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 prior to the completion of your secondary application to CMSRU. After you have submitted your secondary application, you will be able to update contact information directly through our system. We do not accept application materials outside of the AMCAS system. 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 September of the year in which the candidate applies. For the entering class of 2014, CMSRU will consider applicants who have taken the MCAT between January 2011 and September 2013. 
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.

Why do prerequisites have to be taken at a 4-year college or university?
Our policy about prerequisite coursework does not exclude all courses taken at community colleges – only the courses used to satisfy 2 semesters of Biology with lab, 2 of Chemistry with lab, and one composition course.  We recognize that many individuals have taken work at community colleges, so we are flexible in our policy – any upper level electives in the same subject can substitute for the indicated prerequisite courses.  These decisions were not made lightly, and we considered the different approaches to allow for maximum flexibility while ensuring that we can see a record of strong academic achievement.   We accept applicants from the entire United States, and we must set standards that promote the maximum chance of success for accepted applicants.

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 a packet of letters of evaluation and recommendation through AMCAS Letters. Please see the CMSRU Student Handbook for details of what this letter packet should include.

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. You must indicate your eligibility on our secondary application.

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 11, 2014. 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.