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When to Apply?

Spring Preparation for the Medical/Dental School Application Cycle:

  1. Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor to discuss application.
  2. Attend USC pre-health application workshops and events.
  3. Contact/Meet with your potential recommenders to request letters of recommendation (LOR).
  4. Applicant/Recommender Agreement Form must be signed by your recommenders and returned to our office no later than Friday, March 2nd, 2012. Note: ALL LOR must be submitted to our office by August 1st, 2012.
  5. Beginning April 1st open LOR file at the Pre-Health Office.
  6. Prepare for, register, and take standardized exam (e.g. MCAT, DAT).
  7. Research schools.
  8. Draft/Revise personal statement.
  9. Update resume and write descriptions/reflections of your activities
  10. Initiate primary AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS, etc. application (first week of May).

Note: Most health professional schools follow a rolling admissions schedule. Rolling admission means that offers for interview and admission are made continuously through the application cycle.  Schools do not wait until all of their application deadlines have passed prior to reviewing completed applications. In theory, completed applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first served basis. Submitting all the elements of the application early in the application cycle has distinct advantages. Completing the primary application early will improve your chances of being invited for interviews and being accepted by schools that use a rolling admission process.