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Timeline and Deadlines: Top 20 Deadlines

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Please keep in mind the following deadlines, assuming that you plan to attend medical school the year following graduation from Clark. You may find a checklist useful. The timing of when you do what will vary if you plan to delay your application until after graduating. The things you need to do will remain the same.

  1. December, freshman year: Consult one-on-one with Dr. Thurlow about your curriculum.
  2. March, freshman year: Provide the Health Careers Office with signed forms to distribute to Clark faculty who are willing to write positive letters of recommendation. Get these letters now, before the faculty forget who you are. Spend some time talking with them, so they can say something about you; i.e., more than just your scores on exams.
  3. December, sophomore year: Consult one-on-one with Dr. Thurlow about your plans for extracurricular activities and/or research opportunities.
  4. March, sophomore year: Provide the Health Careers Office with signed forms to distribute to Clark faculty who are willing to write positive letters of recommendation (see above).
  5. November, junior year: Consult one-on-one with Dr. Thurlow about your plans for preparing for the MCAT.
  6. November, junior year: Plan when to register for the MCAT. (Note: If you need to apply for financial assistance, FAP, the deadline may be about a month before the registration deadline).
  7. March, junior year: Provide the Health Careers Office with the last of the signed forms to distribute to Clark faculty (total of 5; 3 from the sciences) who are willing to write positive letters of recommendation.
  8. Spring, junior year: Take the MCAT.
  9. May, junior year: Check to be sure that all letters of reference have been received by the Health Careers Office. Let the Health Careers Office know if you definitely plan to apply this year. We will make every effort to process your letter so that it is ready to send shortly after you send in your completed AMCAS application.
  10. May, junior year: Provide the Health Careers Office with the first draft of your personal statement for the AMCAS application. You should try to do this even earlier.
  11. May, junior year: Begin filling out the AMCAS on-line application to be submitted beginning in June. Continue to work with the Health Careers Office on your personal statement. Consult with the Health Careers Office about sending in your completed application. The earlier the better, unless you have to wait for your MCAT scores.
  12. Late spring or summer, junior year: If your MCAT scores are not what you want, register for retaking them.
  13. Summer or fall, junior year: Retake the MCAT.
  14. August, junior year: This is the deadline for most early decision programs.
  15. September, senior year: If you have not already done so, finalize your personal statement and AMCAS application. Consult with the Health Careers Office about sending in your completed application. The earlier the better, but you may have to wait for your MCAT scores.
  16. October 15, senior year: Final deadline for some schools to receive completed application. Be prepared to rapidly complete "secondary applications" from schools to which you apply. Consult with the Health Careers Office about dos and don'ts in answering questions on these secondary applications. The sooner you return these applications, the better your chances of impressing the school with your level of interest.
  17. November 1, senior year: Final deadline for most schools to receive completed application. Be prepared to rapidly complete "secondary applications" from schools to which you apply. Consult with the Health Careers Office about dos and don'ts in answering questions on these secondary applications. The sooner you return these applications, the better your chances of impressing the school with your level of interest.
  18. October-April, senior year: Consult with Health Careers Office about the interview process and scheduling a mock interview. If you have been accepted, congratulations! Respond immediately with your deposit. If you receive multiple acceptances, withdraw immediately from schools you do not plan to attend.
  19. March-May, senior year: Submit financial aid forms (deadlines vary somewhat from school to school). Delays in submitting these forms may delay your receiving a financial aid package, and thereby interfere with your ability to decide which school to choose if you have been accepted to more than one school.
  20. May 15, senior year: Last day for students with multiple acceptances to decide where they will matriculate.
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