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 education program and perform as skilled medical professionals.

RUSM has admissions officers located throughout the United States and in Canada. To look up and connect with an admissions representative in your area, please go here.

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 to excel in the rigorous, rewarding academic challenges of our university.

To see if you RUSM might be the fit for you, review our admissions requirements and complete our interactive admissions assessment. Otherwise, please read on to learn a bit more about our school.

Rigorous, Integrated Preclinical Curriculum

The basic sciences curriculum (Foundations of Medicine), taught on our Caribbean campus, provides essential foundational knowledge taught via an integrated, organ systems-based educational model. 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's Foundations of Medicine faculty is one of the guiding forces behind our students’ success. Our distinguished faculty members, who have been selected from across the United States and the world, are dedicated to exactly one thing: the teaching and mentoring of medical school students. Check out a faculty profile here.

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.

RUSM Clinical Students at New York Methodist Hospital

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 2014, RUSM achieved a first-time pass rate of 97 percent on USMLE, which is higher than the 96% rate achieved by US and Canadian schools, and above the rate achieved by osteopathic schools (93 percent). 

Proven Record: School Best Number of Residency Placements for 2015

In 2015, more than 800 RUSM students earned residency spots in a wide variety of categories throughout the US. This was the second year in a row that RUSM topped 800 residencies, and a new institutional record for residency placements.

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.

Complete our interactive admissions assessment.

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.

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