The Admission Process

Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) places high value on a balanced undergraduate education. While this balance will vary with the background and interests of the individual, it is expected that applicants will have exposed themselves to course work in the humanities, behavioral sciences, and liberal arts as well as premedical sciences. We encourage applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and careers in other disciplines. Preference for admission is given to residents of the State of New Jersey. However, the importance of geographic diversity is recognized, and out of state applicants with outstanding credentials are encouraged to apply.

Admission is determined on the basis of

  • Academic achievement in a balanced undergraduate education
  • Results of the MCAT
  • Pre-professional committee evaluations
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Motivation
  • Character
  • Interview
  • Other recommendations

The Academic Profile for the Entering Class

The incoming class of 2017 had a median total MCAT score of 511 and an average total GPA of 3.64.

Please note that starting with the 2018 cycle (applications submitted in June 2017 or after) RWJMS is requiring the new (MCAT 2015), and will not accept old MCAT scores.

The Admissions Committee will no longer admit applicants on a "rolling" basis. Offers of admission will be made at two points within the cycle: late December and mid March.

Admission Requirements

The MCAT and a minimum of three years of college consisting of 90 semester hours of college work (exclusive of military and physical education) are required. The MCAT must be taken within three years preceding the application and no later than December of the year of application. Early submission and completion of the application is strongly encouraged. The following undergraduate courses are required:

  • Biology or Zoology (with Laboratory): 2 semesters
  • Inorganic or General Chemistry (with laboratory): 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry (with laboratory): 1 semester
  • Biochemistry: 1 semester [This may be replaced with a second semester of organic chemistry]
  • Physics (with laboratory): 2 semesters
  • College Mathematics: 2 semesters (One semester may be a statistics or biostatistics course. College Mathematics can include many types of mathematics, calculus or other courses.)
  • *English: 2 semesters

**English requirement must include one semester of a college writing course. College approved "intensive writing courses" may substitute for English.

NOTE: NOTE: Other courses which are not required for admission but may be helpful include anatomy and physiology, cell and molecular biology, biostatistics and Spanish. We look for applicants to have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a total MCAT of at least 494 with a 124 in the biological sciences and no other subsection score less than 122.

As a condition for admission and matriculation, all accepted students will be required to authorize RWJMS to obtain a criminal background check. Students may also be required to obtain a background check themselves or authorize clinical training facilities to conduct this check, and to permit the results to be provided by the reporting agency to Rutgers and/or to clinical facilities.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to waive or impose specific requirements at its discretion.

How To Apply
 The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School participates in the American Medical College Application & Letter Service. If you wish to submit an application for admission into the first-year class, apply directly through AMCAS.

Applications must include letters of recommendation (Pre-medical Advisory Committee evaluation or three academic recommendations) and MCAT scores in order to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. RWJMS requires three letters of recommendation (or committee evaluation) and allows up to 10 letters, the additional letters do not need to be from professors. We do welcome committee letters, but do not require them.

 Secondary Application

Upon receipt of the AMCAS application, applicants will receive an email directing them to complete a secondary application as well as to submit an $80 application fee. The secondary includes one page of short answers to be returned by e-mail. The $80 application fee may be paid by credit card or mailed back by check. Instructions on submitting the fee will be sent by email.

In an effort to broaden the holistic review of medical school applicants, beginning with the 2018 cycle RWJMS has adopted the CASPer test as a required assessment tool for the pre-interview screening phase of the admissions process. This innovative tool will allow the admissions committee to better identify personal attributes of candidates, such as ethics, empathy, cultural sensitivity, collaboration, resiliency and adaptability. All applicants who receive a secondary application are required to complete the CASPer test. You may register for the CASPer test and select our school as one receiving scores prior to receiving our welcome letter and secondary instructions. For more information on the CASPer test Click Here.

 The Interview Process

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Multiple Mini Interviews

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School utilizes Multiple Mini Interview Stations (MMI). The MMI is a series of 7 interview stations consisting of timed interview scenarios. Applicants rotate through the stations, each with its own interviewer and scenario. The MMI allows the Admissions Committee to assess applicant characteristics and attributes we believe are important components in becoming a competent and caring physician.

The individual members who participate in the MMI sessions will not have access to the AMCAS or Secondary application during the MMI session. While students can discuss their backgrounds, qualifications, experiences during their interview visit, it is important to understand that the stations and scenarios will be the focus.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

In​ order to recieve financial aid you must complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA AND the RBHS Financial Aid Application (see below for more information).

Cost of Attendance

You can find all cost of attendance information here: https://financialaid.rutgers.edu/cost-of-attendance/rbhs/rwjms/

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Visit www.fafsa.gov and click on “Start a New FAFSA”
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) Federal School Code: 002629

Helpful notes:​
  • You will need to fill in both your financial information as well as parent financial information.
  • You can use the IRS Data Retrieval Form (DRT) if you fill out the FAFSA after filing your tax return.

Rutgers Financial Aid Application Process

All Rutgers RBHS financial aid information, all forms, and the online RBHS financial aid application can be found here: https://financialaid.rutgers.edu/information-for-rbhs-students/

Helpful notes:
  • This application is not complex like the FAFSA. It is mostly yes or no questions; however, it needs to be filled out before the financial aid department can distribute loans to you

Additional Forms

If you are an incoming student who has never participated in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program, then you will also need to complete the following two steps:

Click Here for Financial Aid FAQs.
Transfer Procedures

Advanced Standing Applicants (Transfers)

We are not able to accept applications for advanced standing students for the 2017-2018 academic year due to no openings in our class. Questions can be sent to: rwjapadm@rwjms.rutgers.edu.

Transfer Procedures:

  1. Applications must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than March of the year for transfer with advanced standing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents. The Admissions Committee will review the M1 and M2 coursework and performance, USMLE Step 1 scores, letters of recommendations and a letter from the Dean. Interviews are by invitation and will be an MMI interview as well as a traditional interview.
  2. Students in foreign medical schools should submit scores from the USMLE Step 1. No student will be considered without previously passing Step 1 of the USMLE on the first attempt.

    Note: In order to be considered for transfer admission, applicants must be attending LCME accredited medical schools, foreign medical schools or American Osteopathic medical schools. Some foreign medical schools have sought approval from the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners for clinical clerkships in New Jersey. Applicants from medical schools that have been disapproved are ineligible for admission.
  3. The Chair of the Committee will convene an ad hoc committee to review applications for transfer and participate in the interview process.

The information is public and made available for advisors of potential applicants for transfer with advanced standing.