Timeline for Applicants for 2018-19: Application Dates & Deadlines

This timeline is tailored for medical and dental school applicants since these applications involve a committee letter provided by the Health Professions Advising Committee. If you will be applying this spring or fall please follow these guidelines.  

 

Inform the Health Professions Advising office if you intend to apply in the coming academic year.

September–October

  • If you plan to apply in the coming year (or two), schedule a pre-application advising appointment with the HPA office. Complete this appointment in the fall to discuss your timeline, qualifications, and plan for applying.

January–April

  • Sign up for an HPA mock interview (takes place in February or March).
  • Contact the Registrar and the Dean of Students offices to check your integrity and conduct records (before your mock interview). 
  • Request letters to support your application: Individual recommendation letters & HPA Committee Letter Request  (provide letter writers with request form, waiver, resume and personal statement). Inform letter writers that the deadline for letters is May 31st. 
  • Submit a Committee Letter Request. Do this even if you aren’t fully decided about applying this year—we would rather have you withdraw the request than submit a late request.
  • Submit list of letter writers to the HP office as soon as you can (no later than May 1).
  • Fill out the Pre-Mock Interview form which contains questions about your background, activities, interest and experience in chosen profession. This should be submitted at least one week in advance of your mock interview. 
  • Obtain unofficial transcripts from Puget Sound and other colleges.

January–June

  • Take entrance exam (MCAT, DAT, etc.)
  • Register for your entrance exam well in advance to reserve a spot 
  • Sign up for an exam prep course or obtain books for self-study (official practice tests from AAMC strongly encouraged) 

February–April

  • Write your personal statement
  • Participate in an HPA mock interview

Spring Break Checklist

  • Begin/continue school/program selection
  • Decide on type(s) of programs (if medical—allopathic, osteopathic or both types of programs?)
  • Consider your overall GPA and calculate a science GPA with all classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Math
  • Keep your GPA, science GPA, and entrance exam scores when selecting potential schools—include a range of programs
  • Check websites for programs of interest for required/recommended courses in addition to GPA & test stats—how competitive are you?

May–June

  • Go to AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS websites to begin filling in application (this can take a few weeks to complete)—the new application is posted the first week of May.
  • Request a copy of official transcripts from all U.S. schools attended to be sent to the application service.
  • All recommendation letters should be sent to the HPA office by May 31st.

June–July

  • June 1: Submit your application
  • Decide upon list of schools to which you will be applying. Do your homework (see Spring Break checklist).
  • Complete your application and submit online.
  • Submit ID numbers to HPA (both your letter ID and AMCAS numbers) 

July-August

  • The HPA office composes and sends committee letter to application service (AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS) along with individual recommendation letters.

Applications Aren't Cheap!

Applying to medical school can be an expensive endeavor. Know that there are fee assistance programs for the MCAT and discounts available for some secondaries. Here is a quick breakdown of expected costs:

MCAT Fee: $210

AMCAS Fee (including one school): $160

Each School Fee: 10 @ $30 = $300

Secondaries to 10 Schools @ $60 = $600