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FAQ - Application
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Where is the online application?
The full online application can be found here.
Is there an application fee?
Yes. The fee is $60 to submit an application to the graduate program.
What is the application deadline?
The PhD program application deadline is January 1, although early submission is strongly encouraged. PhD students are admitted in the Fall semester only.
Master’s Program application deadlines are May 1 for Fall admission and November 1 for Spring admission.
What materials do I need to complete my application?
It is preferred that all application materials (with the exception of the official GRE and TOEFL/IELTS score reports) be scanned and uploaded in to your online application. Please note that the University of Rochester reserves the right to verify the accuracy of all transcripts and test scores, and to require submission of official documentation at any point in the admissions review process. Offers of admission are contingent on receipt of final official transcripts and test scores.
- Online Application
- Statement of Purpose
- Official Transcript(s)
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- Official GRE Scores (institution code: 2948)
- Official TOEFL (institution code: 2948) or IELTS Scores (applicants whose native language is not English)
- Payment of the $60.00 application fee
- Research papers, publications and other original works, as well as resumes and CVs are not required, but may also be submitted for consideration.
What should my Statement of Purpose include?
The Statement of Purpose should clearly describe your reasons for applying to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, your preparation for the field of study, your study and research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study. Your statement should not exceed 3 pages in length (single spaced). Because you are applying online, you should prepare your statement in advance and be prepared to upload it.
Which standardized tests are required for admission?
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to all graduate programs in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. There is no specified minimum test score required for admission consideration or actual admission. For the application process, scans of official score reports for GREs taken within 5 years of the original test date will be accepted.
Offers of admission are contingent on receipt of final official test scores.
The average GRE percentiles for the entering class of 2012 are as follows: Verbal Reasoning (70%), Quantitative Reasoning (69%), Analytical Writing (57%).
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) .
The average TOEFL score for the entering class of 2012 is a total score of 102.
Please see our report on the Characteristics of the 2012 Entering Class for a full overview on all aspects of our incoming graduate students.
Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
Three letters of recommendation are required. At least one of the recommenders should be a faculty member at the last school you attended as a full-time student unless you have been out of school for more than four years. Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include work associates or others who can comment on your academic potential for graduate work. As a professional courtesy, you should notify your recommenders of the request for a recommendation letter in advance.
Letters of recommendation are submitted via an online system only. Hard copy letters are not accepted. This will require that you organize in advance the name, title, address, institution or business name, and email address of all your recommenders before applying online. Immediately after you submit your application, your recommenders are sent an email asking them to submit a letter of recommendation electronically.
Is there a minimum GPA required?
Historically, those admitted to Master's and PhD programs in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry have achieved cumulative undergraduate grade-point-averages (GPA) higher than 3.25.
Where do I send my transcripts, GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores?
It is preferred that these materials be scanned and uploaded in to your online application. However, should you need to mail something related to your application, you may do so at the address below.
Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Rochester
School of Medicine & Dentistry
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 316-A
Rochester, NY 14642-8316
Destination Phone Number: 585.275.4522
How do I find out if my application and letters of recommendation have been received?
Please retun to the application website to log in and review your application checklist.
How can I check the status of my application after it is completed?
Inquiries regarding the status of an application should be directed to the Graduate Coordinator affiliated with the graduate program to which you have applied.