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AMCAS 2023: Medical School Application Timeline


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AMCAS applications open in early May of each year. 

Unless you plan to take a gap year, you should begin preparing your med school applications during the spring semester of your junior year of premed studies (before May of your application cycle year).

Specific deadlines for submitting your application depend on the school you’re submitting to and may range from September to December. The application and interview process generally runs through March of the following year, and the admissions process starts that May (around when you’ll be graduating from your undergraduate program).

AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) is one of the 3 primary applications for prospective medical students in the United States. Applying to medical school is a significant process that requires a lot of preparation, paperwork, and time — for good reason.

Let’s review the ideal timeline of applying to med school with AMCAS for your best chance to get into medical school.

When does AMCAS open for the 2023-24 application cycle?

The AMCAS 2023-24 application opens on May 2, 2023. This date applies specifically to the AMCAS application for MD programs (allopathic medicine).

Other medical school applications for US students include AACOMAS (for DO programs) and TMDSAS (for Texas medical schools). The opening date for AACOMAS is May 4, 2023, and the opening date for TMDSAS is May 2, 2023.

Some students choose to apply to all 3 programs, but this is not a requirement.

Important Dates

  • May 2, 2023: AMCAS application opens for the 2023-24 cycle.
  • May 30, 2023: Earliest date you can submit your AMCAS application for the 2023-24 cycle.
  • June 30, 2023: First day the AMCAS applications will begin submitting to schools after going through the verification process.
  • June 2023: Schedule your MCAT test date with a score release date of no later than July 31st for best results. For the 2023/2024 cycle, that means taking your MCAT on or before June 29, 2023. MCAT results typically take 30-35 days to release.
  • June 2023: Taking the CASPer exam is recommended (even if your preferred school doesn’t require it). Aim to take the CASPer no later than the end of June 2023.
  • August 1, 2023: Deadline for the Early Decision Program.

Application Timeline: 2023-24 Cycle

Application deadlines can often be school-specific, but they typically fall between mid-October and early November in your application year.

Even though those are the deadlines, we do not recommend waiting until the last minute for any part of this journey. Your chances of matriculation may depend on applying early — especially for schools that accept students on a rolling basis.

A visual look at when important events happen in the medical school admissions timeline.

January–April 2023

Decide which medical schools you’ll apply to. The specific schools determine details of certain aspects of the process, such as exams you’ll need to take, ideal MCAT scores, and more.

  • Collect letters of recommendation, or letters of evaluation. You don’t have to submit these with your primary application, but it’s a good idea to do it anyway. Schools will not evaluate a medical student’s secondary application without them. Putting in a request for individual and/or committee letters well in advance will help your letter writers provide thoughtful recommendations.
  • As soon as you’re prepared, take your MCAT and CASPer exam before AMCAS applications open. If you’re struggling to feel ready, consider investing in MCAT tutoring.
  • Register with a pre-health committee if your school has one. 
  • Register for the AAMC PREview exam if the schools you plan on applying to require it. 
  • Each medical school has different requirements, so consult MSAR to confirm specific application materials you’ll need for your chosen schools.
  • Begin brainstorming, outlining, and writing your personal statement. If writing isn’t your thing (or you get overwhelmed), you may want to use a personal statement editing service to increase your chances of standing out.
  • Outline and write out all of your extracurricular activities and work. You’ll need to highlight up to 3 of these on your final application, so consider which of these Work & Activities had the most impact.
  • If you plan on applying to a Texas medical school or an MD-PhD program, you will also want to start brainstorming, outlining, and writing your essay for those applications.

May 2023

  • Open your AMCAS application as early as possible and begin filling out your background information in sections 1-3. AMCAS applications open May 2, 2023. The earliest you can submit a full application is May 30, 2023.
  • Order your official transcripts from all colleges and universities you’ve previously attended to complete the coursework section of your application (section 4 of the AMCAS).
  • Send reminders to recommendation letter writers if they have not already provided the letters. You’ll add these letters of recommendation to section 6 of the AMCAS.
  • Complete your medical school personal statement and extracurricular activities section by May 15.
  • Decide exactly what schools you will be applying to and fill these out in section 7 of your application.

