Cooper Medical School of Rowan Univerisity
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does CMSRU accept transfer students?
No, we do not accept transfer students.

Do you accept international applications?
No.  All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Do you accept out-of-state applicants?
Yes. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to apply. Approximately 70% of our incoming class will New Jersey residents.

Do you have an early decision pathway?
Yes. We will follow the dates set forth via AMCAS and the AAMC. See details at Early Decision.

Can I change my legal state of residence once accepted?
Please note the full policy in the Handbook: Student Residence and In-State Tuition Policy. Cooper Medical School of Rowan University complies with N.J.A.C. 9A:5-1.1 and this provides that persons residing in New Jersey for a period of 12 months before first enrolling at a public institution in the State are presumed to be domiciled in the State for tuition purposes. This means that a student, once matriculated, who does not meet the residency requirements stated in the policy will be recorded as an out of state student for all four years.

How do I update my contact information once my application is complete?
Updated contact information should be submitted to AMCAS only. Our system will pull in the updated AMCAS data automatically. Mid-cycle grade updates or additional activity statements are not accepted. Final transcripts verifying graduation should be sent by July 1 prior to matriculation.

What are the oldest MCAT scores you accept? How are the scores from multiple exams viewed?
Preferably this test will be taken in the spring of the year before application; however, it must be taken no later than the fall of the year in which the candidate applies. For the entering class of 2015, CMSRU will consider applicants who have taken the MCAT between January 2012 and October 2014.
We will use the highest composite score of any single exam taken in the accepted time frame. Individual section scores from different test dates will not be combined to produce a new composite score.

If I am applying next year for the 2016 cycle, should I take MCAT2015 or the old MCAT?
You should take the MCAT when you feel that you are well prepared for the exam. For the 2016 cycle we will be accepting both new and old MCAT scores.

How should letters of recommendation be submitted? What kinds of letters do I need?
All letters of recommendation should be submitted through AMCAS Letters. CMSRU will not accept letters submitted outside of this system. CMSRU prefers, when possible, to receive a letter authored by a pre-health committee or advisor intended to represent your institution’s evaluation. This letter may include additional letters of support. If there is no pre-health committee or advisor at your school, you may submit individual letters of evaluation and recommendation through AMCAS Letters. We require a minimum of three letters, and we do not impose a maximum number. At least two of the letters must be from academic faculty, and applicants should always request letters from professors or supervisors who know them well.

How do I receive a fee waiver for my secondary application?
Applicants who qualified for the Fee Assistance Program (FAP) through AMCAS are eligible to receive a fee waiver for our secondary application. The waiver will be applied automatically to your secondary application and you will not be prompted to pay.

What is your minimum MCAT score or GPA for being granted an interview?
Applicants will be reviewed in a holistic manner, and we recognize that MCAT performance and GPA are part of the entire picture of each applicant.  We will look for evidence that each candidate will possess the capacity to succeed in our curriculum, as indicated by the academic record, successful balance of obligations, and indications of personal resilience.  In light of those characteristics, however, we acknowledge that applicants who have both lower GPAs and MCAT scores are likely to have difficulty in the medical school curriculum.  We have accepted candidates with MCAT scores below 24 or GPAs below 3.0 whose experiences and history were exceptional.

What payment methods are accepted for the Secondary Application?
You will pay the application fees directly online at the time you apply. Our system will accept credit or debit cards only. Checks and/or money orders are not accepted.

When do classes begin? When should I plan to move? Is there student housing available?
Classes begin August 10, 2015. We recommend that you allow yourself ample time to get settled, attend Orientation, purchase books and supplies, and begin learning the area prior to this date. We do not have student housing, but our Office of Student Affairs and Admissions will be available to provide information about safe, convenient housing, roommate questions, and general relocation information. In addition, CMSRU is partnering with, a company that specializes in providing off-campus housing solutions for graduate students. This service is free for students to use to find a place to live off campus or find a roommate. We also recommend that accepted students attend our Second Look Day, since many students initiate roommate discussions at this event.

How should I prepare for an interview?
Our interview process is described here. You should be prepared to discuss your application and your experiences during a formal interview session, and you should be prepared to enter into a clinical scenario and interact with a simulated “patient.” These interactions will not include any medical procedures or risks to you; rather, they will allow you to demonstrate your instincts in some typical clinical situations.

Who is considered a good candidate for CMSRU?
We are seeking students who bring a variety of experiences and backgrounds to our student body. Applicants need to show that they are prepared to handle a rigorous course load and become active scholars in their medical education. In addition, we highly value students who resonate with our mission of making a positive impact in their community.

• We are a state supported school and aim for 70% of our students coming from New Jersey
• We value diversity as we serve a diverse community
• We look for students who have shown they value service to others through their long-term commitments
• We seek applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence while seeking meaningful personal and professional growth
• We look for student who will thrive in small group learning environments and who will enjoy the challenge of a curriculum that uses minimal formal lectures