2020 Medical School Application Changes Tracker

We have been closely following reports on the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and how it will affect the 2020 medical school application cycle. Medical schools have altered their applications, schedules, and dates due to COVID-19.

This page will be updated regularly to reflect the newest updates from every medical school, the AMCAS, TMDSAS and AACOMAS.


MCAT News (as of 4/25/20)

What is breaking news regarding the MCAT exam? Learn more.

AAMC/Pearson

Updated April 24, 2020

To lessen the impact of MCAT cancellations due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide testing to as many examinees as possible who want to test in 2020 during the pandemic, the AAMC is temporarily shortening the MCAT exam and offering multiple administrations per test date. A shortened version of the MCAT exam will only be administered from May 29 through the end of the 2020 testing year.

The exam time will be reduced from a total “seated” time of 7 hours and 30 minutes to 5 hours and 45 minutes. Some of the field test questions in each section have been removed, and some administrative items, such as the tutorial and the end-of-day survey, have been reduced or removed to shorten the length of the exam.

The exam will not be easier or harder than the full-length exam. In each test section, examinees are still responsible for knowing all of the same concepts and skills tested on the full-length exam.

There is no change to scores. Examinees will receive five scores from the shortened version of the exam: one from each of the four sections and one combined total score, just like examinees who took the full-length test. Please see our webpage on how the exam is scored  for more information.

We encourage you to use the “Practice with Exam Features” interactive tool in the free resources section of the MCAT Prep Hub to familiarize yourself with the exam’s functionality before test day in lieu of the tutorial.

Below is the new test day schedule. Exams will be administered three times a day at test centers to accommodate the immediate need for increased testing capacity and flexibility as the pandemic unfolds.  Standard start times will be 6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. each day. There may be some variations by test center. More information about start times, including start times for examinees who currently have 8:00 a.m. appointments, will be provided prior to registration opening. .

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Application Opening Dates (as of 5/05/20)

Have med school application dates changed? What are they now? Find out!

AMCAS

Updated: April 20, 2020

Attention: 2021 AMCAS Cycle Update

The AAMC has been working closely with the medical school admissions and pre-health advisor communities to consider the impacts on applicants due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Medical schools are aware of the many challenges applicants are facing and understand the need to be flexible in their admissions approach.

At this time, we intend to open the AMCAS application as planned on May 4, and delay transmitting AMCAS applicant data to medical schools by two weeks. This transmission delay – moving from June 26 to July 10 – will give applicants additional time to complete their applications during this rapidly changing situation due to COVID-19. We do not expect this two-week delay to impact AMCAS operations, including application processing and verification.

AACOMAS
AACOMAS will open on May 5, 2020. AACOMAS has an COVID-19 update page here: https://choosedo.org/coronavirus/covid-19-aacomas-application-updates-and-faqs/
TMDSAS
To further support applicants during this time, TMDSAS has elected to extend the application deadline to October 30th, 2020.

The deadline will remain September 15th for Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

The deadline for test scores and letters of evaluation has been extended to November 13th, 2020

TMDSAS member institutions have agreed to accept all courses graded as pass/fail as equivalent to graded courses during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically the spring 2020 academic term (including winter 2020 quarter term). Member institutions will continue to review candidates utilizing a holistic, individualized review process, considering candidates based on the totality of their academic career.

All prerequisite courses that were transitioned to an online format in the spring 2020 (including winter 2020 quarter term) and summer 2020 academic terms will be applied towards the education requirements for all TMDSAS member institutions.


School Listing (Schools will be added as updates are available)

Many schools are currently reviewing their policies towards extracurriculars, coursework, the MCAT and application deadlines to accommodate the needs of pre-med students. Our goal is to consolidate that information here for you as best we can. We know this is a difficult time for many applicants, as well as our world as a whole. At ProspectiveDoctor, we want to make the process a bit easier for you.

If you have any updates, email us at pdr@medschoolcoach.com.

Pass/Fail Grades– TUSOM will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option.

Online Coursework and Labs- Per usual procedures, TUSOM will accept online coursework and labs.

MCAT Tests– If the exam is taken in June, your application will not be impacted. TUSOM and all other medical schools will not receive applications from AMCAS until July 10. If your test date was cancelled and you plan on taking the exam after the June dates, TUSOM will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations and you will receive a secondary application as everyone who applies to TUSOM receives a secondary application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Letters of Evaluation– TUSOM accepts three letters of recommendation or a committee letter. If a committee letter is not available during this time, applicants will be able to submit three individual letters of recommendation. Application Deadlines- The AMCAS applications are being sent to schools on July 10 (two weeks later than originally planned). At this time, TUSOM does not have any plans on changing their application deadlines.

As we all work to move forward, we are acutely aware that many of you have tackled a great many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in our response to the challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic.

We know that some undergraduate institutions have changed academic courses to pass/fail and in the process all have made laboratory courses on-line. Although we do not typically accept pre-requisite medical school courses taken as on-line or pass/fail, for the spring 2020 semester, we will allow both pass/fail grades and on-line courses for pre-requisites. We also understand that the delay of MCAT examinations may impact some of you.

As we conduct complete holistic review of applications, we encourage you to submit your AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for your MCAT score to be available. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been cancelled due to COVID-19, your application review at AMC will not be negatively impacted. You will have the opportunity to alert us of your new test date and you will receive a holistic review once your MCAT score is available to us. Secondary applications must be fully complete including MCAT score and supplemental application by December 15th.

If a student has an online course (including labs, but only if during the COVID-19 virus in the spring of 2020) on his or her transcript, he or she should seek guidance from his or her advisor to ensure that the option meets the above guidelines as well as the rigorous academic standard required by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. nIn our experience, the above Knowledge Competencies are most successfully attained by applicants who have had a minimum of three years of study toward a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada as well as 40 credit hours of science and mathematics, including advanced biology courses for which letter grades are available (not Pass/Fail, unless college policy), or, unless the college, university or post-bac program suspended grades for the COVID-19 virus, and a statement confirming is submitted via the AMCAS Letter Writer by the Pre-Medical Advisor or the applicant’s individual advisor), 40 credit hours of humanities and social sciences, and substantial experience in clinical, community, and/or research activities (as described above). Students who complete their science course work in a post-baccalaureate program must have completed at least 30 credit hours in a U.S.-chartered college or university whose grades can be reported and verified by AMCAS.

Offers Virtual Interviews – not specified
Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Letter from a DO or MD required
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – unspecified
Accepts Online Lab Coursework – YesnWilling to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – not specified
Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified
Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified

We will be flexible in our consideration of coursework taken online in the Spring 2020 semester. BCM will accept pass/fail grading for prerequisites courses taken in Spring 2020. nnThere are no plans to change our required coursework for admission. We are aware that MCAT date cancellations may affect the overall application review timeline. BCM reviews applications throughout the admissions cycle, and we will be cognizant of the fact that some students’ MCAT scores will be delayed.

Admissions Office Staff is available for questions via email medadms@bu.edu.
Applying in the time of Coronavirus:

As we prepare for the coming application cycle, everything and everyone has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that it is confusing and stressful to have tests cancelled, classes moved online, grading policies changed, and plans of all kinds disrupted. We know that for many of you, it feels like years of careful planning are being totally upended. We get it, because we are experiencing these same changes ourselves.

Some reassurance: Everyone throughout the world is going through the same kind of upheaval. While your plans have changed, so have everyone else’s. We are living it, too. We anticipate applications will come in more slowly, people will take the MCAT later than they intended, and transcripts and activity lists will look different than they have in the past. The good news is that we have the ability to adjust. We can push back the timing of our interviews and still get them all done. Our admissions committee is a highly experienced and thoughtful group. They’ll be able to review this year’s applications and remember that the pass/fail orgo class you ended up with in your senior spring semester probably wasn’t your original plan.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the Spring 2020 semester, many colleges and universities are providing students with the option to receive a letter grade or a pass/fail grade. While passing grades will be accepted for Spring 2020 classes, the pass/fail system does not fully reflect the applicant’s educational accomplishment. Therefore, we highly recommend that applicants choose to receive a letter grade rather than take the pass/fail option for pre-requisite courses during Spring 2020. If you choose to take the pass/fail option, we will accept your grade(s) but it(they) cannot be including in the calculation of your GPA.

