Application Process

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Application Timeline

Below is a rough timeline for preparing your application.

The year that 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.

Study for the MCAT. Both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools require the MCAT.

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.

The 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.