Early Decision Program FAQs

What is the Early Decision Program?

The Early Decision Program (EDP) gives you the opportunity to secure an acceptance from one EDP-participating medical school by October 1, while still allowing sufficient time to apply to other schools if you are not accepted.

The EDP is a restricted program, in that applicants are bound by program agreements. To apply through the Early Decision Program (EDP), you must:

  • Apply to only one U.S. medical school by the stated deadline date (August 3 for schools that participate in AMCAS). You may not apply through the EDP if you have already submitted an initial or secondary application (AMCAS or non-AMCAS) to a U.S. medical school or a M.D. degree program for the current entering class;
  • Provide the school with all required supplemental information by the stated deadline date (August 3 for those schools that participate in AMCAS);
  • NOT submit additional application(s) (AMCAS or non-AMCAS) until:

    • receipt of an EDP rejection; or
    • receipt of a formal release from the EDP commitment; or
    • the October 1 notification deadline passes. Contact your EDP school if you have not been notified of your status by October 1.
  • Attend only this school if offered a place under the EDP.

All EDP applicants accepted by a medical school must adhere to the tenets of the Early Decision Program. This includes, but is not limited to, applicants accepted to the current entering class, delayed matriculants from a previous entering class, and all other applicants who are required by the medical school to submit an ED application to the current entering class. Under these circumstances, application to other schools is prohibited. Any violation of these conditions will result in an investigation. Medical Schools agree:

  • To notify EDP applicants of admission decisions by October 1; and
  • To defer applicants to the regular applicant pool, if appropriate.

What is the Early Decision Program?

The Early Decision Program (EDP) gives you the opportunity to secure an acceptance from one EDP-participating medical school by October 1, while still allowing sufficient time to apply to other schools if you are not accepted.

The EDP is a restricted program, in that applicants are bound by program agreements. To apply through the Early Decision Program (EDP), you must:

  • Apply to only one U.S. medical school by the stated deadline date (August 3 for schools that participate in AMCAS). You may not apply through the EDP if you have already submitted an initial or secondary application (AMCAS or non-AMCAS) to a U.S. medical school or a M.D. degree program for the current entering class;
  • Provide the school with all required supplemental information by the stated deadline date (August 3 for those schools that participate in AMCAS);
  • NOT submit additional application(s) (AMCAS or non-AMCAS) until:

    • receipt of an EDP rejection; or
    • receipt of a formal release from the EDP commitment; or
    • the October 1 notification deadline passes. Contact your EDP school if you have not been notified of your status by October 1.
  • Attend only this school if offered a place under the EDP.

All EDP applicants accepted by a medical school must adhere to the tenets of the Early Decision Program. This includes, but is not limited to, applicants accepted to the current entering class, delayed matriculants from a previous entering class, and all other applicants who are required by the medical school to submit an ED application to the current entering class. Under these circumstances, application to other schools is prohibited. Any violation of these conditions will result in an investigation. Medical Schools agree:

  • To notify EDP applicants of admission decisions by October 1; and
  • To defer applicants to the regular applicant pool, if appropriate.

What is the Early Decision Program (EDP) Deadline?

  • AMCAS: August 3 (application and official transcripts)
  • Non-AMCAS: contact the medical school admissions office or refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements website.

If your application is received by the stated deadline, but one or any of your transcripts are late, you will not meet the Early Decision Program deadline. You may still apply to the regular applicant pool.

What is the Early Decision Program (EDP) Deadline?

  • AMCAS: August 3 (application and official transcripts)
  • Non-AMCAS: contact the medical school admissions office or refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements website.

If your application is received by the stated deadline, but one or any of your transcripts are late, you will not meet the Early Decision Program deadline. You may still apply to the regular applicant pool.

How do I designate additional schools once I've been released from my EDP agreement?

Should you receive either a rejection or a formal release from an EDP commitment, follow these instructions to designate additional schools:

  • After entering your username and password, visit the Medical Schools section of your AMCAS application;
  • Choose the Edit option for the school you have designated as your EDP designation;
  • Change your selection of the type of program to which you are applying from Early Decision toRegular, then click Next;
  • Designate additional school(s) per instructions provided on the screen and in Help;
  • Visit the Change Notification Process section of your application, then click Submit on page one of this section;
  • Select the applicable EDP release option from the provided selections, then certify the EDP release statement and click Accept;
  • Re-certify and officially update your application by clicking on the Update Application button on the Main Menu to save your changes.

How do I designate additional schools once I've been released from my EDP agreement?

Should you receive either a rejection or a formal release from an EDP commitment, follow these instructions to designate additional schools:

  • After entering your username and password, visit the Medical Schools section of your AMCAS application;
  • Choose the Edit option for the school you have designated as your EDP designation;
  • Change your selection of the type of program to which you are applying from Early Decision toRegular, then click Next;
  • Designate additional school(s) per instructions provided on the screen and in Help;
  • Visit the Change Notification Process section of your application, then click Submit on page one of this section;
  • Select the applicable EDP release option from the provided selections, then certify the EDP release statement and click Accept;
  • Re-certify and officially update your application by clicking on the Update Application button on the Main Menu to save your changes.

Medical School Deadlines FAQs

What is the deadline for my AMCAS application?

The Early Decision Program (EDP) has a deadline of August 3 for all medical schools. All other application deadlines are set by each school and typically fall between August and December.

Your application must be submitted (not processed) by 11:59 p.m. ET of the deadline date.

View Participating Medical Schools and Deadlines

What is the deadline for my AMCAS application?

The Early Decision Program (EDP) has a deadline of August 3 for all medical schools. All other application deadlines are set by each school and typically fall between August and December.

Your application must be submitted (not processed) by 11:59 p.m. ET of the deadline date.

View Participating Medical Schools and Deadlines

What is the Early Decision Program Deadline?

  • AMCAS: August 3 (application and official transcripts)
  • Non-AMCAS: contact the medical school admissions office or refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements website.

If your application is received by the stated deadline, but one or any of your transcripts are late, you will not meet the Early Decision Program deadline. You may still apply to the regular applicant pool.

What is the Early Decision Program Deadline?

  • AMCAS: August 3 (application and official transcripts)
  • Non-AMCAS: contact the medical school admissions office or refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements website.

If your application is received by the stated deadline, but one or any of your transcripts are late, you will not meet the Early Decision Program deadline. You may still apply to the regular applicant pool.

What are the AMCAS deadline requirements?

The application deadline is the date by which your application must be submitted to AMCAS. You must submit your application, agree to the certification statement, and pay the appropriate application fees by 11:59 p.m. ET of the deadline date. Your application does not need to be processed/verified by the deadline date.

Each medical school program sets its own deadline, so be sure to consult Participating Medical Schools and Deadlines and remember that different programs at the same school may have different deadline dates. The Early Decision Program (EDP) has a deadline of August 3 for all medical schools.

To meet the application deadline, you must also meet the transcript deadline, which is 14 calendar days after the school's deadline for your AMCAS application.

After AMCAS has received both your application, and all of your required official transcripts, the verification process takes about 6 weeks.

What are the AMCAS deadline requirements?

The application deadline is the date by which your application must be submitted to AMCAS. You must submit your application, agree to the certification statement, and pay the appropriate application fees by 11:59 p.m. ET of the deadline date. Your application does not need to be processed/verified by the deadline date.

Each medical school program sets its own deadline, so be sure to consult Participating Medical Schools and Deadlines and remember that different programs at the same school may have different deadline dates. The Early Decision Program (EDP) has a deadline of August 3 for all medical schools.

To meet the application deadline, you must also meet the transcript deadline, which is 14 calendar days after the school's deadline for your AMCAS application.

After AMCAS has received both your application, and all of your required official transcripts, the verification process takes about 6 weeks.

If I missed a deadline, can I substitute or change my list of schools?

No. Once your application has been received, the schools designated in your application cannot be changed, although you can designate additional medical schools provided the school's deadline has not passed.

For example, if you originally applied to Schools A, B, and C by their application deadlines, but missed the transcript deadline of School A, you can not substitute School D for School A. However, you may add School D and pay the additional school designation fee. To do so, return to your completed application, open it, add an additional school choice, then re-certify and officially update your application by clicking on the Update Application button on the Main Menu to save your changes. You will also have to pay any additional application fees before the school's AMCAS deadline.

If I missed a deadline, can I substitute or change my list of schools?

No. Once your application has been received, the schools designated in your application cannot be changed, although you can designate additional medical schools provided the school's deadline has not passed.

For example, if you originally applied to Schools A, B, and C by their application deadlines, but missed the transcript deadline of School A, you can not substitute School D for School A. However, you may add School D and pay the additional school designation fee. To do so, return to your completed application, open it, add an additional school choice, then re-certify and officially update your application by clicking on the Update Application button on the Main Menu to save your changes. You will also have to pay any additional application fees before the school's AMCAS deadline.

What recourse do I have for missed deadlines?

AMCAS does not grant deadline extensions for any reason. Schools may grant deadline extensions. Contact the individual medical schools directly to request a deadline extension. If your request is approved, the school will notify AMCAS to process your application after the deadline.

Once your application has been received, the schools designated in your application cannot be substituted or deleted, even if you miss a deadline. You may designate additional medical schools provided the school's deadline has not passed.

For example, if you originally applied to Schools A, B, and C by their application deadlines, but missed the transcript deadline of School A, you cannot substitute School D for School A. However, you may add School D and pay the additional school designation fee. To do so, return to your completed application, open it, add an additional school choice, then re-certify and update your application with the appropriate fees before the school's AMCAS deadline.

What recourse do I have for missed deadlines?

AMCAS does not grant deadline extensions for any reason. Schools may grant deadline extensions. Contact the individual medical schools directly to request a deadline extension. If your request is approved, the school will notify AMCAS to process your application after the deadline.

Once your application has been received, the schools designated in your application cannot be substituted or deleted, even if you miss a deadline. You may designate additional medical schools provided the school's deadline has not passed.

For example, if you originally applied to Schools A, B, and C by their application deadlines, but missed the transcript deadline of School A, you cannot substitute School D for School A. However, you may add School D and pay the additional school designation fee. To do so, return to your completed application, open it, add an additional school choice, then re-certify and update your application with the appropriate fees before the school's AMCAS deadline.

When is my application ready to be submitted?

You can submit as soon as you have completed all sections of the AMCAS application and you have carefully reviewed your information for errors. To meet an application deadline, your application must be submitted (not processed/verified) by 11:59 p.m. ET on the date specified. Your application is not submitted until you have agreed to the certification statements and paid applicable fees.

Your MCAT scores and letters of recommendation do not have to be received by AMCAS before you submit your application.

When is my application ready to be submitted?

You can submit as soon as you have completed all sections of the AMCAS application and you have carefully reviewed your information for errors. To meet an application deadline, your application must be submitted (not processed/verified) by 11:59 p.m. ET on the date specified. Your application is not submitted until you have agreed to the certification statements and paid applicable fees.

Your MCAT scores and letters of recommendation do not have to be received by AMCAS before you submit your application.

When are transcripts due?

You must initiate your application before sending transcripts to AMCAS.

AMCAS starts accepting transcripts the day the application cycle opens. Transcript deadlines are 14 calendar days after the school's AMCAS application deadline date. For example, if School A's application deadline is October 15, their transcript deadline is October 29. The only exception to this rule is for transcripts in support of an Early Decision Program (EDP) application, which are due on August 1. Use the Transcript Request Form, which you can generate from within your application, so your transcripts can be easily matched to your application.

Transcripts must be received by the following dates:

  • Early Decision Program applications: August 3
  • Regular applications: 14 calendar days after the school's stated application deadline, by 5 p.m. ET.

If the transcript deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, materials are due on the following business day. Transcripts should be accompanied by the Transcript Request Form, which is located within the AMCAS Application.

You must initiate your application before sending transcripts to AMCAS.


AMCAS starts accepting transcripts the day the application cycle opens. Transcript deadlines are 14 calendar days after the school's AMCAS application deadline date. For example, if School A's application deadline is October 15, their transcript deadline is October 29. The only exception to this rule is for transcripts in support of an Early Decision Program (EDP) application, which are due on August 1. Use the Transcript Request Form, which you can generate from within your application, so your transcripts can be easily matched to your application.

Transcripts must be received by the following dates:
  • Early Decision Program applications: August 3
  • Regular applications: 14 calendar days after the school's stated application deadline, by 5 p.m. ET.

If the transcript deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, materials are due on the following business day. Transcripts should be accompanied by the Transcript Request Form, which is located within the AMCAS Application.

When are transcripts due?

You must initiate your application before sending transcripts to AMCAS.

AMCAS starts accepting transcripts the day the application cycle opens. Transcript deadlines are 14 calendar days after the school's AMCAS application deadline date. For example, if School A's application deadline is October 15, their transcript deadline is October 29. The only exception to this rule is for transcripts in support of an Early Decision Program (EDP) application, which are due on August 1. Use the Transcript Request Form, which you can generate from within your application, so your transcripts can be easily matched to your application.

Transcripts must be received by the following dates:

  • Early Decision Program applications: August 3
  • Regular applications: 14 calendar days after the school's stated application deadline, by 5 p.m. ET.

If the transcript deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, materials are due on the following business day. Transcripts should be accompanied by the Transcript Request Form, which is located within the AMCAS Application.

You must initiate your application before sending transcripts to AMCAS.


AMCAS starts accepting transcripts the day the application cycle opens. Transcript deadlines are 14 calendar days after the school's AMCAS application deadline date. For example, if School A's application deadline is October 15, their transcript deadline is October 29. The only exception to this rule is for transcripts in support of an Early Decision Program (EDP) application, which are due on August 1. Use the Transcript Request Form, which you can generate from within your application, so your transcripts can be easily matched to your application.

Transcripts must be received by the following dates:
  • Early Decision Program applications: August 3
  • Regular applications: 14 calendar days after the school's stated application deadline, by 5 p.m. ET.

If the transcript deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, materials are due on the following business day. Transcripts should be accompanied by the Transcript Request Form, which is located within the AMCAS Application.

Reapplying with AMCAS FAQs

Am I a reapplicant if I withdrew my previous AMCAS application?

No. You are not considered a reapplicant if you formally withdrew your application through AMCAS.

Your application may only be withdrawn prior to the verification process when your application is in one of the following statues: "Submitted to AMCAS - Ready for Review," "Submitted to AMCAS - Waiting for Transcripts," or "Returned". See the application withdrawal FAQ for more information.

Am I a reapplicant if I withdrew my previous AMCAS application?

No. You are not considered a reapplicant if you formally withdrew your application through AMCAS.

Your application may only be withdrawn prior to the verification process when your application is in one of the following statues: "Submitted to AMCAS - Ready for Review," "Submitted to AMCAS - Waiting for Transcripts," or "Returned". See the application withdrawal FAQ for more information.

Am I a reapplicant to all schools or only the ones I applied to before?

You are only a reapplicant to schools that previously received an AMCAS application from you. For example, if you applied to School A and School B last year, you would be considered a reapplicant at both of those schools if you apply to them this year. You would not be considered a reapplicant at School C since you did not previously apply to that school.

You will indicate your reapplicant status per school in the Medical Schools section of your application.

Am I a reapplicant to all schools or only the ones I applied to before?

