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ADMISSIONS: New Articulation Agreement with Benedictine University

October 15, 2015

Years of Collaboration Leads to Articulation Agreement between RUSM and Benedictine University

During a recent signing ceremony, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) entered an articulation agreement with Benedictine University (Benedictine).  Representatives of both institutions gathered on campus in Lisle, Illinois to acknowledge 10 years of successfully identifying eligible students who have been well-suited to apply to the medical school in Dominica. With the signing of the agreement, there is now a direct pathway for similar applicants to progress through the admissions process.

“The relationship with Benedictine University has been so successful because both institutions are looking for applicants who are well-matched for RUSM,” said Leslie Andersen, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at RUSM. “Benedictine is knowledgeable in RUSM’s requirements and curriculum and we are acquainted with Benedictine’s process and standard for referrals. Benedictine students who are referred generally do well through the admissions process.”

Terms of the Agreement

Under the articulation agreement, Benedictine graduates will be held to RUSM’s standard admissions requirements and will have special opportunities such as: 

  • Waived application fees
  • A guaranteed admissions interview
  • Consideration for scholarships for which they qualify (once an acceptance decision has been made)

Also, RUSM will hold five open seats in each semester class for eligible applicants from Benedictine until 30 days prior to the start of the semester. 

Making the Grade

“Our relationship with Ross University School of Medicine has been a good one,” said Alice Sima, MSN, MBA, RN, Director-Pre-Professional Health Programs at Benedictine. 

Before Sima began recommending students to RUSM, she was committed to learning about the medical school’s academic standards and student experience. She has visited the campus in Dominica, toured the simulation lab and participated in focus groups with Benedictine alumni to hear firsthand about their experience at RUSM.
“If I don’t have the information I need, then I won’t recommend a school,” said Sima. “Students and parents are looking to me for guidance. I have to make a recommendation with integrity.”

A Decade of Success

There are currently 12 students enrolled at RUSM who completed their undergraduate education at Benedictine, with five students enrolling in 2014--the greatest number of enrollees from the institution in one year. Over the past 10 years, 24 Benedictine alumni have graduated from RUSM.


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