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Application Timeline

October

  • MCAT registration for the January- May test dates
  • Visit the MCAT webpage to learn more about registration and score release 

November- December

  • Meet with Ms. Kooperman to discuss your plans
  • Formalize your plan for studying for the MCAT

January - February

  • Open a file in the Pre-Health Advising Office (PHAO)
  • Select a pre-health advisor
  • Start requesting letters of recommendations
  • Follow up with the office to have official request sent to recommenders
  • Start thinking about your personal statement
  • Start compiling your list of activities
  • Meet with your pre-health adviser to discuss your application
  • You must request three letters of recommendation by March 1 for your file

March

  • Provide names/addresses of those writing letters on your behalf to the office for your file
  • Begin studying for the MCAT (if you haven’t already)

April

  • Dental applicants should register for DAT and take the test no later than June
  • Take the MCAT by the end of June to submit application early

May

  • Attend meeting on campus with the premed interns/writing workshop with the LTRC
  • Access AMCAS/ACCOMAS/ADDSAS and begin completing application
  • TMDSAS application is available online (Texas medical and dental schools)
  • Request transcripts to be sent to the application service(after spring grades are posted)
  • Be sure to have transcripts sent from any college level work you have done (not just Vassar)
  • Check the status of your file on Moodle for letters of recommendation…often!

June

  • Letters of recommendation due in the office June 1 (or earlier)
  • Earliest date to submit AMCAS/AACOMAS application around June 1
  • Send Letter of Recommendation Request form from AMCAS to the office**
  • DO and TMDSAS applicants submit your list of schools to the premed office
  • Dental applicants register PHAO for your letter of recommendation through ADDSAS

July-August

  • Submit primary application by mid July if possible
  • Submit secondary applications…don’t wait for the deadlines to submit…early is better!
  • In order to receive the full support of the committee, which includes a composite letter of recommendation, the following items have to be satisfied by July 15: 
    • you must have requested at least three letters of recommendation from Vassar faculty;
    • your primary application must be submitted to the respective administrative service;
    • and you must have completed the MCAT by July of the year you are applying

Otherwise you will not receive a formal composite letter of evaluation written by your premed advisor and reviewed by the committee. The individual letters of recommendation in your file will be forwarded to the schools with an accompanying generic cover letter.

September - December

  • Continue with secondary applications as directed by the schools
  • Respond to interview invitations …schedule a mock interview with Ms. Kooperman
  • Acceptance notifications begin

January

  • Send fall transcripts and other updates to schools still considering your application
  • Discuss your plans with your prehealth adviser and Ms. Kooperman

May

  • May 15: You must make a decision and can only hold one place in a medical school
  • Schools accept off wait lists through July

The Premed Moodle Site is a place for you to monitor your letters of recommendation and gain access to a variety of resources intended to support you through the application process. Shortly after your adviser assignment is made you will have access to the site, log on and check it out!

Go to the “Grades” function and look at your user report, there you will see the name of the person you requested a letter from, if it says “yes” next to the name we have the letter…otherwise we do not. It’s that easy!

**AMCAS Letter of Recommendation (LOR) Service: You should complete the LOR section in AMCAS indicating which schools should have access to your letter and send the LOR request form via email (PDF) to jewander@vassar.edu. Most medical schools participate in this service; those that do not participate in AMCAS use Virtual Evals (VE).

*What is VirtualEvals (VE)? In brief, when you request that we transmit your letter, the file is uploaded to the secure web system, VirtualEvals.  The VE system then sends you an email to let you know that your letters are available to med schools.  It also alerts the med schools to which you are applying that your letters are available.

The TMDSAS schools uses the VE system for accessing letters.

AACOMAS letter request form: You will request the submission of your letter through the AACOMAS site, please put fellowships@vassar.edu as the email address for this form.

In addition to the composite all of the individual letters of recommendation are posted for MD/PhD programs.

The Composite Letter Queue You will enter the “queue” when your file in the office is complete (we have received all of your letters) and your AMCAS application is processed. The date you enter the queue will be listed in Moodle. You can check the status of your app in AMCAS anytime.  It can take 4-6 weeks for your app to process so be sure to submit early! You can expect your letter within approximately 3-4 weeks after you enter the queue.

Please be sure to allow your information to be released to Vassar College. We will not have access to your actual app, but will be able to download your list of schools, check on the status of your application and view statistics for Vassar College. This is important to us since we are supporting your application!

This timeline is subject to change. Please consult with your adviser often and stay in touch with the pre-health advising office.