You are only a reapplicant to schools that previously received an AMCAS application from you. For example, if you applied to School A and School B last year, you would be considered a reapplicant at both of those schools if you apply to them this year. You would not be considered a reapplicant at School C since you did not previously apply to that school.

You will indicate your reapplicant status per school in the Medical Schools section of your application.

I applied to AMCAS last year. Do I need to enter all of my information again?

If you submitted a previous year’s application and did not withdraw it, most of the information you entered will “roll over” to the current application

Although your information will roll over, the Main Menu will show all sections of your new application as "Incomplete". You must go through each section and confirm that the information is still correct. When you verify that information and click Continue at the end of each section, the Main Menu will show that section as complete. We suggest you print your application from the previous year to see what you submitted.

Please note, that if AMCAS makes improvements to a section of the application, you will need to reenter information into this section for the subsequent year's application cycle.

You will also need to resubmit official transcripts and letters of evaluation to AMCAS for each application cycle you apply.

I applied to AMCAS last year. Do I need to enter all of my information again?

If you submitted a previous year’s application and did not withdraw it, most of the information you entered will “roll over” to the current application

Although your information will roll over, the Main Menu will show all sections of your new application as "Incomplete". You must go through each section and confirm that the information is still correct. When you verify that information and click Continue at the end of each section, the Main Menu will show that section as complete. We suggest you print your application from the previous year to see what you submitted.

Please note, that if AMCAS makes improvements to a section of the application, you will need to reenter information into this section for the subsequent year's application cycle.

You will also need to resubmit official transcripts and letters of evaluation to AMCAS for each application cycle you apply.

I entered all my information into last year's application, why didn't it “roll over” to this year's application?

We only roll over data for applicants that submitted their application for the previous year. If you entered data into last year's application but did not actually submit the application, then you will need to enter it again into this year's application.

I entered all my information into last year's application, why didn't it “roll over” to this year's application?

We only roll over data for applicants that submitted their application for the previous year. If you entered data into last year's application but did not actually submit the application, then you will need to enter it again into this year's application.

Do I need to submit new letters of evaluation if I applied with AMCAS previously?

AMCAS does not keep letters on file from applications in previous years. You must resubmit letters of evaluation to AMCAS for each application cycle you apply.

Do I need to submit new letters of evaluation if I applied with AMCAS previously?

AMCAS does not keep letters on file from applications in previous years. You must resubmit letters of evaluation to AMCAS for each application cycle you apply.

I applied last year, so you already have my transcripts. Do I need to send them again?

Even though you applied previously to AMCAS, you will need to resubmit official transcripts. Since we must verify to your designated medical schools that you have not taken any additional courses at a particular school, you must submit new transcripts each year you apply. In addition, AMCAS does not keep transcripts on file from previous years' applications. Thus, transcripts submitted in previous years cannot be reactivated.

I applied last year, so you already have my transcripts. Do I need to send them again?

Even though you applied previously to AMCAS, you will need to resubmit official transcripts. Since we must verify to your designated medical schools that you have not taken any additional courses at a particular school, you must submit new transcripts each year you apply. In addition, AMCAS does not keep transcripts on file from previous years' applications. Thus, transcripts submitted in previous years cannot be reactivated.

AMCAS Work/Activities FAQ

What if there is no one who I can list as the contact for an Activity/Experience?

Contact information for each Activity/Experience entry is required so that medical schools can verify your experience.

If the original point of contact for the experience cannot be reached or if you do not have the person's contact information, you may choose to include the email or phone number for someone else who can validate the experience. This could be the current contact person where the experience took place, your Student Affairs/Activities Office, or your Pre-health Advising Office. If there is no one to contact, you may list yourself as the contact person, explaining in the description why there is no longer a valid contact person for that experience.

What if there is no one who I can list as the contact for an Activity/Experience?

Contact information for each Activity/Experience entry is required so that medical schools can verify your experience.

If the original point of contact for the experience cannot be reached or if you do not have the person's contact information, you may choose to include the email or phone number for someone else who can validate the experience. This could be the current contact person where the experience took place, your Student Affairs/Activities Office, or your Pre-health Advising Office. If there is no one to contact, you may list yourself as the contact person, explaining in the description why there is no longer a valid contact person for that experience.

How do I list repeated experiences?

If you participated in an experience more than once, check Yes next to the "Repeated?" field for that particular entry. You may then enter up to three additional date ranges.

When listing repeated experiences, you should list the most recent contact in the designated contact fields (name, e-mail, phone, etc.) and list prior contacts in the body of the experience description.

How do I list repeated experiences?

If you participated in an experience more than once, check Yes next to the "Repeated?" field for that particular entry. You may then enter up to three additional date ranges.

When listing repeated experiences, you should list the most recent contact in the designated contact fields (name, e-mail, phone, etc.) and list prior contacts in the body of the experience description.

How many hours should I enter for Total Hours spent on Honors/Awards/Recognitions, Presentations/Posters, Publications or Conferences Attended entries in the Work/Activities section of the application?

You may enter “0” Total Hours for these entries in the Work/Activities section of the AMCAS application. However, if you spent a measurable amount of time on one of these activities, i.e. at a conference or event, use your discretion to indicate the number of hours that you participated in this activity.

How many hours should I enter for Total Hours spent on Honors/Awards/Recognitions, Presentations/Posters, Publications or Conferences Attended entries in the Work/Activities section of the application?

You may enter “0” Total Hours for these entries in the Work/Activities section of the AMCAS application. However, if you spent a measurable amount of time on one of these activities, i.e. at a conference or event, use your discretion to indicate the number of hours that you participated in this activity.

AMCAS Course Work FAQ

How does AMCAS process and verify applications? In other words, what is the Verification Process?

The Verification Process

Once you submit your application to AMCAS, you will receive an acknowledgment of its receipt via email (provided you have included a valid email address). Such acknowledgment does not indicate that your materials (i.e., official transcripts) are complete or that deadline requirements have been satisfied.

The AMCAS Verification process starts when your application has been submitted and your official transcripts have arrived at AMCAS. Once all your materials have been received, your application joins the verification queue. Processing can take up to 6 weeks from the time that your application and all required official transcripts are received.

During the Verification process, AMCAS verifies your coursework against your official transcripts, ensuring that the course information entered in your application matches that on your official transcripts.

AMCAS may return your application to you—which could result in missed deadlines—if major errors or omissions in course listings are found during verification. AMCAS will stop verifying your materials and send an email notification if any missing or incomplete transcripts are discovered during verification.

AMCAS will verify your application using the following symbols:

   
any course verified without correction
any course verified with any correction, change or addition made by AMCAS
any course listed on the Academic Record but not reflected on an official transcript; format corrections were not required
any course listed on the Academic Record but not reflected on an official transcript; format corrections have been made
a type of coursework not intended to be verified by AMCAS

AMCAS GPAs

During the verification process, AMCAS converts most standard undergraduate transcript grades to AMCAS grades based on conversion information provided by colleges and universities. The AMCAS GPA provides medical schools with a standard way to compare each applicant’s academic record. AMCAS GPAs may differ from the GPA shown on your records at the institutions you attended.

Following the calculation of your AMCAS GPA, you will receive an email informing you that your application has completed processing. Your AMCAS application will then be made available to your designated medical schools.

How does AMCAS process and verify applications? In other words, what is the Verification Process?

The Verification Process

Once you submit your application to AMCAS, you will receive an acknowledgment of its receipt via email (provided you have included a valid email address). Such acknowledgment does not indicate that your materials (i.e., official transcripts) are complete or that deadline requirements have been satisfied.

The AMCAS Verification process starts when your application has been submitted and your official transcripts have arrived at AMCAS. Once all your materials have been received, your application joins the verification queue. Processing can take up to 6 weeks from the time that your application and all required official transcripts are received.

During the Verification process, AMCAS verifies your coursework against your official transcripts, ensuring that the course information entered in your application matches that on your official transcripts.

AMCAS may return your application to you—which could result in missed deadlines—if major errors or omissions in course listings are found during verification. AMCAS will stop verifying your materials and send an email notification if any missing or incomplete transcripts are discovered during verification.

AMCAS will verify your application using the following symbols:

   
any course verified without correction
any course verified with any correction, change or addition made by AMCAS
any course listed on the Academic Record but not reflected on an official transcript; format corrections were not required
any course listed on the Academic Record but not reflected on an official transcript; format corrections have been made
a type of coursework not intended to be verified by AMCAS

AMCAS GPAs

During the verification process, AMCAS converts most standard undergraduate transcript grades to AMCAS grades based on conversion information provided by colleges and universities. The AMCAS GPA provides medical schools with a standard way to compare each applicant’s academic record. AMCAS GPAs may differ from the GPA shown on your records at the institutions you attended.

Following the calculation of your AMCAS GPA, you will receive an email informing you that your application has completed processing. Your AMCAS application will then be made available to your designated medical schools.

What are the reasons my application may be returned?

AMCAS may return your application to you, and you may miss deadlines, if:

  • 10 or more course listings are omitted.
  • The original instance of a repeat grade is not included.
  • Coursework is not listed in chronological order.
  • Credits and grades are not listed as they appear on your official transcript.

What are the reasons my application may be returned?

AMCAS may return your application to you, and you may miss deadlines, if:

  • 10 or more course listings are omitted.
  • The original instance of a repeat grade is not included.
  • Coursework is not listed in chronological order.
  • Credits and grades are not listed as they appear on your official transcript.

What do the "X"s to the right of my course work in my processed application mean?

An "X" to the right of a verified course indicates that AMCAS made a change to your course entry in order to accurately reflect the official transcript on which that course appears. AMCAS may also make changes if you neglect to include certain pertinent information in the Course Work section of your application. For example, if you do not enter the AMCAS grade for a particular course, AMCAS will add the appropriate AMCAS grade and an "X" will appear to the right of that course entry.

What do the "X"s to the right of my course work in my processed application mean?

An "X" to the right of a verified course indicates that AMCAS made a change to your course entry in order to accurately reflect the official transcript on which that course appears. AMCAS may also make changes if you neglect to include certain pertinent information in the Course Work section of your application. For example, if you do not enter the AMCAS grade for a particular course, AMCAS will add the appropriate AMCAS grade and an "X" will appear to the right of that course entry.

I applied to AMCAS last year. Do I need to enter all my information again?

No. Information entered into the previous year's application will "roll-over" to the current application if previously submitted and not withdrawn.

I applied to AMCAS last year. Do I need to enter all my information again?

No. Information entered into the previous year's application will "roll-over" to the current application if previously submitted and not withdrawn.

How do I classify my coursework?

Each course must be assigned a course classification based strictly on the primary content of the course. You are responsible for selecting the correct course classification. Use the AMCAS Course Classification Guide for assistance. AMCAS reserves the right to change classifications if the assigned classification clearly does not apply. In the event that you are unable to comfortably classify a course, refer to the description of the course description on your school’s website.

How do I classify my coursework?

Each course must be assigned a course classification based strictly on the primary content of the course. You are responsible for selecting the correct course classification. Use the AMCAS Course Classification Guide for assistance. AMCAS reserves the right to change classifications if the assigned classification clearly does not apply. In the event that you are unable to comfortably classify a course, refer to the description of the course description on your school’s website.

How do I enter military coursework?

As with other types of coursework, the first step in determining how to list military credit is to establish whether a transcript is available.

Transcript Available

If a transcript is available directly from the military school listing individual courses with letter grades (e.g., A, B, C, etc.) and credit hours convertible to semester hours:

  • Include the military school in Schools Attended.
  • Enter course data as it appears on the transcript.
  • AMCAS will include this course work in AMCAS GPAs.

If the transcript does not list individual courses with corresponding grades and semester hours (or course units convertible to semester hours), but the program attaches ACE credit recommendations to the transcript: You must:

  • Include the military school in your list of schools attended.
  • Prepare a Transcript Request Form to be sent to the military school. Handwrite on this request that the transcript should include ACE recommendations so that AMCAS will expect this information and the school will know to send it.
  • Enter course data as it appears on the ACE recommendations.

JST Transcript Available

If a transcript is not available from a military school directly, but a Joint Services Transcript (JST) is available:

  • Include "JST" in Schools Attended (Include Florida as the state, then select "JST").
  • Enter course information as it appears on your JST transcript. Enter coursework as it appears under "military course completions".
  • Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) experiences should not be listed unless a U.S. or Canadian institution has accepted the experience as transfer credit.
  • Experiences from "Occupations Held" should not be listed unless a U.S. or Canadian institution has accepted the experience as transfer credit.
  • Indicate Military Credit as the Special Course Type. You do not need to also select the Pass/Fail Special Course Type.

AMCAS will not include this course work in AMCAS GPAs; however, AMCAS will include this course work in cumulative Pass/Fail - Pass credit hour totals.

For more details on entering military coursework, see the AMCAS Instruction Manual .

How do I enter military coursework?

As with other types of coursework, the first step in determining how to list military credit is to establish whether a transcript is available.

Transcript Available

If a transcript is available directly from the military school listing individual courses with letter grades (e.g., A, B, C, etc.) and credit hours convertible to semester hours:

  • Include the military school in Schools Attended.
  • Enter course data as it appears on the transcript.
  • AMCAS will include this course work in AMCAS GPAs.

If the transcript does not list individual courses with corresponding grades and semester hours (or course units convertible to semester hours), but the program attaches ACE credit recommendations to the transcript: You must:

  • Include the military school in your list of schools attended.
  • Prepare a Transcript Request Form to be sent to the military school. Handwrite on this request that the transcript should include ACE recommendations so that AMCAS will expect this information and the school will know to send it.
  • Enter course data as it appears on the ACE recommendations.

JST Transcript Available

If a transcript is not available from a military school directly, but a Joint Services Transcript (JST) is available:

  • Include "JST" in Schools Attended (Include Florida as the state, then select "JST").
  • Enter course information as it appears on your JST transcript. Enter coursework as it appears under "military course completions".
  • Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) experiences should not be listed unless a U.S. or Canadian institution has accepted the experience as transfer credit.
  • Experiences from "Occupations Held" should not be listed unless a U.S. or Canadian institution has accepted the experience as transfer credit.
  • Indicate Military Credit as the Special Course Type. You do not need to also select the Pass/Fail Special Course Type.

AMCAS will not include this course work in AMCAS GPAs; however, AMCAS will include this course work in cumulative Pass/Fail - Pass credit hour totals.

For more details on entering military coursework, see the AMCAS Instruction Manual .

How do I enter courses from a study abroad program?

If your foreign coursework fits AMCAS's definition of "study abroad," you will typically enter the course details, grades, and credits under the foreign institution, exactly as they appear on the official transcript from the domestic institution that sponsored your program. AMCAS does not accept foreign transcripts. Each situation is different, though, so we encourage you to watch the AMCAS tutorial called How to Enter Study Abroad Course Work and review the AMCAS Instruction Manual  for full details.

How do I enter courses from a study abroad program?

If your foreign coursework fits AMCAS's definition of "study abroad," you will typically enter the course details, grades, and credits under the foreign institution, exactly as they appear on the official transcript from the domestic institution that sponsored your program. AMCAS does not accept foreign transcripts. Each situation is different, though, so we encourage you to watch the AMCAS tutorial called How to Enter Study Abroad Course Work and review the AMCAS Instruction Manual  for full details.

