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UMass, for the love of God?!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by gmendese, Dec 24, 2001.

  1. gmendese

    gmendese Porn Star 7+ Year Member

    Anyone else waiting for AMCAS to send verified paper copies to UMass? They're not even considering applications until they receive the hardcopy of the application (which takes 4-8 weeks post-verification). That's my first-choice school and I can't wait to hear from them. AMCAS said they would send my application out last Tuesday, but alas, I still haven't heard anything from UMass.

    Anyone else in a similar boat?
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  3. Fixed Gear

    Fixed Gear Highly Acetylated Locus 7+ Year Member

    Sep 16, 2001
    I'm with you. I am soooo tired of dealing with AMCAS. applied on 8/1, and UMass still won't look at my app because it's not verified.

    Hang in there
  4. mma

    mma Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 6, 2001
    Houston, TX
    Hi Folks,

    I had a similar problem with UMass--my AMCAS was submitted 8/16 and verified 9/24, but UMass claimed not to have my verified AMCAS until the end of November.

    This is how it happened--I was nervous because I never got their notification saying that they had everything they needed to review my application. So I emailed them. They emailed back saying they would send me another message when they received my verified AMCAS. Two weeks later, I emailed them again. By the afternoon I had received both an email telling me that my verified AMCAS had been received several weeks before AND an interview invitation. My guess is that, yes, they have your verified AMCAS apps, but that the channels of communication from the download to the email are not direct. Furthermore, I think they probably prescreen intensely (post-secondary app receipt), so that when they realize that they actually have the verified AMCAS, they are already pretty sure of what their next steps for you will be.

    I would email the admissions office today and next Monday and next Friday and the following Tuesday, etc, until you get a response.

    I heard that UMass had many problems with AMCAS to the point where they were not told that they were supposed to download our verified apps from the AMCAS site, which would explain some of the hold up...

    Good luck and don't worry! Persistence is the key in many of these post-wed-based-AMCAS situations.

  5. gmendese

    gmendese Porn Star 7+ Year Member

    Thanks so much for the advice! I emailed them not too long ago (and I'll post the gist of their response for whomever is interested).
  6. skelly99

    skelly99 Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2001
    Boston, MA
    I never got an email from them either, but then followed up and found out they FINALLY got my verified application. Does anyone know how long it usually takes for them to review complete apps (that is, for those of us who have to WAIT for an interview :D )?

    Good luck everyone!
  7. gmendese

    gmendese Porn Star 7+ Year Member


    How did you find out that your app was complete and how did you find out? Thanks!
  8. skelly99

    skelly99 Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2001
    Boston, MA
    I harassed AMCAS first and made sure they had sent it out (finally).

    Then I emailed UMass, told them that AMCAS said they had sent my verified app, and asked them to let me know that my application was complete since I didn't receive an email message from the school. They responded fairly quickly telling me it was complete and that it had been assigned to the AdCom for review.

    Thats where it stands now -- keeping my fingers crossed.
  9. gmendese

    gmendese Porn Star 7+ Year Member

    Thanks, skelly. That's actually what I did. I harassed AMCAS too and they said my printed copies were mailed out. I emailed UMass last night but haven't heard back from them (they're probably on vacation though). Anyway, good luck and I hope you get interviewed!!!!

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