medception

7+ Year Member
Feb 24, 2013
163
55
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
Hi everyone,

I am a bit confused about the school-specific SOPHAS application deadlines - does your SOPHAS application have to have been verified by the school-specific deadline (i.e. December 1, 2016 for Hopkins), or does it just have to have been E-Submitted by that date?

Also will getting verified in December hurt admission chances? Or do AdComs start to review applications around that time anyway?

Any and all responses appreciated.
 

Pudu2009

Tiniest deer
5+ Year Member
Jan 6, 2015
363
209
Bay Area
Status (Visible)
  1. Non-Student
I am a bit confused about the school-specific SOPHAS application deadlines - does your SOPHAS application have to have been verified by the school-specific deadline (i.e. December 1, 2016 for Hopkins), or does it just have to have been E-Submitted by that date?

This seems to be a very common concern. The answer to this question is really that it depends on the school. Some will view your application as soon as it is completed, others will refuse to view it until it is verified. Because the majority of applicants are submitting around the same time to make the priority deadline, it may take four to six weeks for SOPHAS to verify your app. This means that you have to plan accordingly. Start writing your SoP in August, and studying for the GRE so that you can take it by early October, giving you a couple weeks to get your score reports in. If you must, submit only one designation first; once your application is verified, your other designations will be ready as soon as you submit them.

You may want to start wrapping up your application and submitting about now.

Also will getting verified in December hurt admission chances? Or do AdComs start to review applications around that time anyway?

I don't see why as long as you're verified by the deadline.
 

medception

7+ Year Member
Feb 24, 2013
163
55
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
I just did some digging into the SOPHAS Instructions (which, by the way, are incredibly vague), as well as the specific schools to which I'm applying, and it looks like I'll be okay?

I submitted SOPHAS on 10/05, with all transcripts (using the professional entry service) and GRE scores received. Just waiting on the 2nd of 5 LOR's to be submitted by 10/21/2016, at which point I guess SOPHAS will begin the professional transcript entry (up to 10 business days), which will take me to 11/04/2016. Then verification - which would take me to 12/02/2016 (website states up to 4 weeks. The other three LOR's should be submitted by 11/25/2016. Hopkins, UCLA, and Columbia (all with 12/01/2016 deadlines) go by the E-Submit date, rather than verification date, as meeting their deadlines. I have a GRE test date coming up on 10/29/2016, but I'm not sure I'll be submitting the official scores.

Assuming everything goes smoothly, I should be complete everywhere by 12/02/2016.
 
About the Ads

Pudu2009

Tiniest deer
5+ Year Member
Jan 6, 2015
363
209
Bay Area
Status (Visible)
  1. Non-Student
Any chance you can get that second LOR sooner? I'm sure you'll be fine, but it would be more reassuring if you can be complete within the next few days, so you have six weeks before your first deadline. Don't worry about the GRE; as long as you submitted your previous scores you'll be fine. If you do get a higher score the second time around, you can always e-mail the schools you applied to and send your new scores to them.
 
Jan 10, 2016
126
221
Status (Visible)
  1. Other Health Professions Student
Any chance you can get that second LOR sooner? I'm sure you'll be fine, but it would be more reassuring if you can be complete within the next few days, so you have six weeks before your first deadline. Don't worry about the GRE; as long as you submitted your previous scores you'll be fine. If you do get a higher score the second time around, you can always e-mail the schools you applied to and send your new scores to them.

Where in the SOPHAS app does it say 6 weeks? Hope I didn't miss it! From what I've read, according to SOPHAS it should take no longer than 4-- "IT MAY TAKE UP TO FOUR WEEKS FROM YOUR COMPLETE DATE FOR YOUR APPLICATION TO BE VERIFIED. "
https://portal.sophas.org/sophasHel...he-application-process/verificatio/index.html
 

Pudu2009

Tiniest deer
5+ Year Member
Jan 6, 2015
363
209
Bay Area
Status (Visible)
  1. Non-Student
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
Jan 10, 2016
126
221
Status (Visible)
  1. Other Health Professions Student
Experience with friends who have told me it took 5-6 weeks for their app to be verified.

Oh also, I feel horrible if you think I obnoxiously put that statement in bold and in all caps. SOPHAS formatted it that way and it just transferred when I C&Ped. You've been so helpful!!
 

Pudu2009

Tiniest deer
5+ Year Member
Jan 6, 2015
363
209
Bay Area
Status (Visible)
  1. Non-Student
Oh also, I feel horrible if you think I obnoxiously put that statement in bold and in all caps. SOPHAS formatted it that way and it just transferred when I C&Ped. You've been so helpful!!