AMCAS Transcripts FAQ

When are transcripts due?

You must initiate your application before sending transcripts to AMCAS.

AMCAS starts accepting transcripts the day the application cycle opens. Transcript deadlines are 14 calendar days after the school's AMCAS application deadline date. For example, if School A's application deadline is October 15, their transcript deadline is October 29. The only exception to this rule is for transcripts in support of an Early Decision Program (EDP) application, which are due on August 1. Use the Transcript Request Form, which you can generate from within your application, so your transcripts can be easily matched to your application.

Transcripts must be received by the following dates:

  • Early Decision Program applications: August 3
  • Regular applications: 14 calendar days after the school's stated application deadline, by 5 p.m. ET.

If the transcript deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, materials are due on the following business day. Transcripts should be accompanied by the Transcript Request Form, which is located within the AMCAS Application.

When are transcripts due?

You must initiate your application before sending transcripts to AMCAS.

AMCAS starts accepting transcripts the day the application cycle opens. Transcript deadlines are 14 calendar days after the school's AMCAS application deadline date. For example, if School A's application deadline is October 15, their transcript deadline is October 29. The only exception to this rule is for transcripts in support of an Early Decision Program (EDP) application, which are due on August 1. Use the Transcript Request Form, which you can generate from within your application, so your transcripts can be easily matched to your application.

Transcripts must be received by the following dates:

  • Early Decision Program applications: August 3
  • Regular applications: 14 calendar days after the school's stated application deadline, by 5 p.m. ET.

If the transcript deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, materials are due on the following business day. Transcripts should be accompanied by the Transcript Request Form, which is located within the AMCAS Application.

When will my transcripts be marked as “RECEIVED” by AMCAS?

If sent by U.S. mail, most transcripts take 5-7 business days to arrive at AMCAS from your institution. In general, it takes up to 10 business days from the day your transcript(s) arrived at our facilities for us to process them and mark them as “Received”. Remember, you will receive an email from AMCAS when this occurs.

When will my transcripts be marked as “RECEIVED” by AMCAS?

If sent by U.S. mail, most transcripts take 5-7 business days to arrive at AMCAS from your institution. In general, it takes up to 10 business days from the day your transcript(s) arrived at our facilities for us to process them and mark them as “Received”. Remember, you will receive an email from AMCAS when this occurs.

How do I know if AMCAS requires an official transcript?

One (1) official transcript is required from each U.S., U.S. Territorial, or Canadian post-secondary institution at which you have attempted coursework, regardless of whether credit was earned. This includes but is not limited to:

  • College-level courses attempted while in high school, even if they did not count toward a degree at any college.
  • Colleges at which you originally attempted a course, even if transfer credit was subsequently accepted by another school.
  • Colleges where you registered but did not earn any credit (e.g., incompletes, withdrawals, failures, audits, etc.).
  • Courses that did not count toward a degree, regardless of whether credit was earned or transferred.
  • Extension programs through which you attempted courses, if a separate transcript is provided by the Extension Division.
  • Correspondence and home study programs.
  • Military education.
  • American schools overseas.
  • U.S., U.S. Territorial, and Canadian medical schools.

How do I know if AMCAS requires an official transcript?

One (1) official transcript is required from each U.S., U.S. Territorial, or Canadian post-secondary institution at which you have attempted coursework, regardless of whether credit was earned. This includes but is not limited to:

  • College-level courses attempted while in high school, even if they did not count toward a degree at any college.
  • Colleges at which you originally attempted a course, even if transfer credit was subsequently accepted by another school.
  • Colleges where you registered but did not earn any credit (e.g., incompletes, withdrawals, failures, audits, etc.).
  • Courses that did not count toward a degree, regardless of whether credit was earned or transferred.
  • Extension programs through which you attempted courses, if a separate transcript is provided by the Extension Division.
  • Correspondence and home study programs.
  • Military education.
  • American schools overseas.
  • U.S., U.S. Territorial, and Canadian medical schools.

When is a transcript NOT required?

AMCAS does not require official transcripts in the following cases:

  • Foreign college outside of the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada (not including American colleges overseas).
  • Canadian CEGEP/Grade 13 Program.
  • Current or upcoming coursework, if you have never previously enrolled at the college (if you select this option, AMCAS will not need a copy of the transcript when it becomes available. AMCAS will not update grades and/or courses that become available after you submit your application).
  • Consortium/cross-registration program, if no separate transcript is available from the school where coursework was attempted.

Note: These institutions must appear in Schools Attended with a transcript exception requested.

AMCAS does not require official transcripts in the following cases:

  • Foreign college outside of the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada (not including American colleges overseas).
  • Canadian CEGEP/Grade 13 Program.
  • Current or upcoming coursework, if you have never previously enrolled at the college (if you select this option, AMCAS will not need a copy of the transcript when it becomes available. AMCAS will not update grades and/or courses that become available after you submit your application).
  • Consortium/cross-registration program, if no separate transcript is available from the school where coursework was attempted.

Note: These institutions must appear in Schools Attended with a transcript exception requested.

When is a transcript NOT required?

AMCAS does not require official transcripts in the following cases:

  • Foreign college outside of the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada (not including American colleges overseas).
  • Canadian CEGEP/Grade 13 Program.
  • Current or upcoming coursework, if you have never previously enrolled at the college (if you select this option, AMCAS will not need a copy of the transcript when it becomes available. AMCAS will not update grades and/or courses that become available after you submit your application).
  • Consortium/cross-registration program, if no separate transcript is available from the school where coursework was attempted.

Note: These institutions must appear in Schools Attended with a transcript exception requested.

AMCAS does not require official transcripts in the following cases:

  • Foreign college outside of the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada (not including American colleges overseas).
  • Canadian CEGEP/Grade 13 Program.
  • Current or upcoming coursework, if you have never previously enrolled at the college (if you select this option, AMCAS will not need a copy of the transcript when it becomes available. AMCAS will not update grades and/or courses that become available after you submit your application).
  • Consortium/cross-registration program, if no separate transcript is available from the school where coursework was attempted.

Note: These institutions must appear in Schools Attended with a transcript exception requested.

How do I send my transcripts to AMCAS?

Paper Transcripts

Paper transcripts should be mailed to AMCAS along with an AMCAS Transcript Request Form to help us match your transcript(s) to your application. This form is found within the application. Mail paper transcripts to: AMCAS, attn: Transcripts, AAMC Medical School Application Services, P.O. Box 57326, Washington, DC 20037.

Electronic Transcripts

AMCAS only accepts PDF eTranscripts from approved senders, who may only submit transcripts to AMCAS by means of a secure file transfer (SFTP). AMCAS will not accept PDF eTranscripts by email or any other way.

At this time, most schools that have the ability to send eTranscripts are not yet AMCAS-approved senders. If your college or university has not requested that you provide a Transcript ID, they are not yet an approved sender. Requesting an electronic transcript from a school that is not yet approved will result in delays for your application, as you will have to submit another request to your registrar for a paper transcript.

Remember that AMCAS continues to accept official paper transcripts from all institutions.

If your college or university registrar is interested in learning more about PDF eTranscripts, they can visit our AMCAS for Registrars page.

How do I send my transcripts to AMCAS?

Paper Transcripts

Paper transcripts should be mailed to AMCAS along with an AMCAS Transcript Request Form to help us match your transcript(s) to your application. This form is found within the application. Mail paper transcripts to: AMCAS, attn: Transcripts, AAMC Medical School Application Services, P.O. Box 57326, Washington, DC 20037.

Electronic Transcripts

AMCAS only accepts PDF eTranscripts from approved senders, who may only submit transcripts to AMCAS by means of a secure file transfer (SFTP). AMCAS will not accept PDF eTranscripts by email or any other way.

At this time, most schools that have the ability to send eTranscripts are not yet AMCAS-approved senders. If your college or university has not requested that you provide a Transcript ID, they are not yet an approved sender. Requesting an electronic transcript from a school that is not yet approved will result in delays for your application, as you will have to submit another request to your registrar for a paper transcript.

Remember that AMCAS continues to accept official paper transcripts from all institutions.

If your college or university registrar is interested in learning more about PDF eTranscripts, they can visit our AMCAS for Registrars page.

Can I send an official sealed copy of my transcripts?

AMCAS will not accept transcripts from applicants under any circumstances. Transcripts must arrive directly from the Registrar's office. Registrars should forward transcripts to:

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

Can I send an official sealed copy of my transcripts?

AMCAS will not accept transcripts from applicants under any circumstances. Transcripts must arrive directly from the Registrar's office. Registrars should forward transcripts to:

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

I applied last year, so you already have my transcripts. Do I need to send them again?

Even though you applied previously to AMCAS, you will need to resubmit official transcripts. Since we must verify to your designated medical schools that you have not taken any additional courses at a particular school, you must submit new transcripts each year you apply. In addition, AMCAS does not keep transcripts on file from previous years' applications. Thus, transcripts submitted in previous years cannot be reactivated.

I applied last year, so you already have my transcripts. Do I need to send them again?

Even though you applied previously to AMCAS, you will need to resubmit official transcripts. Since we must verify to your designated medical schools that you have not taken any additional courses at a particular school, you must submit new transcripts each year you apply. In addition, AMCAS does not keep transcripts on file from previous years' applications. Thus, transcripts submitted in previous years cannot be reactivated.

If I received transfer credits, do I need to have transcripts sent from those schools?

AMCAS requires that official transcripts from all U.S. and Canadian post-secondary institutions are submitted, regardless of which school(s) accepted this credit. For example, if you take a summer course at a community college and transfer the work to your primary/home institution, AMCAS requires BOTH official transcripts (the one from the community college and the one from your home/primary college) even if the community college course work also appears on your home institution transcript.

If I received transfer credits, do I need to have transcripts sent from those schools?

AMCAS requires that official transcripts from all U.S. and Canadian post-secondary institutions are submitted, regardless of which school(s) accepted this credit. For example, if you take a summer course at a community college and transfer the work to your primary/home institution, AMCAS requires BOTH official transcripts (the one from the community college and the one from your home/primary college) even if the community college course work also appears on your home institution transcript.

Should I wait to send my transcript(s) until my spring semester or summer session grades are available?

If you want grades from your last quarter or session to be calculated into your AMCAS GPAs, they must be:

  • entered correctly in the Course Work section of your application, and
  • reflected on your official transcript.

Therefore, if these grades are not available when AMCAS receives your transcript, they will not be included in your AMCAS GPAs. In this situation, your AMCAS GPAs will NOT be recalculated even if your registrar sends an updated transcript.

Should I wait to send my transcript(s) until my spring semester or summer session grades are available?

If you want grades from your last quarter or session to be calculated into your AMCAS GPAs, they must be:

  • entered correctly in the Course Work section of your application, and
  • reflected on your official transcript.

Therefore, if these grades are not available when AMCAS receives your transcript, they will not be included in your AMCAS GPAs. In this situation, your AMCAS GPAs will NOT be recalculated even if your registrar sends an updated transcript.

Will I be penalized if my application is missing materials, such as transcripts or other documents? Will this cause me to miss a deadline?

AMCAS will not transmit your application to a medical school if it is not complete by that school's deadline.

For example, if your AMCAS application for School A was received before its October 15 application deadline, but one of your transcripts was received on October 30, one day after School A's transcript deadline, AMCAS will nottransmit your application to the school. You have missed the deadline, and you are not eligible for a refund.

To prevent these delays from occurring, you should use the AMCAS Transcript Request form when requesting that official transcripts be sent to AMCAS in support of their application. You can find this form in the Schools Attended section of the application. This form, which registrars submit to AMCAS alongside the requested official transcript(s), includes the AAMC ID, the Alternate ID identified by the applicant as being used by the transcript-issuing institution, and other information helpful to the matching process.

Will I be penalized if my application is missing materials, such as transcripts or other documents? Will this cause me to miss a deadline?

AMCAS will not transmit your application to a medical school if it is not complete by that school's deadline.

For example, if your AMCAS application for School A was received before its October 15 application deadline, but one of your transcripts was received on October 30, one day after School A's transcript deadline, AMCAS will nottransmit your application to the school. You have missed the deadline, and you are not eligible for a refund.

To prevent these delays from occurring, you should use the AMCAS Transcript Request form when requesting that official transcripts be sent to AMCAS in support of their application. You can find this form in the Schools Attended section of the application. This form, which registrars submit to AMCAS alongside the requested official transcript(s), includes the AAMC ID, the Alternate ID identified by the applicant as being used by the transcript-issuing institution, and other information helpful to the matching process.

AMCAS Letters of Evaluation FAQ: General

Do I have to use the AMCAS Letters Service if the medical school I'm applying to is participating?

Yes. You are required to send your letters through AMCAS if the medical school(s) you are applying to participate in the service.

Do I have to use the AMCAS Letters Service if the medical school I'm applying to is participating?

Yes. You are required to send your letters through AMCAS if the medical school(s) you are applying to participate in the service.

Can I have different letters sent or tailored to different schools or specific programs (e.g., M.D.-Ph.D.)?

Yes. In order to do this, you must enter the letters separately in the AMCAS application and provide an AMCAS Letter Request form to your letter writer for each letter.

Can I have different letters sent or tailored to different schools or specific programs (e.g., M.D.-Ph.D.)?

Yes. In order to do this, you must enter the letters separately in the AMCAS application and provide an AMCAS Letter Request form to your letter writer for each letter.

What are the differences between a Committee Letter, Letter Packet, and an Individual Letter?

Each of the following letter types is considered one letter entry in the AMCAS application.

  • Committee Letter: A Committee Letter is a letter authored by a pre-health committee or pre-health advisor and intended to represent your institution's evaluation of you. A Committee Letter may or may not include additional letters written in support of your application.
  • Letter Packet: A Letter Packet is a packet or set of letters assembled and distributed by your institution, often by the institution's career center. A Letter Packet may include a cover sheet from your pre-health committee or advisor; however, in contrast to a Committee Letter, a Letter Packet does not include an evaluative letter from your pre-health committee or advisor.
  • Individual Letter: An Individual Letter refers to a letter authored by, and representing, a single letter writer. If you have already included an Individual Letter within either a Committee Letter or a Letter Packet, you should not add a separate entry for the Individual Letter.

If your letters are being forwarded by your university advising office or career center, and you are unaware as to how your university compiles letters of evaluation, please consult your pre-health advising office prior to entering letter information to avoid complications with your AMCAS application.

Please note: If your advisor is sending a Committee/Letter Packet to AMCAS, the entire Committee Letter/Letter Packet will be sent to the schools you've designated to receive this letter. AMCAS will not remove a letter from your packet once it has been received. Therefore, if you wish to send a letter specifically to one medical school, you should enter this as an Individual Letter and have it sent separately from the packet.

What are the differences between a Committee Letter, Letter Packet, and an Individual Letter?

Each of the following letter types is considered one letter entry in the AMCAS application.

  • Committee Letter: A Committee Letter is a letter authored by a pre-health committee or pre-health advisor and intended to represent your institution's evaluation of you. A Committee Letter may or may not include additional letters written in support of your application.
  • Letter Packet: A Letter Packet is a packet or set of letters assembled and distributed by your institution, often by the institution's career center. A Letter Packet may include a cover sheet from your pre-health committee or advisor; however, in contrast to a Committee Letter, a Letter Packet does not include an evaluative letter from your pre-health committee or advisor.
  • Individual Letter: An Individual Letter refers to a letter authored by, and representing, a single letter writer. If you have already included an Individual Letter within either a Committee Letter or a Letter Packet, you should not add a separate entry for the Individual Letter.

