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Admissions Requirements

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. 

Our admissions associates can help you get started. Simply contact them with any questions you may have by calling 855-637-6778 or emailing admissions@rossu.edu

Admissions Checklist

  • Required Prerequisite Coursework
  • Performance on the MCAT
  • Your Application Checklist
  • Next Steps After You Apply
  • The Personal Interview
  • Application Deadlines


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 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.


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.

The Next Steps

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