MD Admissions Requirements
At NYU Grossman 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®)
COVID-19 and the Admissions Process
NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid recognizes that the decision of many undergraduate schools to adopt an online instruction model due to COVID-19 has significantly impacted the process of evaluating coursework. For the 2021 admissions cycle, we have changed our assessment process to accept 2020 spring and summer courses graded on a pass/fail basis and online courses and labs for this period, as we realize there have been fewer shadowing, clinical, and research experiences. The latest MCAT scores candidates can submit are from the last administered test in September 2020. We continue to thoroughly and holistically review each and every application.
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 Grossman 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 Grossman 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 2021, the oldest acceptable MCAT® score would be from January 2018.
The median and average MCAT® scores among students in our most recent incoming class were 522 and 520, respectively, on the new exam.
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 Grossman 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 Grossman 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.