If your letters are being forwarded by your university advising office or career center, and you are unaware as to how your university compiles letters of evaluation, please consult your pre-health advising office prior to entering letter information to avoid complications with your AMCAS application.

Please note: If your advisor is sending a Committee/Letter Packet to AMCAS, the entire Committee Letter/Letter Packet will be sent to the schools you've designated to receive this letter. AMCAS will not remove a letter from your packet once it has been received. Therefore, if you wish to send a letter specifically to one medical school, you should enter this as an Individual Letter and have it sent separately from the packet.

How many letters can be sent to AMCAS?

You can send up to 10 letters to AMCAS. This relatively high number is intended to enable you, and your letter writers, to target specific letters to specific schools if you wish to do so. It is not intended to suggest that any one medical school wishes to receive 10 letters. AMCAS will retain and deliver letters only within a single application year. You cannot make any changes to letter information after it has been submitted.

Note the following:

1 Individual Letter = 1 letter

1 Committee Letter = 1 letter

1 Letter Packet = 1 letter

How many letters can be sent to AMCAS?

You can send up to 10 letters to AMCAS. This relatively high number is intended to enable you, and your letter writers, to target specific letters to specific schools if you wish to do so. It is not intended to suggest that any one medical school wishes to receive 10 letters. AMCAS will retain and deliver letters only within a single application year. You cannot make any changes to letter information after it has been submitted.

Note the following:

1 Individual Letter = 1 letter

1 Committee Letter = 1 letter

1 Letter Packet = 1 letter

Is there a charge for this service?

The AMCAS Letters service is included in the AMCAS Application Fee.

Is there a charge for this service?

The AMCAS Letters service is included in the AMCAS Application Fee.

Finishing the AMCAS Application FAQ

How much does it cost to use AMCAS?

The AMCAS processing fee is $160 and includes one medical school designation. Additional school designations are $37 each.

How much does it cost to use AMCAS?

The AMCAS processing fee is $160 and includes one medical school designation. Additional school designations are $37 each.

When is my AMCAS application ready to be submitted?

You can submit as soon as you have completed all sections of the AMCAS application and you have carefully reviewed your information for errors. To meet an application deadline, your application must be submitted (not processed/verified) by 11:59 p.m. ET on the date specified. Your application is not submitted until you have agreed to the certification statements and paid applicable fees.

Your MCAT scores and letters of recommendation do not have to be received by AMCAS before you submit your application.

When is my AMCAS application ready to be submitted?

You can submit as soon as you have completed all sections of the AMCAS application and you have carefully reviewed your information for errors. To meet an application deadline, your application must be submitted (not processed/verified) by 11:59 p.m. ET on the date specified. Your application is not submitted until you have agreed to the certification statements and paid applicable fees.

Your MCAT scores and letters of recommendation do not have to be received by AMCAS before you submit your application.

What are the AMCAS deadline requirements?

The application deadline is the date by which your application must be submitted to AMCAS. You must submit your application, agree to the certification statement, and pay the appropriate application fees by 11:59 p.m. ET of the deadline date. Your application does not need to be processed/verified by the deadline date.

Each medical school program sets its own deadline, so be sure to consult Participating Medical Schools and Deadlines and remember that different programs at the same school may have different deadline dates. The Early Decision Program (EDP) has a deadline of August 3 for all medical schools.

To meet the application deadline, you must also meet the transcript deadline, which is 14 calendar days after the school's deadline for your AMCAS application.

After AMCAS has received both your application, and all of your required official transcripts, the verification process takes about 6 weeks.

What are the AMCAS deadline requirements?

The application deadline is the date by which your application must be submitted to AMCAS. You must submit your application, agree to the certification statement, and pay the appropriate application fees by 11:59 p.m. ET of the deadline date. Your application does not need to be processed/verified by the deadline date.

Each medical school program sets its own deadline, so be sure to consult Participating Medical Schools and Deadlines and remember that different programs at the same school may have different deadline dates. The Early Decision Program (EDP) has a deadline of August 3 for all medical schools.

To meet the application deadline, you must also meet the transcript deadline, which is 14 calendar days after the school's deadline for your AMCAS application.

After AMCAS has received both your application, and all of your required official transcripts, the verification process takes about 6 weeks.

What recourse do I have for missed deadlines?

AMCAS does not grant deadline extensions for any reason. Schools may grant deadline extensions. Contact the individual medical schools directly to request a deadline extension. If your request is approved, the school will notify AMCAS to process your application after the deadline.

Once your application has been received, the schools designated in your application cannot be substituted or deleted, even if you miss a deadline. You may designate additional medical schools provided the school's deadline has not passed.

For example, if you originally applied to Schools A, B, and C by their application deadlines, but missed the transcript deadline of School A, you cannot substitute School D for School A. However, you may add School D and pay the additional school designation fee. To do so, return to your completed application, open it, add an additional school choice, then re-certify and update your application with the appropriate fees before the school's AMCAS deadline.

What recourse do I have for missed deadlines?

AMCAS does not grant deadline extensions for any reason. Schools may grant deadline extensions. Contact the individual medical schools directly to request a deadline extension. If your request is approved, the school will notify AMCAS to process your application after the deadline.

Once your application has been received, the schools designated in your application cannot be substituted or deleted, even if you miss a deadline. You may designate additional medical schools provided the school's deadline has not passed.

For example, if you originally applied to Schools A, B, and C by their application deadlines, but missed the transcript deadline of School A, you cannot substitute School D for School A. However, you may add School D and pay the additional school designation fee. To do so, return to your completed application, open it, add an additional school choice, then re-certify and update your application with the appropriate fees before the school's AMCAS deadline.

When are transcripts due?

You must initiate your application before sending transcripts to AMCAS.


AMCAS starts accepting transcripts the day the application cycle opens. Transcript deadlines are 14 calendar days after the school's AMCAS application deadline date. For example, if School A's application deadline is October 15, their transcript deadline is October 29. The only exception to this rule is for transcripts in support of an Early Decision Program (EDP) application, which are due on August 1. Use the Transcript Request Form, which you can generate from within your application, so your transcripts can be easily matched to your application.

Transcripts must be received by the following dates:
  • Early Decision Program applications: August 3
  • Regular applications: 14 calendar days after the school's stated application deadline, by 5 p.m. ET.

If the transcript deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, materials are due on the following business day. Transcripts should be accompanied by the Transcript Request Form, which is located within the AMCAS Application.

When are transcripts due?

You must initiate your application before sending transcripts to AMCAS.


AMCAS starts accepting transcripts the day the application cycle opens. Transcript deadlines are 14 calendar days after the school's AMCAS application deadline date. For example, if School A's application deadline is October 15, their transcript deadline is October 29. The only exception to this rule is for transcripts in support of an Early Decision Program (EDP) application, which are due on August 1. Use the Transcript Request Form, which you can generate from within your application, so your transcripts can be easily matched to your application.

Transcripts must be received by the following dates:
  • Early Decision Program applications: August 3
  • Regular applications: 14 calendar days after the school's stated application deadline, by 5 p.m. ET.

If the transcript deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, materials are due on the following business day. Transcripts should be accompanied by the Transcript Request Form, which is located within the AMCAS Application.

What is the AMCAS policy regarding refunds?

You will only be eligible for a refund if you withdraw before your application begins the AMCAS verification process. You will receive a refund only for those schools for which the published deadline has not yet passed (at the time you withdraw your application). If no published deadlines have passed at the time you withdraw your application, you will receive a full refund minus a $160 non-refundable service fee.

If you request a deadline extension and are denied, you will not receive a refund.

What is the AMCAS policy regarding refunds?

You will only be eligible for a refund if you withdraw before your application begins the AMCAS verification process. You will receive a refund only for those schools for which the published deadline has not yet passed (at the time you withdraw your application). If no published deadlines have passed at the time you withdraw your application, you will receive a full refund minus a $160 non-refundable service fee.

If you request a deadline extension and are denied, you will not receive a refund.

Will I be penalized if my application is missing materials, such as transcripts or other documents? Will this cause me to miss a deadline?

AMCAS will not transmit your application to a medical school if it is not complete by that school's deadline.

For example, if your AMCAS application for School A was received before its October 15 application deadline, but one of your transcripts was received on October 30, one day after School A's transcript deadline, AMCAS will not transmit your application to the school. You have missed the deadline, and you are not eligible for a refund.

To prevent these delays from occurring, you should use the AMCAS Transcript Request form when requesting that official transcripts be sent to AMCAS in support of their application. You can find this form in the Schools Attended section of the application. This form, which registrars submit to AMCAS alongside the requested official transcript(s), includes the AAMC ID, the Alternate ID identified by the applicant as being used by the transcript-issuing institution, and other information helpful to the matching process.

Will I be penalized if my application is missing materials, such as transcripts or other documents? Will this cause me to miss a deadline?

AMCAS will not transmit your application to a medical school if it is not complete by that school's deadline.

For example, if your AMCAS application for School A was received before its October 15 application deadline, but one of your transcripts was received on October 30, one day after School A's transcript deadline, AMCAS will not transmit your application to the school. You have missed the deadline, and you are not eligible for a refund.

To prevent these delays from occurring, you should use the AMCAS Transcript Request form when requesting that official transcripts be sent to AMCAS in support of their application. You can find this form in the Schools Attended section of the application. This form, which registrars submit to AMCAS alongside the requested official transcript(s), includes the AAMC ID, the Alternate ID identified by the applicant as being used by the transcript-issuing institution, and other information helpful to the matching process.

What is Certification?

In order to submit your application, you are required to certify the following statements:

  • I certify that the information in this application and associated materials is current, complete, and accurate to the best of my knowledge.
  • I certify that all written passages, such as the personal statement, essays required from M.D.-Ph.D. applicants, and descriptions of work/activities, are my own and have not been written, in part or in whole, by a third party. Quotations are permitted if the source is cited.
  • I have read, understand, and agree to comply with the AMCAS Instruction Manual, including the provisions noting that I am responsible for monitoring and ensuring the progress of my application process, by checking the Main Menu of my application. I understand that I am also responsible for reviewing my application after AMCAS processing is complete.
  • AAMC investigates and may report to legitimately interested parties discrepancies in information, attempts to subvert the admission process, and any other irregular matter that occurs in connection with application activities. I understand and agree that the sole and exclusive remedy available to me to appeal or otherwise challenge the AAMC’s decision to send an investigation report to legitimately interested parties shall be confidential, binding arbitration through written submissions only to the Washington, D.C. office of the American Arbitration Association under the expedited procedures for commercial matters. I understand that my failure to request in writing arbitration within 30 calendar days of receipt of an investigation report that has been approved by the AAMC for transmittal to interested parties will constitute an absolute bar and waiver of this exclusive remedy. I further understand that the sole issue for arbitration shall be whether the AAMC acted reasonably and in good faith in making its decision.
  • I understand that I am responsible for knowing and understanding the admissions requirements for each school to which I am applying and that I am not eligible for a refund of AMCAS fees if I do not meet the admissions requirements of the medical schools.
  • I understand that I am required to inform the Admissions Office of each medical school to which I apply if I am convicted of, or plead guilty or no contest to, a misdemeanor or felony crime after the date of my original application submission and prior to medical school matriculation. I understand that this communication must be in writing and must occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the criminal charge or conviction.
  • I understand that I am required to inform the Admissions Office of each medical school to which I apply if I become the subject of an institutional action after the date of original application submission and prior to medical school matriculation. I understand that this communication must be in writing and must occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the institutional action.
  • I acknowledge and agree that my sole remedy in the event of any errors or omissions relating to the handling or processing of my application is to obtain a refund of my AMCAS application fee; however, I may be eligible for a refund only if I have notified AMCAS of any errors or omissions within ten (10) days of application processing completion.
  • I certify that AMCAS has my permission to release information, at the request of the medical school(s), to a third party to pre-populate online secondary applications.

 


When you certify (electronically sign) your application, you signify that you have read this information as well as all other instructions throughout the application.

The AMCAS Instructions are:

 

  • AMCAS Instruction Manual
  • On-screen instructions: On-screen instructions are those that appear on each page as you complete the application.
  • Help: Help refers to all instructions located in the Help menu. You can view the information by clicking Help on any page of the online application.

What is Certification?

In order to submit your application, you are required to certify the following statements:

  • I certify that the information in this application and associated materials is current, complete, and accurate to the best of my knowledge.
  • I certify that all written passages, such as the personal statement, essays required from M.D.-Ph.D. applicants, and descriptions of work/activities, are my own and have not been written, in part or in whole, by a third party. Quotations are permitted if the source is cited.
  • I have read, understand, and agree to comply with the AMCAS Instruction Manual, including the provisions noting that I am responsible for monitoring and ensuring the progress of my application process, by checking the Main Menu of my application. I understand that I am also responsible for reviewing my application after AMCAS processing is complete.
  • AAMC investigates and may report to legitimately interested parties discrepancies in information, attempts to subvert the admission process, and any other irregular matter that occurs in connection with application activities. I understand and agree that the sole and exclusive remedy available to me to appeal or otherwise challenge the AAMC’s decision to send an investigation report to legitimately interested parties shall be confidential, binding arbitration through written submissions only to the Washington, D.C. office of the American Arbitration Association under the expedited procedures for commercial matters. I understand that my failure to request in writing arbitration within 30 calendar days of receipt of an investigation report that has been approved by the AAMC for transmittal to interested parties will constitute an absolute bar and waiver of this exclusive remedy. I further understand that the sole issue for arbitration shall be whether the AAMC acted reasonably and in good faith in making its decision.
  • I understand that I am responsible for knowing and understanding the admissions requirements for each school to which I am applying and that I am not eligible for a refund of AMCAS fees if I do not meet the admissions requirements of the medical schools.
  • I understand that I am required to inform the Admissions Office of each medical school to which I apply if I am convicted of, or plead guilty or no contest to, a misdemeanor or felony crime after the date of my original application submission and prior to medical school matriculation. I understand that this communication must be in writing and must occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the criminal charge or conviction.
  • I understand that I am required to inform the Admissions Office of each medical school to which I apply if I become the subject of an institutional action after the date of original application submission and prior to medical school matriculation. I understand that this communication must be in writing and must occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the institutional action.
  • I acknowledge and agree that my sole remedy in the event of any errors or omissions relating to the handling or processing of my application is to obtain a refund of my AMCAS application fee; however, I may be eligible for a refund only if I have notified AMCAS of any errors or omissions within ten (10) days of application processing completion.
  • I certify that AMCAS has my permission to release information, at the request of the medical school(s), to a third party to pre-populate online secondary applications.

 


When you certify (electronically sign) your application, you signify that you have read this information as well as all other instructions throughout the application.

The AMCAS Instructions are:

 

  • AMCAS Instruction Manual
  • On-screen instructions: On-screen instructions are those that appear on each page as you complete the application.
  • Help: Help refers to all instructions located in the Help menu. You can view the information by clicking Help on any page of the online application.

After Submission of AMCAS Application FAQ

What can I update or change after my application has been submitted?

