Apply in the summer for admission in fall of the following year
All students must adhere to the OSU Procedures and Deadlines for applying to medical school for the current cycle (i.e., applying in Summer 2023 for admission for Fall 2024).
Mid-to late October in the fall prior to submitting your application
MCAT registration opens for test dates in January through June
Attend the November Application Meeting (mid-November)
Review Getting ready to apply to medical school? to create student profile for collecting letters of recommendation, do a self-assessment to test your readiness and review the steps for opening your pre-med file.
Start planning for the MCAT if not taken yet.
Visit AAMC for MD schools and AACOM for DO schools
Get health care and community service experience over winter break. Read broadly!
Attend the more detailed Application Workshop(s) and Personal Statement Workshop.
Meet with pre-med committee coordinator (Maureen Leong-Kee or Cody Duncan) and your own Pre-medical Advisor to officially open your pre-medical file (deadline: June 7).
Begin asking for letters of recommendation (due June 21).
Research schools, review prerequisites, and work on personal statement.
MCAT administered. See the MCAT testing and scoring calendar. Students taking MCAT in August or later should wait to apply the following year.
MCAT registration opens for test dates for July through September
AMCAS and AACOMAS applications open on web to begin filling out
Late May–early June
AMCAS and AACOMAS applications can start to be submitted
Deadline to officially open your pre-med file.
Meet with your own Pre-medical Advisor first to check in about your application readiness. In the Health Profession Portal (PHHS students use a different system), complete the Student Profile for Letters of Evaluation, the Pre-Medical File Intake web form, create a tentative list of schools, make a list of activities, and have a draft of your personal statement.
You will then meet with a pre-med committee coordinator (Maureen Leong-Kee for last names A-K or Cody Duncan for last names L-Z), and have these items ready for your meeting. Once you have the signatures on your required signature page (which you will get from your meeting with Maureen or Cody), then your pre-medical file is officially open.
Contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All regular letters of evaluation are due in the portal (some exceptions may be discussed with the premed committee coordinator(s)). Committee letters will be written as letter files are completed and can be submitted after students submit their medical school applications. Medical schools usually start reviewing letter files after students have submitted their secondary applications.
Submit your application by this time to optimize your application status.
Aim to submit secondary applications by September. Interviews run from September through the following April.
Students will know if they have been accepted, rejected, or wait-listed, and after this date applicants may not hold more than one seat at a med school.
It is in the applicant's best interest to complete everything as early as possible. LATE = REJECT OR ALTERNATE!