Accepted Applicants

Welcome Class of 2026! And welcome to the Accepted Student Webpage! If you have not done so already, please be sure to bookmark this page, as you will want to check it regularly between now and Orientation in the fall.

Please find your Accepted Student Checklist below. This checklist outlines required, recommended, and optional tasks that will help prepare you for a successful transition to medical school at RMC.

Should you have questions regarding any of these tasks, please contact us at RMC_EnteringClass@rush.edu.

Accepted Student Checklist

last updated 07.21.2022

Required:

Submit your Tuition Deposit 

In order to secure a seat in our class, log in to our application website and click the Admission Offer tab. Read and sign the Rush Medical College Technical, Non-Academic Standards for Admission and Promotion, and the Rush University Honor Code, and electronically submit your $100 tuition deposit.

Deadline: July 1, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Complete the Criminal Background Check

All accepted applicants are required to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. Beginning January 1st, and following your first acceptance, you can expect to receive an email from Certiphi Screening, Inc. requesting the completion of your criminal background check. Upon completion of this process, the procured report will be released to Rush Medical College. A positive result from the Criminal Background Check will result in your file being presented to the Committee on Student Evaluation and Promotion (COSEP) for review. If COSEP determines that there is a positive result on the Criminal Background Check, Rush Medical College has the right to rescind your acceptance. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Certiphi Screening, Inc. directly at (800) 803-7860.

Deadline: July 1, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Access your Rush Student Accounts

In January, the Rush Student Affairs Office begins the process of creating new student accounts. You can expect to receive an email from Rush University (Rush_Admissions@rush.edu) regarding the following:

  • Student ID
  • Username
  • Password
  • Rush University Portal: The Rush University Portal is a secure site that allows students to interact with the University. Through the Rush University Portal you will be able to:
    • View the status of your financial aid application
    • Review your financial aid award and accept or reject what is being offered
    • Confirm your tuition charges and pay your bill online
    • View campus news & events
  • Rush Email Account: All official communications from the University will be sent to your Rush Email Account.

If you have technical difficulties with any of the Rush University Systems, please contact the Information Services Help Desk at 3CLAS@rush.edu or (312) 563 - CLAS. For more information regarding technology and Rush University Systems, visit the Information Services website and/or review the RU Systems FAQ Document and RU Technology Overview.  

Deadline: July 1, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Review the RMC Required Drug Screening Policy

In preparation for clinical rotations at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, all Rush Medical College (RMC) students are required to submit a urine sample under conditions arranged by RMC for a drug screening. M1 students will be tested during their immunization appointment with Lifetime Medical Associates. Upon completion of the testing process, a report will be released to RMC. A positive result from the Drug Screen will result in the student’s file being presented to the Committee on Student Evaluation and Promotion (COSEP) for review. If COSEP verifies a positive result, Rush Medical College may rescind the student’s acceptance.

Deadline: July 1, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Submit your Transcripts

Rush University requires a final, official transcript from each college/university you have attended, even if a degree was not granted by that institution. Unfortunately, transcripts uploaded to AMCAS cannot be transferred to your Rush University student record and new copies will need to be requested.

In order to be considered official, your transcripts must be sent to the Office of the Registrar directly by your school. Copies issued to you cannot be accepted by the University. 

The Office of the Registrar’s preference is to receive transcripts electronically, where possible. Please request that electronic transcripts be sent to  Registrars_Office@rush.edu.

If your school cannot issue electronic transcripts, please use this physical address to have them mailed:

Rush University
Office of the Registrar
600 S. Paulina St.
Suite 440
Chicago, IL 60612

Deadline: August 22, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Complete the AAMC Matriculating Student Questionnaire

Beginning June 1, the AAMC Matriculating Student Questionnaire (MSQ) will be distributed via email to all accepted students. The AAMC uses this information to plan the direction of medical education, assess the nation’s future physician supply, and monitor the policies on educational costs. The survey links will be sent from msq@aamc.org to the email address submitted with your AMCAS application. Completion of this survey is required prior to Orientation. 

Deadline: August 22, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Complete the Required Summer Reading Assignment

As an incoming RMC student, you are required to read The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills and review the corresponding reading guide, written by Dr. David A. Ansell. The Death Gap focuses on important issues in health care today and specific issues particularly related to health care in Chicago. During your first week of classes, you will participate in small group discussions aimed at understanding race as a social phenomenon and how various forms of racism contribute to health inequities. 

You should have previously received an email from RMC_EnteringClass@rush.edu with instructions on how to access the Anti-racism Summer Reading Guide.