:laugh: No problem! I figured as much.
 
May 19, 2016
43
49
Boston, MA
Status (Visible)
  1. Other Health Professions Student
I just did some digging into the SOPHAS Instructions (which, by the way, are incredibly vague), as well as the specific schools to which I'm applying, and it looks like I'll be okay?

I submitted SOPHAS on 10/05, with all transcripts (using the professional entry service) and GRE scores received. Just waiting on the 2nd of 5 LOR's to be submitted by 10/21/2016, at which point I guess SOPHAS will begin the professional transcript entry (up to 10 business days), which will take me to 11/04/2016. Then verification - which would take me to 12/02/2016 (website states up to 4 weeks. The other three LOR's should be submitted by 11/25/2016. Hopkins, UCLA, and Columbia (all with 12/01/2016 deadlines) go by the E-Submit date, rather than verification date, as meeting their deadlines. I have a GRE test date coming up on 10/29/2016, but I'm not sure I'll be submitting the official scores.

Assuming everything goes smoothly, I should be complete everywhere by 12/02/2016.
Just wanted to confirm as I am applying to Columbia as well- I should be ok with submitting in mid november for Columbia. Right? thank you so much for starting this thread- has been super helpful :)
 

medception

7+ Year Member
Feb 24, 2013
163
55
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
Any chance you can get that second LOR sooner? I'm sure you'll be fine, but it would be more reassuring if you can be complete within the next few days, so you have six weeks before your first deadline. Don't worry about the GRE; as long as you submitted your previous scores you'll be fine. If you do get a higher score the second time around, you can always e-mail the schools you applied to and send your new scores to them.

My second recommender just emailed me back this morning saying that he will be able to submit by this Friday, 10/21. I'll post back here when he has submitted. I'm getting a bit nervous, but hopefully I'll be fine as you said. We should start a sticky on this forum the lists SPH's and whether they go by the E-Submit or by the Verification date as their deadlines!
 
  • Like
Reactions: 2 users

Pudu2009

Tiniest deer
5+ Year Member
Jan 6, 2015
363
209
Bay Area
Status (Visible)
  1. Non-Student
I'm a little wary of the e-submit deadline. I would call the schools just to make sure that they will look at your app before it's verified. If they say yes, then mid-November is plenty early. If they say no, then you might want to think about submitting sometime between now and early November.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
May 19, 2016
43
49
Boston, MA
Status (Visible)
  1. Other Health Professions Student
My second recommender just emailed me back this morning saying that he will be able to submit by this Friday, 10/21. I'll post back here when he has submitted. I'm getting a bit nervous, but hopefully I'll be fine as you said. We should start a sticky on this forum the lists SPH's and whether they go by the E-Submit or by the Verification date as their deadlines!
I wish I could like that post a million times! yes we should definitely start that thread!

I did ask the school and they confirmed the e-submit date. I'm just a very anxious person and wanted to double check with someone else who is applying haha anyways, thank you both!!
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users

medception

7+ Year Member
Feb 24, 2013
163
55
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
I wish I could like that post a million times! yes we should definitely start that thread!

I did ask the school and they confirmed the e-submit date. I'm just a very anxious person and wanted to double check with someone else who is applying haha anyways, thank you both!!

Just figured out that Vanderbilt and Michigan both want a verified application by 12/15, and GW has rolling admissions eventhough they have a "deadline" posted on SOPHAS.
 
Last edited:
Sep 11, 2016
1
1
Status (Visible)
  1. Non-Student
As an FYI to anybody applying to Harvard, they had a live Q&A via Facebook where they said you just need to press "submit" on SOPHAS by December 1st. The full video is on the Harvard Chan School's Facebook page.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
Aug 31, 2016
32
41
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
Just for reference, I submitted my first few apps on Sunday night (10/30) and already had all of my transcripts and LOR's in, and I just got verified today afternoon (11/1). So it only took about a day and a half.
 

Pudu2009

Tiniest deer
5+ Year Member
Jan 6, 2015
363
209
Bay Area
Status (Visible)
  1. Non-Student
I wonder if it's because you've all submitted early. I'll bet November is the high-traffic time when everyone is trying to submit exactly four weeks before the priority deadlines.
 
Jun 3, 2014
5
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
What all needs to be submitted to get my application started on verification? I have all of my transcripts in and one LOR.
 
About the Ads
This thread is more than 4 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.