The Zucker School of Medicine is located on Long Island, NY, just 25 miles from the excitement of New York city, and is easily accessible by car or Long Island Railroad. The University runs frequent shuttles to nearby Hempstead and Mineola train stations. Our location puts us in easy proximity to shopping, restaurants, parks, golf courses, sporting arenas, and the world-famous Jones Beach and Long Beach. The renowned Hamptons of Long Island’s East End is little more than an hour’s drive from campus.
Enrollment in each entering class is limited to 100 students.
Due to the unique design of our curriculum, we cannot accept transfer students.
No, we do not give preference to in-state applicants.
Yes. The Summer Pre-Matriculation program is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and is a 4-week course, beginning at the end of June, offered to students, by invitation only, who will be matriculating at the ZSOM.
To apply you must fulfill the following criteria:
- Be a US citizen, or permanent resident
- Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution. We cannot sponsor international student visas.
Does Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell participate in an Early Decision Program?
Yes, highly qualified applicants who are certain that Zucker School of Medicine is their first-choice school may apply through the Early Decision Program for the MD program only
The primary application is available through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) site.
Applicants should have their college(s) submit transcripts to AMCAS as early into the application process as possible.
AMCAS Application Deadline: August 1
Secondary Application Deadline: August 31
AMCAS Application Deadline: November 1
Secondary Application Deadline: December 1
Applicants are notified via email within two weeks of the Zucker School of Medicine's receipt of a verified AMCAS application. Applicants who meet the Zucker School of Medicine's minimum requirements will receive the secondary application to complete and submit
What are the GPA and MCAT scores needed to apply to Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell?
Please visit our How to Apply page for:
- The application process
- Requirements, specifically MCAT scores and GPA. (If you have taken the MCAT multiple times, the highest MCAT score achieved in one sitting will be considered for admission)
- Detailed information on how to receive our secondary application.
*Your application will not be considered complete until both the AMCAS and secondary applications are complete.
I submitted my application, but plan to retake the MCAT. How does this affect my application status?
If you indicated on your AMCAS application that you are retaking the MCAT, we will delay the review of your application until we receive the newest score report from AMCAS.
Please visit our Requirements page for specifics on:
- Letters of recommendation
- Recommended coursework
- All required materials needed for a complete application
Additional letters not included in your AMCAS application should be emailed directly to the Office of Admissions E-mail address.
Can I use Advanced Placement (AP) and/or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits for the recommended coursework?
AP credits do not satisfy premedical course recommendations. If you have AP credits and place out of any of the beginner level college courses listed under the recommended coursework, it is highly recommended that you take additional advanced courses in that subject area. CLEP credits may not be used to fulfill any of the premedical course recommendations.
Does the Zucker School of Medicine accept recommended coursework completed at community college and/or through Distance Learning/online courses?
- The Zucker School of Medicine will accept recommended coursework taken at a community college, but will not honor an online degree.
- We prefer that the recommended coursework is completed in an in-residence classroom setting. In certain circumstances, and on a case-by-case basis, a limited amount of online coursework may be honored.
As the vast majority of undergraduate institutions have moved all classwork to online teaching modules, including laboratory courses, the Zucker School of Medicine will recognize online teaching and coursework for the spring semester and summer session of 2020.
Yes, the Zucker School of Medicine uses a rolling admissions process with the offers of admission usually extended in mid December and as late as mid-July.
How can I check the status of my application, submit updates, and make sure all components of my application have been received?
When you receive the email from admissions with the secondary application, you will also receive login information for our Admissions Portal. By logging into the Admissions Portal you may:
- Check the "status" tab for the status of your application, and to see that all components of your application were received.
- Upload updates and any documents you determine as necessary to your application (including new grades, employment, publications, etc., or an explanation of mistakes in your application, if any) under "additional information".
* Please do not email the Office of Admissions directly with your updates
The Office of Admissions will email interview invitations to selected applicants via the address on file with AMCAS from July through February. At that time the candidate will receive details of the interview day, including information on travel and accommodations near the Zucker School of Medicine.
The Zucker School of Medicine does allow students to defer enrollment provided the activity in which the student is engaging in will significantly enhance their medical career and their preparation for medical school. Requests for deferral must be received in writing by May 1 prior to matriculation. Deferrals are also granted in the case of medical circumstances with appropriate documentation submitted.
To take the CASPer™ test you will need access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date.
The CASPer™ test takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and is comprised of 12 video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will have 5 minutes to type your answers to all 3 probing questions. The test automatically progresses to the next scenario when the 5-minute timer is up. There is an optional 15-minute break at the end of scenario six.
You will not be graded on grammar or spelling. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program.
You will not be given your test results. The SOM will receive your score approximately 2-3 weeks after your test date. All scores are confidential.