2020-2021 Application Cycle Updates

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted all aspects of life. As Rush University, the Chicago community, and the nation continue to navigate the situation, the Rush Medical College (RMC) Office of Admissions and Recruitment is closely monitoring the impact of the virus on the 2021 application cycle and our future students. Our determinations regarding the 2021 cycle, which are outlined below, were developed in accordance with AAMC guidelines & protocols and our institutional mission. Moving forward, we hope to limit the number of additional alterations to the upcoming cycle. We understand the unknown is both stressful and anxiety-provoking, but rest assured that we are in this together.

Please note: The information below pertains to all applicants seeking to matriculate to RMC in Fall 2021. We encourage applicants and advisors to bookmark this page for future reference, as all additional updates to the 2021 cycle will be published here. We will post relevant updates regarding future application cycles as appropriate.

This page was last edited on July 28, 2020.

Clinical Experiences and Community Service Orientation

We seek applicants who demonstrate longitudinal commitments to providing care and giving back to their communities. While clinical exposure and community service should be demonstrable in applicants’ pre-pandemic experiences, we recognize many have had their preparations for the upcoming cycle altered due to the public health crisis. Applicants invited to complete the Rush Medical College Secondary Application will have the opportunity to explain how the pandemic affected their paths to medical school. For general information regarding the attributes of a successful RMC candidate, click here.

Interview Day Format

To ensure the safest and most cost-effective experience for our applicants, we have made the difficult decision to conduct all interviews virtually. We will update our Interview Day pages with additional information over the coming weeks.

Letters of Recommendation

RMC is a participating school in the AMCAS Letters Service and will only accept letters of recommendation/evaluation that are provided through AMCAS. We continue to prefer pre-medical committee packets for those applicants whose institutions provide this service. However, letter packets and up to three individual letters remain acceptable alternatives for those without pre-professional committees or who were unable to participate in the committee review process due to the pandemic. For general information regarding letters of recommendation and their role in the RMC application process, click here.


We will accept MCAT scores from exams administered between January 2018 and September 2020 (including the September 27 and 28 administrations). The AAMC does not notify medical schools of future MCAT registrations; it is the responsibility of each applicant to maintain this information within AMCAS. For more information, reference the 2020 AMCAS Applicant Guide, which is available here.

Invitations to complete the Rush Medical College Secondary Application may be extended to applicants awaiting MCAT score reports or who are registered for future MCAT administrations.

Online and Pass/Fail Coursework

Courses taken online or graded as Pass/Fail due to institutional responses to the pandemic will be considered without prejudice. Our review of such courses will adhere to the protocols and procedures of AMCAS, which completes transcript evaluations on behalf of medical schools. For more information regarding the impact of alternative grading policies on AMCAS’ GPA calculation, click here.