Medical School Admissions Requirements
RUSM takes a holistic approach to applying to medical school, which means we look at each and every prospective student's entire achievement history. Students who have a solid academic foundation, and also have that "special something."
Learn more about our admissions requirements and preparing to apply to medical school by speaking with our admissions team.
MEDICAL SCHOOL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
RUSM's medical school admissions requirements includes factors such as undergraduate performance, knowledge of the medical profession, interpersonal skills, motivation, personal character, and clinical experience. And while GPA and MCAT scores are also considered, they are not used as a cutoff. This approach has given thousands of our students a chance they may have not found elsewhere. Why? Because physicians in today's world face challenges that require more than just book smarts. They require well-rounded individuals who can juggle multiple responsibilities so they can focus on the most important thing - patient care.
Medical School Requirements
MED SCHOOL MCAT REQUIREMENTS
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) has elected to waive the standardized admission test requirement for impacted applicants who are applying for the Summer 2021 semester beginning in May. For more information about the MCAT waiver, please see below or the COVID-19 FAQ page. The following requirements are still applicable for future semesters.
In order to meet medical school admissions requirements, Ross University School of Medicine requires that all applicants take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
The average MCAT of RUSM students entering medical school in September 2019, January 2020, and May 2020 is 493.
Please bear in mind, however, that RUSM accepts students below those thresholds, depending on an individual's GPA and many other factors listed further down this page.
You can and should apply before taking the MCAT. Aspiring medical school students may apply prior to sitting for 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 scores for up to five years after you've taken the test.
Learn more about the MCAT including upcoming test dates and other information, at our Online MCAT Guide.
You can and should apply before taking the MCAT
You can get a better idea of your potential candidacy to RUSM by contacting admissions to discuss your personal situation.
MED SCHOOL GPA REQUIREMENTS
Undergraduate cumulative GPA and GPA in required pre-medical course work will be reviewed.
RUSM evaluates students based on several factors, not just their GPA. Contact Admissions to find out if you qualify for RUSM’s MD program.
In order to meet medical school admissions requirements, a complete application must consist 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.
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
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.
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.
Must have bachelor's degree or higher to be considered, and competitiveness of undergraduate school and curriculum will be considered
Performance in graduate work (if applicable) will be reviewed.
In order to meet the medical school requirements, prerequisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old. The coursework should include the following:
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 3 possible ways: (1) 2 semesters of University humanities where essays composed at least 40% of the overall mark, (2) International Baccalaureate English and (3) 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.
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 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 completed by US and Canadian students.
Our admissions associates can help you get started. Please contact us with any questions you may have about the medicals school admissions requirements.
Three start dates each year: January, May, and September
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.
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.
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.
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 CS 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 foundations of medicine 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.
MCAT Waiver Extended for May Admission Applications
Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) has elected to waive the MCAT requirement for qualified, impacted applicants for the Summer 2021 semester in cases where the MCAT exam was unavailable due to COVID-19 related interruptions. RUSM’s evaluation for admission is conducted on an individual basis and uses a holistic approach. Serious applicants are encouraged to apply for admission and consult with an admissions representative about their individual situations, especially if they are unable to take the MCAT before the Summer semester begins in May.
NOTE: Recent U.S. Department of Education guidance permits waiving the MCAT requirement for impacted applicants when related to continued COVID-19 related interruptions.
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 Barbados. No qualified individual with a disability will be denied access to or participation in services, programs, or activities of Ross University School of Medicine.
Checking the Pulse: RUSM Podcast
In this premed podcast episode, one of our Assistant Director of Admissions describes the application process from submitting your application, to getting the final decision and the support throughout the transition. We talk about pre-requisites, GPA, MCAT and term starts.