When you have spent years preparing to apply to medical school, the last thing you want to do is jeopardize your chances of acceptance. One way to reduce your chances of getting admitted is to apply late.
3 reasons applying late can hurt you
- Rolling admissions is based on the concept of first come, first served.
If you apply late (like August or later), you may never receive a review if there are no spots left available. Medical schools receive thousands of applications, and reviewing them takes hours and hours of time. Once a medical school has met its enrollment capacity and filled its waiting list, there is very little time spent on reviewing applications – especially given the time and energy it takes to conduct interviews and MMI interviews, in particular.
- If you are rushing to submit your application late, chances are there will be mistakes.
In the mad dash to get your application submitted, it’s easy to leave out critical details or write sloppy essays that do not represent you well. If you have put off applying, there may be a reason behind it. It’s important to examine the reasons that have forced you to consider applying late. It would probably be in your best interest to take your time and apply early rather than do a rush job that will only force you to face the possibility of reapplying the next year. Since it is so expensive and time consuming to apply, doing it right the first time is in your best interest.
- Applying late and without an MCAT score is like double daring the luck.
Since most schools will not review your application until they receive your MCAT score, applying late and then making the schools hold off on reviewing your application may put you even further behind. Generally, I don’t recommend applying without an MCAT score. You don’t want any hidden surprises especially when it comes to determining the direction of your career. If necessary, apply early the next cycle after you have received competitive scores.
From nearly a decade of experience in medical school admissions, I recommend getting your application submitted anywhere from mid-June to late July. I have seen students receive acceptances when they have applied in August and September but it’s a wild ride and one I recommend avoiding, if at all possible. To avoid unnecessary stress, plan on applying early.
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