Candidates who wish to enter most health professional schools begin the application process 14-20 months prior to matriculation with medical and dental schools starting in August.

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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.

Medical and Dental School Application Checklist

Important Dates

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.

Medical School Common Plan with No Gap Year

Medical School Common Plan with Gap Year(s)

Dental School Common Plan with No Gap Year