Permitted Changes

After the initial submission of your application, you may only make changes to the following information:

  • Your ID numbers.
  • Your name, including full legal name, preferred name, and alternate names.
  • Your contact Information, including your permanent address, preferred mailing address, and e-mail address.
  • Your alternate contact information.
  • Your date of birth and sex.
  • Letters of evaluation (although please note that you can only make additions of up to 10 letters, and you must notify AMCAS if you have a letter you wish to no longer be sent to medical schools; you cannot delete letters of evaluation from your application).
  • Your next MCAT testing date.
  • The addition of medical schools and the altering of existing program types (deadlines, restrictions and an additional fee may apply).
  • The release of your application information to your pre-health advisor.


You must re-certify and officially update your application after making a change. This will not cause any processing delays, and you will not be charged unless you have added more medical school designations.

Coursework Changes

To address changes made by AMCAS to your Course Work during the Verification process, you must submit an Academic Change Request. The Academic Change Request is located in the vertical menu on the right side of the application. This option becomes available only after your application has completed the Verification process. Please allow at least five business days for AMCAS to review and/or process the Academic Change Request.

Please note that AMCAS will not change or correct:

  • Course names, titles, or numbers.
  • Updated grades and/or hours for the following type of courses that have been left off the application and did not appear on any official transcript at the time of processing:
    • Current and Future (CC)
    • Deferred Grade (DG)
    • Honor (H)
    • Incomplete (I)

Legal Residence Changes

To change your legal residence after you submit your application, you should mail, fax, or e-mail the following information to AMCAS:

  • Your name
  • Your AAMC ID
  • The state and county of legal residence listed on your application
  • The state and county of legal residence that you would like your legal residence to be changed to


If you are mailing the request, include your signature. If you are e-mailing the request, make sure the e-mail comes from the e-mail address listed in your application.

AMCAS Contact Information:

E-mail: amcas@aamc.org
Phone: 202-828-0600
Monday-Friday, 9a.m.-7p.m. (ET)
Closed Thursdays 11a.m.-1p.m.

Addition of Medical Schools

You may add medical school choices or designations to your submitted application. Medical school additions or program changes can be made at any time, as long as the deadline for the school you wish to add has not passed.

You must re-certify, officially update your application, and pay any additional fees for added designations by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the deadline day. Re-certifying and officially updating your application will not cause any processing delays.

What can I update or change after my application has been submitted?

Permitted Changes

After the initial submission of your application, you may only make changes to the following information:

  • Your ID numbers.
  • Your name, including full legal name, preferred name, and alternate names.
  • Your contact Information, including your permanent address, preferred mailing address, and e-mail address.
  • Your alternate contact information.
  • Your date of birth and sex.
  • Letters of evaluation (although please note that you can only make additions of up to 10 letters, and you must notify AMCAS if you have a letter you wish to no longer be sent to medical schools; you cannot delete letters of evaluation from your application).
  • Your next MCAT testing date.
  • The addition of medical schools and the altering of existing program types (deadlines, restrictions and an additional fee may apply).
  • The release of your application information to your pre-health advisor.


You must re-certify and officially update your application after making a change. This will not cause any processing delays, and you will not be charged unless you have added more medical school designations.

Coursework Changes

To address changes made by AMCAS to your Course Work during the Verification process, you must submit an Academic Change Request. The Academic Change Request is located in the vertical menu on the right side of the application. This option becomes available only after your application has completed the Verification process. Please allow at least five business days for AMCAS to review and/or process the Academic Change Request.

Please note that AMCAS will not change or correct:

  • Course names, titles, or numbers.
  • Updated grades and/or hours for the following type of courses that have been left off the application and did not appear on any official transcript at the time of processing:
    • Current and Future (CC)
    • Deferred Grade (DG)
    • Honor (H)
    • Incomplete (I)

Legal Residence Changes

To change your legal residence after you submit your application, you should mail, fax, or e-mail the following information to AMCAS:

  • Your name
  • Your AAMC ID
  • The state and county of legal residence listed on your application
  • The state and county of legal residence that you would like your legal residence to be changed to


If you are mailing the request, include your signature. If you are e-mailing the request, make sure the e-mail comes from the e-mail address listed in your application.

AMCAS Contact Information:

E-mail: amcas@aamc.org
Phone: 202-828-0600
Monday-Friday, 9a.m.-7p.m. (ET)
Closed Thursdays 11a.m.-1p.m.

Addition of Medical Schools

You may add medical school choices or designations to your submitted application. Medical school additions or program changes can be made at any time, as long as the deadline for the school you wish to add has not passed.

You must re-certify, officially update your application, and pay any additional fees for added designations by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the deadline day. Re-certifying and officially updating your application will not cause any processing delays.

How can I withdraw my AMCAS application?

To withdraw your AMCAS application from consideration, select Withdraw Application from the right side of the Main Menu of your application. This option is only available after submission when your application is in the following statuses: Submitted to AMCAS-Ready for Review, Submitted to AMCAS–Waiting for Transcripts, and Returned. You can not withdraw your application when it is in the following statuses: Submitted to AMCAS-Under Review or AMCAS Processing Complete.

The initial $160 application fee is non-refundable, but your payment(s) for each additional school whose deadline has not passed will be refunded. Withdrawing your application is FINAL. Once you do so, you can no longer apply for the current application year.   

If you need to withdraw your application from consideration after your AMCAS application has been processed, you will need to contact the medical schools directly. You are not eligible for an AMCAS refund in this case.

How can I withdraw my AMCAS application?

To withdraw your AMCAS application from consideration, select Withdraw Application from the right side of the Main Menu of your application. This option is only available after submission when your application is in the following statuses: Submitted to AMCAS-Ready for Review, Submitted to AMCAS–Waiting for Transcripts, and Returned. You can not withdraw your application when it is in the following statuses: Submitted to AMCAS-Under Review or AMCAS Processing Complete.

The initial $160 application fee is non-refundable, but your payment(s) for each additional school whose deadline has not passed will be refunded. Withdrawing your application is FINAL. Once you do so, you can no longer apply for the current application year.   

If you need to withdraw your application from consideration after your AMCAS application has been processed, you will need to contact the medical schools directly. You are not eligible for an AMCAS refund in this case.

How does AMCAS process and verify applications? In other words, what is the Verification Process?

The Verification Process

Once you submit your application to AMCAS, you will receive an acknowledgment of its receipt via email (provided you have included a valid email address). Such acknowledgment does not indicate that your materials (i.e., official transcripts) are complete or that deadline requirements have been satisfied.

The AMCAS Verification process starts when your application has been submitted and your official transcripts have arrived at AMCAS. Once all your materials have been received, your application joins the verification queue. Processing can take up to 6 weeks from the time that your application and all required official transcripts are received.

During the Verification process, AMCAS verifies your coursework against your official transcripts, ensuring that the course information entered in your application matches that on your official transcripts.

AMCAS may return your application to you—which could result in missed deadlines—if major errors or omissions in course listings are found during verification. AMCAS will stop verifying your materials and send an email notification if any missing or incomplete transcripts are discovered during verification.

AMCAS will verify your application using the following symbols:
 
 /  any course verified without correction
 X  any course verified with any correction, change or addition made by AMCAS
 O  any course listed on the Academic Record but not reflected on an official transcript; format corrections were not required
 ⊗ any course listed on the Academic Record but not reflected on an official transcript; format corrections have been made
 ≠  a type of coursework not intended to be verified by AMCAS


AMCAS GPAs

During the verification process, AMCAS converts most standard undergraduate transcript grades to AMCAS grades based on conversion information provided by colleges and universities. The AMCAS GPA provides medical schools with a standard way to compare each applicant’s academic record. AMCAS GPAs may differ from the GPA shown on your records at the institutions you attended.

Following the calculation of your AMCAS GPA, you will receive an email informing you that your application has completed processing. Your AMCAS application will then be made available to your designated medical schools.

How does AMCAS process and verify applications? In other words, what is the Verification Process?

The Verification Process

Once you submit your application to AMCAS, you will receive an acknowledgment of its receipt via email (provided you have included a valid email address). Such acknowledgment does not indicate that your materials (i.e., official transcripts) are complete or that deadline requirements have been satisfied.

The AMCAS Verification process starts when your application has been submitted and your official transcripts have arrived at AMCAS. Once all your materials have been received, your application joins the verification queue. Processing can take up to 6 weeks from the time that your application and all required official transcripts are received.

During the Verification process, AMCAS verifies your coursework against your official transcripts, ensuring that the course information entered in your application matches that on your official transcripts.

AMCAS may return your application to you—which could result in missed deadlines—if major errors or omissions in course listings are found during verification. AMCAS will stop verifying your materials and send an email notification if any missing or incomplete transcripts are discovered during verification.

AMCAS will verify your application using the following symbols:
 
 /  any course verified without correction
 X  any course verified with any correction, change or addition made by AMCAS
 O  any course listed on the Academic Record but not reflected on an official transcript; format corrections were not required
 ⊗ any course listed on the Academic Record but not reflected on an official transcript; format corrections have been made
 ≠  a type of coursework not intended to be verified by AMCAS


AMCAS GPAs

During the verification process, AMCAS converts most standard undergraduate transcript grades to AMCAS grades based on conversion information provided by colleges and universities. The AMCAS GPA provides medical schools with a standard way to compare each applicant’s academic record. AMCAS GPAs may differ from the GPA shown on your records at the institutions you attended.

Following the calculation of your AMCAS GPA, you will receive an email informing you that your application has completed processing. Your AMCAS application will then be made available to your designated medical schools.

What are the reasons my application may be returned?

AMCAS may return your application to you, and you may miss deadlines, if:
  • 10 or more course listings are omitted.
  • The original instance of a repeat grade is not included.
  • Coursework is not listed in chronological order.
  • Credits and grades are not listed as they appear on your official transcript.

What are the reasons my application may be returned?

AMCAS may return your application to you, and you may miss deadlines, if:
  • 10 or more course listings are omitted.
  • The original instance of a repeat grade is not included.
  • Coursework is not listed in chronological order.
  • Credits and grades are not listed as they appear on your official transcript.

What do the "X"s to the right of my course work in my processed application mean?

An "X" to the right of a verified course indicates that AMCAS made a change to your course entry in order to accurately reflect the official transcript on which that course appears. AMCAS may also make changes if you neglect to include certain pertinent information in the Course Work section of your application. For example, if you do not enter the AMCAS grade for a particular course, AMCAS will add the appropriate AMCAS grade and an "X" will appear to the right of that course entry.

What do the "X"s to the right of my course work in my processed application mean?

An "X" to the right of a verified course indicates that AMCAS made a change to your course entry in order to accurately reflect the official transcript on which that course appears. AMCAS may also make changes if you neglect to include certain pertinent information in the Course Work section of your application. For example, if you do not enter the AMCAS grade for a particular course, AMCAS will add the appropriate AMCAS grade and an "X" will appear to the right of that course entry.

My application has been there since XX/XX. Why isn't it verified?

AMCAS application processing normally takes up to 6 weeks. Processing times are usually longest during our peak processing months of June, July, and August.

Once your application is submitted and AMCAS has received all required official transcripts, your application status will change to Submitted to AMCAS - Ready for Review. 

You can see the date that your application reached this status by logging in to the application and clicking the Details link on the left side of the Main Menu. To stay informed about our processing schedule, AMCAS posts information on the application log in page and on our Twitter feed. You can compare the date provided on one of those sites to the Status Change Date shown in your application’s Details to see how your application is progressing.

My application has been there since XX/XX. Why isn't it verified?

AMCAS application processing normally takes up to 6 weeks. Processing times are usually longest during our peak processing months of June, July, and August.

Once your application is submitted and AMCAS has received all required official transcripts, your application status will change to Submitted to AMCAS - Ready for Review. 

You can see the date that your application reached this status by logging in to the application and clicking the Details link on the left side of the Main Menu. To stay informed about our processing schedule, AMCAS posts information on the application log in page and on our Twitter feed. You can compare the date provided on one of those sites to the Status Change Date shown in your application’s Details to see how your application is progressing.

What does my application status mean?

Here is a list of the various application statuses:

  • Not Submitted to AMCAS: You have initiated an application but have not certified and submitted it to AMCAS.
  • Submitted to AMCAS - Waiting for Transcripts: You have submitted an application, but not all transcripts have been received.
  • Submitted to AMCAS - Ready for Review: AMCAS has received a copy of all required transcripts and has placed your application in line to be reviewed by an AMCAS verifier.
  • Submitted to AMCAS - Under Review: An AMCAS verifier is reviewing transcripts and coursework.
  • Returned to Applicant: An AMCAS verifier has found missing coursework and has unlocked the application so you can enter coursework.
  • AMCAS Processing is Complete: Your application has been made available to your designated medical schools.
  • Withdrawn from AMCAS: You have withdrawn your AMCAS application prior to review.

Tracking application progress after submission

Once your application has been submitted and AMCAS has received all required official transcripts, your application status will change to Submitted to AMCAS - Ready for Review

You can see the date your application reached this status by logging in to the application and clicking the Details link on the left side of the Main Menu. To stay informed about our processing schedule, AMCAS posts information on the application log in page and on our Twitter feed. You can compare the date provided on one of those sites to the “Status Change Date” shown in your application’s Details to see how your application is progressing.

What does my application status mean?

Here is a list of the various application statuses:

  • Not Submitted to AMCAS: You have initiated an application but have not certified and submitted it to AMCAS.
  • Submitted to AMCAS - Waiting for Transcripts: You have submitted an application, but not all transcripts have been received.
  • Submitted to AMCAS - Ready for Review: AMCAS has received a copy of all required transcripts and has placed your application in line to be reviewed by an AMCAS verifier.
  • Submitted to AMCAS - Under Review: An AMCAS verifier is reviewing transcripts and coursework.
  • Returned to Applicant: An AMCAS verifier has found missing coursework and has unlocked the application so you can enter coursework.
  • AMCAS Processing is Complete: Your application has been made available to your designated medical schools.
  • Withdrawn from AMCAS: You have withdrawn your AMCAS application prior to review.

Tracking application progress after submission

Once your application has been submitted and AMCAS has received all required official transcripts, your application status will change to Submitted to AMCAS - Ready for Review

You can see the date your application reached this status by logging in to the application and clicking the Details link on the left side of the Main Menu. To stay informed about our processing schedule, AMCAS posts information on the application log in page and on our Twitter feed. You can compare the date provided on one of those sites to the “Status Change Date” shown in your application’s Details to see how your application is progressing.

What is the Socioeconomic Disadvantaged Status Indicator that appears on my printable AMCAS application?

The SES Disadvantaged Indicator is one tool that medical schools can use to identify applicants who may come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and is intended to assist them in putting your application information in context as part of a holistic review process

This indicator is derived from information you provide about your parents’ and guardians’ occupation and education levels using the schema  developed by the AAMC. Once your application has been processed by AMCAS, the indicator associated with your parent or guardian with the highest education and occupation level will appear on your printable application. To view this, click the Print Application button on the main menu

NA (Not Applicable) is used in scenarios in which the AAMC’s model for setting the SES Disadvantaged Indicator is not statistically reliable, including:
  • Applicant is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Applicant was unable to provide parent data
  • Applicant’s parent(s) are deceased or the applicant is not sure if the parent(s) are deceased
  • Parent(s) completed highest level of education outside of the United States and are not legal residents of the United States
Unknown is used in scenarios in which the SES Disadvantaged Indicator cannot be determined because parent occupation is listed as Military, Homemaker, Other Occupation, Don’t Know, or Not Applicable.

