Getting into the Rutgers-Newark 7-year medical program is highly competitive. The first three years are spent at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Caldwell University, Stockton University, Rutgers-Newark, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Montclair State University or Stevens Institute of Technology and the last four years are spent at Rutgers-Newark. Fifty-two students were admitted into this 7-year program this year, across the seven schools.
|Stevens Institute of Technology
The program requirements are:
- Top 10% of high school graduating class
- Minimum SAT score of 1400 or ACT score of 32, with neither being superscored
- U. S. citizen or permanent resident by the start of the medical program portion
- Must have a high school GPA > 3.5, although the high school GPA is usually > 4.0
- Need a B or higher in all pre-med college classes
- Must take the MCAT while in college and score at the national average or higher
- Need to maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 each college semester.
Here are suggested activities during high school for students interested in this program:
- Shadow physicians
- Volunteer in a hospital
- Go on a medical mission trip
- Learn about different medical specialties
- Participate in research (e.g., in a summer science program)
- Be an EMT volunteer
- Be a lifeguard
- Start a non-profit.
To get accepted, there are two interviews: one is a general admissions interview and the second is a medical school interview. It is a good idea for students to practice their interpersonal and interview skills.
Recently, Stevens had 150 applicants to the program. Of the 150 applicants, ten were interviewed and two were accepted. The Stevens application is due in mid-November and the Caldwell application is due by December 1.
Students are notified if they have been accepted by the medical school by early April, not April 1. The medical school communicates with the student using the Common App email address, so the student should check that email address daily to ensure they don’t miss any time-critical communications.
Thanks to Julie Washington of Caldwell University and Brian Switay of Stevens Institute of Technology for sharing this information at the 2017 NJACAC conference.
About two months ago, I attended a Transfer Forum sponsored by NJ Association of College Admission Counseling (
NJACAC) at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). There was a panel of transfer personnel from RVCC, Middlesex Community College, and the County College of Morris. Here are some of the highlights of the program.
Transfer: One of the most common questions asked is, “Will my credits transfer?” The answer is, “it depends.” It depends on the:
- Grades you get. Typically you need a C or better for your credits to transfer.
- Major you select.
- Articulation agreement between the community college and the 4-year college.
- Type of class (i.e., on-line classes may not transfer).
So, have your transfer discussion with transfer services personnel at the community college and at the 4-year college you would eventually like to attend, while you are still in high school.
Community College Price:
Generally, you pay less for your local public NJ community college, than another public NJ community college in the state. If your local public NJ community college doesn’t have the major you are interested in, you may be able to attend another public NJ community college for the same price, through a charge back.
Look into the NJ STARS program which waives tuition at community college, for the top 15% of the graduates from your high school.
Not all public NJ community colleges have the same level of disability services. For example, County College of Morris offers disability services to about a quarter of its students.
|Middlesex County College
Remedial Coursework: The panel members indicated that about 75% of their community college students need at least one developmental (aka remedial) course. Students need to take an Accuplacer placement exam unless their SAT or ACT scores are above a threshold. Currently, they need at least an SAT score of 540 in Critical Reading (old SAT) and 530 in Math (old SAT) or a 23 subscore on the ACT to be waived from the Accuplacer exam. Students cannot use a calculator for the Accuplacer exam. It is not unusual for a two-year associates degree to take 3 years, because of remedial classes.
Unique Programs and Opportunities:
Some public NJ community colleges have unique programs and/or opportunities. For example:
- Middlesex Community College has Dental Hygiene degree.
- RVCC has a medical coding degree.
- Students at Glassboro Community College can live on the Rowan campus.
- Middlesex Community College gives credit for military experience.
If you attended a NJ community college and transferred to a 4-year college, what tips/advice do you have?
Admissions representatives from several universities shared highlights of what’s new at their institutions at the NJACAC fall kickoff.
The Rider representative talked about:
- Special activities to commemorate the college’s 150th anniversary, including a gala, special performances, the breaking of a Guinness world record for the longest string of cranberries.
- The Westminster Choir College getting a new building.
- Sports management being offered as a new co-major.
- The Musical Theater degree becoming a Bachelors in Fine Arts, requiring an application by January 1.
- The current college president retiring on June 30th and the search for a replacement.
The Rutgers representative spoke of:
- The opening of the Residential Honors College housing for 500 students and faculty in September 2015.
- Mason Gross having a new digital film making major starting in 2015.
- Rutgers planning for a 2016 celebration of their 250th anniversary.
- Will be celebrating their 150thanniversary in 2015 with a Lehigh vs. Lafayette football game in Yankee Stadium.
- Has purchased two Bethlehem Steel buildings and turned them into research space.
- Has a new college president who came from the University of Virginia.
- Is in the midst of a one billion dollar capital campaign.
· Has fully integrated the engineering school into the university. Has new majors including Design and Performance Study, and an interdisciplinary Business and Film/TV.
· Is looking for a new president.
Is building a Campus Town Center which will open in August. It will have a first floor with Panera,Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, and a pizza place, and a second floor housing 430 TCNJ students.
