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for some who has not submitted their primary yet it is pretty comforting that he said yes
I'm right there with you. Take my MCAT August 8th. Will finish my primary in the following week. Mid August submission. Verification is going to be rough.
 

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I'm right there with you. Take my MCAT August 8th. Will finish my primary in the following week. Mid August submission. Verification is going to be rough.
We got this. Another adcom and "verified expert" on here told me that normally you are fine if you get your app in by Labor Day, and that it is a common "pre-med delusion" that you are late if you haven't submitted by June 2nd. Best of luck with your exam!!
 
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We got this. Another adcom and "verified expert" on here told me that normally you are fine if you get your app in by Labor Day, and that it is a common "pre-med delusion" that you are late if you haven't submitted by June 2nd. Best of luck with your exam!!
Thank you! Good luck to you as well for this cycle.
 

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Admissions | UC San Diego School of Medicine
We are aware that the perception of many applicants is that if you don't apply very early in the cycle, you are hurting your chances for admission. This is not true and in fact has never been true for UCSD.
We do have "rolling" admissions. But, what rolling admissions means from our perspective is that we plan to make a small number of offers spread throughout the year...but it does NOT mean that we make all of our offers in October and November and reject any applicants that happen to be reviewed later.
It is very much in our interest to try to form the best possible incoming class, and thus we do not make any decisions based on how early or how late we receive or review an application. We leave plenty of room for strong applicants that apply later in the cycle.
The situation is fluid, as the need for social-distancing and other impacts of COVID-19 may extend and force additional MCAT cancellations. We are not yet able to determine how this will impact our process overall, so we ask for your patience as we don't have all the answers yet and may need to adapt our policy to fit the situation to ensure an equitable review process for all applicants.
 
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Admissions | UC San Diego School of Medicine
We are aware that the perception of many applicants is that if you don't apply very early in the cycle, you are hurting your chances for admission. This is not true and in fact has never been true for UCSD.
We do have "rolling" admissions. But, what rolling admissions means from our perspective is that we plan to make a small number of offers spread throughout the year...but it does NOT mean that we make all of our offers in October and November and reject any applicants that happen to be reviewed later.
It is very much in our interest to try to form the best possible incoming class, and thus we do not make any decisions based on how early or how late we receive or review an application. We leave plenty of room for strong applicants that apply later in the cycle.
The situation is fluid, as the need for social-distancing and other impacts of COVID-19 may extend and force additional MCAT cancellations. We are not yet able to determine how this will impact our process overall, so we ask for your patience as we don't have all the answers yet and may need to adapt our policy to fit the situation to ensure an equitable review process for all applicants.
As a California applicant, this is a great relief
 
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"Repeated" question

if I volunteered at several hospitals, should I just put hours separately in the description box?
When I put the total hours, should I put all volunteer summation hours from several locations or just for one hospital hour total and rest of them put separately in the description?
 

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Hey guys, has anyone ever submitted an Academic Change Request? I had hit submit and my page refreshed but I never got a confirmation page/email. Am I supposed to get a confirmation somehow?

Unsure if I should try again or if duplicate entries would mess up the system more.
 

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So on my actual transcript, there is a section called: “test credits applied towards program”

it then lists the courses that i got credit for from my IB tests (but the transcript doesn't say IB itself). however, the course titles for these credits are the university course equivalents. all the grades are “T” for transfer. so, the transcript says nothing about "IB" testing

2 questions:

  1. what do i enter on the amcas courses for these? do i use the “IB Course: Biology” or do i enter the university course number and name equivalent as written on the transcript?
  2. do i put "T" for the grade?
 
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So for under my activities section I listed my study abroad experience. For listing the house would it be better to but 0 since its hard to quantify the experience or is it valid to put something around 3000 which how long I studied abroad in hours?
 
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SOS every time I try to login to AMCAS it says "Login Error: You do not have access to this system." Anyone else having this happen?? super confused... my app has already been submitted/verified, and I was able to login yesterday....
 
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SOS every time I try to login to AMCAS it says "Login Error: You do not have access to this system." Anyone else having this happen?? super confused... my app has already been submitted/verified, and I was able to login yesterday....

Oh thank goodness! I was having the exact same issue, so I thought I was the only one. I went on a Google-spree and came across nothing.
I keep getting these messages:

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I'm still unverified, so this has left me a little worried.
 

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So on my actual transcript, there is a section called: “test credits applied towards program”

it then lists the courses that i got credit for from my IB tests (but the transcript doesn't say IB itself). however, the course titles for these credits are the university course equivalents. all the grades are “T” for transfer. so, the transcript says nothing about "IB" testing

2 questions:

  1. what do i enter on the amcas courses for these? do i use the “IB Course: Biology” or do i enter the university course number and name equivalent as written on the transcript?
  2. do i put "T" for the grade?
1) What is exactly on transcript
2) put the T

AMCAS application is NOT used for checking prereqs
 

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So for under my activities section I listed my study abroad experience. For listing the house would it be better to but 0 since its hard to quantify the experience or is it valid to put something around 3000 which how long I studied abroad in hours?
either way works. If you writing this as the "entire" living experience, leave it zero.
 
