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Timeline & Application Cycle

Below is the ideal timeline specifically for allopathic (AMCAS) and osteopathic (AACOM) medical school.  Veterinary, dental, or other health professions schools follow similar timelines, but use different application services and may have additional requirements. As noted below, the process takes as much as a year, if not longer. Consider the questions below as you begin to understand the application timeline.

Gap Year vs. Going Straight Through: What is best for me?

How will HPP help?

General Timeline for the Application Year

The timeline below illustrates an ideal AMCAS primary application submission date any time from June 1-July 15. If you submit on a date later than July 15th, please discuss with your Pre-Health Advisors. You can see that the process spans more than a year!

Late Fall Early Winter. Understand the application process and go to workshops. Choose letter writers

January to March Submit Timeline Agreement and Composite Worksheet by 3/20 Begin Reflection Process. Apply for the Fee Assistance Program

March to May. Take MCAT. AMCAS is available

June 1 to July 15. AMCAS submission time

June 15 to August 1. Composite letter is completed by writer

July to September. Complete secondary applications

September to March. Interview Season

April 30. Choose final school if you have multiple acceptances

July to August. Matriculation

Taking Gap Years Before Graduate School

80% of Dartmouth applicants take at least one or more additional years after graduation before matriculating to medical school or other graduate programs in the health professions. The majority of these students apply as they graduate (i.e., at the end of senior year) or a future year. This gives applicants time to demonstrate success in Dartmouth coursework, engage in diverse kinds of scholarship, prepare for the MCAT, and allow for more growthful, maturing opportunities. The average age of students entering medical school is currently 24.5 years. For more information about gap years before medical school, visit Alternative Pathways to Medicine.

20% of students manage to generate a complete application by the end of Junior Spring (timeline above). This means: (1) successfully completing course work needed for the MCAT, (2) preparing for and taking the MCAT and (3) accumulating enough substantive extra-curricular experience to mount a competitive application by June of Junior year.

Working with HPP

HPP guides applicants through the entire application process providing essential information about tasks and steps, offers workshops on different parts of the application, reviews applicants' materials, and helps students select schools for application.

The Health Professions Office oversees the Composite Evaluation Letter Process.  To best assist you, we require certain actions from you that are explained in Letters of Evaluation.

Last Updated: 10/17/18