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How to Apply with AMCAS

These sections outline the sections of the AMCAS application, click on the sections for more information. Full details can be found in the 2016 AMCAS Instruction Manual . Visit the FAQ page for answers to your questions.

Before You Apply

Before you start your AMCAS application, you should:

  • Read the current version of the AMCAS Instruction Manual.

  • Request a personal copy of your official transcript(s) from each school you attended after high school.

  • Apply to the Fee Assistance Program, if you qualify.

Sections 1-3: Your Background Information

The first three sections of the application are Identifying Information, Schools Attended, and Biographic Information. In these sections, you’ll supply information about who you are, where you went to school, where you live, and how you can be contacted.

Section 4: Course Work

The Course Work section is often reported as the most difficult section to complete. In this section, you'll use copies of your transcript(s) to enter detailed information regarding every course in which you enrolled at any post-secondary institution.

Section 5: Work and Activities

Enter any work experience or extracurricular activities, awards, honors, or publications that you would like to bring to the attention of the medical schools to which you are applying. A maximum of 15 experiences may be entered, some of which you will designate as your “most meaningful” experiences.

Section 6: Letters of Evaluation

The Letters of Evaluation section is where you will enter information regarding each letter of evaluation being sent to AMCAS. Up to ten (10) letter entries may be created. Letter entries may continuously be added throughout the application process; however, after submission of your application, letter entries cannot be edited or deleted.

Section 7: Medical Schools

Here you will select the schools to which you will apply. You can also use this section to designate the schools you wish to receive specific letters of evaluation.

Section 8: Essays

Here you will enter your personal comments explaining why you wish to attend medical school and addressing any pertinent information not included elsewhere in the application. Make sure to thoroughly proofread your essay, this section does not have spellcheck.

Section 9: Standardized Tests

Here you will enter or edit future MCAT test dates, review previous MCAT scores, and enter any additional test information, such as GRE scores.

Certifying and Submitting your Application

Before you submit your application, we strongly recommend using the “Print Application” button on the Main Menu. Proofread your application carefully; very few changes are permitted after you submit your application.

During submission, you must certify that you have read the AMCAS Instruction Manual . Payment is due at this time as well.

Monitoring your Application

You are responsible for regularly checking the status of your application throughout the entirety of the application process.

This application is for those applying to the 2016 entering class.

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