What is the Socioeconomic Disadvantaged Status Indicator that appears on my printable AMCAS application?

The SES Disadvantaged Indicator is one tool that medical schools can use to identify applicants who may come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and is intended to assist them in putting your application information in context as part of a holistic review process

This indicator is derived from information you provide about your parents’ and guardians’ occupation and education levels using the schema  developed by the AAMC. Once your application has been processed by AMCAS, the indicator associated with your parent or guardian with the highest education and occupation level will appear on your printable application. To view this, click the Print Application button on the main menu

NA (Not Applicable) is used in scenarios in which the AAMC’s model for setting the SES Disadvantaged Indicator is not statistically reliable, including:
  • Applicant is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Applicant was unable to provide parent data
  • Applicant’s parent(s) are deceased or the applicant is not sure if the parent(s) are deceased
  • Parent(s) completed highest level of education outside of the United States and are not legal residents of the United States
Unknown is used in scenarios in which the SES Disadvantaged Indicator cannot be determined because parent occupation is listed as Military, Homemaker, Other Occupation, Don’t Know, or Not Applicable.

What does AMCAS send to medical schools?

AMCAS provides electronic application products to medical schools.
  • Mailing Label Data: This data includes preferred name, mailing address, phone, e-mail address, state of legal residence, and other selected key data elements. This information is intended to give schools the opportunity to contact applicants interested in their program(s).
  • Electronic File of Select Applicant Data: This is abridged application data that is made available to medical schools via SFTP. Some of the data included in this file transfer are applicant biographic information, schools attended, coursework, GPAs, MCAT scores, and contact information.
  • Electronic File of All Application Data: This application data represents the complete set of data an applicant has submitted to AMCAS or data submitted by another in support of the applicant's application. All data in such applications is considered final unless changes are later sent to the schools. Application Data is transmitted electronically via the AMCAS Applicant Data Interchange (ADI) to all designated medical schools in near real time.
  • Verified Processed Applications: Processed applications represent the complete set of data an applicant has submitted to AMCAS. All sections of the application are available to medicals schools as a printable PDF. All data in such applications is considered final unless changes are later sent to the schools.
  • Change Reports: These reports will be compiled and delivered electronically to schools each week. These reports reflect changes to selected key data for previously verified applications.

What does AMCAS send to medical schools?

AMCAS provides electronic application products to medical schools.
  • Mailing Label Data: This data includes preferred name, mailing address, phone, e-mail address, state of legal residence, and other selected key data elements. This information is intended to give schools the opportunity to contact applicants interested in their program(s).
  • Electronic File of Select Applicant Data: This is abridged application data that is made available to medical schools via SFTP. Some of the data included in this file transfer are applicant biographic information, schools attended, coursework, GPAs, MCAT scores, and contact information.
  • Electronic File of All Application Data: This application data represents the complete set of data an applicant has submitted to AMCAS or data submitted by another in support of the applicant's application. All data in such applications is considered final unless changes are later sent to the schools. Application Data is transmitted electronically via the AMCAS Applicant Data Interchange (ADI) to all designated medical schools in near real time.
  • Verified Processed Applications: Processed applications represent the complete set of data an applicant has submitted to AMCAS. All sections of the application are available to medicals schools as a printable PDF. All data in such applications is considered final unless changes are later sent to the schools.
  • Change Reports: These reports will be compiled and delivered electronically to schools each week. These reports reflect changes to selected key data for previously verified applications.

Can schools see the names of or number of other schools that I applied to?

No. Schools will never know which other schools or how many other schools you applied to through AMCAS. In the February of each application cycle, schools will have access to the Multiple Acceptance Report, which will show them which of their accepted applicants are holding acceptances from other schools.

For example, let's say you applied to schools A, B, X, and Y. You were accepted by A and B. When the Multiple Acceptance Report becomes available, schools A and B will both see that you have been offered acceptance at the other school. You were rejected by school X, so they won't see any information about where you were accepted. No action has been taken by school Y, so they won't see any information about where you were accepted. If school Y accepts you a week later, school Y will then see that you are holding offers from A and B, and A and B will know that you now have an offer from Y as well.

In April of the application year, medical schools will have access to the National Acceptance Report, which lists every applicant with an acceptance or matriculated action.

Can schools see the names of or number of other schools that I applied to?

No. Schools will never know which other schools or how many other schools you applied to through AMCAS. In the February of each application cycle, schools will have access to the Multiple Acceptance Report, which will show them which of their accepted applicants are holding acceptances from other schools.

For example, let's say you applied to schools A, B, X, and Y. You were accepted by A and B. When the Multiple Acceptance Report becomes available, schools A and B will both see that you have been offered acceptance at the other school. You were rejected by school X, so they won't see any information about where you were accepted. No action has been taken by school Y, so they won't see any information about where you were accepted. If school Y accepts you a week later, school Y will then see that you are holding offers from A and B, and A and B will know that you now have an offer from Y as well.

In April of the application year, medical schools will have access to the National Acceptance Report, which lists every applicant with an acceptance or matriculated action.

Fee Assistance Program FAQ

How do I complete and submit the FAP application?

  1. Complete the FAP Application. You will be required to enter both biographical and financial information about yourself, your spouse (if applicable), and your parent(s) or guardian(s) (if living). Make certain that the information you enter is correct, as supporting documentation may be required later in the process.
  2. Tip: Once you've finished entering your information, print a copy of your FAP Summary Report for final review by yourself and those whose information you have entered. Click "Help" on any page within the application to view additional information.
  3. Submit your FAP application.
  4. You will receive an e-mail letting you know if you are required to submit supporting documentation or if your application has been denied.
  5. If we've requested documentation in support of your FAP application, you should upload those documents to the Upload Documents section of the application. See the Supporting Documents Cover Letter for more information about which documents you must provide. Please also be certain to include all required signatures, including your own, your spouse's (if applicable), and your parent's or guardian's (if living). If you cannot provide your documents digitally, they may be mailed or faxed. If you mail or fax documents, allow 3-5 business days for your documents to be marked as received.
  6. Once we've completed processing your application, we will send a notification regarding your eligibility for fee assistance to the e-mail address you provided in your FAP application.

How do I complete and submit the FAP application?

  1. Complete the FAP Application. You will be required to enter both biographical and financial information about yourself, your spouse (if applicable), and your parent(s) or guardian(s) (if living). Make certain that the information you enter is correct, as supporting documentation may be required later in the process.
  2. Tip: Once you've finished entering your information, print a copy of your FAP Summary Report for final review by yourself and those whose information you have entered. Click "Help" on any page within the application to view additional information.
  3. Submit your FAP application.
  4. You will receive an e-mail letting you know if you are required to submit supporting documentation or if your application has been denied.
  5. If we've requested documentation in support of your FAP application, you should upload those documents to the Upload Documents section of the application. See the Supporting Documents Cover Letter for more information about which documents you must provide. Please also be certain to include all required signatures, including your own, your spouse's (if applicable), and your parent's or guardian's (if living). If you cannot provide your documents digitally, they may be mailed or faxed. If you mail or fax documents, allow 3-5 business days for your documents to be marked as received.
  6. Once we've completed processing your application, we will send a notification regarding your eligibility for fee assistance to the e-mail address you provided in your FAP application.

Am I eligible for FAP?

FAP eligibility decisions are tied directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' poverty level guidelines. For the 2014 calendar year, applicants whose total family income is 300 percent or less of the poverty level for their family size will be approved for fee assistance.

Other Eligibility Rules

In addition, you are eligible for the Fee Assistance Program only if you are a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident ("Green Card" holder), or have refugee/asylum status.

An examinee/applicant may receive fee assistance for MCAT and/or AMCAS through the Fee Assistance Program (FAP) for a maximum of five (5) calendar years during his or her lifetime, so that other examinees/applicants may also benefit from this program.

You will be required to enter both biographical and financial information about yourself, your spouse (if applicable), and your parent(s) or guardian(s) (if living). Note also that the FAP does not draw a distinction between dependent and independent student status, and, therefore, all applicants must provide parental financial data for the FAP.

Am I eligible for FAP?

FAP eligibility decisions are tied directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' poverty level guidelines. For the 2014 calendar year, applicants whose total family income is 300 percent or less of the poverty level for their family size will be approved for fee assistance.

Other Eligibility Rules

In addition, you are eligible for the Fee Assistance Program only if you are a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident ("Green Card" holder), or have refugee/asylum status.

An examinee/applicant may receive fee assistance for MCAT and/or AMCAS through the Fee Assistance Program (FAP) for a maximum of five (5) calendar years during his or her lifetime, so that other examinees/applicants may also benefit from this program.

You will be required to enter both biographical and financial information about yourself, your spouse (if applicable), and your parent(s) or guardian(s) (if living). Note also that the FAP does not draw a distinction between dependent and independent student status, and, therefore, all applicants must provide parental financial data for the FAP.

How many times may I receive FAP?

An examinee/applicant may receive fee assistance for MCAT and/or AMCAS through the Fee Assistance Program for a maximum of five calendar years during his or her lifetime, so that other examinees may also benefit from this program.

How many times may I receive FAP?

An examinee/applicant may receive fee assistance for MCAT and/or AMCAS through the Fee Assistance Program for a maximum of five calendar years during his or her lifetime, so that other examinees may also benefit from this program.

Can I submit my AMCAS application or my MCAT registration prior to receiving Fee Assistance Program approval?

FAP does not offer fee assistance retroactively: To receive the benefits of FAP approval, you must wait to receive a decision on your FAP application before submitting your AMCAS application or registering for the MCAT. If you submit your AMCAS application before to receiving FAP approval, FAP benefits will not be applied to your AMCAS processing fees, including medical schools to which you apply after receiving FAP approval.

Can I submit my AMCAS application or my MCAT registration prior to receiving Fee Assistance Program approval?

FAP does not offer fee assistance retroactively: To receive the benefits of FAP approval, you must wait to receive a decision on your FAP application before submitting your AMCAS application or registering for the MCAT. If you submit your AMCAS application before to receiving FAP approval, FAP benefits will not be applied to your AMCAS processing fees, including medical schools to which you apply after receiving FAP approval.

I received FAP approval after submitting my AMCAS application or registering for the MCAT. Am I eligible for a refund?

No. FAP does not offer fee assistance retroactively, and you will not receive a refund for AMCAS or MCAT registration fees paid prior to FAP approval.

I received FAP approval after submitting my AMCAS application or registering for the MCAT. Am I eligible for a refund?

No. FAP does not offer fee assistance retroactively, and you will not receive a refund for AMCAS or MCAT registration fees paid prior to FAP approval.

When should I submit my Fee Assistance Program application?

You should submit your Fee Assistance Program application well in advance of when you plan to register for an MCAT Exam or submit your AMCAS application. The AAMC will begin accepting Fee Assistance Program applications for the 2014 calendar year on January 2, 2014. Applications will be accepted until late December 2014.

Once your FAP application is submitted, if FAP program analysis determines that you meet FAP eligibility requirements, you will be required to submit documentation in support of your certified and submitted application. Log back in to the application to upload all required documents. If you are not able to submit your documents electronically, you may mail or fax them. Allow 3-5 business days from receipt of the supporting documents to be marked as received in the application. Please allow up to 15 business days once all documents have been received for the AAMC to grant a final decision for fee assistance. Please consult the FAP homepage for additional guidance in submitting your FAP application in a timely manner.

When should I submit my Fee Assistance Program application?

You should submit your Fee Assistance Program application well in advance of when you plan to register for an MCAT Exam or submit your AMCAS application. The AAMC will begin accepting Fee Assistance Program applications for the 2014 calendar year on January 2, 2014. Applications will be accepted until late December 2014.

Once your FAP application is submitted, if FAP program analysis determines that you meet FAP eligibility requirements, you will be required to submit documentation in support of your certified and submitted application. Log back in to the application to upload all required documents. If you are not able to submit your documents electronically, you may mail or fax them. Allow 3-5 business days from receipt of the supporting documents to be marked as received in the application. Please allow up to 15 business days once all documents have been received for the AAMC to grant a final decision for fee assistance. Please consult the FAP homepage for additional guidance in submitting your FAP application in a timely manner.

My parents receive only Social Security benefits and did not file taxes this year. How do I submit documentation of this?

Social Security and Disability benefits should be included as Non-Taxable Income on the Parent/Guardian Financial Information screen on your Fee Assistance Program application. In this instance, FAP requires a copy of the social security benefits statement reflecting the total amount of income received for the year.

My parents receive only Social Security benefits and did not file taxes this year. How do I submit documentation of this?

Social Security and Disability benefits should be included as Non-Taxable Income on the Parent/Guardian Financial Information screen on your Fee Assistance Program application. In this instance, FAP requires a copy of the social security benefits statement reflecting the total amount of income received for the year.

My parents and/or I received only unemployment last year. How should I reflect this on the Fee Assistance Program application?

Since unemployment compensation is taxable, this should be reflected on the federal tax form (1040) as the Adjusted Gross Income. Therefore, unemployment compensation should be included as the Adjusted Gross Income on the Applicant and/or Parent/Guardian Financial Information screen on your Fee Assistance Program application.

My parents and/or I received only unemployment last year. How should I reflect this on the Fee Assistance Program application?

Since unemployment compensation is taxable, this should be reflected on the federal tax form (1040) as the Adjusted Gross Income. Therefore, unemployment compensation should be included as the Adjusted Gross Income on the Applicant and/or Parent/Guardian Financial Information screen on your Fee Assistance Program application.

Do I need to fill out multiple FAP applications if I want to take more than one MCAT and/or submit an AMCAS application?

No, you only need one FAP award. A FAP award is valid for the calendar year in which it was granted and you may use it to reduce the cost of registration for any MCAT test date(s) that you choose. Each award includes all of the MCAT, MSAR, and AMCAS benefits and you may use any or all of them throughout the calendar year for which the award is valid. Visit the Fee Assistance Program Benefits page to learn more.

Do I need to fill out multiple FAP applications if I want to take more than one MCAT and/or submit an AMCAS application?

No, you only need one FAP award. A FAP award is valid for the calendar year in which it was granted and you may use it to reduce the cost of registration for any MCAT test date(s) that you choose. Each award includes all of the MCAT, MSAR, and AMCAS benefits and you may use any or all of them throughout the calendar year for which the award is valid. Visit the Fee Assistance Program Benefits page to learn more.

My parents live in another state. How can I have them fill out this form?

You may complete the Parent/Guardian Biographic and Financial screens of the Fee Assistance Program application. However, the parents/guardians whose information you provided, are required to sign the Supporting Documentation Cover Letter, and by signing, certify that the information you completed on their behalf is complete and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief. To facilitate this process, the AAMC recommends that you give your parents/ guardians a copy of your Fee Assistance Program Summary Report.

My parents live in another state. How can I have them fill out this form?

You may complete the Parent/Guardian Biographic and Financial screens of the Fee Assistance Program application. However, the parents/guardians whose information you provided, are required to sign the Supporting Documentation Cover Letter, and by signing, certify that the information you completed on their behalf is complete and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief. To facilitate this process, the AAMC recommends that you give your parents/ guardians a copy of your Fee Assistance Program Summary Report.

