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Section 4 of the AMCAS® Application: Course Work

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Here you will enter your transcripts and information about your coursework.

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    AMCAS requires one official transcript from each U.S., U.S. Territorial, or Canadian post-secondary institution at which you have attempted coursework, regardless of whether credit was earned. To determine whether or not an official transcript is required for one of your undergraduate institutions, consult the AMCAS Applicant Guide.

    Problems with transcripts are the number one cause of processing delays and missed application deadlines.

    Transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar’s office. A transcript will be rejected and possibly returned by AMCAS under any of the following conditions:

    • The official transcript was received directly from the student.
    • The official transcript is for the wrong student, or the name on the transcript differs from that on this transcript request form.
    • The official transcript is illegible.

    Sending Transcripts to AMCAS

    Electronic Transcripts:

    AMCAS accepts official PDF eTranscripts from: 

    Only AMCAS-approved senders can submit PDF eTranscripts to AMCAS. We will not accept PDF eTranscripts by email or any other way.

    Requesting an electronic transcript from a school that is not approved will result in delays for your application, as you will have to submit another request to your registrar for a paper transcript. AMCAS continues to accept official paper transcripts from all institutions. Please make sure that you are using the correct AAMC and Transcript IDs to prevent any processing delays.

    Paper Transcripts:

    Paper transcripts should be mailed to AMCAS along with an AMCAS Pre-barcoded Transcript Request. AMCAS has difficulties matching applications to official transcripts that are not accompanied by the AMCAS Pre-barcoded Transcript Request Form. This form ensures that your transcript is matched to your application and provides more efficient processing. Print the AMCAS Pre-barcoded Transcript Request Form from within your current application from the Main Menu.”

    Mail paper transcripts to:

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

    Transcript Processing Timelines

    The table below details all delivery options available to registrars, in order from fastest delivery to slowest. Processing begins once your transcripts are delivered to AMCAS. Reference the transcript processing tool to find the latest date your transcript will be processed based on the mode of transmission to AMCAS. Please note, you will receive an email from AMCAS when your transcript is marked "Received."

    Method Processing time
    Electronic Vendor 15 business days
    Mail* 25 business days

    *Mailed transcripts take longer to receive and process than other methods. If possible, AMCAS recommends utilizing the other delivery methods. If your registrar has questions, please contact

    Transcript Deadlines

    The transcript deadline is the date AMCAS must receive all required official transcripts. Deadlines for official transcripts to be received by AMCAS are 14 calendar days, or the next business day after a program's deadline if the transcript deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday. Please review AMCAS Participating Medical Schools and Deadlines and Medical School Admission Requirements for school deadlines.

    Entering Your Coursework

    Take your time when completing the Course Work section of the application. Omitting coursework, grades, credits, or supplying incorrect grades may affect your AMCAS GPA and could delay the processing of your application, which could result in missed deadlines.

    Keep a copy of your official transcript(s) next to you while you complete this section to help ensure that your information is complete and accurate.

    When entering coursework, you must include information and corresponding grades for every course in which you have ever enrolled at any U.S., U.S. Territorial, or Canadian post-secondary institution, regardless of whether you earned credit. This includes, but is not limited to, withdrawals, repeats, failures, incompletes, and future coursework. Courses removed from your transcripts or GPA as a result of academic bankruptcy, forgiveness, or similar institutional policies must also be included.

    • Course Classification: Each course must be assigned a course classification based entirely on the primary content of the course. See the AMCAS Course Classification Guide for assistance in classifying your coursework.
    • Foreign Coursework/Study Abroad: Applicants often have questions about entering foreign study experience into the AMCAS application. You should carefully consult the AMCAS Applicant Guide to determine how to do so. For more information on how to enter your study abroad coursework, please visit the How to Enter Study Abroad Coursework page.
    • AMCAS GPA: AMCAS will convert most standard undergraduate transcript grades to AMCAS grades based on conversion information provided by the institutions. The AMCAS GPA provides the medical schools with a standard way to compare each applicant's background. The BCPM GPA is comprised of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics courses. All other coursework will be calculated in the AO (All Other) GPA.

    AMCAS Grade Conversion Guide

    During the verification process, AMCAS converts most standard undergraduate transcript grades to AMCAS grades based on conversion information provided by colleges and universities. ...

    AMCAS® Grade Conversion Chart

    The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) uses the Grade Conversion Chart to more accurately convert all official transcript grades to a standardized grading system for the...

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    2022 AMCAS Application

    The 2022 AMCAS application is now open. If you wish to start medical school in Fall 2022, please complete and submit the 2022 AMCAS application. 

    As of November 29 AMCAS is:

    Marking transcripts as "Received" that were delivered on or before:

    • Paper (mailed) – November 29
    • Parchment – November 24
    • National Student Clearinghouse – November 29

    Processing applications that reached "Ready for Review" on November 24. 

    Processing Academic Change Requests submitted on November 23.

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