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2022 AMCAS® Updates and FAQs

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Attention: Transcripts sent via Parchment

AMCAS is aware of an intermittent transmission issue with Parchment that is impacting the receipt of some transcripts. Parchment has identified that some transcripts they send to AMCAS are missing the data needed for a transcript to be automatically applied to an application. They are working towards a resolution, but they do not yet have a timeline for the fix. If you were notified by Parchment that your transcript was received and downloaded by AMCAS prior to the current transcript processing date listed on our website, please submit a message using the AMCAS Contact Us form and select "Parchment Inquiry" in the drop-down as the reason for contacting AMCAS.

If you were notified by Parchment that your transcript was received and downloaded after the date AMCAS is currently processing, please wait to contact us until the processing date listed has passed when you submitted your transcript. You will receive an email from AMCAS when your transcript has been marked as “Received.”

2022 Cycle Update

The AAMC has been working closely with the medical school admissions and pre-health advisor communities to consider the impacts on applicants due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Medical schools are aware of the many challenges applicants are facing and understand the need to be flexible in their admissions approach during this application cycle. Please review the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) and Participating Medical Schools and Deadlines for updates provided by medical schools. We encourage you to check directly with the medical schools where you are applying for their most current information.

Transcripts

AMCAS only accepts official transcripts mailed by your registrar or electronically submitted by our approved vendors, National Student Clearinghouse and Parchment. Transcripts will not be accepted via email or fax. Please review transcript processing timelines and the transcript FAQs below for more information.

Application Verification

The verification process may take six to eight weeks once your application reaches “Ready for Review.” Your application is “Ready for Review” once your applications is submitted and all required transcripts have been processed. We recommend checking transcript processing timelines and the transcript processing tool for the status of your transcript, as well as our website, for updates on application processing timing. 

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Transcripts

AMCAS will return to the transcript delivery policies that were in place prior to March 2020. We will only accept transcripts sent by mail or electronically submitted from our approved vendors, National Student Clearinghouse and Parchment. We will not accept transcripts via fax or email. If your institution is not set up with a vendor to send us transcripts electronically and cannot mail a paper transcript, please have your registrar contact us at etranscripts@aamc.org

In addition to electronic transcripts, AMCAS accepts official paper transcripts from all institutions. Visit your institution's website for more information and/or guidance on their processes to request and have a transcript sent to AMCAS.

Paper copies will be processed upon receipt. Paper transcripts should be mailed to AMCAS along with an AMCAS Pre-barcoded Transcript Request Form to help us match your transcript(s) to your application. This form is found within the application.

Paper transcripts may be sent to AMCAS via the U.S. Postal Service or expedited mail services, such as Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS, or DHL. Details for each mail service are below:

Standard Mail Service:

Paper transcripts can be mailed to:

AMCAS attn: Transcripts
AAMC Medical School Application Services
P.O. Box 57326
Washington, DC 20037

Please note, if sent by U.S. mail, most transcripts take approximately 10 calendar days to arrive at AMCAS from your institution. In general, it takes approximately 15 business days from the day your transcript(s) arrive at our facilities for us to process them and mark them as “Received.” You will receive an email from AMCAS once your transcripts are processed.

We recommend allowing additional time for your transcript to be delivered to AMCAS via mail as the U.S. Postal Service may continue to experience challenges that cause delays.

Expedited Mail Service:

If your transcript will be sent via an expedited mail service (Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS, or DHL), your registrar should use the following address. Please note, this address should only be used for transcripts that cannot be sent to a P.O. Box. All other mailed transcripts must be sent to the P.O. Box address to ensure accurate receipt and efficient processing.

AMCAS, attn: transcripts
AAMC Medical School Application Services
655 K Street, N.W. Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001

You will receive an email once your transcript is processed and has been marked “Received.” If you have not received an email, we recommend checking transcript processing timelines and referencing the transcript processing tool.