Deadline: August 22, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

All accepted applicants are required to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. Beginning January 1st, and following your first acceptance, you can expect to receive an email from Certiphi Screening, Inc. requesting the completion of your criminal background check. Upon completion of this process, the procured report will be released to Rush Medical College. A positive result from the Criminal Background Check will result in your file being presented to the Committee on Student Evaluation and Promotion (COSEP) for review. If COSEP determines that there is a positive result on the Criminal Background Check, Rush Medical College has the right to rescind your acceptance. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Certiphi Screening, Inc. directly at (800) 803-7860.

Deadline: July 1, 2022

Submit your Ventra Card Preference

Ventra is the fare payment system for Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Pace and Metra that allows individuals to pay for train and bus rides throughout Chicago land. All incoming students are given the option to accept or decline the RMC provided Ventra Card. Should you choose to decline the RMC provided Ventra Card, the one-time fee of $153.75 will not be included in your tuition bill.

Please complete this survey no later than July 31st, to indicate your Ventra Card preference for the fall semester.

Deadline: July 31, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Submit the Respirator Fit Testing & Training Program Form

As required by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), all incoming students must be properly fitted for their medical grade mask. Mask fitting appointments will take place during the month of September. Prior to the fitting appointment, all students must complete the “Respirator Fit Testing & Training Program” form.

Directions: Please download and complete this form in its entirety, save as a .pdf entitled “LastName, FirstName - StudentIDNumber,” and email to Janice_Tonietto@rush.edu. Additional information regarding your sizing appointments will be forthcoming.

Deadline: August 15, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Schedule your Headshot with Rush Production Group

On Friday, August 26, Rush Production group will be taking professional style headshots of all incoming medical students. These headshots will be used for identification purposes during your first two years at Rush.

To view available times and schedule your appointment, please access this spreadsheet using your Rush email. Select your preferred appointment time by typing your “Last Name, First Name” into any of the available cells. As this is a shared document, I trust that everyone will respect their colleagues and honor the appointments previously scheduled.

Once you select your appointment time, please be sure to add it to your calendar, as it is your responsibility to remember your appointment time and arrive to your appointment as scheduled. We will not be sending individual appointment confirmation or reminder emails.

Deadline: August 15, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Complete the Dietary Preferences Form

Rush Medical College will be providing breakfast, lunch & snacks throughout the week of Orientation. If you have any dietary restrictions and/or preferences please be sure to complete this form.

Deadline: August 15, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Signup for the Welcome to Chicago Picnic

To help you get acquainted with your new Chicago neighborhood and meet fellow classmates who live nearby, we have scheduled a “Welcome to Chicago: Picnic with your New Neighbors!” event for the Friday afternoon of Orientation! Please complete this form so that we can connect you with current students living in your neighborhood.

Deadline: August 15, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Review the RU Onboarding Resources Guide & Resources Website

The Onboarding Resource Guide, provided by Rush University, serves as a tool to allow you to acquaint yourself with University offices and student support services that will assist you during your time at Rush University. Many more resources— including guidelines for using Rush University technology, tip sheets for e-learning and more—can be found on the Onboarding Resources webpage. Please be sure to review all the resources presented to make sure you have the best experience possible as a new RMC student.

Deadline: August 15, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Complete the Rush University New Student Welcome & Onboarding Checklist

All students matriculating to Rush University must complete the Rush University New Student Welcome and Onboarding Checklist. This checklist will take you through the steps to familiarize you with Rush University policies, ensure your information on-file is accurate, and provide you with helpful financial information.

When accessing the checklist, you may need to use a RUSH\ before your username and then your normal network password. For example, if your username is jdoe5, you should type RUSH\jdoe5 as your username. We recommend using a browser within myapps.rush.edu, which should address any access issues you might have.

As part of the Onboarding Checklist, a student ID photo is required. You can read guidelines and tips for taking and submitting your ID photo here. Failure to complete this checklist and submit a student ID photo by the deadline below, will result in a delayed student ID.

Deadline: August 15, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

All accepted applicants are required to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. Beginning January 1st, and following your first acceptance, you can expect to receive an email from Certiphi Screening, Inc. requesting the completion of your criminal background check. Upon completion of this process, the procured report will be released to Rush Medical College. A positive result from the Criminal Background Check will result in your file being presented to the Committee on Student Evaluation and Promotion (COSEP) for review. If COSEP determines that there is a positive result on the Criminal Background Check, Rush Medical College has the right to rescind your acceptance. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Certiphi Screening, Inc. directly at (800) 803-7860.

