MD Admissions Requirements
NYU Long Island School of Medicine seeks applicants who excel academically and exhibit robust intellectual curiosity, as evidenced by the rigor, breadth, and depth of their coursework. We encourage students majoring in any field of study, including the humanities and social sciences, to apply.
Because we recognize the diverse range of educational experiences of our applicants, we do not mandate prerequisite coursework. Instead, our admission committee looks at each applicant’s academic preparation to assure the foundational knowledge required for our accelerated three-year program. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in biology, physics, chemistry, genetics, statistics, English, psychology, and sociology. As such, we recommend these courses as part of a broad premedical curriculum.
COVID-19 and the Application Process
For the 2021–22 admissions cycle, NYU Long Island School of Medicine will accept pass/fail grading and online coursework, including labs, for courses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand applicants may have concerns about the impact of pass/fail grades on their grade point average. The admissions committee will take this into account when conducting its assessment of a candidate’s academic readiness to succeed in our accelerated three-year curriculum.
We encourage applicants whose Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) tests were canceled or delayed because of COVID-19 to submit otherwise-completed primary and secondary applications while waiting for a rescheduled test date. For the 2021–22 admissions cycle, all MCAT® test scores from the 2021 calendar year are eligible for consideration. We will communicate directly with applicants should unforeseen circumstances occur that require adjustments to these policies.
Medical College Admission Test® Requirements
The MCAT® examination is required. Your performance on this standardized exam gives us an indication of your ability and current readiness to critically analyze and apply foundational scientific and behavioral concepts. We only accept scores from three years before your expected matriculation date. If you plan to begin medical school in July 2022, the oldest accepted MCAT® score is from January 2019. There are no exceptions to this cutoff date.
Letters of Evaluation
We accept a committee or composite letter of recommendation authored by the pre-health committee or pre-health advisor at your college or university to fulfill our letters of evaluation requirement.
If your institution does not provide a committee or composite letter, we accept individual letters of evaluation. In this case, a minimum of three individual letters is required, two of which should be from science professors.
Candidates who submit a committee or composite letter of recommendation may also submit additional individual letters of support. A maximum of 10 letters are accepted for all students.
As a rule, the most informative letters for our admissions committee come from individuals who know you well. Good sources include current or former professors, physician mentors, research advisors or supervisors, employers, or coaches. You are strongly encouraged to ask your individual letter writer or writers to reference the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Guidelines for Writing a Letter of Evaluation for a Medical School Applicant as a guide. Only letters submitted through the AMCAS® Letter Service are accepted.
Technical Standards and Criminal Background Check
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.
Before finalizing your matriculation to NYU Long Island School of Medicine, all students must satisfactorily complete the AAMC-facilitated Criminal Background Check, which is conducted at no additional cost. The AAMC recommends that all U.S. medical schools procure this background check to ascertain the ability of accepted applicants to become licensed physicians in the future, enhance the safety and wellbeing of patients, and to ensure the public's continuing trust in the medical profession.