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. Every medical student is required to sign that they can meet these essential functions.

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 2019 had a median total MCAT score of 512 and an average total GPA of 3.64. More than 60% of the class received their undergraduate degree a year or more prior to applying to medical school. The class had a wide range of experiences and majors. 

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.

COVID-19 Related Information for 2021 Applicants

Early DecisionRWJMS will not be participating in the early decision program for the 2020-21 application cycle. 

Delayed MCAT –  RWJMS will send secondary applications to those who do not have an MCAT scores showing upon receipt of their AMCAS application.  We will require an MCAT score prior to offering an interview.   We will extend our interview schedule and slow our reviews so as to allow applicants more time to have their MCAT score available.  Ideally this score will be in place by early November.

Pass/Fail Grades – RWJMS will accept pass/fail grades, for courses taken during the COVID pandemic. Ideally candidates will have science course grades from other semesters on their application.  We will always review your application as a whole and never focus on grades exclusively. 

Online Courses – As most undergraduate schools have gone to online courses during the pandemic, we will accept online courses from candidates who were enrolled during the pandemic. For students who are beyond undergraduate school, we will accept online courses undertaken to meet prerequisites regardless of the institution.

If you have any questions, please email the Admissions Office.


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