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Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

MD Program Admissions Home

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For your convenience, we have compiled the list of frequently asked questions regarding the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, the MD program admissions process and selection criteria, as well as tuition/cost and financial aid. Answers to these and many other questions can be found throughout the School of Medicine web site.

General Information

The Application Process


The Admissions Process


General Information:

Where is the School of Medicine facility located?

Just 25 miles from Manhattan, our School of Medicine's suburban location is close to the excitement of the city and easily accessible by car or Long Island railroad. The University runs frequent shuttles to nearby train stations. The Medical School's Long Island location puts it in easy proximity to shopping, restaurants, the world-famous Jones Beach and Long Beach, parks, golf courses and sporting arenas. The famed resort area, the Hamptons on Long Island's East End, is little more than an hour's drive away.

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How many students do you plan to enroll?
Enrollment in each entering class is limited to 100 students.

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Will student housing be available at the School of Medicine?
The School of Medicine offers attractive, comfortable, graduate-student housing on campus as well as dining options, recreation and entertainment.

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The Application Process:

What is the initial step to apply for admission to the MD Program?
The primary application is via the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) at www.aamc.org/amcas.

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What are the minimum requirements for application to the School of Medicine?
Applicants are required to have a cumulative overall undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.0 and a score falling within or above the 50th percentile on the new MCAT exam to receive an invitation to complete the supplemental application. Nontraditional applicants who feel their personal experiences and qualities make them likely to succeed in and contribute positively to medicine may request and submit a supplemental application. Your application will not be considered complete until both your AMCAS and supplemental applications are complete. 
We are accepting only US citizens or permanent residents. We cannot sponsor international student visas.

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What is the deadline for applying?
Early Decision:
     AMCAS Application Deadline: August 1
     Supplemental Application Deadline: August 31
Regular Decision:
     AMCAS Application Deadline: November 1
     Supplemental Application Deadline: December 1

Applicants are notified via email within two weeks of the School of Medicine's receipt of a verified AMCAS application. Applicants who meet the School of Medicine's minimum requirements will receive the supplemental application to complete and submit.

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Is a bachelor's degree required for admission?
Yes. All applicants must complete a bachelor-level degree at an accredited college or university located within the United States or Canada prior to matriculation in the MD Program.

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Will I need to take the MCAT exam?
Yes. MCAT scores are required.

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What is the latest MCAT score you will accept for the admission cycle?
MCAT scores must not be older than three years at the time of application. Only the new MCAT exam will be accepted.

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I have taken the MCAT exam multiple times, will all scores be considered?
The School of Medicine considers the highest composite MCAT score for admission.

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Do you require a supplemental application? Is there an additional fee?

The School of Medicine does require a supplemental application. Selected applicants must complete a supplemental application before an application is considered for admission. The application fee is $100. Students who are eligible for an AMCAS fee waiver/reduction through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Fee Reduction Program may request a waiver/reduction of the School's application fee.

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How many letters of recommendation are required and who should write them?
Through AMCAS, an applicant should submit letters of recommendation from a premedical committee and/or three (3) individual letters of recommendation: two (2) letters from individual professors (at least one in science) and one (1) letter from a non-academic.

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Where do I send my letters of recommendation?
All letters of recommendation should be submitted through AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service.

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May I submit more than the required amount of letters?
We require a minimum of three individual letters of recommendation or a committee packet. You are welcome to submit additional letters beyond the minimum requirement. We do not have a maximum, but we do not guarantee that all letters beyond the minimum requirement will be read.

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Where do I send my transcripts?
Applicants should have their college(s) submit transcripts to AMCAS as early in the process as possible

I'm not a science major. Is that ok?
Applicants in all majors who possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution are encouraged to apply. The School of Medicine believes that the study of medicine is enriched by contact with other intellectual disciplines; therefore, it seeks students with a diverse blend of educational backgrounds. A background in liberal arts courses that have required a student to read broadly, write extensively, and present oral arguments on topics such as history, literature, philosophy, religion, political science, anthropology, psychology, and/or sociology is highly recommended. More important than the study of a specific subject is the candidate's ability to demonstrate both a passion for and success in his/her academic pursuits.

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What prerequisite courses are required?
Although the School of Medicine does not require a specific set of undergraduate courses in the natural sciences, we recommend that candidates complete the course work listed below. Non-traditional candidates who may be lacking in one or another of the areas listed below, but who have extraordinary post-graduate experience, especially in a scientific and/or clinical setting, are encouraged to apply.

Recommended course work includes, but is not limited to:

  • 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 embryology, cell biology, ethics, molecular biology, and genetics is recommended, but not required, for admission.

