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MD Admissions Commonly Asked Questions

NYU Long Island School of Medicine is committed to transparency in our admissions process. The following are answers to common questions we hear from applicants. You can email any additional questions to our admissions team at, and we will respond as soon as we can.

What is the average class size at NYU Long Island School of Medicine?

The entering class is currently capped at 24 students. This small class size fosters a unique sense of community among students and faculty. We anticipate gradually enlarging the class size over time, but no class will have more than 40 students.

Does NYU Long Island School of Medicine offer combined or dual degree programs?

Due to the highly integrated format of our three-year accelerated curriculum, NYU Long Island School of Medicine does not offer combined or dual degree programs. In very limited instances, pursuing a dual degree at an outside institution may be permitted on a student-by-student basis and requires prior approval from the Office of the Dean.

If a student is granted a leave of absence to pursue a dual degree, this leave is restricted until after successful completion of all phase two MD curriculum requirements, including passing the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2 exams. Additionally, taking a leave of absence to pursue a dual degree may affect the student’s directed pathway to residency due to changes in the graduation timeline.

Are students obligated to pursue their specified residency track at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island?

To streamline entry into primary care disciplines, we offer medical students at NYU Long Island School of Medicine the option of a directed pathway into selected residency programs in the fields of internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and general surgery. This directed pathway to residency provides our students with the unique advantages of a continuum of training, research, and mentorship at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island that begins in medical school, continues through to residency, and potentially into clinical practice as an attending physician in the NYU Langone Health system.

As part of the application process for the MD degree program at NYU Long Island School of Medicine, applicants select one of these four residency tracks. In conjunction with their acceptance to the MD program, applicants are notified that they will be ranked to match into their specified residency program through participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) during their final year of medical school. The match process is contingent on the student making satisfactory academic progress and on meeting professional standards while in medical school. The directed pathway into residency positions students to match at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island should they choose to rank one of our four primary care residency programs. Students also have the option of ranking external programs, and we have an outstanding record of students matching to top tier residency programs at other schools in these primary care disciplines.

Are students able to change residency tracks during medical school?

The admissions committee specifically seeks to identify applicants whose experiences and professional goals directly align with the primary care mission of NYU Long Island School of Medicine, and who demonstrate a commitment to a future career as a general practitioner in their specified residency track. It is our expectation that students will pursue a path toward the residency they designate at the time of applying.

We realize that a student’s professional goals may change during medical school and will support decisions to change residency paths. However, the directed pathway to residency option is not available to students who change tracks during medical school. Additionally, applicants should be aware that our accelerated three-year program does not provide sufficient time for students to develop a portfolio for residency that positions them to be competitive candidates in highly specialized fields.

Students who choose to pursue such residency placements will most likely require a fourth year of medical school to pursue research or other specialty electives. Costs of attendance associated with this additional year of study are not eligible to be covered by our Full-Tuition Scholarship or Debt-Free Scholarship.

Is there an option to pursue a residency in family medicine at NYU Long Island School of Medicine?

The field of family medicine directly aligns with NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s primary care mission. Students who are interested in family medicine are encouraged to apply to the Internal Medicine Residency. Although the school does not yet have a dedicated Family Medicine Residency program, NYU Long Island School of Medicine has a large Department of Family Medicine with dedicated faculty who are eager to serve as mentors to students and who are engaged in impactful research. The school also has an active family medicine student interest group and a track record of matching students into highly ranked family medicine residency programs.

What type of research opportunities are available at NYU Long Island School of Medicine?

In conjunction with NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s focus on health systems science, all students complete a curricular capstone research project in one of several related areas: continuous quality improvement, population health, reduction of health disparities, or advancement of health equity. Students are also able to pursue extracurricular clinical or translational research during their medical education. Research workshops are offered twice a year to provide students with opportunities to interact with potential faculty mentors and to initiate research collaboration.

Students also have access to a catalogue of existing faculty who are seeking research assistance as well as to resident research projects that are taking place across our many departments and divisions. In addition, students are free to independently seek out NYU Long Island School of Medicine faculty or faculty from other institutions for research opportunities. Please note that opportunities to conduct basic science or biomedical research are limited due to the time constraints of our accelerated curriculum.

Do students at NYU Long Island School of Medicine need a car?

NYU Long Island School of Medicine is located 17 miles outside of New York City on Long Island in Nassau County in the suburban village of Mineola, which is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. The school is within walking distance of off-campus housing, shops, restaurants, and recreation.

Academic learning and clinical training take place in the state-of-the-art NYU Long Island School of Medicine Research and Academic Center and directly across the street at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, a 591-bed medical center that serves the surrounding racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities of Long Island. Ambulatory clinical experiences also take place in community-based outpatient practices during all three years. Students will need a car to travel to most of these required outpatient clinical experiences.

Is housing provided to NYU Long Island School of Medicine students?

We provide below market-rate housing conveniently located within just a few blocks from NYU Long Island School of Medicine and NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island. Apartment-style units including studio, small and large one-bedroom, and two-bedroom shared options are guaranteed to all single students when they first matriculate. Housing for couples and families may be available. Smoking and pets are not permitted. Learn more about student housing at NYU Long Island School of Medicine.

Are student clubs and activities available at NYU Long Island School of Medicine?

Students at NYU Long Island School of Medicine volunteer in many community programs, such as the WiSH Free Health Clinic, which serves uninsured individuals and families in the local area, and the Envision Scholars Program, a mentoring and advising program for underrepresented high school and college students interested in health careers.

We also offer a variety of student-run clubs, special interest groups, and campus activities. Specialty interest groups include internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, and general surgery. Other groups include the Medical Ethics Society and a Medical Spanish Club, as well as peer mentoring and tutoring, wellness, and class liaison opportunities. Learn more about clubs and activities for MD students.