I was wondering, why is applying early so important? I know schools accept on a rolling basis, but last time I applied, I applied early and didn't get a response from most schools until January and February. Admittedly, I'm not a strong candidate, so I'm guessing the committees put my app on hold, without offering interview or outright rejection until they were sure they had interviewed enough candidates to ensure a full class. In other words, I'm not a rockstar, but I don't suck either, so schools figured "wait and see if we need him or not". About the "tired eyes" idea: I realize that committee members have more to compare you with if you apply late, but I doubt that they start filling seats in the first 100 apps they review. So let's say they start to offer interviews after seeing 300 applications and you're the 3000th applicant. The first 300 are probably the same caliber (maybe even better) than the first 3000, on average. So if you're in the top 20% of the first 3000, then you're probably in the top 20% of the first 300, right? I don't really buy that committee members get tired after reading so many apps. If you're the first app they read on any day, great. If you happen to be the last on a day they've reviewed 20, it doesn't matter if you submitted 30 minutes after you got your secondary, you may get lost in the masses. I'm taking the August MCAT and I feel really nervous about even submitting secondaries because the app won't be complete until October (and committees don't review until everything is complete).