Deadline: July 1, 2022

Review the RMC 2022 - 2023 Academic Term & Exam Schedule

Please review the 2022 - 2023 Academic Term & Exam Schedule here. We recognize that throughout the year many of you will want to travel home for the holidays and/or make time for special events. When making such plans, please be sure to reference this document so that you can plan accordingly. Please note, all dates are subject to change.

Deadline: August 15, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Submit your Fall Tuition Payment

The most convenient way to make tuition payments is through self-service.

The office of Student Financial Affairs also accepts payments through mail, in the form of personal check, money order, or cashier’s check. Please make the payment payable to Rush University and please include your student ID in the memo portion of the payment.

The mailing address is as follows:

Rush University
Attn: Student Financial Affairs
1700 W. Van Buren
Suite 282B
Chicago, IL 60612

We also accept payments by phone. To submit payment via phone, please schedule an appointment via email at Financial_Affairs@rush.edu.

Rush University accepts all major credit cards - American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Please note that a 2.5% service fee will be added to all credit card payments. Payments made via e-check will not be charged the additional fee.

Questions related to tuition payments can be directed to Mirielle Ulhoa, Financial Affairs Analyst.
 

Deadline: September 2, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Complete the Rush University Health Insurance Enrollment Process or Submit an Insurance Waiver

Rush University Policy requires all students to have quality health insurance. As an RMC student you have the option to either enroll in the student health insurance program OR provide proof of alternate insurance, should you choose not to enroll in our plan this Fall 2022.

All medical students must complete the student health insurance waiver or enrollment process. Enrollment in the plan is required unless the student provides proof of coverage under an alternate plan.

Please review the Student Health Insurance FAQ document, prior to beginning the enrollment and/or waiver process.

Insurance coverage will begin on August 23, 2022. Should you need coverage prior to August 23, Rush offers an early arrival enrollment option. This option offers coverage from August 1 – August 22. Enroll in early arrival coverage here.

More information regarding the Rush University Student Health Insurance can be found here.

Deadline: September 19, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Review the RMC Technology Requirements & Purchase Necessary Tech Equipment

You can access the RMC Technology Requirements here. Please review this information carefully to ensure that all your electronic devices meet the minimum requirements.

Questions regarding Technical Requirements can be directed to Bill Fleming, Director of Medical Student Systems.

Deadline: August 22, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Submit the White Coat & Stethoscope Order Form

The Rush Medical College Alumni Association has generously donated the funds to purchase you a White Coat and Littmann Cardiology IV Stethoscope. Please complete this form to indicate your preferred white coat size and stethoscope color. Should you need assistance with sizing, please refer to the Rush White Coat Sizing Chart. 

Deadline: July 31, 2022 11:59 pm CT

Schedule your Lifetime Medical Associates Appointment

As part of Orientation, all incoming students must schedule an individual appointment with Lifetime Medical Associates (LMA) to complete the immunization and drug screening requirement. 

  • Immunizations: LMA will place your QuantiFERON which will satisfy our immunization requirements. If you have proof of a Tdap which has been placed within the past ten years, please bring this proof with you to your appointment. If you do not have proof, LMA will place a Tdap for you. If you have tested positive in the past to PPD, you will need to bring a copy of the positive results and the corresponding chest x-ray with you as well.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Verification: LMA will also verify your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please be sure to bring proof of vaccination - either a photo or hard copy of your vaccination card will suffice.
  • Drug Screening: In preparation for clinical rotations at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, all RMC students are required to submit a urine sample under conditions arranged by RMC for a drug screening. Upon completion of the testing process, a report will be released to RMC. A positive result from the Drug Screen will result in the student’s file being presented to the Committee on Student Evaluation and Promotion (COSEP) for review. If COSEP verifies a positive result, RMC may rescind the student’s acceptance.

Scheduling your appointment: LMA has secured several blocks of time, during the weeks of August 22, 29 and September 5, to conduct these appointments. Appointments will be brief (approximately 15-minutes) and will take place at the LMA office located at 1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 215, Chicago, IL 60612. To view available times and schedule your appointment, please access this spreadsheet. Select your preferred appointment type by typing your Rush student ID number into any of the available cells. Gray cells indicate that no appointments are available at that time. As this is a shared document, I trust that everyone will respect their colleagues and honor the appointments previously scheduled.

Once you select your appointment time, please be sure to add it to your calendar, as it is your responsibility to remember your appointment time and arrive to your appointment as scheduled. We will not be sending individual appointment confirmation or reminder emails.