Our prerequisite requirements include face to face lab experiences. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and intuitions requiring virtual experiences, we will make an exception for lab experiences acquired during Summer 2020 ONLY. We continue to value and stress the importance of face to face lab experiences for your preparation for our PA curriculum. We encourage applicants to do their best to participate in face to face lab experiences if at all possible.

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Does not require Yes, but must be from a regionally accredited institution Yes, but only if required by institution (coursework may not have been taken as pass/fail
voluntarily)
Yes, but must be from a regionally accredited institution Yes, but only if required by the undergraduate institution

Offers Virtual Interviews – not specified
Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Letter from a DO or MD Required
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, but only for 2020 coursework
Accepts Online Lab Coursework – Yes
Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – Yes
Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified
Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified

CNUCOM is aware that many of you are facing numerous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the challenges our applicants are facing with online coursework, we are exercising flexibility with distance learning coursework taken during this time. Distancelearning Science coursework and lab work with pass/fail grades will be taken into consideration for fulfillment of prerequisites, case by case. CNUCOM will continue to conduct a complet holistic review of your applications, and will consider MCAT scores as soon as they are received. Primary and secondary application deadlines will remain the same with room for flexibility of extensions for the secondary application, upon submission of a request. For further information regarding any of the above please email comadmissions@cnsu.edu

Offers Virtual Interviews – Yes, but only during affected times of social distancing
Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Letter strongly recommended
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Undecided at this time, but probably yes
Accepts Online Lab Coursework – Yes
Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – Undecided at this time, but probably no
Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes
Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified

Carle Illinois and the AAMC have made some changes to our 2021 admissions cycle due to the impact of COVID-19.
The deadline for applicants to submit a verified AMCAS application will remain October 31, 2020, but we will extend the deadline for receipt of MCAT scores to December 31, 2020.
We will eliminate the Early Decision Program for the 2021 admissions cycle.


 

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine (CWRUSOM) is well aware of the disruption in coursework for many current students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While letter grades for coursework are still preferred, we understand the difficulty that this may pose for many, and as such, CWRUSOM will accept Pass/No Pass grading for prerequisites courses (below) for the winter/spring 2020 semester. To assist with future planning, at the time of application, the Admissions Committee would prefer no more than 10 credit hours of Pass/No Pass in the sciences (BCPM) section on the AMCAS application as defined by the AMCAS Course Classification; if Pass/No Pass grading exceeds this 10 credit hour preference, applications will be further assessed on a case-by-case basis.

CMU College of Medicine’s recommendation for coursework taken during the Winter/Spring 2020 time frame:
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges and universities have offered students a pass/fail or credit/no credit option. We want all future Central Michigan University College of Medicine applicants to know that we will allow pass/fail or credit/no credit grades for any coursework taken during the impacted time frame, including prerequisite coursework. While we believe that academic coursework is an important component of your preparation for medical school, we don’t believe that an applicant’s total body of academic preparation should be negatively impacted by the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

MCAT Policy for the 2021 Admissions Cycle – Regular MD Applicants:
The Central Michigan College of Medicine encourages all applicants to apply as early as possible, even if your MCAT test date was cancelled on or before March 27, 2020 as a result of COVID-19. We plan to continue utilizing our rolling admissions policy and will accept and evaluate applications for secondary application invites without MCAT scores. In addition, we will base our interview decisions on a holistic review of your entire application, however a final admissions decision will not be made without an MCAT score on file. If MCAT testing sites do not open in time for us to receive scores and admit our first round of applicants on October 15, we will reevaluate the situation and update our policy at that time.

As we all deal with the changes due to COVID-19, the Admissions Office is open and available to assist you remotely through email, phone calls and virtual appointments.

The Admissions Committee at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons has voted to accept Pass/Fail grades for prerequisite courses taken at schools who have decided to go Pass/Fail for this semester. We understand some concerns about impact on GPAs and will take this fully into consideration for future applicants. For students in schools for which Pass/Fail is optional this semester, we will consider each student’s situation individually.

Dates are subject to change based on the evolving status of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Medical School Admissions Requirements website for CMSRU through AMCAS will be updated as needed

Pass/Fail Grades- As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges and universities have offered students a pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory option. We are encouraging everyone to still take our prerequisites courses (Biochemistry, Physiology and Statistics) for a grade but we will be flexible and look at everyone on a case-by-case basis. We will accept all non-prerequisite courses as pass or satisfactory during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. In certain circumstances, we may delay a decision to invite a secondary application pending receipt of an MCAT score. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available

Creighton University campus is closed through April 13th and the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions has moved all prospective student visits and candidate admission interviews to a virtual format until May 1. If you have a scheduled interview date, you will be contacted via email with further instructions. We encourage anyone who was planning an in-person visit with us this spring to contact our office to discuss virtual options.

As of March 16, 2020 and into the foreseeable future, all medical school interviews will be conducted virtually. Applicants will not come to campus to interview. We will update invited applicants with instructions.

SPECIAL COVID-19 NOTE REGARDING APPLICATIONS FOR 2021 ENTRANCE (updated 4/23/2020)
We recognize that students will be impacted in complex, diverse, and unique ways during the COVID-19 crisis. Please remember that Duke uses holistic review of applicants for fairness and thoughtful review. We will continue to update this section as we make decisions regarding applications for 2020-2021.

Grading: Duke will be flexible with grading for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters during COVID-19. We will accept letter grades, P/F grades, S/U grades, withdraws, etc. Whatever decision you make regarding grading during this pandemic will not negatively impact your application in any way.
Duke will accept online courses for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters during COVID-19.

MCAT: Duke is still requiring the MCAT test. If the test gets delayed, we will accept the MCAT scores until September 2020. If you have taken the MCAT and have a score and wish to retake the test for potentially a better score, you can submit your application before the new test. Just know that if you application becomes complete before you new MCAT test is received into our office it will be reviewed with the old score. Once you get the new score, please reach out to the Admissions Office so we can make sure the application is re-evaluated.
In addition, we will now accept MCAT scores from as early as 2016.

Deadlines: At this time, application deadlines have not changed with regards to our AAMC deadline of October 15th and Duke Secondary application of November 15th. If this changes we will update our website and MSAR with these details. Applications completed between July and September will still be considered “early”.
At this time, we will begin reviewing completed applications by mid-August and our goal is to start inviting applicants for interviews by September.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the US, and with regard to the safety and well-being of students, staff, and visitors, ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, Office of Admissions is closed physically, but open through the great world of technology with staff working from remote locations. Staff will be able to monitor the phones and emails. No face-to-face appointments will be scheduled at this time. Our main number is 423-439-2033 and email is sacom@etsu.edu. We will get back to you as soon as possible during normal working hours 8:00-4:30 EDT. We hope the very best for everyone. Please visit www.etsu.edu/coronavirus for the latest updates and response to COVID-19.

Pass/Fail Courses
We are aware that some undergraduate institutions are offering pass/fail grades for courses completed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our program currently accepts up to two (2) prerequisite course with a non-traditional letter grade and a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for admission. Applicants should be aware that pass/fail courses do not contribute to the CASPA GPA calculations, and passing a course will not improve their GPA. An optional essay will be available when completing the CASPA application, and we encourage applicants to explain their circumstances around COVID-19, if applicable. The EVMS PA program will update our policies as necessary in order to respond appropriately to emerging circumstances.

Offers Virtual Interviews – Yes, during a time where social distancing is required only

Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Yes, see website

Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, but we usually accept only a limited number of courses in the on-line format. We will consider the students who completed this semester on-line differently of course. In the future will continue to evaluate student’s performance in the on-line courses on a one by one student basis, considering the college attended, the history of students from that college in our medical program, and as they relate to attrition.

Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, for Spring 2020 if the university has made that the only option.

Accepts Online Lab Coursework – Yes, but only for spring 2020 coursework

Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – Yes

Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes, we will offer the secondary without MCAT scores. We will encourage the student to take as soon as possible (offered) to be competitive

Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – TBD. We will still encourage students to still apply early even if scores not returned

Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified

Offers Virtual Interviews – Yes, during a time where social distancing is required only

Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Yes, see website

Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, but we usually accept only a limited number of courses in the on-line format. We will consider the students who completed this semester on-line differently of course. In the future will continue to evaluate student’s performance in the on-line courses on a one by one student basis, considering the college attended, the history of students from that college in our medical
program, and as they relate to attrition.

Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, for Spring 2020 if the university has made that the only option.

Accepts Online Lab Coursework – Yes, but only for spring 2020 coursework

Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – Yes

Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes, we will offer the secondary without MCAT scores. We will encourage the student to take as soon as possible (offered) to be competitive

Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – TBD. We will still encourage students to still apply early even if scores not returned

Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified

 

Offers Virtual Interviews – Yes, during a time where social distancing is required only

Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Yes, see website

Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, but we usually accept only a limited number of courses in the on-line format. We will consider the students who completed this semester on-line differently of course. In the future will continue to evaluate student’s performance in the on-line courses on a one by one student basis, considering the college attended, the history of students from that college in our medical
program, and as they relate to attrition.

Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, for Spring 2020 if the university has made that the only option.

Accepts Online Lab Coursework – Yes, but only for spring 2020 coursework

Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – Yes

Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes, we will offer the secondary without MCAT scores. We will encourage the student to take as soon as possible (offered) to be competitive

Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – TBD. We will still encourage students to still apply early even if scores not returned

Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified

What’s new in Admissions given the CoVID – 19 pandemic and quarantine?
In this time of uncertainty, we realize that many of you may need to reschedule your MCAT exams, adjust your course plan, and/or cancel clinical experiences. Some of you–or your loved ones–will be personally affected by this global pandemic. Our Admissions Committee assures you that these unforeseen circumstances will be understood in the context of the current situation. We will accept pass/fail courses, as well as online courses, toward our course requirements.
For the time being, our application deadlines and MCAT minimum scores remain the same for the 2020-2021 application cycle. We will accept MCAT results through October 31, 2020. Should any of this change, we will post notices here on our website. Please stay safe and healthy.

Our team is working remotely and continues to be accessible via phone and email. We have seen an increase in email volume, so please be patient as we respond as quickly as possible. Our admissions counselors are scheduling 1:1 Skype, FaceTime or Zoom meetings with students, and soon we will offer virtual information sessions. Be sure to follow @FAUadmissions on social media where we will share content to help you get to know FAU and answer questions.

We are so excited about your acceptance to the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. When we last met, our worlds were very different than they are now. COVID-19 has turned all our worlds upside down and we have all had to make significant life adjustments trying to figure out our new “normal”. One of the adjustments we have had to make is moving our Second Visit, or as I like to call it “Our Second Date”, to an online format. Please know that we are very excited about you becoming a member of our FIU family and want to assure you that we will take care of you and help you achieve your dream to become a great physician.

We are looking forward to seeing and meeting again in our virtual welcome back. Stay connected with us and if you have any questions please email us at med.admissions@fiu.edu.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the FSU SPAP will permit applicants to have up to 2 (two) prerequisite courses outstanding at the time of application for the 2020 cycle which begins May 1, 2020. We are aware of several instances where courses have been cancelled or modified during either the current or summer semester, and we recognize that this may leave some applicants with outstanding coursework. If accepted, outstanding prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Spring 2021 semester in order to matriculate.
We have also extended the deadline for Direct Patient Care Hours. Applicants may apply to the FSU PA Program with outstanding Direct Patient Care Hours with the expectation that the hours will be completed by the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

 

Required courses for the pre-dental and pre-medical designations may not be taken pass/fail in order to meet medical or other professional school program requirements.

P/F
The Committee on Admissions will honor institutional policies that have changed grades to Pass/Fail for Spring 2020.

Summer 2020 courses
The Committee on Admissions will accept online courses for the summer 2020 term.

MCAT
We are accepting MCAT scores from exams taken April 2018 through 2020. All applicants are required to have a valid MCAT score within this timeframe. The AAMC has opened up additional testing dates throughout the summer and the fall, shortened the score reporting time, and has made other modifications to lessen the impact on applicants for the 2021 cycle.

Visit the AAMC website for more information on the changes the AAMC has made regarding the MCAT in response to Covid 19.

2021 Application Cycle Deadlines

December 14, 2020: AMCAS / primary application deadline
February 1, 2021: Secondary application & Letters of Recommendation
Please visit the Application Process page for detailed information about our application process.

MCAT Delays: for the 2021 application cycle, we will accept MCAT scores for exams taken between January 2018 and September 2020. If this causes you to submit your application later than intended, that is acceptable. This does not disadvantage your application in any way. All applications submitted before the December 15 deadline receive equal consideration.

You may submit your application prior to taking the MCAT. If you have indicated on your application that you are registered for an upcoming MCAT date, we will not begin reviewing your application until that score is received.
You may also wait until you receive your score to submit your application, as long as you submit before December 15.

Grading system changes: Due to the decision of many institutions to move to an online and/or Pass/Fail format for the COVID-19 crisis, GUSOM will consider Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit courses, as well as prerequisites completed online, holistically in the context of the full application. At institutions where moving to Pass/Fail was optional, course grades on a scale of A-F are highly preferable, especially for pre-requisite and BCPM courses.

Hours (research, service, clinical): We are aware that many previously planned opportunities to gain experiences in research, service, or clinical settings during this time are being affected by closings and cancellations due to the crisis. The Committee on Admissions will take this into account when reviewing applications. Our team holistically reviews all applications without assigning weight to a particular category.

Special Note: If you experienced a particular hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis and would like to share that with the committee, please do so under the “Further Information” question on your secondary application.

Seton Hall University is closely monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The health and safety of our students, faculty, employees and their families are of paramount importance. We understand the uncertainty of this time is difficult and would like to address some of your concerns. Any changes to admissions requirements will be posted on the respective program pages linked below. The situation requires constant reevaluation; therefore, applicants and prospective students should visit the links below. However, if there are no updates please follow the posted admission requirements.

COVID-19 Update: Staff members within the Office of the Committee on Admissions are currently working remotely. To contact our office, please email us at Admissions_Office@hms.harvard.edu rather than trying to reach us by phone.

A notice will be updated here when staff have returned to the office.

The novel Coronavirus Infection; 2019 (COVID-19); continues to impact local and global communities. Howard University has placed several restrictions to visitors to our campus. In accordance with the precautions the University has put in place, the College of Medicine, Office of Student Affairs and Admissions will be cancelling, suspending or altering upcoming events or programming. One of these events is listed below: First Friday Open House (April 3, 2020) will be cancelled. For now, First Friday events will resume as scheduled in August 2020, however we will keep you posted should those plans change.

COVID-19 Update for 2021 Application cycle:
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai understands that the COVID-19 public health crisis has impacted different facets of each applicant’s portfolio. The Admissions Committee will be flexible in evaluating the following in Spring 2020: the timing of MCAT tests, the number of P/F grades, the use of online coursework, the abrupt discontinuation of some activities and other elements impacted by the current pandemic. The Admissions Committee evaluates each application holistically and will continue to maintain rigorous holistic review. If your application is impacted by the current crisis, consider writing a short explanation in your application.

Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs and MCAT:

Pass/Fail Coursework – All Spring 2020 courses that were required to be taken as P/F will be evaluated in the context of the entire educational portfolio and can be used to meet our premedical requirements

Online Coursework and Labs – All Spring 2020 courses which were switched to an online platform will be reviewed in context of the entire educational portfolio and can be used to meet our premedical requirements

MCAT – Given the cancellation of MCAT examination test dates in March, April and May, we will accept MCAT scores through October 2020. Delayed MCATs will not be viewed negatively during our holistic review process

Offers Virtual Interviews – Yes

Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Does not require

Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes

Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, labs only for
spring 2020

Accepts Online Lab Coursework – Yes

Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – Yes

Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes

Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes

Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes

 

IU School of Medicine will accept P/NP (no pass) or S/F grades as meeting requirements.
IU School of Medicine will exercise flexibility in accepting additional S/F grades for the spring and possibly summer terms.
Applicants should consider scheduling an alternative MCAT test date. For updated MCAT information visit aamc.org.
Applicants should consider enrolling into science prerequisites in fall or later terms rather than summer, if possible.
Applicants who wish to receive a letter grade rather than (S/F or P/NP) may appeal to instructors at their discretion.
Applicants may apply without an MCAT score but are encouraged to include a MCAT test date on the application, if available.
Holistic review assessments will remain in place to determine the fitness of applicants’ backgrounds for medical school admission.
Email inmedadm@iu.edu to schedule a telephone appointment to speak with an admissions director.

