Ross University School of Medicine admits students three times a year, in January, May, and September. This means that you aren't locked into a September start as you would be at many traditional medical schools. Instead, you have the freedom to start medical school when it feels right to you. There are several factors to take into consideration when thinking about when to apply and enroll.

Starting Medical School in September

Many medical students, including those enrolling in international or Caribbean medical schools, choose to start their studies in September. This start date mirrors the enrollment model used at many US medical schools. The incoming September class is typically Ross's largest.

Should You Consider Starting Medical School in January or May?

At Ross, we strongly support empowering our students to enroll in medical school when they're ready—and not every medical student is ready at the same time. We strive to give our students the freedom to choose.

Take a look below at some benefits of starting Ross in January or May.

  • These two start terms generally have smaller class sizes, meaning you'll get even more personalized, one-on-one attention from professors as you're studying the basic sciences.
  • If you need it, you could get some extra breathing room and time to prepare for the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 CK and CK exams, as well as schedule electives.
  • In some cases, you may be able to participate in an earlier Match, though this is contingent upon a variety of factors—such as whether you finish your basic sciences coursework on time or participate in a tracked clinical program. For questions about when you would likely compete for a residency based on when you start at Ross, please contact our Office of Admissions.