Medical School Application Timeline
The medical school application process is a lengthy one. Applicants generally begin the formal application process in May or June and matriculate to medical school the following summer, approximately 14 months after initiating their application. Before you submit your application, you must have completed all of the core premedical course requirements, which are two semesters each with laboratory of general and organic chemistry, physics, and biology.
During the fall semester, applicants should begin to prepare for the medical school application process. Each fall the Office of Health Professions Advising sponsors many programs to help students get ready and to become aware of the steps ahead. Before fall break be sure to attend the medical school application and the MCAT study options and medical school application workshops given by the prehealth advisor. There are also information sessions given by medical school admissions officers as well as "career perspective talks" given by physicians and medical students. Try to attend these programs to learn more about the medical profession.
(Beginning 18 months before you intend to start medical school)
- If you have not completed the core premedical course requirements, enroll in any remaining core science courses.
- Begin studying for the MCATs. You should plan to take the MCAT by the early summer.
- Write up your "autobiography" that describes your academic, employment, extracurricular, and volunteer activities. The form with guidelines for writing the autobiography can be found on the Forms Section of this web site. Note that the autobiography is a confidential document that is only reviewed by the prehealth advisor; it is not shared with anyone on campus or sent to medical schools. The autobiography is usually due by the end of January.
- Schedule an autobiography meeting with the prehealth advisor to discuss your motivation for a career in medicine, your academic record and collegiate experiences, where to apply to medical school, and to consider which professors and supervisors you might ask for letters of recommendation. This meeting needs to be completed by mid-March.
- By April you should have requested all letters of recommendation.
- Attend the “How to Apply" to medical school workshops given by the prehealth advisor and information sessions given by medical school admissions officers.
- Start working on the centralized web-based medical school applications when they become available in May. (AMCAS for allopathic medical schools; AACOMAS for osteopathic medical schools; and TMDSAS for Texas residents applying to allopathic and osteopathic Texas state schools).
- If you are a senior, work with the Career Development Office on searching for jobs. You should also take advantage of the opportunity to do a mock medical school interview before leaving campus.
- If you have not taken then MCAT yet, do so by early summer.
- Submit your AMCAS, AACOMAS, or TMDSAS web-based applications as early as June, and it is recommended that you do not submit later than the 4th of July. The prehealth advisor is happy to read drafts of your personal statement. Do not underestimate how much time it takes to write this essay!
- Work on and complete secondary applications that are sent to you by individual medical schools. These applications will usually have additional essay questions and there will be secondary application fees
- Check in with the Office of Health Professions Advising to make sure that all of your recommendations have been received. Recommendations are due in early June.
- Review the course requirements for all the schools where you are applying to see if any of these medical schools have additional math, upper level science or social science requirements. Discuss any remaining medical school requirements with the prehealth advisor who will help you review your options for completing any required courses if necessary.
(one year before you intend to start medical school)
- Practice interviewing techniques. The Career Development Office will do mock medical school interviews with premedical students.
- Interview at medical schools (hopefully!).
- Continue to plan for financing your medical education. You (and likely your parents) will need to file income taxes and complete the FAFSA form early in the spring semester.
- Schools with a rolling admission process will send out acceptances starting in mid-October.
(six months before you intend to start medical school)
- If you have not done so during the fall, update the prehealth advisor in January with the progress of your medical school applications. It is important during the spring to keep in close contact with the prehealth advisor about your application status.
- Seniors can update medical schools with their fall grades in January.
- It is also possible to update fall grades on the AACOMAS and TMDSAS applications.
- Submit the FASFA forms and any other documents required for financial aid.
- Review acceptances and make decisions about which school you wish to attend.
- For allopathic medical schools, you must withdraw multiple acceptances by May 15; on that date you can only be holding one medical school acceptance offer. Osteopathic medical schools have different policies regarding holding multiple acceptances. Refer to the Osteopathic Medical College Information Booklet for individual medical school policies.
- If you are on wait lists, you may hear from the medical school at any time during the summer up to the start of their orientation and classes.
- If you are not accepted to medical school, meet with prehealth advisor about ways to strengthen your application if you are considering re-applying..
The summer before you enter medical school
- If you are attending a medical school that has a math, an additional science requirement or a humanities/social science requirement that you did not yet complete, you must take that required course before medical school orientation.
- For seniors, after graduation you will need to send a final official transcript to the medical school that you will be attending.