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In addition to GPA, MCAT scores, and the rigor of undergraduate study, what other criteria will be considered for admission to the MD Program?
In selecting applicants for admission, the Admissions Committee will consider, among other criteria:

  • Honors and awards
  • Extracurricular activities including community service, leadership roles and unique accomplishments
  • Capacity to contribute diversity to the educational environment
  • Employment and research experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to a future career in medicine
  • Personal statement describing his/her personal, educational and social backgrounds, and response of the applicant to personal challenges
  • Character traits including honesty, integrity, leadership, teamwork, empathy, maturity, emotional stability, creativity and self-direction
  • Ability to communicate with others
  • Perseverance through adversity
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Is ethnicity used in the selection of candidates for admission to the M.D. Program?
It is in the best interest of the community, as well as the educational environment of the School of Medicine, for the Admissions Committee to strive to select an entering class whose members represent a broad range of diverse experiences, backgrounds and interests. This diversity may include but is not limited to:

  • Ethnic and racial background
  • Socio-economic background
  • Educational background
  • Professional background
  • Family background
  • Geographic background
  • Interests in different medical specialties
  • Interests in working with underserved populations of patients
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I am currently pursuing a graduate/professional degree. Do I have to complete the degree before I can apply to the School of Medicine?
You cannot be dually enrolled while a matriculated student at the School of Medicine. If currently enrolled in a graduate/professional degree program, you must complete all requirements for your degree before matriculation.

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I am a US citizen who completed my undergraduate education in a foreign country. Am I eligible to apply?
US citizens who have completed their undergraduate education from an accredited Canadian institution will be considered on an individual (case-by-case) basis. Coursework completed at non-US or Canadian accredited schools will not be accepted.

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Do you accept transfer students?
The School of Medicine does not accept transfer students from other medical schools at this time.

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I am an international student. Can I apply?
Applicants must be US citizens or a permanent resident/green card holder. The School of Medicine does not sponsor student visas.

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Can I use AP and/or CLEP credits for recommended coursework?
Advanced Placement (AP) credits are acceptable if they appear on college transcripts and are verified by AMCAS. It is highly recommended, however, that students take additional advanced courses in these areas. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits may not be used to fulfill any of the premedical course recommendations.

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Will the School of Medicine accept community college classes for recommended coursework?
Yes, the School of Medicine will accept prerequisite coursework taken at a community college.

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Does the School of Medicine accept Distance Learning/online courses for recommended coursework?
We prefer course work based on in-residence classroom participation. In certain circumstances, we may honor a limited amount of online course work usually not major related and not MD Program recommended.

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Will online degrees be considered in the application process for the MD program?
We highly value classroom interaction and therefore will not honor fully online degrees for admission to the MD Program.

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What is the purpose of the last "Additional Information" essay question on the supplemental application?
This question is open-ended so that applicants can use it in a variety of ways. If there is something you would like us to know or consider that isn't included in your AMCAS application, please use this space for that purpose.

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The Admissions Process:

Does the School of Medicine have rolling admissions?
The School of Medicine uses a rolling admissions process, with the first offers of admission to be extended than November 1 and as late as mid-July.

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Does the School of Medicine offer an early decision program?
Yes, highly qualified applicants who are certain that Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine is their first-choice school may apply through the Early Decision Program for the MD program only.

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Do you give preference to in-state applicants?
No, we do not give preference to in-state applicants.

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How will I know when my application is complete?
You will receive an email indicating that your application is complete and in review. You may also log into the Hofstra Portal and check the Status tab.

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Where can I find my status report?
Go to https://apply.medicine.hofstra.edu and log in. Click on the "Status" tab to view your status report. You can print it by using your browser's print function.

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How will I know if I will be interviewed for admission?
The Office of Admissions will invite selected applicants by e-mail for an interview. At that time, the candidate will be sent the details of the interview day, along with information about travel and housing options.

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When will I know if I am invited for an interview?
Invitations to interview are extended between August and February. They are sent by email, so we urge you to keep your email address up to date with AMCAS.

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May I make changes to my application once it has been submitted?
Once your supplemental application is submitted, you cannot make changes to the application. You are welcome, however, to upload any updates to the Portal, including an explanation of any mistake.

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How can I send updates to my application?
You may upload any updates to the School of Medicine Portal. Please do not email duplicate updates to the email account. Updates are not required. The upload tool is there for you to use as much as you prefer. Examples of updates include new grades, employment, publications, etc. Your updates will be stored in your application but will not trigger a re-review of your application. Applications are reviewed in consideration for an interview invite between August and January; applicants may be put on "hold" and reread at a later time.

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How can I be sure you received my letters of recommendation?
Letters that are submitted through AMCAS can be tracked in our Portal. After logging in, go to the Status tab. Letters that are emailed directly to us are not listed in the Portal.

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I have a new letter of recommendation. How should I send it?
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine accepts letters of recommendation sent via AMCAS Letter Service, VirtualEvals or Interfolio.

Additional letters can be emailed to medicine.admissions@hofstra.edu. Letters may also be mailed directly to the following address:

Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Office of Admission
500 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

Electronic submission is the preferred method for sending in letters

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How can I print my supplemental application?
Log in to the School of Medicine Portal. Click the link to display your completed application. You can then print your application by using your browser's print function.

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If I decide to change my program type, what should I do?
If you applied as MD only and would like to be considered for the MD/PhD program, you should call the Office of Admission for counsel.

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If I am accepted to the School of Medicine, may I defer my enrollment date?
The School of Medicine does not encourage accepted to students to defer enrollment.

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