ROSS Admissions: It All Starts Here

The Ross University School of Medicine Admissions Committee gives serious consideration to all candidates who show the potential for medical school success. Our Admissions Committee looks closely at your GPA and MCAT, but we we also know that character and life experience count just as much as your grades do. If you think you have what it takes to meet the challenges of our proven MD program, we encourage you to review our admissions requirements, application checklist, and other information below. 

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Medical School Admissions Requirements

  • Must have bachelor's degree or higher to be considered, and competitiveness of undergraduate school and curriculum will be considered
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA and GPA in required pre-medical course work will be reviewed
  • Performance in graduate work (if applicable) will be reviewed
  • MCAT scores
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from an academic reference
  • Extracurricular activities and accomplishments
  • Work history and professional or volunteer experience
  • Strong performance in advanced biology and chemistry courses (recommended)
  • For international applicants: Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies in countries that have an educational system different from that of the United States or Canada will be evaluated on their merits but will be expected to have completed a pre-medical curriculum comparable to that completed by US and Canadian students. 

Required Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old. The coursework should include the following prerequisite courses:

  • Inorganic or General Chemistry: Two semesters (eight semester hours) with laboratories
  • Organic Chemistry: Two semesters (eight semester hours) with laboratories
  • General Biology or Zoology: Two semesters of biology or zoology with laboratories
  • Physics: Two semesters (eight semester hours) with laboratories
  • Mathematics: One semester of college-level mathematics (three semester hours), preferably calculus or statistics
  • English: Two semesters (six semester hours). Canadian students may satisfy the English requirements in 4 possible ways: (1) 2 semesters of University humanities where essays composed at least 40% of the overall mark, (2) those holding a grade 13 English credit in Ontario, (3) International Baccalaureate English and (4) Advanced Placement English. 

*Substitutions and/or exceptions are made on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Admissions Dean and Faculty Admissions Committee.

Performance on the MCAT

Ross University School of Medicine requires that all applicants take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Please note:

  • Aspiring medical school students may apply prior to taking the MCAT, but must submit their scores prior to the interview. 
  • If you have taken the version of the MCAT that was administered before April 2015 (the old MCAT), we will accept your scores for up to five years after you've taken the test.
  • Ross University School of Medicine’s MCAT institutional code number is 906.
  • Learn more about the MCAT, including upcoming test dates and other information, at our Online MCAT Guide.  

Your Application Checklist

A complete application consists of the following documents:

  • A completed Ross application.
  • Official transcript(s) from each college and/or professional school attended.
  • At least two official letters of recommendation, which are confidential and become the property of Ross: At least one academic letter from a pre-medical professor acquainted with the applicant’s academic ability or a recommendation from a college pre-health advisory committee; a second academic letter or reference from a physician acquainted with the applicant’s healthcare work experience, if applicable. The second letter may also be a character reference from an employer or volunteer activity. All letters must be on appropriate letterhead with contact information included, and sent directly from the recommending party to the Ross Admissions Office.
  • Medical College Admission Test scores.
  • Official report of scores from the TOEFL, if applicable.
  • A passport sized-photo (optional).
  • $100 USD application fee (non-refundable). 

All letters of recommendation and transcripts must be mailed to:

Ross University School of Medicine
Office of Admissions
2300 SW 145th Avenue, Suite 200
Miramar, FL 33027

Next Steps After You Apply

At Ross we strive to provide fast turnaround on submitted applications to help you stay on track to meet your goals. Please note:

  • After you submit your online application, you will receive an email notification confirming that we received your application.
  • In general, applications are reviewed within one business day.
  • An admissions officer will contact you if your application is incomplete, if your qualifications do not meet our admissions requirements, or if the Office of Admissions reviews your file and decides to invite you for an interview. 
  • Please note that candidates will only be granted an interview if their supporting documentation (including MCAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation) has been officially submitted.

The Personal Interview

Ross University School of Medicine strongly believes in the value of a personal interview with prospective medical school students. Please note:

  • Applicants whose credentials are judged to be indicative of the potential for successful completion of the Ross medical school curriculum will be invited for an interview.
  • The interview is often conducted within two to four weeks after initial application materials have been received.
  • Your personal interview helps the admissions committee assess your overall personal and academic background, maturity, adaptability, character, aptitude, and most importantly, your motivation to become a doctor. 
  • If you interview for enrollment at Ross, expect to hear back from us within two to three weeks. We'll contact you via the phone number listed in your candidate profile.
  • Applicants are advised that being granted an interview is not a guarantee of acceptance, though it does play a significant part in the decision by the Admissions Committee.

Application Deadlines

Please note the following about applying to and enrolling in Ross:

  • Ross enrolls three new classes each year: in January, May, and September.
  • We continue to accept applications for each semester until all seats are filled.
  • Typically you may apply for one of three upcoming semesters via the online application.
  • There are no application deadlines, but classes fill up as the start of the semester nears. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible before their desired start, to provide ample time to work with our admissions team to complete your application, submit required documentation, and prepare for enrollment.
  • In the event that all seats are filled before an applicant receives a decision, the application is automatically considered for the next available semester. 

Additional Admissions Requirements

Beginning with the class matriculating in September 2018, RUSM applicants will have the option of registering for a situational judgment test (SJT) administered by CASPer ( CASPer is used by a number of US and Canadian MD programs to help assess the decision making skills of their applicants. The exam is online, one hour in duration, and does not test scientific knowledge but rather the decisions made in response to different scenarios that the test taker is presented with. CASPer tests for personal professional characteristics. A full description of the CASPer SJT is available at

CASPer scores are confidential and shared directly between the administrators of the exam and medicals schools selected by the applicant to receive the scores. As CASPer has only just became available to RUSM in 2017, it will be an optional exam for applicants to the RUSM September 2018 class. While CASPer is optional for RUSM applicants, it fits with RUSM’s long standing polices surrounding holistic admissions and is strongly encouraged. RUSM will be using CASPer results as an additional data point in identifying excellent candidates to join the Ross community studying for their MD. The CASPer exam presents an additional opportunity for RUSM applicants to demonstrate their suitability for our MD program, beyond the MCAT score(s), academic achievements, extracurricular actives, and letters of support that are already part of the faculty’s consideration when deciding admission.

Policy on Nondiscrimination

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability, or age in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. It is the policy and practice of the University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act as applicable and practical in Dominica. No qualified individual with a disability will be denied access to or participation in services, programs, or activities of Ross University School of Medicine.


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