WSU-Ross University School of Medicine Partnership

Your journey to medical school starts at WSU

If you want to attend a U.S. university that prepares you for medical school – and has a built-in pathway to an accredited, inclusive, and innovative university dedicated to the science of healing – then WSU is the place for you. Our partnership with Ross University School of Medicine (Ross Med) was created for students who are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or Washington state citizens. 

WSU alumni who have graduated within the past 5 years who are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or Washington state citizens are also eligible for the program.

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1First-time pass rate is the number of students passing the USMLE Step 1 exam on the first attempt divided by the number of students whose first attempt was in 2018-2022. To sit for the USMLE Step 1 exam, students must successfully complete the Medical Sciences curriculum and earn a satisfactory score on the NBME CBSE exam as listed in the student handbook.

2First-time residency attainment rate is the percent of students attaining a 2024-25 residency position out of all graduates or expected graduates in 2023-24 who were active applicants in the 2024 NRMP match or who attained a residency position outside the NRMP match.

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Your curriculum

Students must have a bachelor’s degree or higher to be considered for admission to Ross Med. The WSU courses below will satisfy the prerequisites needed to apply. 

  • Inorganic or General Chemistry: 2 semesters (8 semester hours) with laboratories
  • Organic Chemistry: 2 semesters (8 semester hours) with laboratories
  • General Biology or Zoology: 2 semesters of biology or zoology with laboratories
  • Physics: 2 semesters (8 semester hours) with laboratories
  • Mathematics: 1 semester of college-level mathematics (3 semester hours), preferably calculus or statistics
  • English: 2 semesters (6 semester hours)

Special benefits for WSU international grads

Eligible WSU students and alumni may receive special benefits from Ross Med upon their graduation from WSU (except where prohibited by law).

  • Waiver of application fees
  • Guaranteed admissions interview
  • Evaluation for academic scholarships
  • Deferment of MCAT®
  • Scholarship covering the flight to Ross Med for the first semester
  • Scholarship to cover first-semester housing, which  may be eligible for extension into the second semester
  • Familiarization trip to the Island as deemed necessary

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Ross Med admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, upon completion of your coursework at WSU you must have:

  • An overall GPA or equivalency of 2.8 or higher
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher in all courses designated as prerequisites for admission
  • No grade below C or equivalent in any prerequisite course designated by Ross Med
  • All prerequisite coursework must have been completed within 10 years of the date of student application to Ross Med (prerequisite course substitutions and/or exceptions may be granted at the sole discretion of the Ross Med Faculty Admissions Committee)
  • A cumulative score of 490 or higher on the MCAT® exam and minimum section scores of
    • 123 or greater for Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems;
    • 122 or greater for Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems;
    • 120 or greater for Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; and
    • 120 or greater for Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior


Under extraordinary circumstances, Ross Med, in its sole discretion, may consider student applicants whose qualifications fall below the threshold qualifications set here.

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To apply

With a bachelor’s degree program that qualifies you for admission to Ross University School of Medicine with flexible start dates throughout the year, we will help you find the track that best suits your interest in pursuing a medical degree. Where you begin will depend on your grades and English level. But no matter what your starting point is, we offer several routes that get you to graduation day so that where you end up is where you want to be, graduating with a degree from WSU and admission to medical school. 

If you meet the academic and English language requirements for your degree program, you can apply directly to WSU.

Applying to WSU

To apply, you will need:

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts (high school or college, if you are a transfer student)
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Copy of your passport identification page or national identity card

Start the process now!

For qualifying WSU alumni

Are you interested in pursuing a medical degree?

If you graduated from WSU in the last 5 years and are not a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or Washington state citizen, and satisfy Ross Med’s minimum admission requirements, you may be eligible for this program.