Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Updates

The NJMS Admissions Committee understands and is very sensitive to the challenges our applicants are facing as we all manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Most importantly is that we hope you are well and safe. The Committee has modified our policy and will accept “PASS” grades for any courses completed this spring or summer term. In addition, with MCAT dates in flux, we will evaluate each applicant’s personal situation with a one-by-one approach.

The deadline for submitting a complete AMCAS application is December 1st.

The Secondary Application and Letters of recommendation must be submitted by December 15th.

NJMS participates in a rolling admissions process. As soon as verified and completed AMCAS applications are received, the applications are screened. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

Yes, all applicants receive the Secondary Application via email.

Secondary fee waivers are only granted to applicants who have been granted an AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) approval on their AMCAS application.

NJMS will consider scores from any year. Applicants must take the MCAT no later than September in the year prior to enrollment.

We do not have any minimum requirements. For the entering class of 2019, the average overall GPA was 3.68, and the average MCAT was a 514.

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by December 15th.

NJMS participates in the AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation program for the current application cycle.

Your letter writer can forward your letter to AMCAS through the AMCAS Letter Writer Application, Interfolio, or Virtual Evals. Once AMCAS receives your letter, they will release an electronic copy to NJMS, as long as you designate NJMS as a recipient on your AMCAS application. All letters should be on letterhead and contain the letter writer signature.

You will receive an email once your application is complete. You can monitor the receipt of your supplemental application materials in your applicant portal. A complete application consists of a verified AMCAS Application, letters of recommendation, All MCAT scores, and the Secondary Application. Once your file is complete, we will submit it to the screening committee for review.

If the screening committee selects you for an interview, you will be notified via e-mail. Application screening takes place between June and February.

Yes, we accept updates to your application after your application has been submitted and verified. You can upload updates to your applicant portal and/or email updates to njmsapplicant@njms.rutgers.edu

No.

Yes we will consider AP coursework to satisfy prerequisites. However, we strongly encourage students to take advanced coursework in those disciplines in college in order to have a strong foundation in preparing for the MCAT as well as for medical school.

Applicants must access their AMCAS application to make changes to their contact information. Once the changes are made directly to the application, it must be resubmitted to AMCAS.

No. NJMS gives equal consideration to in-state and out-of-state applicants.

Yes, NJMS has four Joint Degree Programs: MD/MPH, MD/MBA, MD/PhD, and MD+Thesis.

Yes. Non-science/non-traditional applicants are given equal consideration if they have demonstrated academic excellence, completed the undergraduate prerequisites and submitted MCAT/Letters of Recommendation.

Major clinical instruction is carried out at the University Hospital, East Orange VA Medical Center, Saint-Barnabas Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Yes. Housing is located on campus at 180 West Market Street. Housing Website

We encourage prospective students to validate their decision to pursue a career in medicine by obtaining clinical/patient care exposure. Students may obtain this exposure by working in a clinical setting (EMT, Nursing Assistant, Medical Technician, Scribe, etc.) or by signing up with the volunteer office at their local hospital.

No, unless you have applied to the MD/PhD program. However, we do encourage students to have a broad range of experiences. Research opportunities are available at NJMS. For details, contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Application by non-NJMS students to participate in Clinical Rotations and Electives is available to students currently enrolled in LCME-accredited medical schools.
Visit the Registrar's Office website for information about the Visiting Student Application or by phone: (973) 972-4640.

We do not accept transfer students.