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Application Requirements

All applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university prior to matriculation into the MD program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Application materials for the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine include:

  • A completed primary application submitted through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) (How to Apply), including Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores (new MCAT exam only) and official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
  • A Premedical Committee Letter.  If your school does not have a Premedical Committee, or a considerable amount of time has passed since graduation, you may submit three individual letters of recommendation – two letters from individual professors (at least one in science), and one letter from a non-academic professional (included with AMCAS application).  Applicants may submit more than three letters of recommendation through AMCAS, though we do not guarantee that all letters beyond the minimum requirement will be read.
  • A completed secondary application (How to Apply), including the $100.00 application fee.  If the applicant is eligible for fee assistance through the Association of American Medical Colleges Fee Assistance Program (AAMC FAP), the secondary application fee will be waived.

Recommended Coursework

The School of Medicine believes the study of medicine is enriched by contact with other intellectual disciplines; therefore, it seeks students with a diverse blend of educational credentials. A liberal arts background in classes such as anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and/or sociology, which require students to read broadly, write extensively, and present oral arguments are highly recommended.

While there are no prerequisites in the natural sciences needed to apply, the School of Medicine strongly recommends successful completion of the following courses:

  • One year of college biology with lab
  • Chemistry, to the level of organic or biochemistry
  • One year of college mathematics, preferably including statistics
  • One year of college physics
  • English literature or equivalent, including writing

Additional coursework in cell biology, embryology, ethics, genetics and molecular biology is helpful, but not required for admission.

Premedical course recommendations are reviewed and determined annually by the Dean and the Dean's Cabinet, and based on national trends and recommendations from the Admissions and Curriculum Committees at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Early Decision:
               AMCAS Application Deadline: August 1, 2017
               Secondary Application Deadline: August 31, 2017*
Regular Decision:
               AMCAS Application Deadline: November 1, 2017
               Secondary Application Deadline: December 1, 2017*

*Applications will not be reviewed until MCAT scores, a Premedical Committee Letter, or three letters of recommendation and a secondary application has been received.


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