Honestly, how important is the date you submit AMCAS application?

May 29, 2020
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I will be applying this next cycle and I am curious about how important submitting your AMCAS application it is to submit on May 28th or what ever the very first day is?

How much of a difference does it really make? Does the likelihood of getting accepted greatly decrease after a certain amount of time?
 
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I would love to know this!!!

As well, when do adcoms actually read your application? I know that for the most part, secondaries are sent out immediatly after your application has been screened for the school's GPA / MCAT requirements. But when is your application truly read through?
 

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The applications that are ready to be sent to the schools are sent about 4 weeks after the opening day for submitting applications. During that time, applications are being verified (transcripts matched with your data entry). Schools get data dumps on a regular basis through the summer and up until their application deadline. A school may get 25% of its total pool on Day 1. Let that sink in. Day 1, school that will have 6,000 applications has 1500 to read. How long to you think that takes. I'll tell you that it takes me 20-30 minutes to thoroughly read an application. So you have to figure that Day 1 data dump is going to take 500 person hours. Some won't get a 20-30 minute review because they aren't viable candidates but even that may take 5 minutes of somone's time. And there are 4500 more coming in over the subsequent 12 weeks or so.

Your application can arrive on July 1 and not be read until November 1 just because there are not enough eyeballs and enough hours in the day to get through them all as quickly as you'd like. That said, schools pace themselves in handing out interview invitations knowing that they can't use all of their 600 invitations on those applications that arrived on day 1 but have to continually identify the strongest in the pool for the next batch of interview invites. Invitations go out through November at most schools and through February or even March at others.

This is a very long process. Do not worry if you don't have an interview invitation in August, September or October. Don't worry until after the Thanksgiving turkey is put away. If you don't have an interview invitation by Thanksgiving, then you can fret but worrying earlier than that is premature worry because it is just too early in the cycle to figure that it's hopeless..
 
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as a late august/early September applicant, all I can tell you is it sucks being "last in line" because everyone that submitted their app in June/July gets their app read first. Everytime I go to a school thread all I see is "just go an II........complete June 23!"" and I'm like.......dam they probably haven't even looked at my app yet
 
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as a late august/early September applicant, all I can tell you is it sucks being "last in line" because everyone that submitted their app in June/July gets their app read first. Everytime I go to a school thread all I see is "just go an II........complete June 23!"" and I'm like.......dam they probably haven't even looked at my app yet

The electronic nature of the applications makes it much easier than in days gone by to sort the applications on a few key items (maybe MCAT and GPA and home state, maybe something else) and send the "strongest" for review first. So you could be the cream that rises to the top or maybe you are going to be the last application read because you aren't the strongest in the pool, however the school defines "strongest" for the initial screen.
 
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You don't have to submit on the first day or even the first week, but being earlier is certainly better.
 
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