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The U of R medical student will have a strong foundation in science, evidence of curiosity through research/innovation, and demonstration of human connection through clinical experiences, community engagement, or the pursuit of the study of humanities.

Important Dates: Application Timeline

If you are interested in Rochester, we recommend you apply early. Here are the deadlines for each application material:

  • admissions timelineOctober 15: American Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS) opens for application submission May 28, 2021. Our deadline for submission is October 15th. When we receive your verified application from AMCAS, we will send you an email with instructions on how to submit a secondary application form. Secondary application forms are due via the applicant portal.
  • November 15: Secondary application due via the applicant portal by November 15th, along with a non-refundable fee of $100.
  • November 22: Letters of recommendation due. These must be submitted via AMCAS Letter Service. Letters of recommendation submitted on official letterhead may be a composite letter or pre-health advisory committee letter from your school, or a minimum of 3 individual letters.
  • September 1 – March 15: Interviews are conducted by invitation at the Medical Center and are required for admission.
  • March 1: All interview decisions will be completed.

Admissions Requirements and Recommendations

** Response to COVID-19 - information for the 2021-22 Admissions Cycle** 
    • ​​​Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, we know that many colleges and universities are going to Pass/Not Pass grades for the 2020 Spring and Summer semesters. The University of Rochester will be flexible in our understanding of the unique circumstances that you may face and will accept P/NP grades for these two semesters, including on-line labs. Because such grades are difficult to use in evaluating your abilities, if your school offers students the option of a grade rather than P/NP, we would prefer a grade, especially for prerequisites, but rest assured, we will accept both.
  • FALL 2020 and SPRING 2021
    • As colleges' and universities' policies evolve during the pandemic, we recognize that some courses will only be offered virtually/remotely. If your school offers you the option of taking prerequisite science courses in-person, including labs, we would prefer this. However we recognize that this may not be possible and will accept virtual prerequisite science classes and labs. 
    • ** As this is a time that needs great flexibility, all special situations will be considered, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for any questions or concerns. **
  • MCAT
    • The latest MCAT exam date is extended through 9/11/2021.
  • An undergraduate degree is required from an accredited college or university. We prefer that science coursework be completed in a U.S. or Canadian college.
    Science Coursework
    • One year of biology with laboratory. Biochemistry or botany will not satisfy this requirement.
    • One year of physics with laboratory.
    • One year of chemistry, including either one year of organic chemistry or one semester of organic and one semester of biochemistry. Laboratory is required.
    • Advanced placement courses may meet only one semester of the chemistry and/or one semester of the physics requirements. Advanced placement will not satisfy the biology or non-science requirements. Upper level courses may be taken to satisfy these requirements.
  • We recommend courses in general chemistry, statistics, genetics, physiology, and biochemistry.
    Non-Science Coursework
    • 12-16 credit hours in the humanities and/or the social or behavioral sciences.
    • Expository writing—one year: This may be met with English or non-science courses that involve extensive expository writing.
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) no more than four years prior to matriculation.
  • Evidence of altruism, an accepting attitude, curiosity, empathy, maturity, professionalism, mindfulness, and resilience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Requirements

What is the average GPA of your entering students? What are you looking for in MCAT scores?
The average GPA is 3.7. Average MCAT score for the exam is 514.
If I have taken more than one MCAT, how are the scores viewed?
Rochester takes the highest test score. We do not take the best section scores from different exams (super score).
Do you accept foreign applicants?
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have permanent residency status or asylee status. The only exception to this rule is if the applicant received his/her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.

Application Process

What’s the status of my application?
Check the applicant portal for application status information.
Where can I find out details about my interview at the U of R SMD?
Once invited to interview, you will receive access to detailed information, regarding the interview, via the applicant portal.
When will I learn about Admissions decision following my interview?
Decisions are made six to eight weeks after your interview via email.
Is Rochester’s waitlist ranked?
Our waitlist is not ranked. Applications are re-reviewed to extend offers of admission from the waitlist.
Should I send updates to my file if I am waitlisted?
We welcome substantial updates, i.e. awards, a new job or volunteer position, publication or presentation. They may be sent via the applicant portal through the Additional Documents Upload. 
Do you accept requests for deferment?
If you would like to defer your admission to the University of Rochester School of Medicine, you must put your request in writing, explaining your need to defer. Address your letter to Office of Admissions, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 601-A, Rochester, NY 14642 or send your request via email to
Why was my application rejected?
If you were not accepted for admission and would like more information, please email the Director of Admissions, Michelle Vogl, at, to see how you might strengthen your application for next year.

General Inquiries

Do you offer tours to prospective applicants?
While we do not offer student guided tours, we do have self-guided tours. If at the end of that experience, you have any questions, we can help direct you to the answers. Currently, we do not host open houses. You can view our virtual tour on our web site.
Do you have a preference for New York State residents?
No, we don't. We are a private medical school that pulls its incoming class from across the US and considers diversity of geography an important aspect to our medical school class.
Do you accept transfer students?
Because of Rochester's early clinical exposure and uniquely integrated curriculum, transfer applicants cannot be considered for advanced standing.
Do you have an 8-year medical school program?
Yes, we have a BS/MD degree program called the REMS program. For more information, please call the University of Rochester Undergraduate Admissions Office at (585) 275-3221 or toll-free at (888) 822-2256.
Do you have an Early Assurance Program?
Yes, we do. Please contact your pre-health advisor to learn more about the program and if your school participates in our early assurance program.
Do you have combined/dual degree programs?
Yes, view our combined/dual degree programs.
Do you have a DDS program?
The University of Rochester does not have a DDS granting program. The closest school is the University of Buffalo, (716) 829-2839. Rochester does have advanced degree opportunities in dentistry. If you are interested in the MD-Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Resident Program, a four-year training program, contact (585) 275-9004. (Applicants to this program must already have their DDS degree.)
Do you have a physician's assistant program?
No. Please contact the Admissions Offices at either Stony Brook (631) 632-6868; or RIT (585) 475-6631.
Do you have a medical tech program?
Yes. View our medical tech program.
Do you have a physical therapy program?
No. Please contact Nazareth College of Rochester at (585) 389-2900 or Ithaca College at (800) 429-4274.

Transfer/Admission with Advanced Standing

Because of Rochester’s early clinical exposure and uniquely integrated curriculum, transfer applicants cannot be considered for advanced standing.

International Students

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have permanent residency status or asylee status. There is one exception to this policy: Applications will be accepted from foreign nationals who have, or expect to receive, an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester. Eligible applicants are required to deposit four full years of the Cost of Attendance into an escrow account by May 15th of the entering year.

Medical students who are not U.S. citizens or do not have a green card and match at a residency program at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Strong Memorial Hospital, must apply for a J1 visa upon matching in the program.  The medical center will not sponsor any other type of visa.