When will I receive my benefits and how do I access them?

If your Fee Assistance Program application is approved, you will receive a confirmation email from the AAMC that will include information about how to access your benefits. Remember that the Fee Assistance Program awards are never retroactive. If you have already paid for a service or benefit included in the award package, you are not eligible for a refund. You will still receive all other benefits as long as no other use restrictions apply.

Medical School Admission Requirements

Your subscription to the Medical School Admission Requirements website will be activated as soon as you receive notification that you have been awarded fee assistance. Click on the "Sign in to MSAR" button on the Medical School Admission Requirements homepage. Use the same user name and password that you used for the Fee Assistance Program application to access the Medical School Admission Requirements website.

MCAT Benefits

MCAT Exam Registration

You can register for a MCAT test date once you have been approved for fee assistance. The MCAT registration system will automatically recognize your status as an award recipient by your AAMC ID. You may register for up to four (4) testing dates within the period of your award. Please note, beginning in spring 2015, you may only test three times in one year, you may not test more than four times within the span of two testing years, and there is a lifetime limit of seven attempts.

You may use your award to register for any MCAT testing date as long as that registration takes place before your benefits expire.

MCAT Preparation Products

When you submit supporting documentation for your Fee Assistance Program application you will indicate if, and in what year, you plan to use your award to register for an MCAT exam. You will receive an email about your MCAT prep products and information about when you will receive them in your award confirmation email. Once you choose the calendar year in which you plan to take your exam, you will not be able to change your selection since it is designed to best help you prepare for that testing year.

Your Official Guide to the MCAT Exam (MCAT2015), Fourth Edition will be delivered within 3 weeks of your award confirmation.

AMCAS

Once you have received your Fee Assistance Program approval, your AMCAS application will automatically register your award and you will bypass the payment page when submitting your application if you designated 15 or fewer medical schools. Additional fees will be charged for each medical school designation beyond 15.

When will I receive my benefits and how do I access them?

If your Fee Assistance Program application is approved, you will receive a confirmation email from the AAMC that will include information about how to access your benefits. Remember that the Fee Assistance Program awards are never retroactive. If you have already paid for a service or benefit included in the award package, you are not eligible for a refund. You will still receive all other benefits as long as no other use restrictions apply.

Medical School Admission Requirements

Your subscription to the Medical School Admission Requirements website will be activated as soon as you receive notification that you have been awarded fee assistance. Click on the "Sign in to MSAR" button on the Medical School Admission Requirements homepage. Use the same user name and password that you used for the Fee Assistance Program application to access the Medical School Admission Requirements website.

MCAT Benefits

MCAT Exam Registration

You can register for a MCAT test date once you have been approved for fee assistance. The MCAT registration system will automatically recognize your status as an award recipient by your AAMC ID. You may register for up to four (4) testing dates within the period of your award. Please note, beginning in spring 2015, you may only test three times in one year, you may not test more than four times within the span of two testing years, and there is a lifetime limit of seven attempts.

You may use your award to register for any MCAT testing date as long as that registration takes place before your benefits expire.

MCAT Preparation Products

When you submit supporting documentation for your Fee Assistance Program application you will indicate if, and in what year, you plan to use your award to register for an MCAT exam. You will receive an email about your MCAT prep products and information about when you will receive them in your award confirmation email. Once you choose the calendar year in which you plan to take your exam, you will not be able to change your selection since it is designed to best help you prepare for that testing year.

Your Official Guide to the MCAT Exam (MCAT2015), Fourth Edition will be delivered within 3 weeks of your award confirmation.

AMCAS

Once you have received your Fee Assistance Program approval, your AMCAS application will automatically register your award and you will bypass the payment page when submitting your application if you designated 15 or fewer medical schools. Additional fees will be charged for each medical school designation beyond 15.

Why does the Fee Assistance Program require financial information from my parents?

The AAMC Fee Assistance Program is privately funded and has established certain eligibility guidelines, which may differ from federally funded aid programs. These eligibility guidelines take in to account the federal poverty guideline, as specified by family size, and are verified by tax documentation from the previous year.

The Fee Assistance Program, unlike some federally funded programs, does not draw distinctions based on your dependent or independent status for tax purposes, therefore, parental financial information and supporting tax documentation are required. Parental information is viewed independently from applicant data, but must also fall within eligibility guidelines.

This requirement cannot be waived on the basis of your marital status, age, or tax filing status.

Why does the Fee Assistance Program require financial information from my parents?

The AAMC Fee Assistance Program is privately funded and has established certain eligibility guidelines, which may differ from federally funded aid programs. These eligibility guidelines take in to account the federal poverty guideline, as specified by family size, and are verified by tax documentation from the previous year.

The Fee Assistance Program, unlike some federally funded programs, does not draw distinctions based on your dependent or independent status for tax purposes, therefore, parental financial information and supporting tax documentation are required. Parental information is viewed independently from applicant data, but must also fall within eligibility guidelines.

This requirement cannot be waived on the basis of your marital status, age, or tax filing status.

The AAMC is investigating my Fee Assistance Program application. Will this affect my future Fee Assistance Program applications?

If the AAMC concludes that you have violated Fee Assistance Program policies, a report will be distributed to any medical schools that you applied to in the current application cycle, as well as to any medical schools to which you apply in the future.

If you have already been awarded fee assistance, you may be permitted to use the benefits until they expire. However, the AAMC may bar you from applying to the Fee Assistance Program again.

The AAMC is investigating my Fee Assistance Program application. Will this affect my future Fee Assistance Program applications?

If the AAMC concludes that you have violated Fee Assistance Program policies, a report will be distributed to any medical schools that you applied to in the current application cycle, as well as to any medical schools to which you apply in the future.

If you have already been awarded fee assistance, you may be permitted to use the benefits until they expire. However, the AAMC may bar you from applying to the Fee Assistance Program again.

MCAT Scores and AMCAS Application FAQ

Do I need to send my MCAT scores to the schools directly?

Score Reporting through AMCAS:

When you apply to medical schools through AMCAS, the AAMC sends your MCAT scores to your designated schools along with your AMCAS application. AMCAS automatically includes MCAT scores for examinees who sat for the exam in 2003 onward—you do not have the option to withhold scores for exams taken in 2003 or later. Scores from 1991 to 2002 will be included only if you have released them to AMCAS. To release pre-2003 MCAT scores to AMCAS, use the online MCAT Score Reporting System.

Score Reporting to Non-AMCAS Institutions:

If you want your scores sent to a non-AMCAS school or application service, use the online MCAT THx system, when your scores are released. If the school to which you want your scores sent is not listed, you may print a copy of your scores from the MCAT Score Reporting System and mail them directly. For MCAT exam scores prior to 1991, a form that can be faxed or mailed, with a small payment, is available at www.aamc.org/mcat.

Do I need to send my MCAT scores to the schools directly?

Score Reporting through AMCAS:

When you apply to medical schools through AMCAS, the AAMC sends your MCAT scores to your designated schools along with your AMCAS application. AMCAS automatically includes MCAT scores for examinees who sat for the exam in 2003 onward—you do not have the option to withhold scores for exams taken in 2003 or later. Scores from 1991 to 2002 will be included only if you have released them to AMCAS. To release pre-2003 MCAT scores to AMCAS, use the online MCAT Score Reporting System.

Score Reporting to Non-AMCAS Institutions:

If you want your scores sent to a non-AMCAS school or application service, use the online MCAT THx system, when your scores are released. If the school to which you want your scores sent is not listed, you may print a copy of your scores from the MCAT Score Reporting System and mail them directly. For MCAT exam scores prior to 1991, a form that can be faxed or mailed, with a small payment, is available at www.aamc.org/mcat.

Do I need to update my AMCAS application if I change my mind about taking the MCAT exam?

Yes, you need to notify AMCAS immediately if you decide not to take the MCAT exam or decide on a different date. You may make this change at any time during the application cycle by signing into your AMCAS application, making the change, and officially updating your application by clicking on the Update Application button on the Main Menu to save your changes.

Do I need to update my AMCAS application if I change my mind about taking the MCAT exam?

Yes, you need to notify AMCAS immediately if you decide not to take the MCAT exam or decide on a different date. You may make this change at any time during the application cycle by signing into your AMCAS application, making the change, and officially updating your application by clicking on the Update Application button on the Main Menu to save your changes.

Can I submit my AMCAS application without my MCAT scores?

Yes, AMCAS will verify and process your application without your MCAT scores. Once the scores are made available, AMCAS will upload your scores automatically into the application. If your application has already completed verification, AMCAS will send updates to the medical schools indicated in your application informing them of the update.

Can I submit my AMCAS application without my MCAT scores?

Yes, AMCAS will verify and process your application without your MCAT scores. Once the scores are made available, AMCAS will upload your scores automatically into the application. If your application has already completed verification, AMCAS will send updates to the medical schools indicated in your application informing them of the update.

How long will medical schools accept scores from the current exam?

Current exam scores will continue to be reported by AMCAS through the 2018 admission cycle. Each school has its own requirements for test reporting, more information can be found in the Medical School Admission Requirements website.

How long will medical schools accept scores from the current exam?

Current exam scores will continue to be reported by AMCAS through the 2018 admission cycle. Each school has its own requirements for test reporting, more information can be found in the Medical School Admission Requirements website.

AMCAS Technical Issues FAQ

Can I login to AMCAS using the same password I used for MCAT?

Yes. In general, you can login to AMCAS using the user name and password you created to register for an MCAT exam. 
However, if your MCAT password included any special characters (#@$&!*), you will need to reset your password to only include numbers and letters. AMCAS does not permit special characters in the user name or password.
To reset your password, click the “Can’t remember your password?” link on the AMCAS login page. You can then enter your current user name and the email address you used when creating that user name. We will email you a temporary password, which you can use to login to AMCAS and create a new password. This new password, which consists of just letters and numbers, will work for AMCAS, MCAT and the Fee Assistance Program.
If you do not remember your user name or you can no longer access the email account you used when creating your user name, please contact AMCAS for assistance.

Can I login to AMCAS using the same password I used for MCAT?

Yes. In general, you can login to AMCAS using the user name and password you created to register for an MCAT exam. 
However, if your MCAT password included any special characters (#@$&!*), you will need to reset your password to only include numbers and letters. AMCAS does not permit special characters in the user name or password.
To reset your password, click the “Can’t remember your password?” link on the AMCAS login page. You can then enter your current user name and the email address you used when creating that user name. We will email you a temporary password, which you can use to login to AMCAS and create a new password. This new password, which consists of just letters and numbers, will work for AMCAS, MCAT and the Fee Assistance Program.
If you do not remember your user name or you can no longer access the email account you used when creating your user name, please contact AMCAS for assistance.

How important is my e-mail address to the application process?

Keep your preferred email address up-to-date at all times. Email is the primary mode of communication used by AMCAS, so change your email address as often as necessary.

How important is my e-mail address to the application process?

Keep your preferred email address up-to-date at all times. Email is the primary mode of communication used by AMCAS, so change your email address as often as necessary.

How do I keep my e-mail address up-to-date?

To change it, simply log back into your application, enter the corrected email address, and re-certify and officially update your application by clicking on the Update Application button on the Main Menu to save your changes. You must re-certify and officially update your application each time you make a change.

How do I keep my e-mail address up-to-date?

To change it, simply log back into your application, enter the corrected email address, and re-certify and officially update your application by clicking on the Update Application button on the Main Menu to save your changes. You must re-certify and officially update your application each time you make a change.

Why haven't I received e-mail from AMCAS or my designated medical schools?

Many email messages from AMCAS and medical schools are sent simultaneously to multiple applicants. Some email providers use filters to ensure that you do not receive spam (junk email). In some cases these filters can prevent email from AMCAS and medical schools sent to groups of applicants from appearing in your inbox. If you have the option, add aamc.org as a “safe” domain from which you would like to receive messages. It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not miss emails from AMCAS and medical schools because they were sent to your junk email folder.

Why haven't I received e-mail from AMCAS or my designated medical schools?

Many email messages from AMCAS and medical schools are sent simultaneously to multiple applicants. Some email providers use filters to ensure that you do not receive spam (junk email). In some cases these filters can prevent email from AMCAS and medical schools sent to groups of applicants from appearing in your inbox. If you have the option, add aamc.org as a “safe” domain from which you would like to receive messages. It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not miss emails from AMCAS and medical schools because they were sent to your junk email folder.

What are the AMCAS application system requirements?

Applicants must meet the following system requirements to use the AMCAS application:
  • Modem 28.8 bps or faster (or network connection) 16 MB of RAM (or the requirements of Netscape or Microsoft for the browser you use
  • Use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox web browser to access to the application
  • An email address is required

What are the AMCAS application system requirements?

Applicants must meet the following system requirements to use the AMCAS application:
  • Modem 28.8 bps or faster (or network connection) 16 MB of RAM (or the requirements of Netscape or Microsoft for the browser you use
  • Use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox web browser to access to the application
  • An email address is required

What is JavaScript and how do I enable it?

JavaScript is a cross-platform WWW scripting language. JavaScript is employed by the AMCAS application, and can be used for things such as "rollover buttons" (graphics that change color when you run your mouse over them), rotating banners, pop-up windows, etc. Certain application functions will not work properly unless JavaScript is enabled. Make sure that JavaScript is enabled in your browser for optimal functioning of the application.

What is JavaScript and how do I enable it?

JavaScript is a cross-platform WWW scripting language. JavaScript is employed by the AMCAS application, and can be used for things such as "rollover buttons" (graphics that change color when you run your mouse over them), rotating banners, pop-up windows, etc. Certain application functions will not work properly unless JavaScript is enabled. Make sure that JavaScript is enabled in your browser for optimal functioning of the application.

What are "cookies" and how do I enable them?

A cookie is a small amount of information that a website copies to your hard disk. A cookie can help a website identify you the next time you visit. Make sure cookies are enabled by your browser for optimal functioning of the application.

What are "cookies" and how do I enable them?

A cookie is a small amount of information that a website copies to your hard disk. A cookie can help a website identify you the next time you visit. Make sure cookies are enabled by your browser for optimal functioning of the application.

The application is loading pages slowly. What can I do to speed it up?

Certain sections of the application, such as Course Work, may perform more slowly than others due to a higher level of database interaction. Please be patient.
Application performance may also be slow at times due to periodic high volumes of traffic. If the application is prohibitively slow, try again at non-peak hours.
Early morning hours (7-10 a.m., ET) are the most optimal time to access the application.

The application is loading pages slowly. What can I do to speed it up?

Certain sections of the application, such as Course Work, may perform more slowly than others due to a higher level of database interaction. Please be patient.
Application performance may also be slow at times due to periodic high volumes of traffic. If the application is prohibitively slow, try again at non-peak hours.
Early morning hours (7-10 a.m., ET) are the most optimal time to access the application.

AMCAS Letters of Evaluation FAQ: For Your Letter Authors

How does my letter author get his/her letter to AMCAS?

Your letter author can forward your letter to AMCAS in one of the following ways:
If your institution's pre-medical advising office provides a letter of evaluation service, you may be able to arrange to have all of your letters transmitted to AMCAS through that office. Talk with your advisor to determine which type of system is used at your institution (i.e., Committee Letter, Letter Packet, or Individual Letters).

