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Selection Criteria

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) seeks students who have demonstrated academic excellence, who resonate with our mission, and who possess the personal attributes required of physicians. We are committed to selecting students who have developed personal and professional integrity, the potential for professional medical competence, the ability to deliver compassionate care, a passion for lifelong learning. Intellectual curiosity, educational excellence, ethical conduct, understanding of medicine as both an art and a science, open-mindedness and tolerance, and a service orientation to the community will be valued very highly by our selection committee. 

Our admissions team strives to build a diverse student body that will add value to our school and enhance the education of all class members. This may include groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine, first generation college graduates, students raised in Camden, individuals with unique service experiences, and those who may be financially disadvantaged.


Who is a good candidate for CMSRU?

CMSRU utilizes a holistic approach to admissions and considers all aspects of a candidate’s application throughout the admissions process. Some criteria used to determine who will be invited for an interview include, but are not limited to the following:

  • State of residence: CMSRU is a public, state-sponsored medical school.  Approximately two-thirds of matriculating students are New Jersey residents, but out-of-state applicants are also strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): The strength of course work, academic performance, trends in GPA, and any performance in post-baccalaureate and graduate courses are reviewed carefully.
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT): MCAT scores are considered in the context of the totality of the application.
  • Work/life experiences: CMSRU reviews applications to search for candidates who have unique activities that resonate with our mission and also demonstrate initiative, leadership, and commitment over time. These activities include evidence of clinical preparedness, personal scholarship (research), and service to one’s community.
  • Personal Competencies:  Applicants who demonstrate resilience, strong interpersonal skills, dedication to service, cultural awareness, ethical integrity, adaptability, ability to learn from criticism, and strong collaborative character are highly valued in our selection process. (see the Association of American Medical College (AAMC)’s Resources for Medical School Applicants.

Who is a good candidate for the Accelerated Three-Year Primary Care Track (PC3 Track) at CMSRU?

Successful applicants will be selected from the pool of accepted applicants at CMSRU. Ideal candidates should demonstrate:

  • Sincere motivation to enter into Primary Care Internal Medicine or Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Maturity necessary to be successful in an accelerated three-year program
  • An excellent academic record.

Learn more about the Accelerated Three-Year Primary Care Track offered at CMSRU.