Admissions Requirements & Selection Criteria

Admissions Requirements

Each NYU School of Medicine applicant must have completed

  • NYU SOM requires completion of undergraduate study and a baccalaureate degree.
  • Applicants must have attended an accredited college or university; courses taken outside approved colleges of liberal arts will not be credited toward admission requirements.
  • All conditionally accepted applicants and alternate-listed applicants will be required to consent to, submit to, and successfully pass a criminal background check through the AMCAS-facilitated criminal background check vendor, Certiphi Screening, Inc., as a condition of matriculation to the NYU School of Medicine.
  • All accepted applicants must possess physical and mental skills and abilities to successfully complete the NYU School of Medicine curriculum as listed in our technical standards.

Normally, credit is not given for courses taken in schools of dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy.

The following courses are recommended

  • English-1 year (two years are recommended)
  • General Biology- 1 year (including laboratory)
  • Inorganic Chemistry- 1 year (including laboratory)
  • Organic Chemistry - 1 semester (including laboratory)
  • General Physics- 1 semester (including laboratory)
  • Biochemistry - 1 semester
  • Genetics - 1 semester

Excellence in the premedical sciences constitutes a basic requirement for selection. However, no preference is given to those with science concentrations.

Selection Criteria

The selection process is highly competitive. Account is taken of the following: excellence in course work at the college level; capabilities as judged by college instructors and premedical committees; the results of the Medical College Admissions Test; and the results of an interview at the School.

It is not possible to interview all applicants. Only those students who, on the basis of application data, appear to merit serious consideration for admission are selected for an interview. The strength of the applicant pool is such that in recent years interviews have been granted to only 11 percent of the candidates who apply.

Although the majority of first-year students range between 21 and 24 years of age, there is no upper age limit.

International Applicants

In view of the large number of applications to the School and the difficulties involved in the application procedure for students abroad, foreign candidates are not encouraged to apply if they are not permanent residents of the United States. However, Canadian citizens are eligible to apply to the MD program. They are not eligible for MD/PhD. Students who have failed in another medical school are not eligible to apply for admission. In recent years, the school has not accepted any transfer students.

NYU School of Medicine is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its faculty, students, and staff members, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age or handicap. It is the policy of NYU School of Medicine, in accordance with Title VI of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin or handicap in any educational program or activity. Furthermore, it is the policy of NYU School of Medicine, in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, not to discriminate on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity. In regard to all its employees, NYU School of Medicine is firmly committed to a policy of equal opportunity through affirmative action.