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Frequently Asked Questions


Admissions Process and Timeline

How Do I Apply?
All applicants must apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).  Applications are online at http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/start.htm. The deadline to submit the AMCAS application for Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University is December 1.  Once we receive your verified AMCAS application, you will be sent an email with our Supplemental Application. You will be notified by email when your application is complete and forwarded to the Committee on Admissions for their review.

Can I include additional documents with my application?
Yes. We will accept materials that you send in support of your application. Please send all correspondence to somadmissions@stonybrookmedicine.edu.

Should I send my transcripts as part of the application process?
No. We receive your official grades through AMCAS and there is no need to send us your transcripts directly. However, be sure that your official transcripts are sent to AMCAS within their deadline (their web site is www.aamc.org) Transcripts are required only if you are accepted to the entering class.

How long does it take to hear a decision from you?
The evaluation process starts soon after an application is complete (verified AMCAS, supplemental application, fee or waiver, MCAT scores and letters of recommendation have been received). Since we screen each applicant individually, the process may take from several weeks to a couple of months.

Is Renaissance School of Medicine on rolling admissions?
Yes. First acceptances are made in mid-October and will continue until the interview process is completed in mid-March. We also establish a wait list, and offers of admission are extended after May 1st to applicants on the wait list.

Do you participate in an Early Decision (ED) program?
Yes. The Early Decision program allows highly qualified applicants to apply initially only to Renaissance School of Medicine. The AMCAS deadline for the ED Program is August 1. If you apply to us under this program, you must adhere to the tenets of the program. ED applicants will be notified of our admissions decision by October 1. If you are accepted, it is expected that you will enroll at Renaissance School of Medicine. Under ED program guidelines, you may not apply to another medical school in the United States (AMCAS or non-AMCAS) unless we do not offer you acceptance by October 1 or we release you from the ED commitment.

What should I do while my application is being considered?
While your application is under review, be sure to update any email change with AMCAS as email is our primary means of communication. Also be sure to keep your address and phone current in AMCAS.  Please feel free to email any updates to us at: somadmissions@stonybrookmedicine.edu

Does Renaissance School of Medicine offer an "Open House"?
Yes. Our annual Open House will be held in April.  Additional details on the exact date, time and location will be posted on our website.

Can I speak with an admissions counselor?
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we do not provide individual counseling. However, we will try to answer your questions. Please feel free to email any questions to us at: somadmissions@stonybrookmedicine.edu. For individual counseling, we recommend that you meet with your health professions advisor at your college or university.

If I am not accepted, can you tell me why?
Yes. Our Assistant Dean, Grace Agnetti, is the principal source of advising for those applicants who were unsuccessful in gaining admission into Renaissance School of Medicine, and will be available in May to speak with applicants.



Information on our current prerequisite course requirements are located on the “Admissions Requirements” page.


Supplemental Application

How do I get a Supplemental Application?
When we receive your verified application from AMCAS, we will send you an e-mail with instructions on how to access our Supplementary Application Form. The application fee is $100.00, and is non-refundable.

How can I get a waiver of your application fee?
Fee waivers are automatically granted to applicants who have an AMCAS waiver. This information is forwarded to us by AMCAS. If you were not granted a fee waiver by AMCAS, you may send us a written request for a Renaissance School of Medicine fee waiver. In your written request, you should explain in detail the reasons for the request and attach relevant documentation, i.e., a letter of support from your college's Financial Aid office.  Each request will be considered on its individual merits.


Letters of Recommendation

How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit?
We prefer a composite letter of recommendation from the applicant's university pre-health careers advising office. If your college does not have a Preprofessional committee, please provide letters from two instructors (at least one in science). Additional letters are not solicited but will be accepted.  AMCAS will accept a maximum of 10 letters of recommendation.



What are the oldest MCAT scores you accept?
For the 2019 entering class, only the new MCAT will be accepted.  The earliest MCAT date considered will be January 22, 2016, and the last MCAT scores which will be accepted are for the September 19, 2018 exam.

How are the MCAT scores evaluated?
If an applicant has taken multiple MCAT exams, scores are averaged.


Residency and Citizenship

Do you accept applications from out of state students?
We do accept out of state applicants to our medical school. 20-25% of our entering class for the last 4 years have been out of state residents.

Do you consider foreign students or graduates from a foreign university?
We welcome applications to the first year class from international students. There are, however, two separate issues that international students need to consider:

  • Cost: Financial aid is offered only to those applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents of the US.
  • Prior educational experience: All pre-requisite courses must be taken at a US or Canadian college or university. International applicants (not Canadian) must have completed at least one year of study in an US College or university.

Do you consider Canadian applicants for admission?
Yes, we welcome applications from Canadian citizens. If accepted, Canadian citizens who are not permanent residents of the US are not eligible for financial aid from US financial institutions. Financial aid is offered only to those applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents of the US.


MD/PhD - Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

How do I apply to the MD/PhD (MSTP) Program?
On your AMCAS application you must designate "Combined MD-PhD Program". Information on the program may be obtained at https://medicine.stonybrookmedicine.edu/mstp .  For additional information on the MD/PhD (MSTP) program, you may contact them at 631-444-3219.

Do you have a joint BA/MD program?
Yes. The Scholars for Medicine Program (http://www.stonybrook.edu/undergraduate-admissions/academics/honors/. You may also email them at: enroll@stonybrook.edu or call 631-632-6868.


Transfer Requests

Do you accept transfer students?
If a vacancy occurs in the third year class, students may be admitted. To be considered you must be matriculated at a US or Canadian LCME-accredited medical school, and must be in good standing. Applicants should contact our office in the spring to see if transfer position are available.

Important Dates

August 1, 2018 AMCAS application deadline for Early Decision
December 1, 2018 AMCAS application deadline for all other applicants
December 28, 2018 Deadline for Supplemental Application & letters of recommendation for Renaissance School of Medicine
Early April, 2019
The next Open House is slated for early April, 2019 – visit our website for information