Medical schools across the country do not all accept online courses for the prerequisites, and we are among the schools that currently do not do so. Our medical school was discussing whether to begin accepting online courses even before the COVID-19 pandemic, as is true of many other schools that do not currently accept online courses for the prerequisites. Although we have not yet concluded these discussions, we also recognize that the current circumstances are most unusual and we will use full consideration and judgment in evaluating the academic performance of applicants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will likely require us to be flexible with respect to online courses and with respect to Pass/Fail grade reporting that many colleges and universities have begun using as in-person classes have transitioned to online delivery. In particular, we will accept Pass/Fail grade reporting for the Spring 2020 semester. We will continue our previous discussions about whether to accept online courses for the prerequisites at an accelerated pace that has been prompted by the pandemic.

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Yes Does not require Yes Yes, but will be reviewed on a case- by-case basis Yes Yes Yes Yes
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Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Following a directive from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards further restricting in-person events and in an attempt to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 spread, the Office of Student Admissions will be closed until May 1st. All scheduled interviews will be postponed until further notice.

If you need assistance from the Office of Admissions, please use our general email address which is ssom-admissions@luc.edu. You can also contact our Dean of Admissions at dnabers@luc.edu if you are a currently accepted candidate seeking advice or information.

The MCAT is required and should be taken no later than September 2020, to be considered for admission in August 2021. Applicants are strongly urged to complete the regular four-year undergraduate curriculum and take the appropriate recommended courses before the study of medicine. The school encourages a balance between the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. For the entering class of 2021, only test scores from January 2017-Septemeber 2020 will be considered.

Minimum academic requirements for admission are satisfactory completion of the required subjects as specified below along with a total of ninety hours of acceptable credit hours at the time of matriculation into medical school. All coursework must be completed in a satisfactory manner, at a grade-level of C or better, in an educational institution within the United States or Canada that has been approved by an appropriate accrediting agency. On-line or correspondence coursework is not accepted.

Acceptance of advanced placement for credit toward fulfilling specific requirements in the sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics) may be approved on a case-by-case basis. Transfer credit from medical schools outside of the United States is generally not permissible.

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UPDATE (April 14, 2020): Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has carefully reviewed its perspective on Pass/Fail grading for the 2021 entering MD class. To alleviate additional stressors surrounding educational modifications, we have decided to accept Pass/Fail and CR/NC grading for prerequisite coursework for Spring Semester 2020. Courses and labs delivered via remote learning due to COVID-19 will also be accepted for the Spring 2020 Semester.

The Office of Admissions is sensitive to the academic burden placed on applicants attempting to complete graded pre-requisite courses that were converted to online and/or Pass/Fail during the Spring and Summer Semesters of AY 2019-2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Towards this end, all successfully completed pre-requisite courses (including Pass/Fail and online) affected by COVID-19 (Spring and Summer Semesters 2020) will be accepted for credit by the Office of Admissions upon verification of the applicant’s institution. This will only apply to those courses in which the applicant was actively enrolled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pass/Fail and online courses will not be accepted for required Biology and Chemistry coursework outside of this exception.

Our response to COVID-19 continues to evolve due to the fluid nature of the situation. These policies are accurate as of 4/9/20 but are continuously being evaluated and are subject to change.

We will continue our commitment to holistic admissions and encourage applicants to share context regarding their individual situation on the MCW secondary application essay prompt.
We will accept pass/fail grades for coursework, including prerequisites, taken during the COVID-19 pandemic (currently including January 2020 – present). As prerequisite coursework is intended to prepare applicants for the MCAT exam and for medical school coursework, applicants should ensure they have obtained mastery of the course material regardless of the grading system.
We plan to maintain our current timeline for the 2021 application cycle with completed secondary applications due on Monday, December 7, 2020. A fully completed application includes several components including a valid MCAT and CASPer score.
We will continue to consider completion date as one factor in our admissions process (i.e. “rolling admissions”); however, we realize that external factors may greatly impact application completion date for some applicants this cycle.
To accommodate our large applicant pool, multiple campus locations, and large incoming class size, we need to start interviewing applicants in the early fall. We will interview applicants until at least March 2021 and will extend our interview season further if deemed necessary.
Some applicants may encounter substantial challenges preparing a successful application for the 2021 cycle and may be more successful applying during a future cycle. We will continue to offer application counseling and advising appointments upon request and would be happy to discuss your individual situation prior to application.

In response to the escalation of COVID-19, the Office of Admissions is currently working remotely and our voicemail box is not being monitored. Instead, please contact us at medschool@mcw.edu. We will respond to you via email as soon as possible, or can arrange a virtual alternative, whether that be a phone call or a virtual meeting.

In this time of uncertainty related to the impact of COVID-19, we realize that many of you are facing unexpected circumstances and may need to adjust your plans in preparation for the upcoming cycle.

We understand the challenges many of you are facing with MCAT testing availability and/or current coursework, including the potential shift to alternate grading systems or rubrics. While letter grades for coursework are preferred, we recognize the difficulty this may pose for many. As such, we will accept Pass/No Pass grading for Spring 2020 coursework.

Our Admissions Committee assures you that these unforeseen circumstances will be understood in the context of the current situation.

At this point, our timeline and requirements remain the same. Should adjustments be made, we will post notices on this website.

If you have specific questions, as always, our team can be reached at com-admissions@musc.edu.

Incoming applicants starting May 2020 who were made conditional offers due to outstanding prerequisites and those who have pending degree postings may encounter delays by their respective institutions with ordering/sending official transcripts. nnWe will accept unofficial transcripts for summer starts under the condition that official transcripts be received prior to the end of the summer semester.

How will admission decisions be impacted as a result of academic work and MCAT exams being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? (Updated April 13, 2020)
Mercer University School of Medicine is taking many steps to address concerns related to the educational upheaval students are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. Answers to questions related to academic work and MCAT testing are provided below. If you have additional questions, please contact the admissions office for further clarification.

Policy regarding pass/fail grades due to COVID-19
Mercer University School of Medicine will accept pass/fail grades for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicant grades will be considered in the context of a holistic evaluation that also takes into account the student’s passion for the well-being of others and commitment to the residents of Georgia. If students choose the pass/fail grading option for coursework taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, they will not be penalized or considered at a disadvantage during the admissions process. Mercer University School of Medicine will make every effort to provide interview opportunities in a fair and equitable fashion under these extenuating circumstances.

Policy regarding closure of MCAT test centers due to COVID-19
Mercer University School of Medicine will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, secondary application decisions will be based on information that is provided at the time of application. For the Class of 2025, applicants will be required to take the MCAT before final decisions are made, assuming MCAT testing resumes prior to October. Applicants should not delay applying because an MCAT score is not yet available. Check back for more information and updates as this situation continues to evolve.

On Pass/Fail: The challenge for medical school admissions committees is that accurate and specific information is always preferred. When committees are faced with ambiguity, their bias may factor a pass as a “C/D” or 2.0/1.0 rather than a higher grade. So, if you have an option to proceed with a letter grade for prerequisite coursework, many schools (including the College of Human Medicine) would prefer this option.

For those of you in which a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade is rendered for any of these courses, CHM will work with you. Since we require prerequisite coursework be assessed at a “C or 2.0” grade or higher, we would kindly ask that your home institution (registrar or course instructor) provide written verification that the Passing or Satisfactory grade met this standard.

We would be remiss if we didn’t recognize that there may be several advantages and disadvantages when considering your grading options. We also recognize that every applicant has his/her/their own set of strengths and areas for growth. Maintaining a healthy mentoring/coaching relationship with your pre-health adviser will be key as you proceed with decisions about your Winter/Spring 2020 coursework.

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic MSM is operating from a virtual campus until April 6th. Admissions Specialists are available to respond to your inquiries via email. Please submit your inquiries to mdadmissions@msm.edu.

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All candidates are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). For the 2020-21 application cycle, only scores from exams taken between January 2018 and December 2020 are eligible for consideration.. *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are extending our MCAT deadline to include tests offered through December 2020.

In fairness to all applicants, there are no exceptions to these posted MCAT date requirements.

For admission questions pertaining to the College of Medicine, email jthompson@neomed.edu

Will COVID-19 disruptions be considered as you make admissions decisions?
Yes. Our Committee on Admissions will consider COVID related disruptions as they review applications. We are cognizant of how this may impact our applicants for the Spring 2020 term, including adjustments to grading and MCAT examination, course plans, labs, research, clinical, and developmental experiences, as well as, the potential for late letters of recommendation and delayed transcripts.

