MD Admissions Requirements
At NYU School of Medicine, we’re proud that our medical students are well-rounded and versed in topics beyond the humanities and sciences. We believe this diversity better positions them to solve healthcare’s biggest challenges.
To be eligible, applicants must meet several criteria:
- be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
- have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada or an equivalent international degree based on credential evaluation by World Education Services
- have completed the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®)
- have completed the CASPer® test
Foundational Academics for MD Candidates
Our MD program candidates are knowledgeable in core scientific subjects and demonstrate strong communication skills, which form the foundation necessary for success in medical school.
Bachelor’s Degree and GPA
Applicants to NYU School of Medicine must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada or an equivalent international degree based on credential evaluation by World Education Services.
The median and average undergraduate GPAs for students in our most recent incoming class were 3.93 and 3.89, respectively.
NYU School of Medicine does not have prerequisites. However, we recommend the following premedical courses:
- inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry with lab
- general biology with lab
- general physics with lab
We consider courses completed at schools of dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy as part of your application materials but do not provide credit for such courses.
Medical College Admissions Test
Your score on the MCAT®, a standardized, multiple-choice examination, helps our admissions committee assess your ability to solve problems and think critically about behavioral and scientific concepts. You take the test no later than September of the year you apply to medical school.
We consider MCAT® scores only from three years prior to your expected matriculation date. For example, if you plan to enroll in fall 2020, the oldest acceptable MCAT Score would be from fall 2017.
The median and average MCAT® Scores among students in our most recent incoming class 522 and 520, respectively, on the new exam.
NYU School of Medicine requires all applicants to our MD degree program to take a situational judgement test called CASPer®, which stands for Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics®.
Please visit the CASPer® website to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10101), and reserve a test using your American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) ID and a government-issued photo ID.
When you register for CASPer®, use an email address that you check regularly, as there may be updates to your test schedule. The dates and times you receive will be the only times to complete the CASPer® test requirement.
The last test for the 2019–20 admissions cycle is administered on September 26, 2019. There will be no additional tests scheduled, and there are no exceptions should you miss this deadline. Your CASPer® results are only valid for one admissions cycle. Please direct any inquiries about the test to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a $10 CASPer® registration fee and an additional $10 fee per school to distribute your test results. Please note, we have consciously lowered our NYU School of Medicine secondary application fee by $10 to $100 to offset this distribution fee.
Letters of Evaluation
Providing letters of evaluation is part of the NYU School of Medicine application process. We require a premedical committee appraisal letter (preferred) or two letters from professors who taught you in courses (at least one in science). Nontraditional applicants are encouraged to submit two letters of recommendation from colleagues with whom you’ve worked closely.
Applicants must submit letters of recommendation via the AMCAS® Letter Service by the November 15 deadline. Do not send any letters directly to NYU School of Medicine. Please consult AMCAS® FAQs for additional instructions and be sure to review the guidelines for Letters of Evaluation.
Technical Standards and Criminal Background Check
All accepted applicants meet NYU School of Medicine’s technical standards, which define the physical, mental, emotional, and social abilities that support success in medical school. You also complete a criminal background check, at no additional cost, to ensure patient safety.
More information about the core educational competencies for medical students is available in our student handbook.