Frequently Asked Questions

What is your application deadline?
The deadline for submitting a complete AMCAS application is December 1st. The Secondary Application and Letters of recommendation must be submitted by December 15th.

However, NJMS participates in a rolling admissions process. As soon as verified and completed AMCAS applications are received, the applications are screened.  If the screening committee determines the applicant should be interviewed, the applicant will be notified. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

How do I obtain the Secondary Application? Is it given out to all applicants?
Yes, all applicants applying to NJMS will receive an email from the Associate Dean of Admissions which includes a link to the online Secondary Application.

What are the oldest MCAT scores you accept?
NJMS will consider scores from any year. Applicants must take the MCAT no later than December in the year prior to enrollment.

What is the lowest MCAT or GPA you will consider?
We do not have any minimum requirements. For the entering class of 2015, the average science GPA was a 3.51, overall GPA was 3.57, and the MCAT was a 33.5.

What type of recommendation letters are required and is there a maximum number of letters accepted?
Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by December 15th.

How are letters of recommendation submitted to NJMS?
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.

Once I submit the AMCAS Application, how do I change my contact information?
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.

Notification of these changes should be sent to us at: njmsadmiss@njms.rutgers.edu.

How do I receive a fee waiver for my secondary application?
Secondary fee waivers are only granted to applicants who have been granted an AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) approval on their AMCAS application.

How do I know when my file is complete and will I be notified?
A complete application consists of a verified AMCAS Application, letters of recommendation, 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.

Do you give preference to in-state applicants?
No. NJMS gives equal consideration to in-state and out-of-state applicants.

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

How is your curriculum structured?
Curriculum & Grading

Are non-science/non-traditional applicants considered at NJMS?
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.

Where do current medical students receive clinical exposure?
Major clinical instruction is carried out at the University Hospital, East Orange VA Medical Center, Saint-Barnabas Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Overlook Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Is housing available for students?
Yes. Graduate student and resident housing is located on campus at 180 West Market Street. Housing Website

Will NJMS accept pre-requisite course work taken online?
No.

Will NJMS accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits taken in high school?
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.

How do I obtain clinical exposure?
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, etc.) or by signing up with the volunteer office at their local hospital.

Does NJMS require applicants to do research and what research opportunities are available at NJMS?
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.

What policy exists regarding visiting students who are interested in Elective Rotations?
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.

Does NJMS Accept Transfer Students?
NJMS accepts transfer students when positions are available in the class. Please be advised, that NJMS has not had any transfer openings for at least 10 years and does not anticipate any becoming available this year.