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NOTE REGARDING CORRESPONDENCE: All admission-related correspondence should be sent via email, which is checked multiple times each day, Monday through Friday. Due to the volume of email we receive, all responses to individual questions may at times take several days, but all will be answered.


Admissions Timeline
January 1, 2011 Earliest MCAT test date acceptable
July 2013 Rush Secondary Application opens online
September 2013 - March 2014
Interviews held on campus
October 2013 - early April 2014
Initial admissions decisions made approximately four (4) weeks after the applicant's interview
September 2013
Latest MCAT test date acceptable
November 1, 2013
Deadline to submit application to AMCAS and designate Rush as a receiving school
December 31, 2013
Deadline to submit the Rush Secondary Application online

Rush Required Application Materials Checklist
(For more details regarding each application component, select the link in the second column or scroll further down the page.)
Application Component
1 AMCAS Application
Submitted online; AMCAS applications download weekly to Rush 
2 Rush Secondary Application Upon receipt of verified AMCAS application, Rush will send instructions and login for secondary application process
3 MCAT Test Scores See calendar above for the range of acceptable test dates for your entering class
4 Letters of Recommendation Submit required letters via AMCAS Letters Service. No other letters will be processed
Rush will only download letters of recommendation from AMCAS Letters Service after the Secondary Application has been submitted.
1. American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Application

Rush Medical College utilizes the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), a centralized online application processing service for its primary application. Detailed information and application materials are available at
Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1126
Completing and submitting your application to AMCAS is your first step in the application process.  Once you have completed your AMCAS application, all changes to data items included therein must be submitted ONLY to AMCAS. This includes mailing address, email address and grade corrections. Please note: Updates from AMCAS may take several weeks to be forwarded to your designated schools.
Upon receipt of verified AMCAS applications, Rush will send login and instructions regarding the secondary application.

2. Rush Secondary Application

Once you have received a login and instructions, you may visit the Rush Medical College Secondary Application website, using your AMCAS ID and a provided password.  

3. MCAT Test Scores

Applicants to Rush Medical College must have completed the MCAT exam between January 2011 and September 2013 for the 2014 admissions cycle.  For more information on the MCAT, please visit the AAMC webpage.

4. Letters of Recommendation
Rush Medical College requires one of the following:
ONE premedical committee letter
TWO letters of recommendation from those who have an in-depth perspective on you as an individual.

This option requires that one of the recommendations must be written by someone who has had substantial contact with you during the last 24 months. Your two (2) individual letters may be sent to AMCAS individually or as part of a packet.
Applicants must indicate on the Rush Medical College Secondary Application which of the above two options they have chosen.  Rush will retrieve letters only after submission of the Secondary Application. It can take up to 15 business days for letters to be received by AMCAS, marked as received, and submitted to Rush Medical College. All letters of recommendation submitted as part of an application to Rush Medical College will be treated as though the applicant has waived the right to view the letter and cannot be used for any other purpose.
Rush Medical College will NOT be able to process letters of recommendation:
     - sent by any method other than AMCAS Letters Service
     - other than those listed on the Rush Secondary Application
For information on submitting letters of recommendation to AMCAS and other questions about the AMCAS Letters Service, please visit the AMCAS Letters FAQs for Applicants and Advisors.

File Status
Please monitor the file status page at the Rush Medical College Secondary Application website to determine when your application has achieved File Complete status.

Between August and February, files are regularly reviewed for on-campus interviews, which take place between September and March (Wednesdays only). It is to your advantage to apply as early as possible as the entire pool of applications is considered during each review. If selected, you will be notified via email with detailed information regarding our on-campus interview.
Each year, Rush Medical College interviews between 400-450 applicants. Interviews take place in person, on campus.  If invited for an interview, each applicant will spend a full day on campus touring our facilities; having lunch and ample opportunities to pose questions to current Rush students, staff and faculty; and completing two one-on-one interviews.
Once the Committee on Admissions extends an interview invitation, the applicant self-schedules an on-campus interview using the Rush Medical College Secondary Application website.  

Applicant Diversity
Rush welcomes applications without regard to race, creed, national origin or sex. Our students come from a wide variety of educational and cultural backgrounds.
Rush seeks to attract candidates who can help make the student body more representative of our national population and more realistically informed about cultural issues affecting the delivery of health care. Rush Medical College has a heritage of promoting equal opportunities in the health care professions that dates back to 1837, when the school was originally founded.

Admissions Decisions
Rush makes every attempt to convey an admissions to decision to each applicant as quickly as possible following their interview. Operational circumstances sometimes conspire to lengthen this process, but a delay in no way reflects negatively on the applicant's chances for acceptance and should not be a cause for concern. The Committee on Admissions will continue to extend offers of admission until the class if full, but no later than the first day of orientation which commences the first full week of August. Applicants who are initially placed on a wait list are re-evaluated periodically throughout the decision period and remain eligible for acceptance at any time before the first day of orientation.
Please see our Technical Guidelines for Admissions and Promotion for more information. 

Transfer Policy 
Applicants who are currently enrolled and are in good academic standing at an LCME-accredited medical school in the United States are eligible to apply for transfer into Rush Medical College. Transfers take place after the student has completed the first two years of basic science curriculum and has achieved a passing score on USMLE Step 1. However, it has been approximately 15 years since we have had space available for transfer students, and we do not anticipate any openings in the upcoming years.

Criminal Background Check
Rush Medical College will enforce the Medical School Matriculant Criminal History Records Check Act which states: "a medical school located in Illinois must require that each matriculant submit to a fingerprint-based criminal history records check for violent felony convictions and any adjudication of the matriculant as a sex offender conducted by the Department of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the medical school admissions process."  This criminal background check will occur through AMCAS once an applicant has been offered an acceptance of admission.

Policy Regarding Applicant Misrepresentation
We expect our applicants to be completely truthful in every aspect of their application to medical school, including the full AMCAS application, full Rush Medical College Secondary Application, and letter(s) of recommendation. If we suspect that there is a misrepresentation on your application, we will first give you a chance to explain the discrepancy. If your explanation does not adequately assuage our concerns about the misrepresentation, we will notify AMCAS of the discrepancy in accordance with its Policies and Procedures for Investigating Reported Violations of Admission and Enrollment Standards. We reserve the right to revoke an offer of interview or of admission if a misrepresentation has occurred.

Contact Information
Office of Admissions
Suite 524
600 S. Paulina St.
Chicago, Illinois 60612-3832
Financial Aid Office
Suite 440
600 S. Paulina
Chicago, Illinois 60612
(312) 942-6256
Community Services and Multicultural Affairs
Sharon Gates, MA
Room 984
600 S. Paulina
Chicago, IL 60612
American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
2501 M. Street, NW
Lobby 26
Washington, DC 20037
(800) 828-0620


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