Will I have an opportunity to explain how my application has been impacted by COVID-19 related disruptions?
Yes. A question is being added to our supplemental application that will allow you to explain how you have been impacted by the global pandemic.

Will my application be negatively impacted if I am required to take pre-requisite coursework as Pass/Fail?
We understand the effects on your spring 2020 coursework are very much out of your control. We will review your application in the context of these circumstances and your unique situation.

How is Feinberg responding to delayed MCAT examination dates?

At this time, Feinberg School of Medicine will be accepting MCAT scores for the 2021 Admissions Cycle through October 2020. This timeline will accommodate applicants taking the examination through the end of September 2020.

Can I apply to Feinberg before I take the MCAT?
Yes. Applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available. Candidates will be invited to complete the supplemental application prior to the receipt of an MCAT score.

Pass/Fail Coursework – Pass/Fail will be allowed for all coursework taken during the Spring 2020 term, including pre-requisites.

Online Coursework and Labs – Online labs will be accepted for the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 term.

Letters of Evaluation – The requirement for a letter of recommendation from the instructor of a graded science course has been changed for the Spring 2020 term. A letter of recommendation from the instructor of a science course taken pass/fail in the Spring 2020 term is acceptable.

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Yes Yes, we will review applicants without the MCAT
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We are working to adapt to the rapidly changing circumstances of this unprecedented time, as the world responds to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our immediate focus has been ensuring the remainder of the 2020 application cycle continues on time. We will be assessing and discussing impacts for the 2021 admissions cycle over the coming weeks.

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How will processing and review of applications be affected?

As of now they won’t! We will as always, be reviewing completed applications on a rolling basis. We will make every effort to be flexible in our consideration of coursework taken in the current Spring 2020 semester. Our admissions committee and staff are ready to receive and review incoming applications this cycle whether it occurs from campus or at home.

What will I do about Interviews?

As of now, no changes are anticipated for the upcoming interview cycle. Should that change we will adjust accordingly and notify candidates in advance.

Will there be any concessions for required coursework?

We will not change our policy on pre-requisites. We will continue to review course work on a case-by-case basis as we have always done and be flexible when considering coursework completed during the Spring 2020 semester.

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As our community and the nation continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, RMC Admissions will closely monitor the situation and make determinations in accordance with AAMC guidelines/protocols and our institutional mission as it relates to the 2021 application cycle. We understand the unknown is both stressful and anxiety provoking, but rest assured we are in this together. The Rush admissions team is diligently working to ensure the coursework you are currently completing will not negatively impact your timeline for applying to our medical school. Additionally, protocols around additional documentation such as MCAT and LORs will also continue to be monitored and evaluated.

Pass/Fail: The Committee has modified our policy and will accept “PASS” grades for any courses completed this spring or summer term. In addition, with MCAT dates in flux, we will evaluate each applicant’s personal situation with a one-by-one approach.

Delayed MCAT – RWJMS will send secondary applications to those who do not have an MCAT scores showing upon receipt of their AMCAS application. We will require an MCAT score prior to offering an interview. We will extend our interview schedule and slow our reviews so as to allow applicants more time to have their MCAT score available. Ideally this score will be in place by early November.

Pass/Fail Grades – RWJMS will accept pass/fail grades, for courses taken during the COVID pandemic. Ideally candidates will have science course grades from other semesters on their application. We will always review your application as a whole and never focus on grades exclusively.

Online Courses – As most undergraduate schools have gone to online courses during the pandemic, we will accept online courses from candidates who were enrolled during the pandemic. For students who are beyond undergraduate school, we will accept online courses undertaken to meet prerequisites regardless of the institution.

Response to COVID-19 – Information for the 2021 Admissions Cycle:

As we all work through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware of your many challenges. Many universities are modifying their grading systems in response to the pandemic. We will give full consideration to pass/fail grades for any lecture or laboratory courses taken during the Spring 2020 semester. As in the past, prerequisite courses must be completed in a degree-granting university. Each course director is to determine the balance between online and classroom instruction. Rest assured, our Committee conducts a holistic review of each applicant; this semester is just one component of your entire application.

Since contemporary medical studies include the study of health and disease at the subcellular and molecular level, the study of biochemistry or cellular biology is highly recommended, though not required. Biochemistry may be taken in place of one semester of organic chemistry.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that some colleges/universities are offering pass/fail grades for courses. If given the option to select either a grade for a prerequisite course or pass/fail, we require that applicants complete the course with a letter grade. However if the course is only offered with the pass/fail option, we will only accept the course with documentation that there was no option for a letter grade. A screen shot from a university webpage detailing that policy will be acceptable to the admissions committee.

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Pass/Fail, Online courses & discontinuation of activities:
We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted different facets of an applicant’s portfolio, including, but not limited to: Pass/Fail grades, on-line coursework, and/or discontinuation of activities. The Admissions Committee will be flexible in its admission criteria and will continue to holistically review and evaluate each application. We ask only that you provide a letter or document confirming the reason you opted for these different experiences.


To our valued applicants,
We know that you have worked tirelessly to prepare yourself to apply to medical school and we look forward to reviewing your application. We realize that we are living in quite unprecedented times. At Upstate, we are quite fluid in our thinking and will continue to monitor the COVID-19 crisis very closely. The well-being of our community, students and prospective students remains our top priority. That being said, below are some answers on what we imagine to be your top concerns as it relates to the impact of this COVID-19 pandemic. Please be sure to check back for regular updates as we continue to monitor the situation closely. Above all, be well and be safe.

MCAT
We know that there have been many test cancelations that have been rescheduled but even these dates are currently tentative. Please do not delay submitting your AMCAS application due to lack of MCATs. These scores can be submitted to complete the application when they become available. We will keep an eye on the situation closely but as of right now, the MCAT is still required. Please keep an eye on https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/taking-mcat-exam/register-mcat-exam/ to when new test dates are added.

How will processing and review of applications be affected?

TCOM process applications as we usually do.  We encourage you to complete your application in a timely manner including the secondary application and letters of recommendation.  Applications for admission are considered as they are completed.

Many institutions have moved courses online, how will these affect the application review process?

We already accept online courses from regionally accredited institutions so the move to online courses will not impact how we evaluate your application.nnWhat will I do about Interviews?nnWe still plan to conduct on our interviews for 2021 admission from August-January on the UNT Health Science Center campus.  However, should our campus be closed anytime during the interview cycle, we will consider moving to a virtual format.

Will I be bypassed if I haven’t taken my MCAT?

At present, the MCAT is required for admission.  We will process your application once it is received, but applicants will not be considered for an interview until we receive a MCAT score.

If I finish courses remotely, will the courses still meet the requirement?

We understand that many colleges and universities have moved to an online platform to finish this semester.  TCOM will accept these online courses like its in-class counterpart courses.

Will there be any concessions for required coursework?

Our educational and prerequisite course requirements will remain the same.  However, we will allow courses completed during the Spring 2020 term to be pass/fail; however, we would recommend that you complete courses through a traditional grading approach if possible.  As part our admissions process, we will evaluate applications in a holistic manner taking into account a wide variety of variables in making our decision.

MCAT

Many of you have been notified that you need to reschedule your March or April 2020 MCAT test date, as those administrations have been cancelled. We understand that testing may be delayed into the summer months.

You can submit your AMCAS application without MCAT scores. Once we receive your verified application from AMCAS, you will receive an email with a link to our online supplemental application. Receipt of MCAT scores is not required to submit secondary. We will review your complete application when your 2020 MCAT scores are received.

Coursework

Online: While our preference is to review your application with coursework completed in person, we understand that in these unique circumstances most of your spring 2020 coursework is now online. This will not impact the review of your application.

Grading: For the spring 2020 semester, many schools are offering the option for Pass/Fail in lieu of a letter grade. This will not impact the review of your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Some schools may not be offering a committee letter this year. This will not impact your application negatively. Please see the guidelines for submitting individual letters of recommendation.

How will processing and review of applications be affected?

We expect to conduct our review of applications as usual, beginning in June, in chronological order, and on a rolling basis until we fill our interview sessions in mid-December or early January (if necessary). However, we are cognizant of the limitations that colleges, universities and students may be subject to given the current COVID-19 crisis, and we will exercise appropriate flexibility.

