Medical School Applicants Decline Again The number of medical school applications dropped 6% in 2001, the fifth straight year of declines, while tuition and fees grew between 8.5% and 13.3%, varying by public or private school and students' resident status, according to a new report. A total of 34,859 would-be doctors applied to the entering class of 2001 at the nation's medical schools, a significant decrease from the nearly 37,000 who applied just one year earlier and a 9.5% drop from 1999's number of applicants, according to the report appearing in tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association. Meanwhile, the number of applicants accepted has remained constant at about 17,000. The most recent statistics, for the 2002-2003 school year, will be released in late October by the Association of American Medical Colleges, a spokeswoman said. I think this refers to allopathic applicants.