Medical School Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). By aligning our admissions process with our school's mission—to give qualified medical school applicants an opportunity to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree—we've developed an approach to admissions that focuses just as much on your life experiences and determination as it does on your academic background. This philosophy helps us identify candidates who have the drive and determination to both successfully complete the medical educaton program and perform as skilled medical professionals.

More Than Just Your MCAT or GPA

Like US medical schools, our admissions committee carefully looks at your undergraduate academic outcomes, like your Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score and grade point averages (GPA). That's because these numbers can be reliable predictors of how you'll ultimately perform as a medical school student.

However, we also look at much more, like your personal interview, volunteer experience, and letters of recommendation. These, coupled with your undergraduate performance, make up the sum of your RUSM candidate profile—and it's how we determine whether any given candidate has the potential the rigorous, rewarding academic challenges of our university.

Here are just a few of the ways our medical school maintains a reputation for excellence: 

Rigorous, Integrated Preclinical Curriculum

The basic sciences curriculum (Foundations of Medicine), taught on our Caribbean campus, provides the essential foundation in developmental and microscopic anatomy, biochemistry, medical genetics, neuroscience, gross anatomy, physiology, microbiology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology, behavioral sciences, and an introduction to clinical medicine. We combine traditional lecture-based instruction with the opportunity for hands-on activities, like simulation or standardized patient exercises. It's how we get you to start thinking like a doctor very early in your medical education.

Technology-Enabled Learning Environment

At RUSM, you’ll have the benefit of exceptional teaching and laboratory facilities designed with extensive multimedia and simulation capabilities—like our accredited Simulation Institute or our high-tech, high-touch Anatomy Lab, just to name a few.

Committed Faculty

RUSM  has a 70-person Foundations of Medicine faculty with impeccable credentials as physicians, teachers and researchers. Every member of the RUSM faculty holds an MD and/or PhD degree. Many are also board certified in their specialties.

Clinical Rotations in Quality US Hospitals

RUSM students complete their clinical training at affiliated teaching hospitals in the United States or United Kingdom. Many of our hospital partners offer single-site location opportunities, giving students an "academic home" during the clinical phase of their education.

Take an inside look at one of our clinical affiliates here.

Performance on USMLE Step 1

Performance on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) is one of the most important factors in your ability to obtain the residency that you want. Many residency directors will evaluate a potential resident using his or her medical school's first-time pass rate on USMLE Step 1, versus the comparative pass rate achieved by students in the US and Canada.

In 2013, RUSM achieved a first-time pass rate of 97 percent on USMLE, which is on par with the rate achieved by US and Canadian schools, and above the rate achieved by osteopathic schools (94 percent) and international schools (79 percent). 

Proven Record: #1 in Residency Placements for 2014

In 2014, more than 800 RUSM students earned residency spots in a wide variety of categories throughout the US. That's more than any other medical school in the world.

In general, many of our graduates obtain residencies at the earliest available start dates and are well received by residency directors in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved hospitals throughout the United States.


Some states (New Jersey, New York, California and Florida) require approval for international medical schools. Ross University School of Medicine is proud to be approved in each of these states. In addition, the Texas Medical Board has concluded that Ross University School of Medicine is substantially equivalent to Texas Medical Schools.  Ross graduates can obtain their licenses in Texas.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Review our admissions requirements.

Get More Information

We trust that you will choose Ross University School of Medicine as your primary option for attending medical school in the future. For more information, please use the links above to request a viewbook or find out about our Information Seminars, which are held several times throughout the year in the US and Canada.

There are Ross University School of Medicine admissions offices located throughout the United States and Canada. Visit our admissions locations page to get the contact information to a University representative near you.