What will I do about Interviews?

Currently, we expect to conduct our interviews as usual in our traditional format along with our standardized patient exercises beginning in July and ending in December. However, if circumstances do not improve by then, we will explore other options and consider as well extending interviews into January.

If I finish courses remotely, will the courses still meet the requirement?

Yes, provided that the coursework is officially documented on your college or university transcript.

Will there be any concessions for required coursework?

We review carefully the required coursework for our medical school and inform applicants if they are deficient or if a course(s) does not meet the requirement (s). We do assess these on a case by case basis and will exercise some flexibility depending upon other coursework that may satisfy a requirement (s). To make such decisions, we will require a detailed syllabus and other pertinent documentation.

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be completed.
No, not at this time No, not at this time Not applicable

How will processing and review of applications be affected?nnAs of now they won’t! We will as always, be reviewing completed applications on a rolling basis. We will make every effort to be flexible in our consideration of coursework taken in the current Spring 2020 semester. Our admissions committee and staff are ready to receive and review incoming applications this cycle whether it occurs from campus or at home.nnMany institutions have moved courses online. How will these affect the application review process?nnOnline coursework will be accepted as long as credit is granted by the applicant’s degree- granting institution.nnWhat will I do about Interviews?nnAs of now, no changes are anticipated for the upcoming interview cycle. Should that change we will adjust accordingly and notify candidates in advance.nnWill I be bypassed if I haven’t taken my MCAT?nnWe do not review applications without an MCAT score from the past 5 years. We will not review an incomplete application for any reason. If you have taken the MCAT and reported previous scores to TMDSAS but are also registered for an upcoming MCAT, please notify schools and TMDSAS if you are unable to complete the exam due to current conditions. This will ensure that we use previous scores to review your application and not delay it’s review due to an incomplete test score.nnIf I finish courses remotely, will the courses still meet the requirement?nnIf the degree granting institution awards credit, we will accept the course as completed provided it is for the current Spring 2020 semester. If the course changed from letter grades to Pass/Fail as a result, we will accept the course if is the policy of the undergraduate institution. If given a choice on the grading policy, we recommend students continue to take the course for a letter grade.nnWill there be any concessions for required coursework?nnWe will not change our policy on pre-requisites. We will continue to review course work on a case-by-case basis as we have always done and be flexible when considering coursework completed during the Spring 2020 semester.

How will processing and review of applications be affected?nnWe are planning on conducting the processing and review of applications in the same manner.  We will start reviewing applications as they are transmitted in late May or early June.  We do understand that during this uncertain time period created from the COVID-19 pandemic that undergraduate institutions are dealing with unexpected limitations, therefore, we will try to be flexible, as much possible, to support our applicants.nnMany institutions have moved courses online, how will these affect the application review process?nnAs an institution, we truly value the holistic review of an application.  We began accepting online coursework for entry year 2020 and will continue to do so.  In addition to this, students who are provided a pass/fail option because of the current circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic TTUHSC School of Medicine will accept coursework from pass/fail courses during this time period.  Our preference would be that courses be given a grade, but if students have no other choice we will look at their record of course work and make exceptions for those students that have taken courses from January 2020 through May 2020 and potentially through the Summer of 2020.  We completely understand that these are unprecedented times and we are willing to work with students in any way possible.nnWe will I do about interviews?nnAt this moment, we are preparing to conduct interviews in the same format as in the past application/interview cycles.  However, we have had some preliminary discussions on potentially starting interviews in September versus August as we have done in years past.  We are also considering extending interviews into the first few weeks of January.  However, if circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic do not change as we enter the fall semester, we are currently looking at other potential options such as online/virtual interviews.nnWill I be overlooked if I have not taken my MCAT?nnYou will not be overlooked.  Our Admissions Selection Committee will require the MCAT as part of the holistic review and decision-making process but we begin reviewing applications as soon as we begin receiving them.  We understand that there have been test dates that have been canceled, therefore, we encourage students to reschedule as soon as they can.  We will be able to review an application as long as there is an official MCAT score report that has been taken within the last 5 years.nnIf I finish courses remotely, will the course is still meet the requirement?nnYes, as long as the course work is officially accepted and documented on your undergraduate transcript.nnWill there be any concessions for required coursework?nnThe required prerequisites will remain the same.  We will review the applicant’s transcript after acceptance to determine if they are deficient on any of the required courses.  We will evaluate each student on a case-by-case basis and provide them guidance on how to remediate any deficiencies.

What about the deadline for the EDP programs?

JAMP Administration in close communication with JAMP council members, is actively discussing the issues surrounding COVID-19. Two major issues are the timeline for taking the MCAT, and the other is the status of the summer programs. With the closure of MCAT testing sites, JAMP students have been asked to reschedule for early May dates. According to the MCAT website, most people have been successfully rescheduled and they are working with the remaining individuals to make that happen. AAMC’s MCAT team created a centralized MCAT Coronavirus FAQs page to provide the latest information: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/coronavirus-mcat-faqs/.

The decision on whether to have or postpone JAMP Summer Programs is yet to be made. How the COVID-19 situation develops in the next month, and how the safety recommendations and precautions evolve will drive the decision. That decision will be made after discussions with all the JAMP Council members, representing all the JAMP participating medical schools. n

How will processing and review of apps be affected?

At Long SOM, our Admissions Committee’s usual process is to continuously review applications throughout the entire season, from May 1 through December. We do realize that the MCAT testing changes and other things might shift the application timeline towards the later months in the cycle, and our Admissions Committee will be ready for this.

We will pace our interview invitations throughout the season and will be inviting up until December. We will not fill all our interview spots in May/June/July. We like to see how the entire pool is evolving all throughout the season and invite applicants all throughout the months of May through December. It is possible that we consider January interview dates, if the pacing of submitted applications warrants.

What about Online Courses?

Long SOM will accept online courses, and even if the student is taking prerequisite coursework during this COVID-19 period, the LSOM Admissions Committee will accept online prerequisites. We realize how important it is to be flexible in this unique set of circumstances. In fact, the AAMC is recommending that all schools be flexible regarding issues related to online coursework and labs, prerequisite requirements, the change to pass/fail grading and letters of recommendation.

What will I do about Interviews?

Currently, Long SOM is planning to have in-person Interview Days, beginning August 7, 2020. In the coming weeks, as we learn more about the containment of COVID-19, it might be necessary to consider a virtual environment.

Will I be bypassed if I haven’t taken my MCAT?

You will NOT be bypassed if you haven’t taken your MCAT, however, most schools, require an MCAT before inviting an applicant to interview. Reschedule as soon as you can, as long as you are ready. Use any extra time to study more! nnLong SOM will wait for an MCAT score before inviting to interview, as per our usual process, but we will be looking for those MCAT scores to roll in all throughout the season. Don’t worry! We will not fill all our interview spots in the early months. I think a lot of schools screen and re-screen throughout the entire season or most of it.

For the last several years, TMDSAS has recommended an early application submissions. Applicants must keep in mind that an early, completed submission really doesn’t ensure an invitation. There will be applicants who submit in May and get an Interview for August AND there will be people who submit in May and receive an interview invite for December.

If I finish courses remotely, will the courses still meet the requirement? nYes, courses completed remotely during this semester will meet Long SOM requirements. We have been following what undergraduate institutions are doing and are supportive of the necessary changes on their campuses, and will honor these decisions.

Will there be any concessions for required Coursework?

At this time, there are no plans for Long’s Admissions Committee, in conjunction with the Curriculum Committee, to change the required coursework. It is covered over several semesters, so an applicant should be able to get everything done, especially as colleges and universities are implementing ways for students to complete their coursework virtually. We will, however, give consideration to any individual’s particular situation.

How will the change to Pass /Fail Grading be handled by your Admissions Committee?

We all realize the importance of flexibility about the changes in coursework (and so many other things) that are necessary because of the COVID-19 virus. That being said, if there are many “Ps” in the sciences, and in the prerequisites, our committee will be looking for other measures of strength in the sciences. Grades from courses prior to the pandemic, grades subsequent to this time period, and upper level science courses with posted grades may be good indicators of science acumen (as well as the MCAT, of course.)

