NYU Long Island School of Medicine welcomes medical students who reflect the diversity of the communities and patients we serve. We seek applicants who demonstrate a commitment to improving the human condition, compassionate leadership abilities, and a developed sense of self-awareness.
Our holistic admissions approach allows us to select students based on more than just academic grades and standardized test scores. We take your personal aptitudes and the experiences that have influenced your decision to become a primary care physician into consideration. We also assess your unique potential to contribute to and enrich the overall learning environment.
We welcome your interest in our school and invite you to apply.
How to Apply
We participate in the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®), a centralized application processing service of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). You must register with the AAMC and create an account to begin.
More detailed information on how to fill out each section of the AMCAS® application, certify and submit your application, and check your application status is available via your account with AAMC.
After you finish the AMCAS® application, you must complete a secondary application for the medical school you wish to attend. If you have selected NYU Long Island School of Medicine as a choice, AMCAS® sends us your completed primary application. We then invite you via email to complete this secondary application.
Our admissions committee reviews all completed applications. If you are selected, we invite you to participate in a personal interview.
NYU Long Island School of Medicine accepts applications from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients during the final year and any time after the completion of undergraduate studies. Offers of acceptance are contingent upon successful completion of an undergraduate bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited in the United States or Canada by the time of matriculation. We do not accept applications from international students or transfer students at this time.
COVID-19 and the Application Process
For the 2020-21 admissions cycle, NYU Long Island School of Medicine will accept pass/fail grading and online coursework, including labs, for courses affected by the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
We encourage applicants whose MCAT tests were canceled or delayed because of COVID-19 to submit otherwise-completed applications while waiting for a rescheduled test date. We plan to extend our MCAT deadline to include all MCAT administration dates for the 2020 calendar year and possibly for later dates, if circumstances necessitate.
We encourage students majoring in any field of study, including the humanities and social sciences, to apply. The admissions committee seeks applicants who have experienced a broad range of undergraduate study, both in breadth and depth. Preference is given to applicants who excel in the area of their passion.
Because we recognize the diverse range of educational experiences of our applicants, we do not mandate prerequisite coursework. Instead, our admission committee looks at the breadth and depth of each applicant’s academic experience to assure an appropriate foundational alignment with our mission. Applicants are expected to demonstrate proficiency in biology, physics, chemistry, genetics, statistics, English, psychology, and sociology. As such, we recommend these courses as part of a broad premedical curriculum.
The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) examination is required. We accept scores from no longer than three years before the date of your AMCAS® application submission.
Three letters of recommendation are required. At least two of these letters should be from science professors. The best letters of recommendation usually come from individuals who know you well. Good sources include current or former professors, supervisors, advisors, employers, or coaches. If your school offers it, a college or university prehealth advisor or committee composite letter satisfies this requirement. Please submit your letters of recommendation through the AMCAS® Letter Service. You may submit up to 10 letters.
You must also meet our technical standards, which define the physical, mental, emotional, and social abilities that support success in medical school, and pass a criminal background check to ensure patient safety.
Accepted students must agree to abide by all school policies, including the student immunizations policy and the mandatory influenza vaccination policy. All enrolled students are required to have health and disability insurance.
More information about these policies, as well as core educational competencies for medical students, is available in our student handbook.
We recognize that medical school applicants have a diverse range of experiences. If you have been out of school for some time and have been working in a healthcare-related field or another field; taken gap years; or overcome significant life adversities that may have limited your premedical educational experiences, we nevertheless welcome your application.
Our admissions committee will seek to learn more about how your experiences have contributed to shaping your qualification and values. The goal of holistic review is to gain a balanced view of all applicants’ capabilities. We want to know how you might perform as a medical student and what you might contribute to medicine.
As part of our transformative curriculum, which streamlines the flow from medical school into residency, we offer applicants an early conditional residency application option.
This means you may apply for a conditionally guaranteed residency position in one of the NYU Winthrop Hospital Graduate Medical Education programs, which have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education:
On your secondary medical school application, you have the opportunity to indicate which of our participating residencies you will apply for. Our admissions committee is specifically looking for applicants who can successfully demonstrate, through clinical experience, life experience, and personal attributes, a true commitment to a career in one of these residency specialties.
You must meet academic and professional standards and participate in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®), also known as The Match®, to finalize your placement in an NYU Winthrop Hospital residency program. No residency position will be offered outside of The Match®.
Multiple Mini Interviews
In order to conduct interviews safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are using virtual interviews for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. During interview day at NYU Long Island School of Medicine, we use online multiple mini interviews—a series of short conversations between you and several different assessors—instead of the traditional one-on-one or panel interview. Nine successive virtual interviews take place, one of which is a limited traditional interview, where you have the opportunity to discuss issues that are relevant to your application. The entire process takes about an hour. An additional team-based exercise is also part of our application process.
Formal preparation for the interview day is not required, but the process is patterned after the 15 Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students published by the AAMC.
Interviewers are members of our faculty, staff, and student body who are trained in the multiple mini interview format. Because the questions are situational, there are no right or wrong answers. We aim to assess your decision-making, critical-thinking, and communication skills as they relate to healthcare and social issues. Interviewers evaluate your thought process and your ability to improvise.
Video Interview Tool for Admissions
To further enhance our holistic review process during the 2020-21 application cycle, we are requiring applicants to complete the Video Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA), a tool administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
The VITA assesses five of the core competencies that our admissions committee believes are essential for success at our medical school. We intend for the tool to complement our live virtual interview process, not replace it. Applicants who are invited to this stage of the interview process receive an invitation from HireVue, the video interviewing platform you use to complete the VITA.
The VITA is a one-time, one-way online interview that can be completed in a location and at a time most convenient for you during a specified interview window. Free preparation materials, including an Applicant Preparation Guide are available through the AAMC. A VITA practice test will be available from the AAMC starting in mid-July.
We encourage applicants to prepare for the VITA in the same way you would prepare for an in-person interview. In light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no fees for the VITA interview for the 2020-21 application cycle.
We know that the process of researching and applying to medical schools can be stressful and time-consuming. The VITA is another opportunity for you to showcase personal and professional characteristics beyond your academic scores.
Additional resources are available from the AAMC, including VITA preparation materials, answers to frequently asked questions, and details about how to request an accommodation if you have a disability or medical condition.
If you have questions about our admissions process, contact our Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-240-7240. Due to high volume, we may not be able to respond to all inquiries individually. We suggest emailing your questions.
Our fax number is 516-240-7201.
Office of Admissions
NYU Long Island School of Medicine
222 Station Plaza North, Floor 5
Mineola, NY 11501