If your transcript is past the posted AMCAS status date, please contact your registrar to confirm the date the original transcript was sent to AMCAS. Reference the transcript processing tool for a timeline of when AMCAS should have marked your transcript as “Received.” If your electronic or mailed transcript is past the corresponding “Latest processing date” on the chart, you should discuss with your registrar your options to have the transcript resent. 

If your transcript was sent electronically, please confirm you entered the correct transcript ID number.

If your transcript was sent by an expedited mail service (Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS, or DHL) and you have confirmation of delivery from the courier, contact the AAMC Services Contact Center and provide the tracking number. Please allow 5 business days for a response. 

Please note, the U.S. Postal Service may continue to experience challenges that cause delays. We recommend allowing additional time for your transcript to be delivered to AMCAS via mail.

Medical schools are aware of these issues and taking them into consideration. AMCAS has worked with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) to understand challenges related to transcript delivery. Most schools have indicated transcript delivery should not be impacted. If you believe there will be delays with your transcript(s) from your institution(s), please contact the institution(s) directly to clarify their process and timeline. 

Please contact the AAMC Services Contact Center and complete the form with the below information and allow 10-15 business days for the request to be processed.

If attached to the incorrect application cycle year:

Reason for contacting us: Transcript Inquiry
Reason for your Inquiry: Other
Message: I am requesting that my transcript be moved from AY 2021 to AY 2022
Institution/school 
Date transcript was sent

For a transcript attached to the incorrect school:

Reason for contacting us: Transcript Inquiry
Reason for your Inquiry: Other
Message: My transcript was attached to the wrong institution
Institution/school applied to
Institution/school it should be moved to
Date transcript was sent

    AMCAS is aware of a technical issue receiving electronic transcripts that result in some applicants receiving multiple emails confirming the receipt of the transcript. The AMCAS team is actively working with our vendors to identify and correct the issue. If you have received multiple notices from AMCAS, please confirm in your application that your transcript has been marked as received. Once confirmed, you can then disregard the duplicate emails for that transcript. These emails do not impact the status of your application. 

    Our approved electronic transcript vendor, Parchment, acquired Credential Services and eScrip-Safe in 2020. If your registrar uses the Credential Services or eScrip-Safe platform and the portal requests your AAMC ID and Transcript ID numbers, you may submit your transcript through this service. If it requests an email address only, please contact the AAMC Services Contact Center for more information or request a paper transcript from your institution.

    If the National Student Clearinghouse portal requests an email address only, please request a paper transcript from your institution. If your school is unable to mail a paper transcript please contact the AAMC Services Contact Center for more information.

    If your school or institution is physically closed and unable to send a paper transcript, please have your registrar contact etranscripts@aamc.org. Only registrars can contact this email. If you have questions, please contact the AAMC Services Contact Center.

    AMCAS is aware of an intermittent transmission issue with Parchment that is impacting the receipt of some transcripts. The AMCAS team is actively working with Parchment to correct the issue. Please reference the transcript processing tool. If it is past the indicated date and AMCAS has not received your transcript, please submit a message using the AMCAS Contact Us form and select "Parchment Inquiry" in the drop down as the reason for contacting AMCAS.

    The confirmation email you received from your electronic transcript vendor noting AMCAS has downloaded the transcript confirms the arrival date, not the processed date, of your transcript. It can take up to 15 business days for your electronic transcript to be processed and marked as “Received” in your application from the date it arrives at AMCAS. Remember, you will receive an email from AMCAS once your transcripts are processed.

    First, please confirm the date your transcript was sent from your registrar. Then use that date to review the transcript processing tool to find what the last processing date would be for your transcript to be marked as “Received.” If the date has passed, AMCAS does not have your transcript and you will likely need to send a new transcript. If your transcript was sent by priority mail, please contact us with your tracking number. For all other mailed transcripts, please verify that you provided the correct AAMC and Transcript ID numbers and resend your transcript.

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