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FAQ - Admissions
Review the Trainee Handbook to learn more about training at the SMD.
When are applications reviewed and by whom?
Applications are reviewed as they are received by Program Directors and Admissions Committees Members.
When do admissions interviews occur?
Admissions interviews are by invitation only. The graduate programs schedule two Interview Weekends each year, generally during the first weeks of February and March. Interviews for Master’s degree programs may occur at different times of the year.
When will I know if I've been accepted?
Admissions Committees meet shortly after each Interview Weekend to determine which applicants will be offered admission. Generally, notification of an offer of admission is made within 1-2 weeks of the applicant’s visit to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
If I’ve been accepted, when can I enroll?
Students entering the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry via a biomedical science graduate program have the option of beginning a first lab rotation on July 1. Students who do not want to do a summer lab rotation and those entering via a health sciences degree program or a Master’s degree program start in late August or early September for Fall admission and mid-January for Spring admission.
What if I need to defer my admission?
The graduate programs accept applications for the next immediate academic year. Accepted applicants who wish to postpone their entrance may request a deferral of up to one year by first obtaining permission from the Program Director and then writing to the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education after notification of acceptance is received. If the deferral request is granted, the applicant’s place would be reserved with the next entering class. If the deferral request is denied, the applicant must choose either to matriculate in the class to which admission has been offered or to reapply for admission at a future date.
How will I know if I haven’t been offered admission?
Once a decision regarding your application has been made, you will receive an email to inform you that you have or have not been offered admission. If you have not received such an email, the program may still be reviewing your application. If you would like to check on the status of your application, please contact your Program Coordinator directly.