AMCAS Letter Writer Application

This application enables letter authors to upload PDF versions of letter(s) securely to AMCAS rather than send letters via the mail. Your letter writer will be required to register as a letter writer and will need your AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID in order to upload your letter(s).

Mail

Make sure your letter writer has a copy of the AMCAS Letter Request form, which includes your AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID. Your letter writer should include this form when sending your letter in order to guarantee that your letter is correctly matched to your application. Letters should be mailed to: AMCAS, Attn: AMCAS Letters, AAMC Medical School Application Services, P.O. Box 18958, Washington, DC 20036. The address also appears on the AMCAS Letter Request Form.

Interfolio

Make certain to add your AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID in your Interfolio account if you are an Interfolio user. These IDs must accompany your letter in order for your letter to be matched with your application.

How to use Interfolio:
Enter the letter entry/entries in the AMCAS application before you have them sent via Interfolio.

If submitting an Individual Letter to AMCAS, you should:
  • Enter each individual letter separately in the AMCAS application.
  • Create a new delivery in Interfolio.
  • In Interfolio select "AMCAS" as your designation.
  • Select the corresponding Individual Letter(s).
  • You will then be asked for the AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID found on the AMCAS Letter Request Form for each Individual Letter.
  • Complete the delivery.

If submitting a Committee Letter or Letter Packet to AMCAS through Interfolio, you should:
  • Enter it once in the AMCAS application.
  • Create a new delivery in Interfolio.
  • In Interfolio select "AMCAS" as your designation.
  • Select the corresponding letter(s) that belong to the Letter Packet or Committee Letter.
  • Input the AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID found on the AMCAS Letter Request Form for each letter (please note: If the letter(s) are complied within Interfolio to make one Committee Letter or Letter Packet you will need to enter the same AMCAS Letter ID for all letters that belong in one Committee Letter or Letter Packet).
  • Complete the delivery.

Virtual Evals (VE)

VE is a letter service available to members of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP). If your advisor is a VE user, and you have arranged to have your letters transmitted through your advising office or career center, provide your AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID to your advisor these IDs must accompany your letter in order for it to be matched with your application.

How to use the VE Service:
  • Enter your VE-packet only once in the AMCAS application as either a Committee Letter or a Letter Packet, as appropriate.
  • Enter your advisor, or who the advisor designates, as the "Primary Author/Contact".
  • For Letter Packets Only: Enter the author(s) of the other letters in the packet as "Additional Authors" (optional).
  • Provide your advisor with the AMCAS Letter Request form that contains the AMCAS Letter ID.

How does my letter author get his/her letter to AMCAS?

Your letter author can forward your letter to AMCAS in one of the following ways:
If your institution's pre-medical advising office provides a letter of evaluation service, you may be able to arrange to have all of your letters transmitted to AMCAS through that office. Talk with your advisor to determine which type of system is used at your institution (i.e., Committee Letter, Letter Packet, or Individual Letters).

AMCAS Letter Writer Application

This application enables letter authors to upload PDF versions of letter(s) securely to AMCAS rather than send letters via the mail. Your letter writer will be required to register as a letter writer and will need your AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID in order to upload your letter(s).

Mail

Make sure your letter writer has a copy of the AMCAS Letter Request form, which includes your AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID. Your letter writer should include this form when sending your letter in order to guarantee that your letter is correctly matched to your application. Letters should be mailed to: AMCAS, Attn: AMCAS Letters, AAMC Medical School Application Services, P.O. Box 18958, Washington, DC 20036. The address also appears on the AMCAS Letter Request Form.

Interfolio

Make certain to add your AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID in your Interfolio account if you are an Interfolio user. These IDs must accompany your letter in order for your letter to be matched with your application.

How to use Interfolio:
Enter the letter entry/entries in the AMCAS application before you have them sent via Interfolio.

If submitting an Individual Letter to AMCAS, you should:
  • Enter each individual letter separately in the AMCAS application.
  • Create a new delivery in Interfolio.
  • In Interfolio select "AMCAS" as your designation.
  • Select the corresponding Individual Letter(s).
  • You will then be asked for the AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID found on the AMCAS Letter Request Form for each Individual Letter.
  • Complete the delivery.

If submitting a Committee Letter or Letter Packet to AMCAS through Interfolio, you should:
  • Enter it once in the AMCAS application.
  • Create a new delivery in Interfolio.
  • In Interfolio select "AMCAS" as your designation.
  • Select the corresponding letter(s) that belong to the Letter Packet or Committee Letter.
  • Input the AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID found on the AMCAS Letter Request Form for each letter (please note: If the letter(s) are complied within Interfolio to make one Committee Letter or Letter Packet you will need to enter the same AMCAS Letter ID for all letters that belong in one Committee Letter or Letter Packet).
  • Complete the delivery.

Virtual Evals (VE)

VE is a letter service available to members of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP). If your advisor is a VE user, and you have arranged to have your letters transmitted through your advising office or career center, provide your AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID to your advisor these IDs must accompany your letter in order for it to be matched with your application.

How to use the VE Service:
  • Enter your VE-packet only once in the AMCAS application as either a Committee Letter or a Letter Packet, as appropriate.
  • Enter your advisor, or who the advisor designates, as the "Primary Author/Contact".
  • For Letter Packets Only: Enter the author(s) of the other letters in the packet as "Additional Authors" (optional).
  • Provide your advisor with the AMCAS Letter Request form that contains the AMCAS Letter ID.

Do letters need to be on official letterhead and signed?

Medical schools may require that your letters are written on official letterhead and include the author's signature. Research the letter requirements at the schools you plan to apply to in order to determine whether they request this formality.

Do letters need to be on official letterhead and signed?

Medical schools may require that your letters are written on official letterhead and include the author's signature. Research the letter requirements at the schools you plan to apply to in order to determine whether they request this formality.

AMCAS Letters of Evaluation FAQ: Timing

When will AMCAS begin accepting letters of evaluation?

AMCAS will begin accepting letters of evaluation on the same day that the AMCAS application opens.

When will AMCAS begin accepting letters of evaluation?

AMCAS will begin accepting letters of evaluation on the same day that the AMCAS application opens.

When does my letter information have to be complete in the AMCAS application? Does it have to be complete before I can submit?

You may assign your letters before and/or after you submit your application. Letters do not have to be assigned to the letter entries in your AMCAS application before you can submit, although you have the option to add this information before submitting. Please note that after you submit your application, you can add letter entries, but you cannot delete or change existing letter entries.

When does my letter information have to be complete in the AMCAS application? Does it have to be complete before I can submit?

You may assign your letters before and/or after you submit your application. Letters do not have to be assigned to the letter entries in your AMCAS application before you can submit, although you have the option to add this information before submitting. Please note that after you submit your application, you can add letter entries, but you cannot delete or change existing letter entries.

How long does it take for AMCAS to process my letters and mark them received?

Letter(s) sent electronically will be updated as "Received" within one (1) business day. Letters sent via mail can take up to fifteen (15) business days from the time the letters are received.

How long does it take for AMCAS to process my letters and mark them received?

Letter(s) sent electronically will be updated as "Received" within one (1) business day. Letters sent via mail can take up to fifteen (15) business days from the time the letters are received.

Will all my letters be sent to the medical school at the same time?

AMCAS does not "hold" letters until all are received. Any of your letters that arrive at AMCAS while your application is being processed will be sent to your designated medical schools along with your application once your application has been processed. Letters that get to AMCAS after your application has been processed will be made available to your designated schools as soon as they are received.

Will all my letters be sent to the medical school at the same time?

AMCAS does not "hold" letters until all are received. Any of your letters that arrive at AMCAS while your application is being processed will be sent to your designated medical schools along with your application once your application has been processed. Letters that get to AMCAS after your application has been processed will be made available to your designated schools as soon as they are received.

My letters are uploaded but the medical school has not received them. What should I do?

Make sure your application is processed, as letters will not be sent until your application completes processing. Check the Letters of Evaluation or Medical School Summary screen in your AMCAS application and make sure the letters were added to that specific school. Finally, if it has been over a week since your application was processed and your letters were uploaded and submitted to the medical school, contact the medical school directly.

My letters are uploaded but the medical school has not received them. What should I do?

Make sure your application is processed, as letters will not be sent until your application completes processing. Check the Letters of Evaluation or Medical School Summary screen in your AMCAS application and make sure the letters were added to that specific school. Finally, if it has been over a week since your application was processed and your letters were uploaded and submitted to the medical school, contact the medical school directly.

AMCAS Letters of Evaluation FAQ: Making Changes After You Submit Your Application

Can I change my letter information after it is submitted to AMCAS?

You may add a new letter after your application has been submitted, but you cannot delete or change existing letter entries.

However, your letter writer can update the actual letter document linked to a letter entry by uploading a new version of the letter using the same Letter ID number as the original entry. Medical schools will be able to review the most recent version of the letter. These updates may be necessary if your letter writer needs to make a change to your letter, or if the original letter was not signed or on official letterhead. Do not make a new letter entry in your application for an updated letter.

Can I change my letter information after it is submitted to AMCAS?

You may add a new letter after your application has been submitted, but you cannot delete or change existing letter entries.

However, your letter writer can update the actual letter document linked to a letter entry by uploading a new version of the letter using the same Letter ID number as the original entry. Medical schools will be able to review the most recent version of the letter. These updates may be necessary if your letter writer needs to make a change to your letter, or if the original letter was not signed or on official letterhead. Do not make a new letter entry in your application for an updated letter.

How do I add a letter after my application has been submitted?

To add additional letters of evaluation, log back into your AMCAS application and select the Letters of Evaluation tab.

You can add more letters only if you have not already entered 10 letters. If you would like to assign a letter to a medical school that you've already applied to, select the Medical School tab, select Edit for the school you'd like to receive the new letter, and select the new letter. If you would like to send your application and letters to a new medical school, you will be prompted to select the letters you would like sent to the new school after adding the school.

Please note: Each time you select a new school and add letters, you must officially update your application by clicking on the Update Application button on the Main Menu of your application.

How do I add a letter after my application has been submitted?

To add additional letters of evaluation, log back into your AMCAS application and select the Letters of Evaluation tab.

You can add more letters only if you have not already entered 10 letters. If you would like to assign a letter to a medical school that you've already applied to, select the Medical School tab, select Edit for the school you'd like to receive the new letter, and select the new letter. If you would like to send your application and letters to a new medical school, you will be prompted to select the letters you would like sent to the new school after adding the school.

Please note: Each time you select a new school and add letters, you must officially update your application by clicking on the Update Application button on the Main Menu of your application.

A letter writer I added in the AMCAS application will no longer provide a letter. How can I change this in AMCAS?

Medical schools need to know if you no longer plan to have specific letters sent to AMCAS. Follow the steps below to change the designation of a letter entry to ensure these schools know that a letter is no longer being sent:
  • Sign in to your application and go to the Letters of Evaluation section.
  • Above the letter descriptions, it will read "Medical schools need to know if you no longer plan on having specific letters sent to AMCAS. If one or more of your letters listed below is not going to be sent to AMCAS press CONTINUE." Click Continue.
  • Check the box next to the letter(s) that will not be sent to AMCAS. Be sure to select the correct Author name and Letter ID combination from your application. Click Continue.
  • You must acknowledge that you have read and understand the following: "If AMCAS receives this letter at any time during this application cycle, AMCAS will forward it to the medical school(s) that I have selected to receive this letter." Click OK to proceed. Click Continue.
  • To save these changes on your AMCAS application, you must officially update your application by clicking on the Update Application button on the Main Menu of your application. Changes will not be saved if you do not update your application. Updating your application for this purpose will not cause processing delays.
  • The last column of the letter entry should indicate that the letter is no longer being sent.

A letter writer I added in the AMCAS application will no longer provide a letter. How can I change this in AMCAS?

Medical schools need to know if you no longer plan to have specific letters sent to AMCAS. Follow the steps below to change the designation of a letter entry to ensure these schools know that a letter is no longer being sent:
  • Sign in to your application and go to the Letters of Evaluation section.
  • Above the letter descriptions, it will read "Medical schools need to know if you no longer plan on having specific letters sent to AMCAS. If one or more of your letters listed below is not going to be sent to AMCAS press CONTINUE." Click Continue.
  • Check the box next to the letter(s) that will not be sent to AMCAS. Be sure to select the correct Author name and Letter ID combination from your application. Click Continue.
  • You must acknowledge that you have read and understand the following: "If AMCAS receives this letter at any time during this application cycle, AMCAS will forward it to the medical school(s) that I have selected to receive this letter." Click OK to proceed. Click Continue.
  • To save these changes on your AMCAS application, you must officially update your application by clicking on the Update Application button on the Main Menu of your application. Changes will not be saved if you do not update your application. Updating your application for this purpose will not cause processing delays.
  • The last column of the letter entry should indicate that the letter is no longer being sent.

What should I do if my letter has been uploaded incorrectly or assigned to the wrong medical school?

Incorrectly Uploaded Letter

Ask your letter writer re-upload your letter of evaluation, making sure to use the correct letter ID number. Once your new letter of evaluation is received it will pre-pended any existing letters since the original cannot be completely removed once it has been received by AMCAS.

Letter Assigned to the Wrong School

Ask your letter writer to re-upload your letter of evaluation, making sure to use the correct letter ID number. After you have contacted your letter writer, please contact the medical school(s) that have received the incorrect letter of evaluation and ask them to please discard the letter.

What should I do if my letter has been uploaded incorrectly or assigned to the wrong medical school?

Incorrectly Uploaded Letter

Ask your letter writer re-upload your letter of evaluation, making sure to use the correct letter ID number. Once your new letter of evaluation is received it will pre-pended any existing letters since the original cannot be completely removed once it has been received by AMCAS.

Letter Assigned to the Wrong School

Ask your letter writer to re-upload your letter of evaluation, making sure to use the correct letter ID number. After you have contacted your letter writer, please contact the medical school(s) that have received the incorrect letter of evaluation and ask them to please discard the letter.

AMCAS Letters of Evaluation FAQ: Re-applying

Do I need to submit new letters of evaluation if I applied with AMCAS previously?

AMCAS does not keep letters on file from applications in previous years. You must resubmit letters of evaluation to AMCAS for each application cycle you apply.

Do I need to submit new letters of evaluation if I applied with AMCAS previously?

AMCAS does not keep letters on file from applications in previous years. You must resubmit letters of evaluation to AMCAS for each application cycle you apply.

Can AMCAS give me a copy of a previously submitted letter?

Under no circumstances will AMCAS provide copies of letters of evaluation to applicants, letter authors, or a third party. Letters sent to AMCAS in support of your application will only be distributed to the medical schools you designated for that particular application cycle.

If your letter author used the AMCAS Letter Writer Application to submit a letter to AMCAS, they can view letters they previously submitted until that application year is closed.

Can AMCAS give me a copy of a previously submitted letter?

Under no circumstances will AMCAS provide copies of letters of evaluation to applicants, letter authors, or a third party. Letters sent to AMCAS in support of your application will only be distributed to the medical schools you designated for that particular application cycle.

If your letter author used the AMCAS Letter Writer Application to submit a letter to AMCAS, they can view letters they previously submitted until that application year is closed.