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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, 2013 Earliest MCAT test date acceptable
July 2015 Rush Secondary Application opens online
September 2015 - February 2016
Interviews held on campus
October 2015 - March 2016
Initial admissions decisions made approximately four (4) weeks after the applicant's interview
September 2015
Latest MCAT test date acceptable
November 1, 2015
Deadline to submit application to AMCAS and designate Rush as a receiving school
December 31, 2015
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 information for the 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.
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 the 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 secondary application invitation, you may log into the Rush Medical College Secondary Application website, using your AMCAS ID and a generated password.  

3. MCAT Test Scores

Rush Medical College will accept MCAT scores posted between January 2012 and September 2014 for the 2015 admission cycle.  For more information on the MCAT, please visit the AAMC webpage.

4. Letters of Recommendation
Rush Medical College participates in the AMCAS Letter Service; as a result only letters of recommendation submitted via AMCAS will be accepted. For information on submitting recommendations via AMCAS, please visit the How to Apply section of the AMCAS website.
AMCAS defines the three types of letters of recommendation as follows:
Committee Letter A letter authored by a pre-health committee or pre-health advisor and intended to represent your institution’s evaluation of you. A Committee Letter may or may not include additional letters written in support of your application. This is sometimes called a Composite Letter.
Letter Packet A packet or set of letters assembled and distributed by your institution, often by the institution’s career center. A Letter Packet may include a cover sheet from your pre-health committee or advisor. However, unlike to a Committee Letter, a Letter Packet does not include an evaluative letter from your pre-health committee or advisor.
Individual Letter A letter written by, and representing, a single letter author.
Rush Medical College applicants have three options when submitting their recommendation(s): 
Commitee Letter
  • required if your school provides one and you graduated within the past two years (spring of 2012 or later)
 OR  One Letter Packet  OR 
Three Individual Recommendations

  • One must be written by someone who can critically evaluate your academic strengths and abilities as well as your preparedness and suitability for a rigorous medical school curriculum.
  • One must be written by someone who can insightfully address the personal strengths and attributes you would contribute to medical school and to becoming a successful physician (e.g., resilience, dependability, social skills, cultural competence, service orientation).
  • One may be written by a person of your choice.
Please note we are only able to process the required recommendations, as set forth above. We are unable to process any additional/extra recommendations.

 Policy Regarding Applicant Misrepresentation
Rush Medical College expects applicants to be completely truthful in every aspect of their application to medical school. Rush Medical College will investigate any suspected misrepresentation on an application and notify AMCAS of the discrepancy in accordance with its Policies and Procedures for Investigating Reported Violations of Admission and Enrollment Standards, reserving the right to revoke an offer of interview invitation, of admission, or waitlist if a misrepresentation has occurred.

 File Status
Please monitor the file status page at the Rush Medical College Secondary Application website to identify missing documents and track your file complete status.

Between July and February, files are regularly reviewed for on-campus interviews, which take place on Wednesdays between September and March. 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 nearly 450 applicants. 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 engaging in 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 Medical College (RMC) embraces the Rush University Medical Center Diversity Leadership Council Vision for diversity and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ commitment to increasing diversity in medical schools. Recognizing that diversity and inclusion enhance the medical education environment and ultimately the overall health of our community, RMC seeks to create and support an environment in which faculty, staff, and medical students combine their differing backgrounds, diverse perspectives and unique skills as they work with peers to solve problems, enhance their ability to work with patients, and develop new, effective ways to manage health, conduct research, and deliver care.
RMC strives to enroll a highly qualified and richly diverse student body through holistic review and individual consideration of the potential contributions that applicants with different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, races, ethnicities, characteristics and personal experiences would make to the educational experience of all students and to the school’s cultural, social and learning environment. RMC seeks to attain a learning environment that better reflects its community through increased representation of groups that are underrepresented in medicine relative to RMC’s surrounding communities. Along with remaining committed to applicants from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine, RMC considers diversity in economic, geographic, gender, age, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic backgrounds as important factors in not only creating a diverse community but also influencing an applicant’s potential to succeed as a physician in our rapidly changing and diverse society.
To this end, the RMC Committee on Admissions annually identifies factors for consideration in building a diverse student body. Further, RMC’s Faulty Council, utilizing information provided by the Committee on Admissions and other data, is committed to implementing programs and initiatives designed to meet these stated diversity goals.

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 
Rush Medical College currently does not accept transfer students. 

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.

Other Important Documents
Technical Guidelines for Admission and Promotion
Honor Code
SCORE Information and Proceedure

Contact Information
Office of Admissions
600 S. Paulina St.
Suite 524
Chicago, Illinois 60612-3832
Financial Aid Office
600 S. Paulina
Suite 440
Chicago, Illinois 60612
(312) 942-6256
Community Services and Multicultural Affairs
Sharon Gates, MA
600 S. Paulina
Room 984
Chicago, IL 60612
American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
655 K Street, NW
Suite 100
Washington DC 20001
(202) 828-0400


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