January 11, 2021

Important Dates and Deadlines for the 2021-2022 AMCAS, AACOMAS, TMDSAS, and CASPer

The Savvy Premed

By: Savvy Pre-Med Staff

Cross this line, and you’re dead.

During the American Civil War, Henry Wirz, a vicious Confederate general, was convicted and hanged for torturing Yankee prisoners of war. During the trial, it came out that he had drawn a line in the dirt, beyond which any prisoner who crossed would be shot. Some believe this act to be the origin of the term “deadline.”

For most other application processes - applying to college or graduate school - the deadline is indeed that: the line beyond which your application is dead. But not for applying to medical school.

Because of the scarcity of spots in US medical schools, applying early is crucial. And once one pre-med starts down that path, the others follow. These days, the rush to submit the application on the opening date - not the deadline - means that few spots remain for those applying late (August or later).

We need a new term, one that captures the declining chances with every passing week you delay your medical school application. If the true deadlines are not until fall, then we might coin the following phrases:

Bruised-line: June 15 - submitting your AMCAS by this date won’t ruin your chances, but it does mean your application is behind the thousands who submit in the first few days that the application opens.

Wounded-line: July 1 - applying by this date certainly hurts, but it still might make sense as long as your numbers are strong (i.e. you can take a wound and still survive).

Damned-line: August 1 - not impossible to get in, but submitting your AMCAS after August 1 hurts your chances significantly.

Deadlines: September - December. Sure, these are the actual cutoffs for these US allopathic medical schools.

When applying to medical school, these almost-deadlines are like electric fences. They probably won’t kill you, but you don’t want to touch them either.  

Below we’ve highlighted the crucial dates to submit your 2021-2022 AMCAS, AACOMAS, and TMDSAS application so that you survive the application gauntlet.

2021-2022 AMCAS Deadlines

Allopathic Medical School Application Dates

  • Application must be submitted by 11:59pm EST of the deadline date
  • Transcripts must be received by AMCAS within 14 calendar days* of the application deadline date (or the next business day if the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday)
  • *For Early Decision Program applications (August 1 is on a Sunday in 2021), all transcripts must be received by Monday, August 2

Official AMCAS Website 

AMCAS Application

May 4 - AMCAS Application Opens

Why this date matters: 

It's time to start filling out the application. The actual application--outside of the essays--takes about four hours to fill out. Things that can help make it easier are: a) ordering an official transcript for yourself (the coursework section is lonnnnng), and b) writing your essays in advance. Don't forget about the often neglected essays--the "Most Meaningful" essays!

May 22 - Last Date to Take MCAT Without Delaying Your Application

Why this date matters: 

Because you get your MCAT scores back by June 23, this is the last date to take your MCAT without delaying your application (yes, you can submit your primary on May 28, but because applications aren't released to medical schools until June 26, a June 23 score release will not delay your application). Sure, you can take the MCAT later than May 22--there are several dates in June that would still be okay for this application cycle--but those dates will ever-so-slightly delay your application.

May 28 - First Day to Submit the AMCAS

Why this date matters: 

You'd better apply by 9:30am Eastern on May 28, or you'll never get into medical school! 

Just kidding, obviously, but you should get your application in within the first week if at all possible. The biggest holdup is verification, which is where someone at AMCAS carefully reads every line of your transcript to make sure it matches up with what you put into the application itself (what a fun job!). The longer you wait to apply, the longer verification takes (it can take a month at its slowest!). The earlier you get your application in, the shorter verification will be.

June 26 - First Applications Released to Medical Schools 

Why this date matters: 

This is the first day to receive secondary essays. Most schools don't screen, so expect to get 8-10 schools--that's 32-40 essays--within the first week of July. The key to surviving this date is to pre-write your secondaries. Here’s the full list of secondary essay prompts.

September - December - Medical School Application Deadlines

Why these dates matter:

They don't. Or, they shouldn't. If you wait until the deadlines to apply, you significantly damage your chances of getting in.

Why Applying Early Still Helps Your Chances

You should apply by July 1 if you can help it, or else we recommend that you wait until next cycle to apply.

2021-2022 AACOMAS Deadlines

*NOTE: The AACOMAS deadlines for 2021-2022 have not been announced, so the dates below are projections based on the previous cycle.

*We will update this post once the actual deadlines are posted. 

Osteopathic Medical School Application Dates

Official AACOMAS Website

AACOMAS Application

2021-2022 TMDSAS Deadlines

*NOTE: The TMDSAS deadlines for 2021-2022 have not been announced, so the dates below are projections based on the previous cycle.

*We will update this post once the actual deadlines are posted. 

Texas Medical School Application Dates

Official TMDSAS Website

TMDSAS Application

2021-2022 CASPer Test Deadlines

Official CASPer Website

Schedule Your CASPer Test

Here are the current available CASPer test dates/times for participating MD and DO schools for the 2021-2022 cycle:

January 12, 2021 - 8:00pm EST

February 18, 2021 - 8:00pm EST

March 23, 2021 - 8:00pm EST

April 13, 2021 - 8:00pm EST*

*Although it’s easy to miss on the CASPer website, more test dates will be released for May 2021 and beyond. They’re only showing the coming three months for now.

Have any questions about the 2021-2022 dates and deadlines for the AMCAS, AACOMAS, TMDSAS, and CASPer? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll respond to you personally!

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