New Jersey (Rutgers) Secondary Application

New Jersey (Rutgers) Secondary Essay Prompts

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Prompts have been updated June 2023. (Older essays, if available are below)


  • We are committed to an environment which fosters collaboration, humanism, equity and social justice. How do you envision yourself contributing to the NJMS community?
  • We seek students who are self-aware, resilient and adaptable. Discuss a personal or professional challenge you’ve experienced and how you resolved it. Please include insight on what you learned about yourself as a result
  • If you will not be a full-time student between June 2022 and August 2023, please describe in detail your planned activities, including projected time commitment for each activity
  • If you have chosen to pursue one or more “growth” years prior to your planned matriculation to medical school in 2023, please share insight on your decision
  • If you are a re-applicant, please share what you have done to enhance your candidacy and re-application?
  • Please elaborate on challenges not thoroughly addressed anywhere else in your application (Please feel free to address any or all of the following if applicable: impact of COVID, institutional actions, academics, MCAT, personal difficulties, etc.).
  • Please discuss any additional information you feel may help us in our review of your candidacy.

Primary Deadline: Usually around Dec 1st
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Dec 15th
Secondary Fee: $95
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: Yes
VITA Required: No
Screens Applications: No
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/Email

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Mission:

The mission of New Jersey Medical School is to educate students, physicians, and scientists to meet society’s current and future healthcare needs through patient-centered education; pioneering research; innovative clinical, rehabilitative and preventive care; and collaborative community outreach.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Vision:

To create, transmit and utilize knowledge to shape the future of medicine and to enhance the quality of life for the people of New Jersey.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Values:

  • Personal respect for patients, students, staff, faculty and community
  • Passionate commitment to excellence in service, research and training
  • Celebration of diversity in culture, ethnicity, religion, gender and individual goals
  • Professionalism in all conduct
  • Commitment to serving needs of constituents
  • Progress through partnerships

Former Prompts (before 23-24 cycle)

  • If you have participated in any program(s) affiliated with NJMS (i.e. summer programs, research, high school programs, internships, volunteering, graduate school, etc.), please indicate below. Please provide name(s) and date(s) of program participation.
  • If you have any relatives currently enrolled or who have graduated from NJMS please provide name(s), relationship to you and graduation year in the space provided below.
  • If you have any other connections to NJMS, or Rutgers University, please provide details below.
  • If you previously applied to NJMS through AMCAS or an accelerated program, please provide the following: Program name(s) and Application year(s).
  • Please indicate below if you previously met with either Dr. Heinrich or Ms. Rivero (prior to July 1, 2018). With whom did you meet and date(s):
  • NJMS recognizes the importance of diversity in the medical profession. We understand that the applicant pool is multidimensional and as such we would like to learn more about you:
  • Integrity is a core value at NJMS. Please share your thoughts on Integrity. Additionally, we seek students who are self-aware, resilient and adaptable. Discuss a personal or professional challenge you have experienced and how you resolved it. | How to Write About Your Obstacles, Challenges, and Problems in your Secondary Essays
  • NJMS is committed to fostering a collaborative and cohesive environment. With this in mind, how will you contribute to our medical school community?
  • Please discuss any additional information you feel may help us in our review of your candidacy. Feel free to elaborate on any gaps (educational or experiences), discrepancies in academic history, institutional actions, etc. | How to Write About Red Flags in Your Secondary Essays | How to Write About Your Gap Years in Secondary Essays