NYU Medical School: How to Get Accepted



Hey pre-meds!

This page serves as a high-yield resource for NYU Medical School. The information from this page is a GOLDEN resource. We’ve compiled it from NYU medical school acceptance rate data, the NYU med school website, and most importantly, from NYU med students themselves! You will have facts such as NYU medical school admissions statistics and you’ll get an insider perspective about the curriculum.


NYU is unique for two big reasons:

  1. NYU now offers its incoming students FREE tuition. That’s right. They set the precedence out of all medical schools in the U.S.
  2. NYU offers a select group of students a Three-Year MD Pathway where they will also be offered acceptance into the NYU residency program.

Whether you’re comparing medical schools that you have been accepted to, preparing for an interview, or wanting to learn more about NYU med school, keep reading!

NYU Medical School Secondary Application:

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NYU Medical School Application Secondary Essay Prompts:

Traditional MD Essay Prompts:

There are 5 secondary essays for NYU’s’ medical school application. Although they are relatively short, your answers to the questions can give the NYU medical school admissions committee a different insights about who you are, thus making your application stronger.

Essay 1) If applicable, please comment on significant fluctuations in your academic record which are not explained elsewhere on your application.

Essay 2) If you have taken any time off from your studies, either during or after college, please describe what you have done during this time and your reasons for doing so.

Essay 3) The Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach to evaluate a wide range of student qualities and life experiences that are complementary to demonstrated academic excellence, strong interpersonal skills and leadership potential. What unique qualities or experiences do you possess that would contribute specifically to the NYU School of Medicine community (2500 characters max)?

Essay 4) The ultimate goal of our institution is to produce a population of physicians with a collective desire to improve health of all segments of our society through the outstanding patient care, research and education. In this context, where do you see your future medical career (academic medicine, research, public health, primary care, business/law, etc.) and why? Your answer need not be restricted to one category. If your plans require that you complete a dual degree program, please elaborate here (2500 characters max).

Essay 5) Please answer only one of the following three questions (2500 characters max):

  • The most meaningful achievements are often non-academic in nature. Describe the personal accomplishment that makes you most proud. Why is this important to you?
  • Conflicts arise daily from differences in perspectives, priorities, worldviews and traditions. How do you define respect? Describe a situation in which you found it challenging to remain respectful while facing differences?
  • Describe a situation in which working with a colleague, family member or friend has been challenging. How did you resolve, if at all, the situation as a team and what did you gain from the experience that will benefit you as a future health care provider?


MD/PhD (MSTP) Essay Prompts:

Essay 1) Choose 5 faculty with whom you could see yourself working with in the future (dropdown menu)

Essay 2) Describe your full-time research experiences


Three Year MD Pathway Essay Prompts:

The Three-Year MD Pathway provides an accelerated track for a select group of eligible students. All students graduating from the Three-Year MD Pathway will be offered acceptance into the NYU Langone Medical Center residency program they selected at the time of admission by way of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Please note that we have an additional entry point into the Three-Year MD Pathway. Should you decide you are not ready to enter the pathway at this time, we have provided our matriculated first year medical students with the opportunity to opt into the Three-Year Pathway in available residency programs towards the end of their first year of medical school at NYU.

Finally, we are piloting an addition to our Three-Year MD Pathway for those applicants to medical school who already have a PhD and wish to obtain their MD to facilitate their research endeavors. This Three-Year PhD-MD Pathway is linked to research-focused residency tracks in some of our residency programs and provides unique benefits to those who wish to develop tomorrow’s biomedical discoveries as our future physician scientists.

  1. Please select the residency program you wish to apply to:
  2. Please describe your motivation for pursuing a residency, detailing how past experiences have shaped your desire to pursue this career path. (2500 char)
  3. What do you believe the three most important qualities are that make for not only a successful resident, but ultimately an ideal physician in this field? (2500 char)
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NYU Medical School Interview Format:

NYU Medical School interviews are in the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) with one of the MMI stations an “open-station interview” which is similar to a traditional one-on-one interview.