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If I took an EMT course at a community college after graduating from my 4 year institution, what year should I list for course work?
 

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Will AMCAS automatically send my committee letter packet to schools I add, or do I need to notify my university committee that I added schools?
 

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Will AMCAS automatically send my committee letter packet to schools I add, or do I need to notify my university committee that I added schools?
Like all other letters, the committee letter must uploaded by the committee/pre-health advisor in the AMCAS letter system (either directly or via interfolio). The applicant must then assign the letter in AMCAS to each medical school specifically in order for the med school to get it.
 
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If I am not a reapplicant, and one of my courses are out of order but still in the correct term and year, does this need to be fixed? It was a general chemistry lab that I had withdrew from and has 0 credits, but it is still listed on the transcript. I forgot to put it in there until now, but I can't get it in the exact order as my transcript. :/
 
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Also, I took community college credits in high school from 2013-2015. After graduation, I enrolled in an EMT course in 2019 at the same community college. Do I need to break these dates up when filling out the "Schools Attended?" Right now, it is listed as 8/2013 - 12/2019. But I did not go to school there from 2016-2018.
 

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Also, I took community college credits in high school from 2013-2015. After graduation, I enrolled in an EMT course in 2019 at the same community college. Do I need to break these dates up when filling out the "Schools Attended?" Right now, it is listed as 8/2013 - 12/2019. But I did not go to school there from 2016-2018.
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If I am not a reapplicant, and one of my courses are out of order but still in the correct term and year, does this need to be fixed? It was a general chemistry lab that I had withdrew from and has 0 credits, but it is still listed on the transcript. I forgot to put it in there until now, but I can't get it in the exact order as my transcript. :/
It should be ok though if you are still just filling out your AMCAS, it is rather late
 
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It should be ok though if you are still just filling out your AMCAS, it is rather late

Considering how late it is now and with verification taking so long, is it still worth applying? I plan on submitting primary tomorrow. cGPA 3.87, sGPA 3.82, MCAT 511, solid ECs. Before I spend any money, I just want to know if my chances are shot before even starting? Any advice is appreciated.
 

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Considering how late it is now and with verification taking so long, is it still worth applying? I plan on submitting primary tomorrow. cGPA 3.87, sGPA 3.82, MCAT 511, solid ECs. Before I spend any money, I just want to know if my chances are shot before even starting? Any advice is appreciated.
Personally, I think it is too late. I do not know how long verification will take, I do not know how long before secondaries are sent out and you return them, I do not know which schools have Oct 1 or 15 deadline, and, besides wasting money, it makes you a reapplicant next time around.
 
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Personally, I think it is too late. I do not know how long verification will take, I do not know how long before secondaries are sent out and you return them, I do not know which schools have Oct 1 or 15 deadline, and, besides wasting money, it makes you a reapplicant next time around.

All fair points. Thank you for responding. If I submit to a throwaway school just to see if verification picks up will I be a reapplicant to every school next cycle or just the one throwaway?
 
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Hey all,

Apologies if this has been asked before:

My primary has been verified and transmitted. I'm trying to add a letter to a school that I had already listed when my app was initially verified. However, after I save the added letter to the school, log out, then log back in, it disappears from the school. I've contacted AMCAS. Anyone else have any experience with this and can help? Thank you.
 
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Hey all,

Apologies if this has been asked before:

My primary has been verified and transmitted. I'm trying to add a letter to a school that I had already listed when my app was initially verified. However, after I save the added letter to the school, log out, then log back in, it disappears from the school. I've contacted AMCAS. Anyone else have any experience with this and can help? Thank you.
You have to click "resubmit application" right after you add the letters. You have to do that every time you make a change to your application.
 

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You have to click "resubmit application" right after you add the letters. You have to do that every time you make a change to your application.
Thank you for your response!

So, I go to my list of schools, edit the school, add the letter, hit save, then save that page. But when I go to the main menu, the Resubmit Application button is greyed out.
 
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Thank you for your response!

So, I go to my list of schools, edit the school, add the letter, hit save, then save that page. But when I go to the main menu, the Resubmit Application button is greyed out.
Right after you add the letter, a box should pop up asking you to "resubmit your application." I don't even think you have to go to the main menu. At least that is how it worked for me when I added letters earlier today.
 

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Right after you add the letter, a box should pop up asking you to "resubmit your application." I don't even think you have to go to the main menu. At least that is how it worked for me when I added letters earlier today.
So weird. I'm not getting that. I'll try another browser. If that doesn't work, I'll wait for AMCAS to help. Thank you for your help!!
 

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So weird. I'm not getting that. I'll try another browser. If that doesn't work, I'll wait for AMCAS to help. Thank you for your help!!
Called AMCAS and they helped! It seems like the app is just kinda buggy. They had me go to the biographic section and add something, save it, and then that popped up the option to resubmit.
 

