General Application Information

When should I apply?
The application deadline is November 1.  (See the Application Submission section for detailed information.) However, because we use a rolling admissions process, we encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible.  AMCAS opens for the 2015 cycle in early May with submission beginning in June.

Can you describe a recent class?
Our class size is 190, with about half the class from the Midwest.  Students range in age from 20 to 32. Complete details can be found in our class profile.

What are some of the attributes of a competitive applicant?
We take a holistic approach in evaluating applications, emphasizing medical, humanitarian, research, employment, leadership and other diverse life experiences.  Most successful applicants also have cumulative and science GPAs around 3.5 and an MCAT score of at least 30.

Is preference given to in-state applicants?
Rosalind Franklin University is a private institution and therefore all applications are reviewed using the same criteria, regardless of whether an applicant is in-state, out-of-state or from outside the U.S.

Are applicants from the outside the U.S. eligible for admissions?
Yes, non-U.S. resident applications are reviewed using the same criteria as other applicants.

Do you accept transfer students?
No, at this time, CMS is not accepting transfer applications.

If accepted, does CMS permit deferred matriculation?
An accepted student may request in writing a one-year deferral.  Deferral requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be granted or denied.  Deferrals are granted only in rare cases with exceptional circumstances.

Are there opportunities for research in the MD program?
Yes, there is a  lot of research at RFUMS, with special strengths in neuroscience, physiology, structural biology, cancer, and regenerative medicine.  Research fellowships are available for students during the summer between M1 and M2 years, and there is also an opportunity to continue research during elective time in years 2 and 4.  For several students each year, this work leads to graduation with an "MD with a Distinction in Research" degree.  For students who wish to pursue a joint MD/PhD degree, two options are available.  See the "How do I apply for the MD/PhD program" question and answer.

How do I apply for the MD/PhD program?
The MD/PhD program operates on two tracks.  The first is entry-level admissions, for which you will need to indicate your preference on your AMCAS application as "MD/PhD".  Most MD/PhD applicants who are invited to interview by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for the PhD program have at least a 3.75 cumulative GPA and 515 MCAT or higher on the revised test or 35 or higher on the pre-2015 exam type.  

If you are not selected for Track I admission, your application will still be considered for the MD program. Any student who is admitted and matriculates into the Chicago Medical School may still be eligible to apply to admission into the MD/PhD through Track II admission, as outlined below.

The second track into the MD/PhD program is designed for students who have already matriculated into the MD program and have a successful research experience in the summer after their first year.  Such students may choose to apply for the MD/PhD during their M2 year.  If accepted, a student would start in the PhD portion of the program after completing their M2 year.  For Track II admission, a competitive candidate will have a Rosalind Franklin University (MD program) GPA of 3.5 or above and strong evidence of potential for a career in research.

Application Submission

What is the application deadline for submitting the application?
The AMCAS application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time on November 1, 2015.

What is the deadline for submitting application materials?
All application materials, including the supplemental fee, must be received by 11:59 p. m. Central Standard Time on December 1, 2015.

Does everyone receive a supplemental application?
Yes, we send a supplemental application to all applicants with a verified AMCAS application.  When completing and submitting the supplemental application, please make sure you use Internet Explorer to prevent supplemental application and supplemental application fee submission errors.  After you submit the supplemental application, you will be prompted to pay the supplemental application fee on the very last page of the supplemental application form.  Applications will not be considered complete and eligible for review until all application materials, including the supplemental application fee and supplemental application, are received.

How much is the supplemental application fee?
Our supplemental application fee is $125.

Do you grant supplemental application fee waivers?
We offer a supplemental application fee waivers to applicants who have received the AMCAS fee waiver.

What is the word limit for the supplemental application essays?
Please limit your response to each of the supplemental application essays to 100 words.

I have not heard from Admissions in a while; how can I check the status of my application?
First be sure the filters on you inbox allow you to receive communication from the admissions office; otherwise, emails may go to spam or junk mail.  You will receive communication as your application moves forward in the process.  If you have any questions about your status, you can email cms.admissions@rosalindfranklin.edu or call 847-578-3204.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for a complete application?
A complete application will include the following:

  • Verified AMCAS application
  • Supplemental application
  • Supplemental application fee
  • MCAT score, as verified by AMCAS
  • Three letters of recommendation or one committee letter or one letter packet containing no more than three individual letters

How important is the MCAT?
When reviewing applications, we look at many factors, including but not limited to MCAT score, cumulative undergraduate and science GPAs, graduate coursework and earned degrees, academic rigor, letters of recommendation, personal statement, supplemental essays, medical experience, humanitarian and community service, employment history, leadership and other diverse life experiences.  In addition to a strong holistic profile, most successful applicants also have either a strong science GPA or MCAT score above 30.