My research/shadowing/clinical activity/community service was canceled. How is your Admissions Committee going to view this?” At the Long SOM and I am sure at most or all schools, we will be very aware when reviewing applications in the future that this was a unique semester for those pursuing medicine. Our committee will be flexible and tolerant of decreased activity of those sorts in this semester. (We will see what the future brings in regards to social distancing in future semesters, including summer 2020.) That being said, there ARE ways to stay busy-learning about medicine and serving. Find ways to help others, and spend some time with a medicine related book or You Tube videos of parts of the history and physical exam. Be creative!

As a response to COVID-19, Brown’s Office of College Admission staff members are working remotely until further notice.

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Does not require Yes, but coursework must be from a regionally accredited institution Yes Yes, but must
be from a regionally

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the following changes in Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) premed requirements will be in effect for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.

  • TUSM will consider P/F (pass/no-pass) grades for all coursework which will be utilized as part of our holistic evaluation process.
  • Only coursework taken during the winter/spring/summer semesters of 2020 will be included for this exception.
  • Those who can continue to receive conventional grades are strongly encouraged to utilize that option.
  • For students who submit P/F grades, a statement from your school documenting your schools grading system during this time frame will be required.
  • Students are encouraged not to ‘overload’ on P/F grades during this time frame (not to take an unusually large number of courses).
  • TUSM does not have a policy prohibiting applicants from taking prerequisite courses online, and this stance will be continued.
  • MCATs will continue to be an admissions requirement and utilized as part of our holistic evaluation process.  For any candidate whose opportunity to take the MCATs has been delayed for the spring of 2020,  you will have the opportunity to submit a later MCAT score through the fall of 2020 and your application will be considered once it’s complete.  We will ensure that interview positions and acceptance offers will remain available for applicants who are required to delay their MCAT testing.
  • A statement will be placed on our secondary application allowing you to contextualize your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has impacted your educational and personal journey.

Like many other medical schools, we will be accepting pass/fail and online credit for pre-requisite courses during the 2020-2021 Application Cycle. At the Uniformed Services University, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, letter grades are preferred by the Admissions Committee as they allow us to assess your academic performance; however, we understand that this may not be possible for all applicants. As a result, we are advising applicants to not select pass/fail grading if it is given as an option for prerequisite courses; however, if a college or university does not allow any other option, our Admissions Committee will certainly accept credit for these courses and use other details in your application to assess your candidacy for admission. Please inform your Admissions Counselor by email at the time of application if you were not allowed to receive a letter grade for any prerequisite courses as a result of COVID-19. nnRegarding the MCAT, we are closely observing the testing dates that are being offered. We are aware that the March and April MCAT testing dates have been cancelled. We are closely monitoring this situation as it is impacted by COVID-19. As MCAT testing dates are expanded or even extended into October and November, we will certainly extend our deadlines if needed. As of now, MCAT scores are still required and we have not extended our application deadlines. At this time, it is recommended to schedule MCAT testing in June or July. We are also still advising applicants to initiate their AMCAS applications as soon as possible (even without MCAT scores) as we use a rolling admissions process, and we can easily add MCAT scores to applications which have already been initiated and processed.

At this time, we do not anticipate any situation that would prevent you from enrolling at UAB. If you are unable to submit required documents required for admission and/or enrollment, we are prepared to work with students on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your admissions counselor or contact us at chooseuab@uab.edu.

The UA COM-Tucson Admissions Office are aware of the many scheduling challenges due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Below are the changes we are making for the 2020 Admissions Cycle.

We have extended our primary application deadline to December 01 and our Secondary deadline to December 15th (or 21 days from the date you received your secondary, whichever comes first to give students extra time to apply.

We are adding a question on the Secondary application-“How did COVID19 impact your application process?”

Students can submit their AMCAS application without their MCAT. We will place your application on a MCAT hold. Notify us when you are taking the MCAT. The last MCAT date we will accept is September 12 and this is subject to change should there be further delays/closure due to the pandemic.

We will be accepting pass/fail grades for 2020 Spring/Summer courses.

We will continue to be flexible as this all unfolds.

Admitted students have shared with us their fear of not being able to make it to Buffalo in time to start medical school.

We understand that it may be difficult to make plans for your arrival in Buffalo.

Courses are being offered online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

For specific details on university operations and policies, visit the University at Buffalo COVID-19 FAQs webpage, part of the official channel of COVID-19 communication for the entire UB community.

Fall 2020 Semester Will Start On Time
We have not changed the academic calendar. We are anticipating regular enrollment for fall 2020.

Will courses be distance education/online learning or on-campus?
Fall 2020 courses are scheduled to be delivered in their original format.

We are evaluating which courses may be converted to online or distance education to best serve our students.

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.


The UCF COM MD Admissions office has been working diligently with AMCAS and the AAMC to stay abreast of the impact COVID-19 is having on the current and future admission cycle. UCF COM has confidence in AMCAS and MCAT to ensure that all applications are processed as rapidly as possible.

MCAT: We are aware many of you had your MCAT date rescheduled to a later date than you had planned. We have been assured sufficient MCAT test dates will be added to the schedule to accommodate all who need to test. All rescheduling fees have been waived for 2020. As such, we do not plan to eliminate of the MCAT as a requirement for this application cycle. Furthermore, we will accept MCAT scores taken in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Coursework: We will accept P/F grades issued during the COVID-19 crisis as well as online courses. When deciding whether or not you should use P/F or a graded system you should select the option that is most optimal for your application.

Interview Season: UCF COM is planning for an adjusted season that may begin and end later. We personally feel we will have sufficient time during our interview/acceptance season. We do not anticipate the matriculation of this class to be hindered.

Future Updates: We will update the MSAR with any changes to our admissions policies, procedures, and deadlines change. We will update our website as decisions are made that may impact this upcoming admission cycle.


Below are the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine’s current guidelines for the upcoming application cycle given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to update this message throughout the application season as the situation develops; we encourage you to check back regularly for updates.

Please know that our Admissions Committee understands the challenges that this pandemic has caused for many applicants, their education, and their families. We will continue to be flexible, holistic, and understanding as we review your candidacy.

Pass/Fail Grades: We will accept pass/fail grades for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are aware that some undergraduate institutions are allowing students to take courses either for grades or on a pass/fail basis. Our applicants should not feel pressured to choose the graded option. Grades of “pass” will satisfy our entrance requirement competencies.


Online/Distance Learning Courses: We will continue to accept online and virtual courses and labs taken during the pandemic.


MCAT: Currently, the AAMC is offering MCAT test dates for 2020 through the end of September. We will accept all 2020 MCAT test dates through the end of September for 2021 admission.
Dates and Deadlines: Like all AMCAS-participating medical schools, we will now receive primary applications from AMCAS beginning on July 10 (a two-week delay). Our AMCAS deadline of November 16 and our secondary deadline of December 1 remain unchanged.


Early Decision: We will not be offering the Early Decision application option for Fall 2021 entry.


Interviews: Our interview season will not begin until September 2020 (a delay from our usual interview season opening in mid-August). We will continue to adhere to public health guidelines regarding travel and social distancing for the safety of our applicants, our patients, and our community, and will announce any changes to the interviewing process to applicants invited to interview as those decisions are made.

Prospective applicants are welcome to attend online information sessions (a.k.a., webinars) offered by Dr. Abbigail Tissot, our Assistant Dean of Admissions. During these sessions, Dr. Tissot will provide an overview of the admissions process, priorities of our institution, and will reserve time for one-on-one Q&A where you can ask your most pressing questions. Webinars will begin promptly at the specified time. To attend a webinar, simply click the date of the webinar. These dates will be hyperlinked just before the webinar begins and the password is Cincinnati. Our 2020 Webinar dates and times are:

Tuesday 4/7/20: 3-4:00 PM ET – COMPLETE!
Monday 4/20/20: 12-1:00 PM ET – COMPLETE!
Wednesday 5/20/20: 4-5:00 PM ET
Thursday 5/28/20: 7-8:00 PM ET
Friday 6/12/20: 12-1:00 PM ET
Wednesday 6/24/20: 11:30AM-12:30 PM ET

In response to COVID-19 we are extending the application deadline. We will continue to accept applications until the cohort is filled.Priority admission: February 1nRegular admission: March 15

First Year Admissions Timeline
June 1: Primary application is available via AMCAS.

