Admitted Students - Before You Arrive
Please use this helpful page as you work closely with your New Student Coordinator (NSC) on all of your preparations to ensure everything is taken care of before you begin medical school at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM).
New Student Enrollment Checklist
A non-refundable seat deposit* is required to hold your seat. Your NSC will provide you details including the amount and due date. Deposits are paid through the myRoss system. Myross.rossu.edu (pop-ups must be enabled) Log in credentials: User: Student ID, PIN: Birthday (MMDDYY).
Seat Deposit Deadlines:
January (spring term): To reserve your seat in the class, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required within two weeks of your acceptance. A second non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by September 1st. After this date, the full deposit is due within one week of acceptance.
May (summer term): To reserve your seat in the class, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required within two weeks of your acceptance. A second non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by January 1st. After this date, the full deposit is due within one week of acceptance.
September (fall term): To reserve your seat in the class, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required within two weeks of your acceptance. A second non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by May 1. After this date, the full deposit is due within one week of acceptance.
*All payments will be applied to tuition, are non-refundable and are required to continue to reserve a seat in class. If the deposit is not submitted, your seat may be made available to another student.
In order to receive consideration for federal aid, students must complete the FAFSA application using the RUSM school code: G22460. The FAFSA application can be found here.
Round trip flights should be booked as soon as possible. Your NSC will let you know the deadline for submitting flight information. Please email a copy of your flight itinerary to your NSC so we can arrange your pick-up at the airport in Barbados.
Airport: Grantley Adams International Airport
Transportation to campus: An RUSM representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to the RUSM Housing Community.
Please note that round trip flights are required to comply with the Barbados immigration requirements.
Note: If your citizenship is outside of the United States or Canada, you may need to apply for an entry visa (please inquire with your NSC).
Students will be notified of the appropriate arrival dates. Please arrange for a flight for these dates only, as housing will not be available beforehand. Please book your flight as soon as possible and send a copy of the itinerary to your NSC, to assist the housing staff in the flight roster preparation.
If you have to change your travel plans at the last minute, you must let your NSC know right away. We will need your new travel plans so we can arrange to have someone meet you at the airport.
GUESTS & COMPANIONS:
It is important that you let your NSC know if any guests, companions (or pets) will be travelling with you when you fly into Barbados. We need to ensure that we are planning appropriately for all persons and pets being picked up at the airport (semester 1).
The main airlines that service flights to Barbados include American Airlines, Jet Blue, Air Canada, WestJet, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. There are also connecting flights on Copa and Liat.
Please contact your Admission Coordinator to verify all final official transcripts, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation and the Technical Standards form have been received. firstname.lastname@example.org
Your NSC will let you know when registration opens and will provide you instructions.
Your NSC will send you a supply list for your entering class. Create an account with the online bookstore to purchase supplies: rusmbookstore.rossu.edu
The RUSM residential campus for Medical Sciences students is located within the Villages of Coverley neighborhood in Barbados. Coverley is a residential community with on-site health clinic, grocery store, gym, playing field, gas station, bank, and restaurants, built around a town square. Housing at Coverley includes fully furnished homes configured as 4-bedroom, 3-bath and 3-bedroom, 2-bath units. The Villages at Coverley provide a positive environment for learning and living with many amenities and transportation. We believe RUSM students will feel right at home and will be in a setting to help you succeed.
Rent includes property management, exterior and interior maintenance, personal property insurance, deep cleaning between each semester, Wi-Fi, trash pickup, monthly utility allotment (water, electric, and sewer), access to parking, and gym membership.
Instructions and log in credentials will be emailed to incoming students to apply for on campus housing. Once logged in, students will be able to fill out their lifestyle preferences and community preferences. These are important steps to help with roommate matching and compatibility.
- Students should indicate if they are bringing dependents, pets, or have any other special accommodation needs.
- Students will also be able to form roommate groups in the housing portal. Roommate groups must be at minimum two (2) persons for same gender space assignment.
- Students can list their preferences for room type from the tiers listed above. Students should be aware that private bathroom spaces are limited so not all 1st preference requests can be granted.
Please complete the required forms and gather the required documents for your visa packet. Refer to the Barbados requirements for student visa page in the welcome packet. Please let your NSC know if you plan to bring companions and/or children with you to Barbados.
Barbados determines nationality by the country of your passport. If your citizenship is outside of the United States or Canada you may need to apply for an entry visa (in addition to the Student Visa). Please consult with your NSC to determine if an entry visa is required.
Office of Student Disability Services
RUSM is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. RUSM maintains a process for students to use should they wish to request an accommodation. Disabilities must be documented by a medical, health, learning disability, or mental health professional within the last five years.
Students may make requests for accommodations any time during the program. However, it is important to note this is an interactive process that takes time. Students should apply as early as possible prior to the time when the accommodation will be needed as there may be some situations where the request is too late for appropriate arrangements to practicably or reasonably be made prior to the academic event.
Students can start the process by contacting the Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) at email@example.com or by calling 855-229-0848.
Please complete the required medical forms and gather the required documents to meet the RUSM medical requirements. Your NSC will send you instructions on how to submit the medical requirements in COMPLIO, our secure online immunization and compliance system.
Please let your NSC know right away if you plan on bringing a pet to Barbados. Your NSC will send you a packet of information you need regarding the pet import process. We also offer pet-friendly housing options.
Packing & Shipping
There are a number of ways that students can ship to Barbados. Compare the cost of shipping (and customs/duty fees) with the cost of checking in an extra suitcase (or two).
Your Student Ambassadors put together a packing list that you are sure to fine helpful. Buying large ticket items and electronics before you arrive in Barbados, and bring them with you when you travel. We suggest packing a semester's supply of personal hygiene products/toiletries, your own personal linens, towels, and school supplies including binders, pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, etc.
|Must Haves||Good to Have||If you Have Room|
|Queen/Double XL size Bedding||Memory Foam Pillow||Extra Snacks!|
|Pillow||Rain Jacket||Clothes Iron/steamer|
|Laptop/iPad||Collapsible Storage Cubes||Yoga Mat|
|Extra chargers||Favorite school supplies (pens, post-its, notebooks, etc.)||Pictures/personal items from home|
|Towels||Over-the-door hooks||Throw Pillows|
|Bath mat||Shower Caddy/Rack||Posters/Well Decor|
|School Supplies||Personal Hygiene products||Small Desk Fan|
|Green and blue scrubs||Small coffee maker||Favorite Protein Powder|
|Professional Attire||Small Blender||Extra Cash|
|Medications (1 semester supply)||Favorite coffee/tea||Portable Speaker|
|Reusable water bottle||Favorite non-perishable foods/snacks||Swimsuit/beach towel|
|noise-cancelling headphones||Water Filter jug (Brita)||Allergy medication|
|Command hooks and strips||Curtains||Mattress Topper|
|Over-the-door Shoe Organizer||Extra Hangers||Sunscreen and insect repellent|
|toiletries (1 semester supply)||Causal Clothing/workout clothes||Flashlight/Batteries|
|Jacket or sweater for campus||Sneakers||Surge protectors|
|Umbrella||Favorite cooking spices||Waterproof bag/backpack cover|
|Combination Lock for Locker||Reusable shopping bags||Specialty Kitchen supplies|
|Laundry bag/hamper||Small First Aid Kit|