May 9, 2022

2022-2023 AMCAS Timeline and Checklist

The AMCAS deadline is approaching faster than the speed of light! (3.0 x 10^8 m/s - don’t forget to memorize this for the MCAT!)

Alright, only figuratively, but it’s still important to outline your AMCAS application timeline and make note of important dates!

This year, the AMCAS opens up on May 4th, and the first day for submission is May 31st. It’s imperative to get your application in as soon as you can due to the rolling admissions process. That means that applications are considered on a first-come-first-serve basis. The earlier you apply, the more spots are yet available.

Before you hit that sacred submit button, use this checklist to ensure you’ve covered all your bases.


✔️ Double-check the spelling of your email address?

May 4, 2022 & May 31, 2022

You'd be surprised how often this happens.

✔️ For DO schools only: Send your MCAT score to AACOMAS?

May 4, 2022

Your MCAT scores are automatically uploaded to your AMCAS application.

✔️ Send transcripts from each of your undergraduate institutions?May 4, 2022

Do not forget to send any community college transcripts, whether you were a transfer student or just took a couple courses over the summer. 

✔️ Coursework section and grades match your official transcripts? May 7, 2022

Accuracy is vital here; if the AAMC notices any discrepancies, your application may be delayed. 

✔️ Included the correct dates and hours of your activities?

May 10, 2022

With activities you may have done a couple years ago, it’s easy to confuse your exact timeline. 

✔️ Applied to every MD school that you planned?

May 12, 2022

With all the effort and time you put into your application, you definitely don’t want to miss any of your target schools.

✔️ Copy and paste the correct version of your essays into the application?

May 26, 2022

Make sure you have the most recent version of your essays in your application. 

✔️ Review the PDF version of your application for errors?

May 26, 2022

This is important because if the PDF has errors, the essays in your application most likely do as well. 

✔️ Save said PDF of your application for your records?

May 26, 2022

We would recommend making a folder on your desktop and saving all the different documents there for clear organization and access. 

✔️ Sign up for the Altus Suite?

June 15

This was previously known as CASPer. 

✔️ Once your letters arrive, send your letters from Interfolio to AMCAS?

July 1, 2022

Make sure to leave a buffer time of at least 3 business days as letters can take a while to be received by AMCAS. 

✔️ Once your letters arrive, assign the letters to the different schools on your list?

July 1, 2022

Different letters can have different strengths depending on the school you apply to. 


About the Author: 

Vanshika Goyal is a graduate from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. Her aspiration is to become a physician with a focus on patient-centered care and individualized treatment. She is currently an IGNITE fellow with Teach for America and a very active member of her community. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and painting.

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