FAQ

Application Process

How do I obtain an application?
The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine participates exclusively in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Applications are available online at www.aamc.org.

Is everyone granted a secondary application?
No, not all applicants will be granted a secondary application. The school of medicine employs a holistic review process whereby all applicants are considered using their metrics (GPA and MCAT), experiences and attributes to find evidence that applicants can be successful in our curriculum and environment. While each incoming class will present a range of credentials, both academic and non-academic, a review of our Incoming Class Profile for Fall 2013 should provide applicants with greater insight into the competitiveness of their candidacy.

How much is the Secondary Application fee?
The Secondary Application fee is $85.

Do you grant fee waivers for the Secondary Application?
Applicants who receive a waiver through the AMCAS Fee Assistance Program (FAP) are not required to pay the Secondary Application fee.

What constitutes a complete application?
A completed application includes a verified AMCAS application, completed Secondary Application, and Recommendations. All components must be received by the Office of Medical School admissions before applicants will be considered for interviews.

What are the completion deadlines?
The AMCAS deadline for submission is December 1 and the Secondary Application deadline for submission is January 15. However, the school uses a rolling admission process and strongly recommends that applicants submit well in advance before final deadlines.

How can I complete the recommendations requirement?
There are two ways to complete the Recommendations requirement. The first is to submit a packet from your undergraduate or post-bac pre-health advising office, or a career services center. The second is to submit four individual letters, two of which must come from science faculty members (undergraduate or graduate). Because of the volume of applications that the school receives additional letters are not encouraged.

What is the oldest MCAT score that will be considered?
The oldest MCAT scores that will be considered would be from tests taken within three calendar years of the year that one intends to enroll, i.e. for entrance in Fall 2014, scores can be no older than January 2011.

How are multiple MCAT scores considered?
For applicants who take the MCAT's more than once, the admissions committee will consider the highest total score submitted from one test date.

Will I be notified when my application is complete?
An applicant can log into their Secondary Application to see if their application is complete. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials have been received before the stated deadlines.

What if I want to make a change/addition to my application after it has been submitted?
After submission of their application, the only changes that an applicant can make to their AMCAS application are to their contact information. If an applicant wants to add something to their file viewed by the Admissions Committee, they are able to log into their Secondary Application and make an addition in the Additional Information section. 

Does the school accept transfer students?
The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine currently does not accept transfer students for entrance into any year.



International Applicants

Are International applicants eligible to apply?
Only International applicants who hold Permanent Resident status or are in possession of a Green Card are eligible to apply.

Do the rules for International applicants differ for Canadian residents?
The rules for international applicants are the same for all applicants no matter their home country.




Academic Requirements

What are the required prerequisite courses?

  • 2 semesters of General Biology with labs
  • 2 semesters of General Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of General Physics with labs
  • 2 semesters of College English (or Writing intensive equivalent)
  • 2 semesters of College Mathematics or Statistics

Do I have to complete all the prerequisite courses to receive an interview?
Applicants can be reviewed without having completed all of the prerequisite courses, but they will be required to complete all the prerequisite course prior to enrollment.

Can prerequisite courses be completed at a community college?
Applicants can complete prerequisite courses at a community college, but if they do, it is strongly encouraged that they take a number of upper-level science courses at a four-year college.

Can prerequisite courses be completed online?
Math and science prerequisite courses cannot be completed online.

Are AP credits permitted to complete prerequisite requirements?
AP Credits can be used to complete prerequisite courses provided that it is noted on the applicant's college transcript. In addition, it is strongly encouraged that applicants complete a number of upper-level courses at a four-year college.

What are the average GPA and MCAT scores of admitted applicants?
For Fall 2013, the average GPA and MCAT scores of admitted applicants was a 3.55 and 29.5. For more details on the incoming class, please view the Incoming Student Profile.

Do I need to have completed a bachelor's degree to be admitted?
While applicants can be in the process of completing their bachelor's degree, they must have proof of graduation from a bachelor's program in order to matriculate.

Can I apply if I am currently enrolled in a graduate program?
Yes. However, you must complete the program and show proof of earning your degree before you are able to matriculate.

What is your transfer policy?
The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine currently does not accept transfer students for entrance into any year.



Selection Process

How many applications does the school typically receive?
For the first incoming class at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine matriculating in Fall 2013, the school received approximately 2,000 applications. We anticipate a significant increase in applications for the 2014 application cycle.

What does the admissions committee look for in a competitive applicant?
Because the admissions committee seeks an incoming class with a diverse array of metrics, experiences, and attributes, there is no set formula that designates a competitive applicant. The admissions committee values academic excellence, medically-related experiences, demonstrated leadership, altruism, compassion, strong interpersonal skills, multicultural exposure, research and a commitment to teamwork among many things.

Is there a preference given to in-state applicants?
No. The school seeks applicants from throughout the country and there is no preference or quota for residents of any particular state.

If I am placed on a wait list, will I be able to know my exact ranking on the list?
The admissions committee will evaluate applicants on the wait list as the need arises. There is no specific ranking of waitlisted applicants.



Interview Process

How many interviews are granted?
The Office of Medical School Admissions seeks to grant 400 interviews for the incoming class.

How will I be notified that I have received an interview?
Applicants will be notified via email if they have been granted an interview. Applicants are able to select their date for an interview using an online scheduling system linked to their secondary application.

What is the schedule of the interview day?
Applicants can expect to spend approximately 5-6 hours on campus for their interview day. There will be an opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, and current medical students during the interview day as well as seeing the facilities of the school of medicine.


Is it possible to interview off campus?
All interviews take place at the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences located on the North Haven, Conn. campus.



Other Important Questions


Is there housing on campus?

There is no housing on the North Haven campus. The School of Medicine will provide local housing information gathered from enrolled students.

Can I come and visit the school?
The School of Medicine periodically hosts information sessions, tours and open houses on the North Haven campus and those times and dates will be listed in the Recruitment section on the School of Medicine website.

For financial aid questions, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page of the financial aid section.

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