Admissions and Procedures

The State of New York requires that all students admitted will have completed at least two years of college; however, few applicants without a baccalaureate degree are successful.

Medical School Admissions Requirements Commencing with the 2015 Entering Class

Biology- 2 semesters with lab, one of which should include a course in cell biology or genetics

Chemistry- minimum of 4 semesters including coursework in general and organic chemistry and a course in biochemistry.  A minimu of 3 semesters of lab is required.

English/Writing- 1 semester

Physics- 1 semester with lab

Social Science/Humanities- 1 semester of either psychology, sociology, logic, ethics, anthropology or philosophy

Statistics- 1 semester


Advanced Placement (AP) credit will be considered for a course in which the applicant achieved a score of 4 or 5. AP credit not to exceed one course in a specific discipline.

Applicants may be invited for an interview prior to fulfilling all the requirements.  These requirements must be satisfactorily completed in full prior to matriculation into the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook Universitys. Applicants offered an acceptance who lack any of these requirements will be required to complete the course(s) with a grade of C or better prior to matriculation.

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) must be taken within 3 years of matriculations (i.e. for 2016 entering class, the oldest MCAT accepted would be 2013).  Foreign applicants must have completed at least one year of study in an American college or university.

The Committee on Admissions carefully examines each candidate's preparation and promise for creative work in medicine, regardless of the candidate's area of concentration prior to medical school. Applications from a wide variety of students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and academic interests are encouraged, as well as from groups that have been historically under-represented in medicine.  Renaissance School of Medicine adheres to the AAMC definition of underrepresented in medicine: "Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population." The majority of Stony Brook's applicants are residents of New York, however, out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply. There is no discrimination in the admissions process on the basis of race, color, sex, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or veterans' status.

Renaissance School of Medicine expects that each student admitted will complete the full curriculum of required courses and electives under the established School policies. Academic requirements for each year of medical school are available on the Office of Medical Education Webpages. Grades, MCAT scores, letters of evaluation, and extracurricular and work experiences are carefully examined. The candidate's motivation and personal qualifications, as indicated in the application, letters of evaluation, and a personal interview, also contribute greatly to the admissions assessment.*

Prospective students are advised to consult the current edition of Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR). Ordering information is available at the following website: You may also contact their office at:

Association of American Medical Colleges
Publications Department
2450 N Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Phone - (202) 828-0416        
Fax - (202) 828-1123

Since competition for any one school is keen, prospective applicants will profit from reading this book's overview of the medical school admissions process, as well as a description of the educational program of all accredited medical schools in the nation, including Stony Brook.

*The submission of false or misleading information in the application materials or in connection with the application process shall be the grounds for rejection.  If such submission is discovered after the rendering of an offer of admission, matriculation in the school, or award of the degree, it shall be grounds for withdrawal of the acceptance offer, for dismissal, or for revocation of degree.