MD Admissions Requirements
At NYU School of Medicine, we’re proud that our medical students are talented in both humanities and biological and physical sciences, which positions them well to solve healthcare’s biggest challenges. If you’re an undergraduate considering medical school, we encourage you to pursue all your interests and passions when choosing a major—you don’t need to have a singular focus on the sciences.
As part of our holistic admissions approach, we consider several factors when reviewing applications:
- performance in undergraduate courses
- scores on the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT)
- personal aptitudes and experiences that have influenced applicants’ decision to become a physician
We understand that you bring your own perspective to the application process. We’re looking for you to demonstrate, in your own way, a commitment to improving the human condition, a compassionate leadership ability, and a developed sense of self-awareness. You can express these qualities in the multiple mini interview process and through the recommendations of previous mentors.
Your participation in extracurricular activities that show leadership, including community service and volunteer work, and your experience in collaborating with others on research and healthcare initiatives can also influence your application.
Academic Prerequisites for MD Candidates
Our MD program candidates are knowledgeable in core scientific subjects and demonstrate strong communication skills. These prerequisites 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 3.91 and 3.87, respectively, compared with the national average of 3.55 according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Citizens and permanent residents of both the United States and Canada can apply.
We recommend that MD program applicants demonstrate proficiency in the following premedical courses:
- general biology with labs
- general physics with labs
- inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry with labs
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 were 37 and 36.3, respectively, on the old exam and 520 and 518.5, respectively, on the new exam. (A new MCAT® exam was introduced in April 2015.)
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.