MD Program Application Process and Timeline

To apply to Rush Medical College, you must use the American Medical College Application Service, or AMCAS, a centralized medical school application processing service used by most U.S. medical schools. Once Rush receives your AMCAS application and an intial review of your application has been completed, those select individuals who we will seriously consider for interview will be invited to complete and submit our secondary application. In this invitation, we will specify any additional documentation required to complete your application.

You will be notified by email should you be invited for an on-campus interview.

Admissions timeline

Event Date/Deadline

Earliest MCAT test date acceptable

January, three years prior to matriculation. For 2018, earliest MCAT accepted is January 2015.

Rush online secondary application opens

July

Interviews held on campus

September - February

Initial admissions decisions made approximately two to three weeks after the applicant’s interview

October 15 - March 15

Latest MCAT test date acceptable

For 2018, latest MCAT accepted is October 2017.

Deadline to submit application to AMCAS and designate Rush as a receiving school

November 1

Deadline to submit the Rush Secondary Application online

December 15

Key application steps

Primary application. Please submit your American Medical College Application Service,  or AMCAS, application and designate Rush Medical College as a receiving school. In late June, AMCAS will download applications to Rush Medical College on a weekly basis.

Secondary application. Once Rush receives your AMCAS application and an intial review of your application has been completed, those select individuals who we will seriously consider for interview will be invited to complete and submit our secondary application. Upon receipt of this invitation, log into the Rush Medical College secondary application website.  With your unique login and token, you will be able to complete the secondary application.

MCAT test scores. MCAT scores will be released with your AMCAS application.

Letters of recommendation. Rush Medical College is a participating school in the AMCAS letters service and will only accept letters of recommendation sent through AMCAS. Learn more about submitting letters of evaluation/recommendation to AMCAS and the AMCAS letter service.

Required number/type of recommendations (Choose one option):

Option 1: One pre-medical committee packet (preferred)
Option 2: One letter packet
Option 3: Three individual letters with the following directives:   
                Note:  We will accept no more than three individual letters.

  • One letter 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. (academic letter)
  • One letter must be written by someone who can insightfully address the personal strengths and attributes (resilience, dependability, social skills, cultural competence, service orientation) you would contribute to medical school and to becoming a successful physician. ( non-academic letter)
  • One letter must be written from a person of choice, who has an in-depth perspective on you as an individual. This recommendation must be written by someone who has had substantial contact with you during the last 24 months. (personal letter)

You will be able to view the status of your application materials online after we have received your AMCAS application.

Letter writers/premedical advisors must submit letters of recommendation to the AMCAS letters service no later than December 1. Please note that your application will not be considered complete until your letters of recommendation have been received.

All letters of recommendation submitted as part of an application to Rush Medical College will be treated as though the applicant has waived his/her right to view the recommendation(s) and cannot be used for any other purpose.

Admission decisions. Rush Medical College makes every attempt to convey an admissions decision approximately two to three weeks after your on-campus interview.

The Committee on Admissions will continue to extend offers of admission until the class is full but no later than the first day of orientation. Applicants who are initially placed on a wait list are re-evaluated periodically 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. Accepted applicants must read and sign off before they can accept our offer of acceptance.

Criminal background check. Rush Medical College enforces 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. We also require a drug screening, which will be administered the first day of orientation.

Your application 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.

Contacts

If you have questions about the admission process, you can reach out to our admissions office or AMCAS, as appropriate.

Rush Medical College Office of Admissions
Armour Academic Center
600 S. Paulina St., Suite 524
Chicago, IL 60612

Email: rmc_admissions@rush.edu

American Medical College Application Service
655 K Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 828-0400
Email: amcas@aamc.org