Here is a general timeline for applying to medical school



  1. Prior to Applying:
  • Gather Letters of Recommendation and consider giving your letter writers thisAAMC 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.
  • Continue to save money for the application process.
  1. 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).
  • 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.
  1. 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).
  1. 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.
  1. August of the Application Year:
  • Continue finishing and submitting secondary applications.
  • Begin to check medical school application status websites for schools applied.
  1. 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.
  1. October – May of the Application Year:
  • Medical school admissions committees meet and decide status: accept/reject/waitlist. Applicants notified.
  1. March – May of the Application Year:
  • Medical schools hold “Second Look” or “Admit Weekend” activities. Newly admitted applicants are invited to attend.
  1. 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.
  1. May – August:
  • Applicants on waitlists are notified of an admission offer (typically, medical schools confirm their class by the end of June).
  1. 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.


I gathered this information from this link I thought the website did an excellent job highlighting everything. Please visit the website for more information and feel free to message me with any general questions. Also visit your advisor on campus and/or health careers center on your campus, they may have excellent resources as well that provide a thorough timeline. Also check AAMCs website (, they will have much more information as well.

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