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NYU Medical School Acceptance Rate







Admit Rate


NYU Med School Median GPA: 3.93

NYU Med School Median Old MCAT: 38 Total (11 Verbal / 13 Physical Science / 14 Biological Science)

NYU Med School New MCAT: 521 (130 chemical & physical / 129 critical analysis / 130 biological & biochemical / 130 psychological, social)


Your NYU Medical School  Admissions Advisers

Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine
What I did After College:
• Improved vaccine distribution in developing countries
• Worked with the World Health Organization in the Philippines
• Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
• Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
• Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies
• Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department
Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, Stanford
Masters: Masters in Medical Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What I did after I graduated:
• Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
• Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian
• World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program
• Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities

The Insider’s View on How to Get Into NYU Medical School

How to Get Into NYU Medical School – Know the Curriculum:

NYU Medical School Curriculum: 

As a NYU med student, you only do pre-clinical work for the first 1.5 years (or January of your second year). Then, you do 1 year of core clinical clerkships followed by taking USMLE Step 1 January of your 3rd year. The rest of your 3rd and 4th years are focused on electives and advanced clinical clerkships.

Photo Credit: https://med.nyu.edu/education/md-degree/md-curriculum/


Pre-Clinical Years:

As an NYU med student, your first two months are on basic molecular biology. Then, you focus learn about the human body and disease through organ blocks.

  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Renal
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Endocrine & Reproductive
  • Nervous system
  • Musculoskeletal / Hematologic / Dermatologic

There is a new clinical simulation center for students. You also learn basic patient care and clinical skills through the Practice of Medicine course throughout the preclerkship curriculum.


Clinical Years:

You start clinical rotations January of your second year at NYU med.

The 2nd to 3rd year core clinical curriculum consists 12 week blocks.

The fourth year curriculum consists of additional advanced clinical rotations.

  • Critical care (4 weeks)
  • Other selectives, advanced subinternships, and scholarly concentration work


Taking Time Off:

Most MD candidates at NYU Medical School graduate within 4 years.


Why choose NYU Medical School?

The most common reasons we’ve heard:

  • FREE tuition
  • close knit classmates
  • NYC City – access to resources, FUN, vibrant culture

What students are saying about NYU Med School

Most med students live in the same area which creates a very tight-knit community

The med school is located in a very convenient and fun part of town.

I am interested in public health and the NYU area in NYC allows me to work with New York State public health institutions and homeless shelters.

Where is NYU Medical School Located? Pre-meds often wonder where NYU medical school is located. We’ve visited there and loved the area!It is located on the lower east side of Manhattan, so you’ll have access to great entertainment, food, and the rest of what New York City has to offer.

Unique highlights about pre-clinical years:

  • Option to direct match into residency
  • Tight knit medical school student culture
  • Pre-clinical curriculum is 1.5 years instead of 2 years
  • Scholarly project opportunities
  • Ability to work with the New York City community and several non-profits around the area
  • Several global health research opportunities

Unique highlights about clinical years:

  • Two of the core clinical rotation blocks are followed by one-week “intensives” where you meet in teams with your fellow med students to discuss concepts and clinical applications. This also allows you to take a “breather” in between rotations.
  • Flexibility to when you can take Step 2
  • Many faculty and departments place an emphasis on research
  • Global health clinical opportunities


Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn
  • Bellevue Hospital Center
  • Gouveneur Healthcare Systems
  • NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital

What students are saying about clinical rotations at NYU Med School

All the faculty I've worked with are great mentors.

Many faculty members are also engaged with research. I've had at least 2 of my surgery attendings offer me paid research projects.

NYU gave me the flexibility to take a year off to pursue a research project I wanted to do in between my clinical rotations. This allowed me to be more competitive for residency match.

Clinical rotations are TOUGH. But, you're in close proximity to all your med student friends and there are frequent get-togethers and parties to de-stress.


Where do students live?

Students mainly live in dorm-style apartments around the NYU med school campus.


Getting around:

There’s great public transportation in New York City. For almost all your clinical rotations, you walk a few blocks.


Financial Considerations:

  • Full-time Tuition: $52,000 (now FREE). But you also pay for housing ~$12,000 a year (subsidized housing)

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