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MCAT Exam Policies for U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools

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Early Decision Program (EDP)

The Early Decision Program (EDP) gives medical school applicants the opportunity to secure an acceptance from one EDP-participating medical school by October 1, while still allowing sufficient time to apply to other schools if you are not accepted.

To apply through the EDP, applicants must follow these guidelines:

  • Apply to only one U.S. medical school by the stated deadline date (August 1 for schools that participate in AMCAS);
  • Not to apply through the EDP if they have already submitted an initial or secondary application (AMCAS or non-AMCAS) to a U.S. medical school for the current entering class.
  • Attend only this school if offered a place under the EDP.

If these guidelines are met, applicants will be notified of the school's admission decision by October 1.

If not accepted under the EDP, applicants will automatically be placed in the regular applicant pool by the school and may then apply to additional schools. EDP regulations apply to both AMCAS and non-AMCAS participating schools.

Not all medical schools offer admission through the EDP; check medical schools' admission requirements to verify a school's participation. Since most participating schools only admit a small portion of their entering class through the program, only applicants with an excellent chance of admission to a particular school should apply under this program.

Medical School Admission Requirements

Before submitting an Early Decision Program (EDP) application, students are encouraged to review the Medical School Admission Requirements site. This powerful online database allows students to browse, search, sort and compare individual U.S. and Canadian medical schools and B.S./M.D. programs. This tool includes specific EDP data including deadline dates and specific residency requirements.

To access the MSAR site, please visit www.aamc.org/msar

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Contact Medical School Admissions Offices

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Use the Medical School Admission Requirements website to get contact information for the admissions offices at participating U.S. and Canadian medical schools and undergraduate/M.D. programs.