After you have submitted your primary application, the real fun begins! Depending on how many schools you are applying to and the number of school systems, it can be challenging to keep track of all of your secondary applications and deadlines. To help you get organized, I’m sharing a spreadsheet I’ve created for you so that you won’t miss anything!
Download Your Own Secondary Application Spreadsheet
We’ve created the spreadsheet in three formats, so you can choose your favorite:
To use them and edit them, just download to your computer or share to your online drive.
You’ll notice that on this spreadsheet, I’ve included space for multiple application systems. In a glance, you’ll be able to see the bigger picture and track your overall progress in each one. It’s easy to get caught up in the details of secondary application essays and lose sight of the prize.
How to Use These Spreadsheets
For each school system, I’ve included space for you to list the name of all the schools where you are applying. After that, I’ve included a place for you to list the date that you visited the school or you can use this space to plan a visit. Visiting the school is one of the best ways that you can prepare for secondary essays because you will have much more unique and interesting things to say it if you’ve been there. Visiting also demonstrates genuine interest in their program. You can list then the date you submitted the primary.
Now onward and upwards to the secondaries. Include the date you received the secondary. Return all secondaries within TWO WEEKS to increase your chances of receiving an interview invitation. You can color code the dates in the column to track the ones you returned the fastest. You will see that the sooner you return the secondary, the more likely you are to receive an interview.
In this spreadsheet, you can also track the date you received the interview and the date your interview is scheduled. Be sure to send thank you emails within a week after your interview. Hand written notes are best, but emails will suffice.
You can also track your application status for all the schools. It’s often helpful to color code this column. List the date you have sent any update emails to the school. By the end of each school’s application process, you can list your final status. Don’t give up hope! I’ve had students receive acceptances weeks, even days, before school begins.
Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Staying Organized!
I hope this spreadsheet will keep you motivated and on track.
For one-on-one advice and editing for your crucial secondary essays, please see Accepted’s Med School Admissions Consulting and Editing catalog.Alicia McNease Nimonkar is an Accepted advisor and editor specializing in healthcare admissions. Prior to joining Accepted, Alicia worked for five years as Student Advisor at UC Davis’ postbac program where she both evaluated applications and advised students applying successfully to med school and related programs. Want Alicia to help you get accepted? Click here to get in touch!