Section 4 of the AMCAS® Application: Coursework

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

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    Transcripts

    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.

    Applicants must submit new transcripts each year they apply since AMCAS must verify to the designated medical schools that no additional courses were taken at a particular school. In addition, AMCAS does not keep transcripts on file from previous years' applications. 

    Sending Transcripts to AMCAS

    AMCAS accepts both paper and electronic transcripts. Electronic transcripts must be transmitted through our approved vendors, National Student Clearinghouse and Parchment, or sent via secure email from approved school registrars. AMCAS will not accept transcripts via fax.

    To avoid added delays in application processing, AMCAS recommends submitting your transcript electronically. If electronic transcripts are unavailable at your institution, paper transcripts should be mailed to AMCAS along with an AMCAS Pre-barcoded Transcript Request Form to help match your transcript(s) to your application. This form is found within the application. 
     

    Electronic Transcripts:

    AMCAS accepts official eTranscripts from: 

    AMCAS accepts emailed transcripts from:

    • Approved school registrars

    Contact your school’s registrar to confirm whether they are approved to send AMCAS emailed transcripts or use one of our approved vendors.

    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. 

    If a transcript is sent electronically, do not send a duplicate paper copy as this will cause delays for other applicants who are unable to send their transcripts electronically.

    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 Transcript 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 etranscripts@aamc.org

    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.

    Transcript Issue/Print Date Requirement

    AMCAS requires that all transcripts must be issued/printed within 14 days before the date AMCAS receives your transcript. Please see the example below of an acceptable issue/print date. 

    AMCAS Receipt Date Acceptable Issue/Print Date
    May 3, 2022 April 19, 2022, or after
    May 16, 2022 May 2, 2022, or after
    June 1, 2022 May 18, 2022, or after

    Please note that any transcript received by AMCAS that was not issued/printed within 14 days before receipt will not be used to process an application. The applicant will be notified via email and should request another transcript. 

    Entering Your Coursework

    Take your time when completing the Coursework 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.
     

     

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