Typical Medical School Application Timelines
Freshman and Sophomore Years
- Freshman Fall Orientation Meeting with Premedical Sciences Advisory Committee
- Registering with the Premedical Sciences Advisory Committee by filling out a Biographical Questionnaire.
- Begin requesting evaluations from professors (aim for 3-8 by the end of Junior year)
- Take required courses to fulfill admission requirements
- Make yourself known to your academic advisor and to your professors who will be writing recommendations
- Become involved in campus life through extra-curricular activities
- Acquire experiences in your desired field; volunteering, jobs during break and summer, etc.
- Visit the PreMed Center (CNS) to explore career options
- Identify specific admission requirements for your programs/schools of interest
- Continue to obtain evaluation forms from instructors and other sources (coaches, club advisors, etc)
- Study for upcoming admission tests (i.e. MCAT)
- Register for MCAT or GRE or other admission test (usually taken in Spring of Junior year)
- Write a resume and personal statement for upcoming PreMed committee interview
- Sign up for interview with PreMed Committee - usually occur just after Spring Break
- Meet with member of PreMed Committee for feedback from your interview
- Continue volunteer work and extracurricular activities
- During summer between Junior and Senior year, apply to the schools of your choice - applications for Med. School begin June 1st
- Complete applications as needed
- Retake MCAT if necessary
- Interview at schools
- Inform the PreMed committee of the outcome of your applications
- Continue to fill all course requirements
- Continue volunteer work
- Accept your offer
Many students take additional time for reasons such as the following:
- They decided on a health career some time after their freshman year.
- They need additional time to bring their GPA or MCAT scores up.
- They need additional time to make sure that this career option is right
There are many paths to medical school, and they don’t all follow the same timeline. Some people decide to apply to medical school after graduating and working for several years in a different field. There is no right way to do it, as it is a very individual decision.
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