RUSM Admissions: It All Starts Here
The Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) Admissions Committee gives serious consideration to all candidates who show the potential for medical school success. Though our Admissions Committee looks closely at your GPA and MCAT, we also know that character counts just as much as your grades do.
If you think you have what it takes to meet the challenges of our progressive, proven MD program, we encourage you to check out our admissions requirements, application checklist, and other information below.
Medical School Admissions Requirements
- Undergraduate cumulative GPA
- Bachelor's degree or higher
- GPA in required pre-medical course work
- Competitiveness of undergraduate school and curriculum
- Performance of graduate work (if applicable)
- MCAT scores
- Personal essay
- 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)
All letters of recommendation and transcripts must be mailed to:
Ross University School of Medicine
Office of Admissions
485 Route 1 South, Building B, Floor 4
Iselin, NJ 08830
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). Aspiring medical school students may apply prior to taking the MCAT, but must submit their scores prior to the interview. Ross University School of Medicine’s MCAT institutional code number is 906.
Learn more about the MCAT, including upcoming test dates and other information, via RUSM's dedicated MCAT resource.
The Personal Interview
Ross University School of Medicine strongly believes in the value of a personal interview with prospective medical school students. Applicants whose credentials are judged to be indicative of the potential for successful completion of the prescribed 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. 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.
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 described above.
Your Application Checklist
A complete application consists of the following documents:
- A completed RUSM 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 RUSM: 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 RUSM 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).
You'll Hear From Us
After you apply, we'll let you know via email that your application was successfully received. In general, applications are reviewed in one business day. An admissions officer will reach out to 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.
If you interview for enrollment at RUSM, expect to hear back from us within two to three weeks. We'll contact you via the phone number listed in your candidate profile.
Since we operate under rolling admissions, there are no application deadlines. We continue to accept applications for each semester until all seats are filled. In the event that all seats are filled before an applicant receives a decision, the application is automatically considered for the next available semester.
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.