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When to apply?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by old_one, Apr 4, 2001.

  1. old_one

    old_one Member
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    It's the beginning of April. I'm taking the MCATS in August and haven't started to study yet.

    I figure if I start now, that's plenty of time, but I don't want to take any time away from studying by applying to schools from now until August.

    Will I be late if I start sending out applications in August 2001 for the incoming class of 2002?

    ALSO, if the schools do NOT practice rolling admissions and make their decision at a specific deadline (instead of "first come, first server"), does it even MATTER when you apply (as long as, of course, you beat the application deadline) ?

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  3. GreatPumpkin

    GreatPumpkin Mystical Treatbringer
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    If you are a boarderline applicant, I personally believe it is a big mistake to apply late. The admissions tend to tighten up toward the end of the year. The ADCOM member that I talked to the first year I applied and failed, told me that had I applied earlier in the year I would have been in. If you are a very strong applicant this probably is not as important.

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  4. old_one

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    Thanks for your response. I checked out your website....cool jeep!

    "The admissions tend to tighten up toward the end of the year."

    Even if it's not a rolling admissions school??

    BTW, is giving myself four months to study for the MCATS the average amount of time most students study???? Does anyone have a feel for the number of months spent preparing by most students?
     
  5. GreatPumpkin

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    Thanks for the Jeep complement. I am so happy to finally have it. Much better than my old stationwagon. [​IMG]

    As far as schools go that don't have rolling admission, I don't know if my exp. applies, I would think that if they didn't make any decisions until they have all the applications it wouldn't matter when you applied.

    I studied for about one month, and it was not long enough. I definately underestimated the difficulty and the importance of the MCAT.
     
  6. Pathologist

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    Hey, cool website, Great Pumpkin. VCU's path department is awesome. =)
     
  7. Medigirl

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    Apply as early as possible (June). The earlier the better.
     
  8. GreatPumpkin

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    Thank you pathologist.

    VCU/MCVs path department is awesome. And, this year we will move into a brand new building. It is going to be so sweet.

    Where are you going for residency or where do you want to go?
     

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