June 2023

  • Take your MCAT no later than June 29, 2023. Submit your MCAT score in section 9 of your application. 
  • Take your CASPer exam no later than the end of June 2023. Submit your CASPer exam results in section 9 of the AMCAS.
  • Begin secondary essays and other requirements for secondary applications. You should start this immediately after you turn in your initial application, starting with your preferred school’s requirements first.
  • Submit your AMCAS in early June. It’s important to use the several months before the  AMCAS application opens, to improve the quality of your application. Once your application is submitted, it will take anywhere between 1 to 6 weeks to undergo AMCAS verification before being sent directly to schools. 

July 2023

August 2023

  • Submit your Early Decision Program application by August 1, 2023. 

September 2023–April 2024

  • Complete individual medical school interviews. Interview invitations can happen anywhere between September-March. Once you are selected for an interview, you’ll move on to the next step in the medical school application process. These may be virtual or in-person. To help you prepare, we’ve put together a few handy guides and resources:
  • Await decisions from each school you interview with. Admissions decisions vary based on each school. They may be made at any point between September–March in your cycle year. Some schools may not immediately accept or reject your application but rather put you on a waitlist, meaning you’ll have to wait longer for their decision.
  • Continue the admissions process as you receive acceptance letters from the schools highest on your list. Some schools do rolling admissions, which means they will send acceptance letters a few weeks after your interview. Other schools will wait to make a final decision until March, assuring that all possible candidates were interviewed. 
  • If you don’t get accepted to the school you chose in the Early Decision Program, quickly submit applications to your other preferred schools. The EDP allows you to be accepted more quickly to the single school you choose, but you can’t apply to any other programs until you’ve been released from the EDP commitment.

January 2024 is the last month to submit primary applications. We do not recommend waiting this long, as it is likely to hurt your chances of being accepted by any med school. Most med school application deadlines are actually in November, so waiting this long also greatly limits which schools you may apply to.

October 2024-May 2025


How soon should you submit your med school application?

Aim to submit your med school application as early as possible, preferably in June of your cycle year. The longer you wait to submit, the lower your chances of being accepted get.

What is the deadline for AMCAS?

Deadlines for submitting your application via AMCAS depending on the schools you’re applying to. Check the AMCAS database for application deadlines of your preferred schools. 

IMPORTANT: If you put your application off until just before the deadline, remember that you must request your transcripts no later than 2 weeks before your school’s application deadline. Otherwise, your application will not be processed by the deadline and you won’t be included in that school’s applicants for the cycle year.

How late can I take the MCAT for this application cycle?

You will need to take the MCAT no later than 35 days before your school’s AMCAS application deadline. Verify your MCAT score release date against your school’s application deadline. In general, this probably means the latest you can take the MCAT will typically be sometime between September and November (during the fall semester of your senior year of undergrad).

But waiting this long to take the MCAT is not a wise choice. We recommend taking the MCAT no later than June 29, 2023, but preferably before the end of April.

Which Schools Don’t Require the MCAT?

A few of the least competitive medical schools (typically outside of the U.S.) don’t require the MCAT in your AMCAS application. You may also be exempted from the MCAT if you apply to certain BS/MD programs at U.S. medical schools.

Your MCAT score is typically a critical application data point that admissions committees use in student selection to medical school. Scores help admissions officers interpret grades and other academic data from undergraduate institutions with different curricular focuses and grading standards.

During the 2020-21 and 2021-22 application cycles, additional schools in the U.S. suspended their MCAT requirements due to the lingering effects of COVID. However, these changes have been reversed for the 2023-24 cycle.

When should I submit secondary applications to medical schools?

You should submit your secondaries as soon as possible after they are requested by the medical school. According to our suggested timeline, this means you should submit your secondary applications in July of your application cycle.

Has AAMC Ever Moved Its Timeline?

Yes, there is a precedent for AAMC moving the date that schools receive applications in extreme situations. The last time they did this was in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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