Medical school graduates

WHY JANUARY

January generally has a smaller class size, ensuring you'll get event more personalized, one-on-one attention from professors studying the basic scienes. 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 scheduled electives. And, in some cases you may be able to participate in 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.

 

Top 5 Reasons to start RUSM in January 2022

Reason #1: Scholarships are available for the January 2022 entering class

RUSM offers a variety of scholarships to help aspiring doctors offset the cost of their medical education. Including, the Ross Success Scholarship which ranges from $78,000 to $108,000 plus a Housing benefit that covers the cost of RUSM University housing in Barbados for the duration of the Foundations in Medicine Semesters. Please direct all scholarship questions to scholarships@rossu.edu. Scholarships available to those who apply and qualify.

Reason #2: Smaller Class Sizes

The class size for our January entering class is considerably smaller than a Fall entering class. This offers many benefits such as smaller a student/faculty ratio, and familiarity with incoming classmates.

Reason #3: No Risk Start: Tuition Back Guarantee

If you decide to start your MD program at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) in January 2022 and find out that you have been offered a position off the waitlist at a US Allopathic Medical School, RUSM will refund your tuition for the January 2022 and May 2022 semester if you elect to return and enroll in the US school in Fall 2022—even if you stay for the entirety of the January 2022 and May 2022 semester.

Reason #4: Flexibility with Your Academic Schedule

Students admitted into the January 2022 class and complete the 4 semester accelerated Foundations of Medicine track could be eligible to begin their residency in July 2025. Or students can take their time and prepare for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® STEP exams and begin residency in July 2026.

Reason #5: In-Person Learning Environment

We are excited to resume many on-campus experiences that are embedded in our RUSM culture and remain valuable components of your medical education. Throughout the Medical Sciences curriculum, students are exposed to a wide variety of active learning experiences that are closely tied to their traditional lecture and case-based learning in both timing and context. This approach helps students begin to think like doctors early in their medical school experience, and better prepares them for their medical licensing exams. 

RUSM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

MCAT REQUIREMENTS
  • In order to meet medical school requirements for admissions, 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.

GPA REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate cumulative GPA and GPA in required pre-medical course work will be reviewed.

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE GPA FOR MED SCHOOL?

RUSM evaluates students based on several factors, not just their GPA. 

YOUR APPLICATION CHECKLIST
IN ORDER TO MEET MEDICAL SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSIONS, 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

NEXT STEPS AFTER YOU APPLY
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.

BACHELOR'S AND GRADUATE WORK

One of the medical school prerequisites at RUSM, students 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.

REQUIRED MEDICAL SCHOOL PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK

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

THE PERSONAL INTERVIEW
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.

MEDICAL SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS 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 a completed pre-medical curriculum comparable to that completed by US and Canadian students is one of the medical school prerequisites for admission.

Our admissions associates can help you get started. Please contact us with any questions you may have about the medical school requirements for admission.

 

Should you consider starting medical school in May or September?

At Ross Med, 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.


Benefits of starting in 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.

The benefits of starting 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 Med's largest.