FAQ’s

About CMS

How many students are in the class?
Our class size is approximately 190. Check out our class profile for more information.

Are there opportunities to travel internationally through global health?
Yes, we have opportunities to complete electives, join student groups and more! Visit the Global Health Department page for more details.

What types of research are being conducted at Rosalind Franklin University? 
There is a wide variety of research at RFUMS. Students are able to get involved in research from an elective course to applying for the MD/PhD program

Is there a minimum GPA or MCAT score?
No, we do not have a minimum GPA or MCAT score to be considered for admission.  To learn more about our averages, please review our class profile.  


When should I apply?
Due to our rolling admissions process, we encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible. AMCAS opens for the 2013 Cycle in early May.


When is the deadline for completing the supplemental application?
The supplemental application must be received by 11:59 p.m. central time on December 1.
We have extended the deadline for the 2013 application cycle to December 15.

How does the MD/PhD work?
The MD/PhD program has two tracks. The first track is an entry-level admission. It is very rare to accept an MD/PhD applicant into this track.  For the track I admission, a competitive candidate will have a cumulative and science GPA of 3.7 or higher and an MCAT of 37 or above.

The second track occurs once an applicant has been accepted into the MD program. The student will then apply for the MD/PhD during their M2 year. If accepted, a student would start in the graduate portion of the program after completing the second year of the MD program. For a track II admission, a competitive candidate will have a Rosalind Franklin University (MD program) GPA of 3.5 or above.

Before Applying

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

What about online prerequisites?
At this time, we do not accept coursework taken online for our prerequisite courses.

When should I take the MCAT?
We encourage students to take the MCAT in the spring before applying that summer. The latest test we will consider is the September test. January MCAT scores are not accepted. For each admissions cycle we will accept tests three years prior to the admittance year (For example - For the entering class of 2013, a test from 2010, 2011, and 2012 will be accepted). If you have taken the MCAT multiple times, the most recent score will be reviewed.

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. 

What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?
We require either one committee letter or three individual letters. We suggest (but do not require) two letters from professors, preferably science, and one from someone who supervised the applicant (employer, shadowed physician, etc).

Can I submit more letters than the requirement?
We will accept more than the required letters submitted through AMCAS; however, we cannot guarantee more than the required amount will be considered under review.

Can I submit the letters of recommendation directly to the Admissions Office?
We do not accept letters of recommendation at our office. All letters must be submitted to AMCAS. All letters must be on official letterhead and signed by the author.

Can I send in updates?
Due to the volume of application materials, we only accept updates after an applicant has been invited to interview.  

The Interview

Are there students to stay with when I come to interview?
Unfortunately, we do not have a host program in place. There are a number of hotels in the area offering a shuttle. Visit our interviewing at Rosalind Franklin University travel planner for more information.

What type of interview will it be?
Throughout the interview day, you will go through two semi-blind interviews. Your interviewers will see the entire application except the GPA and MCAT. Your interviewers may be faculty, staff, students or clinicians. During your interview day, you will have the opportunity to meet with current students, tour campus, meet with financial aid advisers and CMS faculty and staff. 

International Students

Are international students eligible for admission?
Yes, international applicants are reviewed the same as other applicants. We are limited to the amount of international applicants we can accept. In the past few years 5 - 8% of our class have been international students.

Is coursework completed at foreign institutions acceptable?
Yes. 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 such as World Evaluation Service to evaluate the course work to US standards.

Contact

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

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