B.S./M.D. Program: Admissions Policies, Requirements and Application
The CUNY School of Medicine is designed to attract students who have an outstanding academic performance in high school with a strong record in the sciences, mathematics, written and verbal communication skills and community service. Academically qualified students who demonstrate the maturity, integrity, compassion and motivation needed to become dedicated and highly skilled professionals are those most likely to succeed in the program. The School’s holistic admission review is based on the AAMC standard of assessing students based on each individual’s experiences, attributes and metrix with the goal of matriculating a diverse student body.
A key factor considered in the admissions process is the applicant's potential and interest in pursuing a career as a primary care doctor in a physician shortage area. This includes opportunities and obstacles that students have experienced.
The overall assessment of the applicants by the Admissions Committee includes:
- Academic ability as demonstrated by high school grades in all subjects, paying special attention to the science scores in 11th grade, including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, along with Mathematics. The applicant's communication and writing skills also play a role in the admission process.
- ACT and SAT scores (to be submitted with the application).
- Personal attributes such as initiative, leadership and responsibility.
- Interest in working with people as evidenced by health care-related experiences and participation in community and extracurricular activities.
Following a careful initial screening, the most highly qualified applicants are invited for personal interviews. The Admissions Committee makes the final selection of the students admitted for the Fall semester each year from among those interviewed.
To be considered for admission to the CUNY School of Medicine, an applicant must:
- Be a high school graduate as of June 30th
- Have a minimum grade point average of 85 through the first three years of high school
- Submit ACT and SAT scores
- Submit three essays
- Submit five letters of recommendation
Transfer students who have completed no more than one semester of college credits are eligible to apply. (NOTE: College credits earned prior to high school graduation are not counted for this purpose.)
If you have completed college courses for which you wish to be considered for credit, you must submit a copy of the official college transcript with your application.
Each applicant must submit two separate applications:
- An online application to the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program /CUNY School of Medicine
On the general CUNY application, students must list the CUNY School of Medicine at City College (Code Number 0179) as a choice. The general application to The City University of New York should be submitted by February 1st.
All applications, inquiries and requests for information about the CUNY School of Medicine admission process should be addressed to:
Office of Admissions
CUNY School of Medicine
The City College of New York, Harris Hall 101
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Tel: (212) 650-7718
Fax: (212) 650-7708
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