Deadline: August 20, 2022 11:59 pm CT

Select your preferred t-shirt size for Day of Service

The Rush Office of Student Diversity & Community Service will be providing t-shirts for you to wear during our annual Day of Service, scheduled for Saturday, August 27. Please select your preferred t-shirt size here

Deadline: August 15, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Recommended:

Join the Accepted Student Facebook Group

Join the Official RMC Class of 2026 Facebook Group! This page is open to all accepted students and run by current first and second year RMC students. Feel free to discuss anything on this page and remember that your friendly upperclassmen are always there to answer any questions you have about being an RMC Student! 

To join the Facebook Group please request admission here. Upon requesting admission, you will be asked to input your AAMC ID. Once we confirm your accepted student status, you will be admitted into the group. This may take up to 24 – 48 hours.

Join the RMC Email Buddy Program

The goal of the Email Buddy Program is to pair you with two current students (one pre-clinical, one clinical) with whom you can communicate via email. Your Email Buddies are available to answer any questions you might have - from our curriculum to co-curricular opportunities, to housing, and everything in between! 

To join the Email Buddy Program please complete this form. 

Mark your Calendar for the Monthly Admitted Student Town Halls

RMC Admitted Student Town Halls will be held the first Tuesday of every month from 5pm - 6pm CT and will provide an opportunity for admitted students to learn more about the current happenings at Rush, as well as ask questions of the Director of Admissions and several of the RMC Admissions Team. While the town halls are completely optional, we hope you will take advantage of these sessions to connect with your future RMC colleagues and the admissions staff! A reminder email with registration information will be sent the Monday prior to each session. 

RSVP for the Class of 2026 White Coat Ceremony

The Class of 2026 White Coat Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 10th, 2022 from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm at the Mariott Marquis in Chicago. Each student will receive a maximum of 4 tickets; 1 ticket for the student and 3 tickets for their guests. All students and their guests are required to be Covid vaccinated. 

You should have previously received an email invitation, which included an RSVP link for the event. If you cannot locate this email, please contact RMC_EnteringClass@rush.edu

Deadline: August 24, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Complete the RMC Welcome Book Survey

To help introduce you to the entire Rush Medical College community, we are creating a digital flipbook that will feature a brief profile of each student in the Class of 2026! To get a preview of what the book  will look like, check out the book we created for the class of 2025.  

The book will be distributed to the Rush Medical College community (current students, faculty, staff, and alumni) after your White Coat Ceremony in mid-September. 

To be included in the RMC Class of 2026 Welcome Book, please complete this survey.

Deadline: August 15, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

Optional:

Apply to the Family Medicine Leadership Program

The Family Medicine Leadership Program is a four-year, longitudinal program designed to emphasize patient-centered, community-based, interdisciplinary learning, along with the development of leadership and advocacy skills, for students seriously considering a career in Family Medicine. 

Apply to the Family Medicine Leadership Program here.

Apply to the Health Equity & Social Justice Leadership Program

The Health Equity & Social Justice Leadership Program  (HESJLP) occurs throughout all four years of medical school and is designed for those hoping to become advocate-physicians who will lead the field in advancing the practice of health equity and social justice in their communities. Students accepted into the program will participate in classroom and community experiences and will collaborate on a longitudinal project with a community organization. 

Apply to the Health Equity & Social Justice Leadership Program here.

Apply for Financial Aid

If you are interested in applying for financial assistance at Rush University, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Within the FAFSA, you will need to include Rush’s school code (009800) in the school section of the FAFSA document, If you are under 30 years of age, parental information is required within the FAFSA.

Additional information regarding Financial Aid can be found at the Office of Student Financial Aid website

Request Accommodations

Rush University is committed to ensuring equal access to our facilities, programs, and services. Students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact Marie Lusk, Director of Student Accessibility Services, prior to Orientation, to request or discuss an accommodation in the classroom and/or clinical setting. 

To learn more about requesting accommodations, visit the Office of Student Accessibility Services website

Complete the M1 Elective Lottery Application

Rush Medical College offers six preclerkship elective courses through which first-year students can explore other areas of interest. These non-credit elective courses may be taken in parallel with the required first-year curriculum:

  • Basic Biomedical Research
  • Basic Spanish for Medical Professionals
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Humanities in Medicine
  • Innovation in Medicine
  • Intermediate Spanish for Medical Professionals

Should you wish to take an M1 elective course, please complete the M1 Elective Lottery Application.

Deadline: July 27, 2022, 11:59 pm CT