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When to take the MCAT and when to apply


The timeline for applying to medical school depends largely on when you plan to take the MCAT.
  • It is strongly advised that you take the MCAT after completing all of the premedical coursework on which you will be tested! Since there are nine semester's worth of lab science classes required, most students will not have completed the science coursework until the fall of junior year with Bio 346.
  • If you hope to attend medical school immediately after you graduate, then you will need to complete pre-med coursework and take the MCAT by early May of your junior year in order to get your score before submitting your application in June when the cycle opens.
  • In order to apply to medical school with one year in between, you would need to take the MCAT by early May of your senior year to get your score before submitting your application in June.
  • If you choose to take the MCAT in the summer after you graduate, then you would submit your application in June following your graduation, resulting in two years in between college and medical school. This option enables students to spread their premedical coursework over four years.
  • More information about the MCAT can be found under MCAT Information. The chart below provides a visual timeline for taking the MCAT and applying to medical school.

Timeline for taking MCAT and applying to Medical School

 
  Straight Through 1 Year Off 2 Years Off
Take MCAT
by early May of junior year summer after junior year summer after senior year
May 1st: Application Opens
end of junior year end of senior year 1 year after graduation
June 3rd: Earliest Application Submit Date
summer after junior year summer after senior year while working
July - August/Sept: Secondary Applications
summer after junior year/early senior year summer and fall after senior year while working
September - March: Interviews
senior year while working while working
April 30th: Decide on Acceptances
senior year while working while working

Contact Information


Leslie Bell

Director of Health Professions Advising
315-859-4338 lbell@hamilton.edu
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