salt Lake City, the University of Utah School of Medicine was founded in 1905 as a two year medical program; but, lacking an affiliated hospital for teaching, students would have to go elsewhere to complete their studies. It wouldn't be until 1965 that a hospital would be created to round out the medical training and allow students to complete clinical rotations in Salt Lake City. This is the only school in Utah granting medical degrees. Although the school has a functional but unpretentious edifice, featuring a red brick facade and ample use of glass to provide an open feel to the facility. Ranked in the top 50 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Medical Schools for research and primary care, the school and hospital have seen notable medical breakthroughs, such as the first research and development in the field of biomedical informatics and the site of the first artificial heart transplant in 1982. Located in a rural setting but minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City has a great deal to recommend it. Home to the enormous, Gothic-designed Salt Lake Temple and its world famous, Tabernacle Choir, Salt Lake City is also known for other attractions as well. It's the state capitol of Utah and site of the 1,700 square miles Great Salt Lake with its swimming, picnic areas and the surrounding hiking trails. Students can enjoy the scenic canyons of the Utah Valley by hiking, biking or horseback riding. A part of the Rocky Mountains, the majestic Wasatch Mountains range provides parks, nature trails and exploration. Salt Lake City was home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and the area offers world class skiing and snowboarding during the winter. Salt Lake City also has an active nightlife with live music, bars and breweries, and dancing venues. City Creek Center provides shopping and restaurants. There's more to do in Salt Lake City in your free time than you may think.