Has a new STEM facility housing natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.
Will be switching to a 4-1-4 schedule to encourage a higher 4-year graduation rate and to give more students the opportunity to study abroad.
· Will require students to complete the CSS PROFILE in order to get financial aid. They expect this will enable them to give more aid to students whose families make between $75K and $150K per year.
The Rowan representative spoke of:
- Bringing in five companies, including Lockheed Martin, on property Rowan owns next to the college campus so students can do research and work with those companies.
- Two new med schools and the integration of medical studies with arts, business, and STEM. Students can get accepted into medical school right after high school; the med schools are focusing on community/family medicine.
- The freshman class being 40% bigger than last year.
- Rowan focusing on improving their graduation rate and having a goal to reach a 90% graduation rate.
Here are some important points made by Beth Dombkowski of Rowan University and Laura Arbogast of Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) on Visual and Performing Arts from the June NJACAC Conference:
- Look at the college’s accreditation. You would like to see accreditation by NASM for Music, NASAD for Art and Design, NAST for Theatre, and NASD for Dance.
- Consider the school’s location. Being in or near a large city is a major plus (e.g., it will provide you more opportunities for art internships).
- Consider whether you would prefer a discipline-specific school (e.g., FIT) vs. a Larger University (e.g., Rowan)
- Consider whether you would prefer a Traditional program (e.g., all Visual Arts students start by taking the same basic art courses) or a Direct Entry program (e.g., need to know what type of art you are most interested in and begin courses in that area of art immediately).
- Attend a Performing Arts and Visual Arts Fair – These are college fairs that focus on schools with strong programs in performing and visual arts. There are upcoming fairs in our area in the Fall including:
- Philadelphia, Monday, 10/6
- New York City, Tuesday, 10/7
- Some good questions to ask the school are:
- What are students producing?
- Who will teach me?
- What are support services?
- What performance opportunities are available to me as an undergraduate?
- What internship or employment opportunities are available to me?
- Can I perform professionally outside of school while I am an undergraduate?
- Tips on creating an art portfolios:
- Different colleges have different portfolio requirements. Review the requirements for the colleges you are considering.
- Summer is a good time to work on your portfolio.
- Go to a National Portfolio Day to get feedback on your portfolio from the colleges you are planning to apply to. Typically high school juniors and seniors attend National Portfolio Days. Upcoming 2014 dates in our area include:
- Philadelphia – Sunday, 11/9
- SUNY Purchase – Saturday 11/15
- New York City – Sunday, 11/16
- Tips on music auditions and placement exams:
- Colleges generally list what is required for their music audition on their Web page. Make sure you can do and are prepared to do all the parts of the audition. This varies from college to college.
- Colleges often require placement exams. For example at Rowan, all music majors are required to take placement exams in Theory, playing the piano, and sight singing.
- Theater major tips:
- Bring a resume listing your theater performance experience to your audition
- Before your audition, rehearse you piece in front of a live audience.
- The job outlook for the visual and performing arts in the Northeast shows growth in:
- Film & video editors (19%)
- Interior design (14%)
- Art director (11.7%)
- Fine artists (10.3%)
- Set and exhibit design (9%)
- Photographer (7%)
On February 26th, I attended a workshop at Rutgers University featuring a panel of college admissions and high school guidance personnel. They reviewed college admissions issues, concerns, and trends for members of the NJ Association of College Admission Counseling (NJACAC). The common themes were increased applications, more applications from international students, more demand for certain majors, continued building on-campus, and NJ state colleges looking for students from outside of NJ. Do any of these trends surprise you?
Some questions discussed included the impact of the economy on colleges and financial aid. Some private colleges are offering additional financial aid, with some discounting up to 50%. The panelists didn’t see how that could be supported on a long-term basis. Parents are asking more questions on college completion rates; it is taking students 5.6 years to graduate on the average. Some colleges are seeing the willingness to pay for college going down among those who can afford to pay. There is also an increase in families appealing financial aid awards. As parents, how has the economy impacted how you view a college education for your son or daughter?
In my next post, I will review the comments from the admissions personnel from Rider University, Fordham University, and The College of NJ (TCNJ).
At the NJACAC meeting, the following colleges shared some “new” information:
- Muhlenberg College is opening a new rehearsal hall for theatre arts, music, and dance. They will also be opening a new dining hall which will offer a kosher meal plan.
- Columbia University went to the Common App
- Duke University introduced a neuroscience major and a finance minor; they are building a new dorm on the west side of campus for upperclassmen.
- Rutgers University had a record enrollment. Their experiment with students self-reporting their academic record on their college application was a success and some of the State University of New York (SUNY) colleges will adopt it. Many new dorms are in the works.
I recently attended the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC) program on “Admissions Trends”. One trend is that a growing number of small liberal arts colleges are having financial difficulties. A panelist suggested that potential students and their parents be on the look for signs of poor financial health including:
- Significant deferred maintenance
- Faculty and staff layoffs
- Closed programs
- Dropping of varsity or extra-curricular activities
- Closed residence halls
- Downgraded bond ratings.