Frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS®) application process. For more detailed FAQs on the AMCAS Letter of Evaluation process including information for letter authors please visit the AMCAS How to Apply section of the site.
When will my transcripts be marked as “RECEIVED” by AMCAS?
If sent by U.S. mail, most transcripts take 7-10 calendar days to arrive at AMCAS from your institution. In general, it takes up to 15 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 once your transcripts are processed.
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, including Joint Services classified coursework.
- 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.
How do I send my transcripts to AMCAS?
AMCAS accepts official paper transcripts from all institutions and eTranscripts from our approved vendors: National Student Clearinghouse and Parchment. Visit your institution's website for more information and guidance on their processes.
Paper transcripts should be mailed to AMCAS along with an AMCAS Pre-barcoded Transcript Request Form to help us match your transcript(s) to your application. This form is found within the application.
Paper transcripts may be sent to AMCAS via the U.S. Postal Service or expedited mail services, such as Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS, or DHL. Details for each mail service are included below:
Standard Mail Service:
AMCAS attn: Transcripts
AAMC Medical School Application Services
P.O. Box 57326
Washington, DC 20037
Expedited Mail Service (Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS, or DHL):
Please note, this address should only be used for transcripts that cannot be sent to a P.O. Box. All other mailed transcripts must be sent to the P.O. Box address to ensure accurate receipt and efficient processing.
AMCAS, attn: transcripts
AAMC Medical School Application Services
655 K Street, N.W. Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001
AMCAS only accepts eTranscripts from our approved vendors: National Student Clearinghouse and Parchment. AMCAS will not accept transcripts by email or fax.
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 in 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
What is the Transcript ID?
- The Transcript ID is used when requesting an etTanscript from National Student Clearinghouse and Parchment.
- If your registrar's office does not require the Transcript ID, they cannot submit to AMCAS through National Student Clearinghouse and Parchment and you must send a paper transcript.
- Providing the registrar with the Transcript ID AMCAS assigned to another one of your schools will delay processing of your application.
Can I send an official sealed copy of my transcripts?
No, AMCAS will not accept transcripts from applicants under any circumstances. Transcripts must arrive directly from the University Registrar's office.
Registrars can send paper transcripts by mail or electronically submit an eTranscript by our approved vendors: National Student Clearinghouse and Parchment.
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.
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 Coursework 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. You must also consider that AMCAS will not verify your application until all of your required transcripts have been marked as “Received.”
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.