Rutgers New Jersey 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? (1500 characters)
  • 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 (1500 characters)
  • 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 (1500 characters)
  • 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 (1500 characters)
  • If you are a re-applicant, please share what you have done to enhance your candidacy and re-application? (1500 characters)
  • 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.). (1500 characters)
  • Please discuss any additional information you feel may help us in our review of your candidacy. (1500 characters)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Dec 1st
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Dec 15th
Secondary Fee: $95
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: No
PREview 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