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Medical School Admission Requirements

Ross University School of Medicine (Ross Med) takes a holistic approach to our admission process.

We consider all of your achievements, both academic and personal. Why? Because we are on a mission to educate physicians who are well-rounded individuals—people who have both an academic foundation in medicine and the skills to provide excellent patient care to diverse communities around the world.

Our admission selection committee will consider your undergraduate performance, knowledge of the medical profession, interpersonal skills, motivation, personal character, and clinical experience in addition to GPA and MCAT® scores.

This approach has given thousands of our students the opportunity to pursue a successful career in medicine—opportunities they may not have found elsewhere.

Ross Med Application Requirements

RUSM admission requirements include factors such as undergraduate performance, knowledge of the medical profession, interpersonal skills, motivation, personal character, and clinical experience. While applying to med school, GPA and MCAT scores are also considered, but they are not the only medical school admission requirements RUSM uses.

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.

Prerequisite Coursework and Previous Education

Medical School Course Requirements

Upon admission to Ross Med, you must have a bachelor’s degree or higher and have completed the below courses within the last ten years.

  • 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 (eight semester hours) with laboratories

  • Physics: One semester (four semester hours) with laboratory

  • 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) Two 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 for med school prerequisites  are made on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Admissions Dean and Faculty Admissions Committee.

GPA Requirements

Medical School GPA Requirements

Admission to Ross Med includes submitting all college level or higher coursework and we will determine your cumulative GPA and GPA in the required pre-medical coursework. We evaluate your application using several factors, not just your GPA. You can contact our Admissions team to find out if you qualify for the Ross Med MD program.

MCAT Requirements

MCAT Requirements for Medical School

To meet medical school admission requirements, Ross Med requires that all U.S. applicants* take the Medical College Admissions Test® (MCAT®). Canadian and international applicants are not required to submit MCAT scores, but are strongly encouraged to do so.

At the same time, Ross Med does not have a minimum required MCAT score for our applicants. Instead, your application will be considered holistically—meaning your MCAT score will be weighed alongside other factors.

You may apply to Ross Med before sitting for the MCAT but will need to submit your MCAT scores prior to your admission interview.

Use our Online MCAT Guide to learn more about the MCAT and find upcoming test dates.

You’re always welcome to reach out to our Admissions Office to discuss your personal situation and get a better idea of your potential candidacy as a Ross Med student. You can also take our Admissions Assessment to learn more about the strength of your candidacy at Ross Med.

*Ross Med requires MCAT scores submitted by all U.S. Citizens, nationals, or eligible permanent resident applicants prior to the interview.

Your Application Checklist

In order to meet Ross Med's requirements for admissions, a complete application packet must include the following:

  • A completed Ross Med application.

  • Official transcript(s) from each college and/or professional school attended.

  • A personal statement of 750 words or less. You may use your AMCAS, AACOMAS or TMDSAS personal statement.

  • At least two official letters of recommendation, which are confidential and become the property of Ross Med.

    You should include at least one academic letter from a pre-medical professor acquainted with your academic ability OR a recommendation from a college pre-health advisory committee.

    The second recommendation should be from a physician acquainted with your healthcare work experience, if applicable. The second letter may also be a character reference from an employer or volunteer organization.

    All letters must be on appropriate letterhead with the reference writer's contact information included and sent directly from the recommending party to the Ross Med Admissions Office.

  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores.

  • Non US/Canadian Foreign Transcript evaluation if you have completed coursework in countries other than the United States and Canada. Please contact your admissions coordinator to find out more about your options for completing this evaluation.

All letters of recommendation and transcripts must be sent electronically to or mailed to:

Ross University School of Medicine
Office of Admissions
10315 USA Today Way,
Miramar, Florida, 33025

The Personal Interview

We strongly believe in the value of learning more about our applicants through a personal interview.

If your credentials are judged to be indicative of the potential for successful completion of the Ross Med curriculum, an admissions advisor will invite you for an interview.

The interview is conducted within two to four weeks after we receive your initial application materials.

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.

Being granted an interview is not a guarantee of acceptance, though it does play a significant part in the decision by the admissions committee.

For International Applicants

If you completed your undergraduate studies in countries that have an educational system different from that of the United States or Canada, please note that a completed pre-medical curriculum comparable to that completed by U.S. and Canadian students is a prerequisite for admission to our program.

Your application will be evaluated on your merits, and our admissions advisors can help you get started. Please contact us with any questions you may have about the program or requirements for admission.

AMP Program

Ross Med is proud to partner with Advanced Medical Preparation (AMP) program  to provide a pathway for qualified Indian students to study in a U.S.-style medical program. More information is coming soon!

Connect with Ross Med

Contact our Admissions Team today or take our online Admissions Assessment to determine your candidacy for medical school.

Medical School Admission Requirements FAQs

What are the requirements for admission to medical school?

Ross University Medical School’s admission requirements include factors such as undergraduate performance, knowledge of the medical profession, interpersonal skills, motivation, personal character, and clinical experience. While GPA and MCAT scores are also considered, they are weighed in balance with these other qualifications—meaning we don’t have a strict minimum GPA or MCAT score for our applicants.

Is there a minimum GPA I need to attend medical school?

At Ross Med, we evaluate applicants on several factors, not just their GPA. We’ll consider your candidacy for medical school holistically, which may include your cumulative GPA, MCAT scores, interpersonal skills, clinical experience, and more. Contact our admissions team to find out if you qualify for Ross Med's MD program.

Is the MCAT required for all medical schools?

Generally, yes, the MCAT is required for admission to medical school. You can apply to Ross Med before taking the MCAT, but you will need to submit your scores before you can sit for an interview.

Please bear in mind, however, that Ross Med considers more factors than just your MCAT score. Contact our admissions team to find out if you qualify for Ross Med’s MD program.

Is there a minimum MCAT score I need to get into medical school?

Ross Med does not have a minimum required MCAT score for admission. Instead, we will consider your MCAT score alongside other factors to determine your candidacy for medical school.

What degree do I need to apply to medical school?

You must have a bachelor’s degree or higher to be considered for Ross Med’s MD program. The competitiveness of your undergraduate school and curriculum will be considered, as will any graduate work you’ve already completed.

International students must have completed a degree equivalent to the pre-medical curriculum completed by students in the U.S. and Canada.

How important is a letter of recommendation for medical school?

Because Ross Med’s admissions committee weighs multiple factors in determining your candidacy for medical school, the letters of recommendation you submit can offer important insight into your work ethic, interpersonal skills, community involvement, and other attributes that go beyond academics

Do I need to have all my prerequisite coursework completed before applying to medical school?

No. All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to the start of your first semester of medical school, but you may apply to Ross Med’s program if some of the course requirements are still in progress. If conditionally admitted, completion of the in-progress course is still required unless specifically waived by the Admissions Committee.

Are extracurriculars required to be accepted into medical school?

Extracurricular activities are not a medical school admissions requirement. Nonetheless, to be a strong applicant for medical school, your application should demonstrate that you are a well-rounded individual beyond academics. Extracurricular activities are highly recommended.

Do medical school transfer students have different requirements?

Ross Med offers several pathways for applicants to transfer into our MD degree program. The medical school requirements for transfer students are different than students who are enrolling in medical school for the first time. Additional admissions requirements are available on our Transfer Applicant page.

Policy On Nondiscrimination

Ross University School of Medicine 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. No qualified individual with a disability will be denied access to or participation in services, programs, or activities of Ross University School of Medicine.