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Regarding LORs, if there is an evaluator I did not designate any schools to and indicated that their letter is "no longer being sent", is there a way I could reverse the "no longer being sent" status? His letter has been submitted and I now want to designate schools to receive his letter but I'm worried the "no longer being sent status" will mean that even if I designate schools to receive his submitted letter now, they will not receive it? I tried including his letter for one of the schools, and I then checked the school's supplementary where it lists my LORs, and I do not see his name under that list which worries me. Anyone knows anything about this?
 

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Once a letter is assigned it will be sent. Even if you mark the letter no longer being sent but it gets uploaded to the system, it will be sent. Now if a school sees a no longer being sent, marks your application complete, and it goes off to eval and then the longer being sent letter shows up, it may not make it to eval file. Therefore I would send a VERY SHORT BRIEF note saying

i mistakenly assumed a letter wasnt being sent but has now made it to the system. Please include this letter in my application file. Again I apologize for my confusion in this matter. Than you for your assistance

sincerely

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Once a letter is assigned it will be sent. Even if you mark the letter no longer being sent but it gets uploaded to the system, it will be sent. Now if a school sees a no longer being sent, marks your application complete, and it goes off to eval and then the longer being sent letter shows up, it may not make it to eval file. Therefore I would send a VERY SHORT BRIEF note saying

i mistakenly assumed a letter wasnt being sent but has now made it to the system. Please include this letter in my application file. Again I apologize for my confusion in this matter. Than you for your assistance

sincerely

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Ok, thank you! What I've been doing so far is assigning the letter to the school then submitting their secondary...since my application wouldn't be complete without the secondary. I'm just hoping in this way the letter is actually sent to them before my secondary submission. Anyway, I think I might just email the schools too just in case.
 
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Does anyone know if there is a list of MD schools accepting the January MCAT for 2021 admissions? If so, can you please share.
 
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I really appreciate this forum. Thank you so much for your responsiveness and insight. At what point do we start to worry about the silence? I have not heard any good or bad news and am just wondering is there around a time the silence means no?
 

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I really appreciate this forum. Thank you so much for your responsiveness and insight. At what point do we start to worry about the silence? I have not heard any good or bad news and am just wondering is there around a time the silence means no?
1) As I advise everyone, from the moment you submit AMCAS, all applicants start as "unaccepted" and you must assume you will be a reapplicant so continuing enhancing your record.
2) schools have no obligation to notify you of anything other than an interview invite or acceptance (direct or alternate). Many schools do not formally reject candidate until required by with final report to AMCAS in Oct 2021. Many applicants will never get a rejection letter.
3) schools can offer interview invite from July thru February (and in this crazy year perhaps even later). The vast majority of interview invites (at least 75%) are made by Thanksgiving or soon thereafter. However, a good 15%-20% will be made after the new years.
4) If you do not have an interview invite by March 1st, it is very hard no. By February, it is 95%+ no.
 
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Hi everyone! I decided to enroll in some extra classes this semester. They weren't on my primary because I wasn't planning on taking them. The classes are currently in-progress. Do I need to update my primary or provide a school with this update for these in-progress classes? Should I just wait until after the semester is over?
 

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Hi everyone! I decided to enroll in some extra classes this semester. They weren't on my primary because I wasn't planning on taking them. The classes are currently in-progress. Do I need to update my primary or provide a school with this update for these in-progress classes? Should I just wait until after the semester is over?
there is no requirement to update on class work like this. Nor is it really worthy of a separate update. If you have done 3 things that you can mention, like additional classes, added volunteer hours, etc, then its worth it.
 
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I have already completed secondary applications to several medical schools, including the required number of letters of recommendation for each program. One of my professors just provided me with their letter of recommendation. Because I think it would be a strong letter, I'm interested in sending it to some programs I've applied to. It's not a question of adding it to my AMCAS application, as I had already made a spot for the letter there. If I now send this letter through AMCAS to programs I already completed secondary applications for, will this affect my place "in line" in terms of the order in which they are evaluating applications? I wouldn't want to be bumped to the back of the line because of this letter being added to my application.
 

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I have already completed secondary applications to several medical schools, including the required number of letters of recommendation for each program. One of my professors just provided me with their letter of recommendation. Because I think it would be a strong letter, I'm interested in sending it to some programs I've applied to. It's not a question of adding it to my AMCAS application, as I had already made a spot for the letter there. If I now send this letter through AMCAS to programs I already completed secondary applications for, will this affect my place "in line" in terms of the order in which they are evaluating applications? I wouldn't want to be bumped to the back of the line because of this letter being added to my application.
But that is what you are Possibly asking for. If your application is already marked complete and under review, adding a new letter is implying that you want it removed from complete, sent back down to evaluation, have the letter evaluated, and then put back in the queue as complete, where it could be added to the bottom of the pile.

In most cases, that is unlikely to happen. What is more likely to happen is the letter will be added to the file but no one will evaluate it or read it until it gets to the review stage where it might possibly be glanced at by the committee or more likely, since it’s not mentioned in any evaluatorsComments, not be noticed.

You can always call the school and ask what you should do.
 
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