Medical School Admissions Requirements
The Admissions Committee of the faculty gives serious consideration to all candidates showing the potential to meet the rigorous academic requirements of a highly structured curriculum. To be considered for admission to Ross University, our Admissions Committee will look at a variety of factors in determining suitability for our program including:
- Undergraduate cumulative GPA
- GPA in required pre-medical course work
- Performance in advanced biology and chemistry courses
- Competitiveness of undergraduate school and curriculum
- Graduate work and records
- MCAT scores
- Personal essay
- Pre-med committee evaluations
- Letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references
- Extracurricular activities and accomplishments
- Work history and professional or volunteer experiences
- Personal qualities
- Personal interview
Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies in countries having 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 described above.
The Personal Interview
Ross University strongly believes in the value of a personal interview with prospective students. Applicants whose credentials are judged to be indicative of the potential for successful completion of the prescribed medical school curriculum will be invited for an interview. The interview is often 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.
Ross University requires all scores for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to be submitted by the applicant prior to the interview. Ross University’s MCAT institutional code number is 906. To learn more about the MCAT, visit the AAMC website. Inquiries concerning application, test dates, and locations for the MCAT should be directed to:
Medical College Admission Test Registration
The American College Testing Program
PO Box 4056
Iowa City, IA 52243
As the leading Caribbean medical school, Ross University requires a minimum of 90 credits of college work, but strongly recommends that you complete four years in a liberal arts college before entering medical school. Pre-requisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old. The coursework should include the following prerequisite courses:
- 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 4 possible ways: (1) 2 semesters of University humanities where essays composed at least 40% of the overall mark, (2) those holding a grade 13 English credit in Ontario, (3) International Baccalaureate English and (4) Advanced Placement English.
All letters of recommendation and transcripts must be mailed to Ross University, Office of Admissions, 630 US Highway 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902-3311. A complete application consists of the following documents:
- A completed Ross University School of Medicine Ross University School of Medicine application.
- Official transcript(s) from each college and/or professional school attended (transcripts must include the required minimum of 90 credits, and all prerequisite courses must be either completed or in progress). Degree-granting transcripts must contain a graduation date.
- Two official letters of recommendation, which become the property of Ross University: 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; one from a physician acquainted with the applicant’s health care work experience, if applicable. All letters must be on proper letterhead with contact information included, and sent directly from the recommender to the Ross University Admissions Office.
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores.
- Official report of scores from the TOEFL, if applicable.
- A passport sized-photo (optional).
- $100.00 USD application fee (non-refundable).
Persons whose applications are incomplete, or whose qualifications are not acceptable, will be so notified by letter. If a personal interview is conducted, the Admissions Committee's decision is communicated by letter to the applicant after the interview.
Since we operate under rolling admissions, there are no application deadlines. We continue to accept applications for each semester until all seats are filled. In the event that all seats are filled before an applicant receives a decision, the application is automatically considered for the next available semester.
Policy on Non-discrimination
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 Dominica. No qualified individual with a disability will be denied access to or participation in services, programs, or activities of Ross University.