Medical School Application Guide


Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School


Rosalind Franklin University




This is a non-profit, private, interprofessional graduate school located in North Chicago, Illinois.Offers a 4 year programme.




International students ARE eligible to apply.


Degree Requirements


Applicants must have completed 90 hours of undergraduate study to apply. Coursework completed abroad is accepted. Transcripts from international schools (except Canadian schools) are not accepted by AMCAS. These transcripts must first be evaluated by a credentialing service such as World Evaluation Service to evaluate the course work to US standards. The vast majority of successful applicants have earned a Batchelor’s degree prior to matriculation.


Course requirements


One year of the following, with labs, are required: biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. One year course in calculus and a semester course in statistics are advised, but not required. A one semester in organic chemistry supplemented by a semester course in biochemistry can substitute the normal organic chemistry requirement. Courses taken online are accepted for prerequisites as long as they are recognized and verified by AMCAS. AP and CLEP credit are both accepted for prerequisite courses as long as the course credit is listed on your transcript.


A-level and GCSE Requirements


There is no minimum GPA score. For the entering class of 2014, the average GPA was 3.57 and the average science GPA was 3.51.


MCAT requirement


All applicants must write the MCAT. There is no minimum score. For the entering class of 2014, the average MCAT score was 30. MCAT scores are valid for 3 years. If you have sat the exams several times, the most recent score is considered.


Selection Formula


Rosalind Franklin University is a private institution and therefore all applications are reviewed using the same criteria, regardless of whether an applicant is in-state, out-of-state or from outside the U.S.Students are strongly encouraged to submit their application early. In selecting students for admission, all aspects of the application are considered including grades, MCAT scores, essays, references and interviews.


Applicants with a PhD or master’s


There is no added advantage given by a PhD or masters degree.


Application Documents


A completed application must include the following: - a verified AMCAS application - Supplemental application - Supplemental application fee - MCAT score, as verified by AMCAS - Three letters of recommendation or one Committee letter. At least one recommendation letter should be from a medical professional you have worked with and one from one of your science professors.


Students receive a link to a secondary application after they apply to the school. In the 2009-2010 application cycle, the 2010-2011 application cycle and the 2012-2013 cycle, the questions in the supplementary application were the following:


At Rosalind Franklin University, we celebrate and support a Life in Discovery. Briefly describe what a Life in Discovery means to you.

Future physicians, research scientists, and other healthcare professionals are expected to work in an inter-professional environment, and Rosalind Franklin University allows students to learn in such an environment. Describe what you envision to be your greatest challenge in working on an inter-professional team.

How did you hear of Rosalind Franklin University?


The Interview


Interviews start in September and continue until the class is full. The interview day includes 2 semi-blind interviews. The interviewers will see the entire application except the GPA and MCAT. Interviews usually last between 30 - 45 minutes. Some questions in the past have been: “Who has been the biggest influence of your life?”, “What do you think about healthcare in America?”, “What are you passionate about?”, “A pharmacist refused to give birth control to a patient with a valid prescription. What do you think about this?”, “Considering the current economic climate, do you think research and development should be cut back for the sake of money?”, “Do physicians have the right to refuse treatment to a patient?.


Application deadline


The application deadline is November 1. They use a rolling admissions process but encourage candidates to apply as early as possible. AMCAS opens for the 2016 cycle in early May with submission beginning in June.


Application cost


The secondary application fee is USD 105. The fee is waived for students who received an AMCAS fee waiver.




USD 49,920 for 4 years with USD 6,000 for additional years.


Competition Ratios


For 2014 entry there were 12, 098 applications received. x students were interviewed for the 190 places available. There were xinternational applicants with x interviewed.


Dual degree programmes


The MD/PhD programme has two tracks. The first track is an entry-level admission. It is very rare to accept an MD/ PhD applicant this way. A competitive candidate will have a cumulative and science GPA of 3.75 or higher and an MCAT of 35 or above. The second track occurs once an applicant has been accepted into the MD programme. The student will then apply for the MD/PhD during their M2 year. If accepted, a student would start in the graduate portion of the programme after completing the second year of the MD programme. For a track 2 admission, a competitive candidate will have a Rosalind Franklin University (MD programme) GPA of 3.5 or above.




Deferrals are rarely granted and only in exceptional circumstances. Once accepted a student may request in writing a one-year deferral.




Rosalind Franklin University

CMS Admissions

3333 Green Bay Road North Chicago, IL 60064


Telephone: 847-578-3204


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