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Why Applying Early (Still) Helps your Chances

Why Applying Early (Still) Helps your Chances

Applying early to med school helps your chances of admission.  Weren't we arguing the opposite just last week? Well, as one cold winter doesn't disprove global warming, evidence that stronger applicants apply early isn't a reason to apply late.  There are still several reasons that applying early helps your chances of admission. 

Does Applying Early Help your Chances? (answer: maybe not...)

Does Applying Early Help your Chances?  (answer: maybe not...)

Read to your kids.  It's parenting 101.

I know the majority of you reading this are not parents (like I am), but I bring up this example to show us why we should examine the underlying assumptions behind what we believe about the admissions process.

Whether you read to your kids appears to have no effect on standardized test scores later in life.

Your Med School Application is Ticking

Your Med School Application is Ticking

Sorry to be so dramatic with the title, but it's true.  As it turns out, the longer you wait to apply to medical school, the lower your chances of admission.

While that's not entirely news, I haven't seen any research proving the point, so I decided to do some of my own.  I present to you (the first?) proof that the later you apply, the lower your chances of admission.

What does applying early to med school mean, any way?

What does applying early to med school mean, any way?

Apply early.

It's great advice, but what does early mean?  If AMCAS opens June 1 but the deadlines aren't until October, when in this 5-month window is the sweet spot?

I've always told my students to apply the first week of June, but to see whether this was necessary, I did a little online research.