Is there a minimum GPA or MCAT score?
Because we review every application holistically, we do not have minimum GPA or MCAT scores to be considered for admission.  To learn more about our class averages, please review our class profile.

I have taken the MCAT more than once; which score will be reviewed?
We see all of your scores, but for evaluation purposes, the Admissions Committee focuses on your most recent MCAT score.

When must I take the MCAT?
For the 2015-2016 application cycle, we will accept MCAT scores from August 2012 through September 2015, which includes MCAT2015 scores.  Beginning with the 2016-2017 application cycle, we will accept MCAT2015 scores only.

How many letters of recommendation are required to submit my application?
We offer three options for submitting your letters of recommendation: three individual letters of recommendation or one committee letter or one letter packet containing no more than three individual letters.  If you choose to submit three individual letters, we prefer (but do not require) at least one recommendation to come from a medical professional (not necessarily an MD) with whom you have worked.  No more than three individual letters or one committee letter or one letter packet containing no more than three individual letters will be considered in evaluating your application.  All letters must be included in your AMCAS application.

Who should write my letters of recommendation?
We require either three letters of recommendation or one committee letter.  Whether you submit three individual letters or one committee letter or one letter packet containing no more than three individual letters, we would like to see at least one recommendation letter from a medical professional with whom you have worked.

Can I take prerequisite coursework at a community college?
We can accept coursework taken at any accredited higher education institute.  Transcripts from each institution attended must be submitted to AMCAS.

My school does not offer a biochemistry lab.  Can I substitute a different lab?
If your biochemistry course does not offer a lab, one term of research lab can be accepted in place of a biochemistry lab.

Is AP credit or CLEP test accepted for the prerequisites?
Yes, both AP and CLEP credit are accepted for prerequisite courses as long as the course credit is listed on your college transcript.

Can online coursework fulfill prerequisite requirements?
Yes, we can accept online coursework recognized and verified by AMCAS.  However, prerequisite courses must have a laboratory component.  Transcripts from each institution attended must be submitted to AMCAS.

Will you accept coursework from institutions outside the U.S.?
Yes, we accept international coursework.  Transcripts from international schools (with the exception of Canadian schools) are not accepted by AMCAS. These transcripts must first be evaluated by a credentialing service and sent to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment for review.  We accept evaluations from World Evaluation Service or Educational Credential Evaluators.

Can I submit my AMCAS application before my MCAT score or letters are uploaded?
Yes, you can submit your AMCAS application without the MCAT or letters present. Your file will be reviewed once all components of the application are received.  If you indicate that you plan to take a future MCAT exam on your application, we will not review any part of your application until we receive your official future MCAT score through AMCAS.

Can I send in updates to my application?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept any additional information or materials unless it includes Institutional Action, Felony, Misdemeanor or Military Discharge explanations.  Any additional information or materials will be discarded.

Visiting Campus and Interviewing

Should I visit the campus?
We encourage prospective students to visit Rosalind Franklin University to learn more about our students, campus, and the opportunities available.  We offer small-group weekly information sessions and tours year-round, as well as large-group open houses programs in the fall and spring quarters.  Please click here for more information about visiting our campus.

Do you offer individual counseling sessions to discuss my application?
We do not offer one-on-one counseling sessions.  As a matter of policy, admissions staff are unable to discuss individual applications, including admissions decisions.  We do, however, encourage you to visit campus in either small group or large group setting.  If you would like to visit campus, please click here for information about our upcoming events.

How many applicants do you invite for interview?
We do not have a fixed minimum or maximum number of interview spots.  However, over the past several years, approximately 5-10% of our total applicant pool has been invited to interview.

When do you interview candidates?
We begin interviewing in September and conclude our interviews by the April prior to an August matriculation date.

What type of interview should I prepare for?
The Chicago Medical School employs the multiple mini interview format.  As a matter of policy, admissions staff are unable to discuss the details of the interview process.  Applicants who are invited to interview will receive an email with a detailed description of their interview day.

Can I stay with a current student while visiting campus for an interview?
Unfortunately, we do not have a host program in place. There are a number of hotels in the area offering a shuttle. Please click here for more information about travel accommodations.




Email us: cms.admissions@rosalindfranklin.edu
Call us: 847-578-3204
Our address: Rosalind Franklin University
CMS Admissions
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064

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