Application Process

We are here to help you throughout the application process.  For help with school selection, the personal statement, letters of recommendation, or interviews, see our “Apply” tab.

 

Application Timeline

Below is a rough timeline for preparing your application.  Click on the arrows for more information. We have also prepared guides for completing both the AMCAS and AACOMAS.

 

Fall before you apply

 

Research Schools

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)’s MSAR is an online database of every medical school in the country.  You can purchase a subscription for use during the application cycle.  For a list of schools, visit the AAMC.

 

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) publishes the Osteopathic Medical College Information book every year.  You can download a free copy from their website.  For a map of schools, visit the AACOM.

 

For tips on choosing schools, visit our Selecting Schools page.

 

Make a list of your activities outside of class
  • hours, dates, locations, contacts
  • what your role was, what you learned

 

Identify possible letter writers.

 

Spring before you apply

 

Study for the MCAT

Both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools require the MCAT.  To hear how other students have prepared, visit our exam tips page.

 

Write personal statement

For tips on writing your application essay, check out our Personal Statements page.

 

Request letters of recommendation

Schools vary in their letter of recommendation requirements.  Please check with individual schools.  We usually recommend 2 letters from science faculty, 1 letter from non-science faculty, and 1 non-academic letter.  For tips on how to build relationships with faculty, visit our Letters of Recommendation page.

 

Summer that you apply

 

Complete the centralized application

Allopathic schools use a centralized application called AMCAS that opens in May, but you cannot submit the application until June. The AMCAS costs $160 for the first school, and $35 for each additional program.

Osteopathic schools use a centralized application called AACOMAS that opens in May. The AACOMAS costs $195 for the first school, and $35 for each additional program.

 

The centralized application includes:

 

Complete school-specific secondaries

Medical schools require a secondary application unique to each school.  We recommend returning the secondaries two weeks after you receive them.

 

Interview

Applicant finalists will be asked to participate in interviews.  For help preparing for interviews, visit our Interview Preparation page.