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Detailed Timeline and Instructions for Applying
The following document offers step-by-step instructions for applying to medical and dental schools. It reviews (1) how to become a competitive applicant, (2) when to apply, (3) how to gather letters of recommendation, (4) the details of the application process, and (5) a detailed application checklist.
|Suggested Deadline||Formal Deadline|
|Mid-Oct.||Varies||Register for the MCAT or DAT if not yet complete. DAT registration is ongoing.|
|---||Mid-Nov.||Attend mandatory meeting for applicants announced through Pre-Health email list.|
|---||April 24||Complete the Self-Assessment and Waiver forms on the UMass Pre-Health Applying to Schools webpage.|
|Early May||July 1||Begin the online application for AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS.|
|---||May 29||Have all letters of recommendation on file with veCollect.|
|June 1||July 1||Send transcripts from each college attended to AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS after spring grades are posted.|
|1st week of June||Aug. 4*||Submit online application through AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS.|
|June 2||June 27*||Take MCAT ideally the summer or winter before applying. If not already complete, take it ASAP.|
|Jun 15||July 21*||Take DAT if not already complete.|
|June 30||Sept 1||Complete secondary applications. Medical applicants, complete CASPer if required by your prospective schools.|
|---||Aug. 4*||Have all items for committee letter: self-assessment completed, all letters of recommendation (signed and on letterhead) in veCollect, application submitted, official MCAT or DAT score posted to application, and transcripts received by online application portal.|
*This item must be completed before a committee letter can be written.
Sample Four-year Timelines
The following timelines are general ideas for how one might structure required course work and activities. The main goal, however, is to get into medical or dental school; there is no prize for sticking to a certain timeline. Candidates should be flexible and let their experiences and instincts guide them in developing a timeline that sets them up for success.