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Medical School Application Timeline

It is important to create a timeline for yourself when applying to medical school but perhaps more importantly, your timeline should be flexible. Course scheduling, extra-curricular activities, deadline changes, etc. all contribute to the need of having flexibility in your timeline. The AMCAS website has a very general timeline that covers an applicant’s four year stay at a college or university: AMCAS Timeline (PDF)

For specific application deadline dates, you should always check the AMCAS or AACOMAS websites.

Prior to Applying

  • Make sure to register for a Interfolio Dossier.
  • Gather Letters of Recommendation and consider giving your letter writers this AAMC link regarding guidelines and suggestions.
  • Continue with your volunteer, work or research activities.
  • Prepare for the MCAT – Register and choose from approximately 20 dates but should not take later
    than May/June of the year that you submit your medical school application.
  • Attend various medical school admissions and application workshops, pre-med. conferences, graduate
    school fairs, etc.
  • Consult the MSAR (Medical School Admission Requirement) to confirm school-specific requirements. To view the MSAR online you need to purchase access to it from AAMC. See the AAMC website for details.
  • Continue to save money for the application process.

April/May of the Application Year

  • Should be taking the MCAT or waiting for the release of your score from an earlier test date (April/May but no MCAT after June unless you choose to delay your application. Later MCAT scores will put you at a disadvantage in the admissions
  • AMCAS application is available. Begin to fill out primary application. Contact AMCAS directly for
    specific questions that are not found in their instruction manual.
  • Order and collect official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities that you have attended.
  • Confirm deadline dates for AMCAS and medical schools.
  • Focus on finals or if an alumni, continue to work, volunteer, etc.

June of the Application Year

  • Make final decisions on which medical schools to apply to and submit primary application.
  • Send official transcripts to AMCAS.
  • Have letters of recommendation sent to AMCAS - check individual schools for specific criteria.
  • AMCAS verifies primary application.
  • Medical school decisions regarding secondary applications begin to be forwarded to applicants (if
    invited to complete a secondary application, begin and submit sooner than later).

July of the Application Year

  • AMCAS verification process continues.
  • AMCAS notifies applicants of verified primary applications or problems with verification
  • Medical school decisions regarding secondary applications begin to be forwarded to applicants (if
    invited to complete a secondary application, begin and submit sooner than later).
  • Continue to submit primary applications.

August of the Application Year

  • Continue finishing and submitting secondary applications.
  • Begin to check medical school application status websites for schools applied.

September – March/April of the Application Year

  • Prepare/attend interviews.
  • Continue to complete and submit secondary applications (check deadline dates).
  • Send medical schools application updates if acceptable.
  • Continue to check medical school application status website for each individual medical school.

October – May of the Application Year

  • Medical school admissions committees meet and decide status: accept/reject/waitlist. Applicants notified.

March – May of the Application Year

  • Medical schools hold “Second Look” or “Admit Weekend” activities. Newly admitted applicants are invited to attend.

May of the Application Year

  • Newly admitted applicants must notify AMCAS and the medical school that they plan to matriculate of their decision by May 15th.
  • Admits with multiple acceptances must choose one school by May 15th and withdraw their application from other schools.

May – August

  • Applicants on waitlists are notified of an admission offer (typically, medical schools confirm their class by the end of June).

August – September

  • Medical school orientation and school year begins. An applicant on a waitlist can no longer be offered a position at another school once orientation begins at a medical school.


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