August 1: Deadline for Early Decision applicants to complete AMCAS application.

October 1: Early Decision applicants are notified of their status.

November 15: Deadline for submitting AMCAS application.

December 31: Deadline for receipt of all materials, including the Supplemental Statement and Letters of Recommendation.

August – March: Invitations are sent to applicants selected for interview.

October – End of Admissions Cycle: Offers of acceptance are issued on a rolling basis.

The Office of Admissions recognizes that undergraduate institutions have had to adapt the delivery of prerequisite course content in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not wish for any applicant to be at a disadvantage due to mandatory changes made by their institutions. Prerequisite lectures and labs that have transitioned completely to online for spring and summer 2020 will be accepted to meet required courses. In addition we will accept a pass, satisfactory, or letter grade of “C” or better for any prerequisite course (or higher level substitute).

  • As of 4/17/2020:  Spring & Summer 2020 Grading
    The JABSOM Office of Admissions recognizes that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the process of evaluating science prerequisite coursework in many undergraduate schools has significantly changed. JABSOM has always assessed prerequisites based on traditional grades, however we understand that schools have developed new grading policies for Spring and Summer 2020.JABSOM will accept pass/fail grading for Spring and Summer 2020 coursework, so that no applicants are negatively impacted as a result of grading policies that are beyond their control.
  • As of 4/17/2020:  MCAT Deadline Extensions
    The JABSOM Office of Admissions understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of multiple MCAT exam dates. As previously announced, JABSOM extended the MCAT deadline for the Early Decision Program from May 31 to July 31, 2020.JABSOM now announces that the MCAT deadline for the Regular MD Program is extended from September 30 to October 31, 2020. The test must be taken by October 31, 2020.

    We highly recommend that applicants who have been affected by this situation to submit their applications to JABSOM. If necessary, an MCAT intent date may be indicated on the applicant’s AMCAS application.

    JABSOM’s continued commitment to maintain the practice of performing a thorough review of each and every application will remain the same, despite many unprecedented changes in this year’s admissions cycle.

  • As of 4/7/2020:  Timeline
    MCAT deadline for the Early Decision Program is extended from May 31 to July 31. The test must be taken by July 31, 2020.
  • As of 4/2/2020:  JABSOM Admissions Requirements
    Online lab courses will be accepted from Spring 2020 until further notice. Online lab courses may be used towards fulfilling prerequisite requirements for General Biology, General Physics, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry as outlined on the JABSOM Admissions Requirements page.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Medical College Admissions is currently working remotely.

We recommend and prefer that prerequisite courses are taken as graded courses because grades give the admissions committee a better idea of mastery of the subject matter and comparative performance. Applicants should contact us if they do not receive letter grades for prerequisite courses, and we can review these on a case-by-case basis.

Online lab courses WILL meet our pre-medical course requirements.

MCAT deadlines subject to change due to changes in MCAT 2020 testing schedule – please check this page for updates.

Pass/Fail Coursework – Students required by their college or university to accept a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grade for the Spring 2020 semester will not be penalized by the School of Medicine. The School of Medicine does accept Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit grades for course prerequisites, but prefers to see letter grades. Students with the option of accepting a letter grade or a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grade in the Spring 2020 semester may want to consider the impact on the overall science GPA and cumulative GPA if a course does not have a letter grade. nnOnline Coursework and Labs – Coursework and labs that were moved to online courses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are acceptable. nnLetters of Evaluation – We do not specifically require a school committee letter. If your school is unable to provide one, please submit 3 to 5 letters of reference instead.

Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine has carefully reviewed its perspective on Pass/Fail grading. To alleviate additional stressors surrounding educational modifications we have decided to accept Pass/Fail grading for prerequisite coursework for Spring Semester 2020.

The School of Medicine Office of Admissions is open, however, staff are working remotely to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Given the impact of the current outbreak on grading for the spring 2020 semester, the University of Maryland School of Medicine is adapting by accepting online courses, and will accept Pass/Fail grading. In the event that your institution is providing a letter grading option for this semester, we highly encourage you to opt in to receive letter grades for your prerequisite courses, as preference will be given to letter grades when this option is available. nnWe are aware that some MCAT dates have been canceled, and are actively considering how this will affect the application timeline. At this time, our deadlines as they are listed in the MSAR have not changed, however we will continue to monitor this situation and will remain flexible should any changes be needed.


Applicants Applying for 2021 Matriculation

MD Program

MD/PhD Program

Submission of AMCAS applications begins

Early May 2020 (refer to AMCAS site)

Early May 2020 (refer to AMCAS site)

Deadline for submission of Early Decision applications to AMCAS

8/1/20

Not eligible

Deadline submission of Early Decision applications to the Office of Admissions

9/1/20

Not eligible

Applicants notified of Early Decision-Admissions Committee decision

10/1/20

Not eligible

Application submission deadline to AMCAS

IMPORTANT: AMCAS requires 4-6 weeks to verify applications. Submission of applications to AMCAS by the deadline DOES NOT guarantee the application will be verified in time for secondary applications to be completed by the program deadline. Extensions will NOT be granted for late applications. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early.

10/15/20

10/15/20

Transcript deadline to AMCAS

10/29/20

10/29/20

Deadline for supplementary application materials to be received by the Office of Admissions. Extensions will NOT be granted for late completion or submission.

12/1/20

12/1/20

Application for clinical years transfer received by the Office of Admissions

Applications for transfer to THIRD YEAR may be submitted for consideration if there are open places available.

1/1/21 – 1/31/21

1/1/21 – 1/31/21

Accepted applicants may select “Plan to Enroll” option within the AMCAS application

2/15/21 – 4/30/21

2/15/21 – 4/30/21

Accepted applicants who are holding multiple acceptances should narrow their selections to 3 schools. Acceptance deposits are refundable for withdrawal made no later than April 30th.

4/15/21 – 4/30/21

4/15/21 – 4/30/21

Accepted applicants may continue to hold acceptances at one school. If UMMS is the applicant’s selected school he/she is REQUIRED to set their status to “Plan to Enroll” at UMMS and withdraw acceptances from other schools. They may continue to hold waitlist places at other schools.

5/1/21 – 7/15/21

5/1/21 – 7/15/21

Accepted applicants MUST select “Commit to Enroll” to UMMS prior to orientation and the first day of classes. Applicants who do not commit to enroll at UMMS by deadline may have their acceptance rescinded. Applicants must withdraw their waitlist places from any further consideration at other schools.

7/15/21 – 8/2/21 (first day of classes)

7/15/21 – 8/2/21 (first day of classes)

MCAT The University of Michigan Medical School continues to encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible, even if your MCAT test date was cancelled on or before March 27, 2020 as a result of COVID-19, as our rolling admissions policy is still in effect. We will accept and evaluate applications without MCAT scores. We will base our interview decisions on a holistic review of the entire application, however a final admissions decision will not be made without an MCAT score on file. If MCAT testing sites do not open to sufficient capacity in time for us to receive scores and admit our first round of applicants on October 15, we will reevaluate the situation at that time.

Coursework Pass/Fail: GPA is only one factor used in assessing an applicant’s file. The University of Michigan Medical School has always accepted a limited number of pass/fail grades, however due to unforeseen challenges and restrictions many applicants have faced due to COVID-19, we are willing to more liberally accept pass/fail grades for the 2020-21 application cycle.

Online Courses: We recognize many applicants have been required to switch to online learning due to COVID-19. Our long standing policy of accepting online courses and holistically reviewing applicants’ demonstration of our core competencies remains in place.

Prerequisites nThe University of Minnesota Medical School will accept S/N (commonly referred to as Pass/Fail) grades for courses taken in the Spring of 2020. We conduct a holistic review of all applications and the academic profile is reviewed in terms of courses taken, grade trends, and final outcomes. We also look at the academic profile in relation to the MCAT total and sub-scores. nnnnLetters of Recommendation nWe will continue to take both committee and individual letters. The Admissions Committee does not place greater weight on one over the other. nnnnMCAT nThe final MCAT test date we will accept is September 12, 2020. nnnnApplication Deadlines nWe will extend our Primary and Supplemental Application Deadlines to Nov. 15 and Dec. 15 respectively to accommodate other delays applicants are facing in the 2021 application cycle. nnnnExperiences nWe recognize that for many applicants Spring and Summer 2020 experiences (i.e. research, volunteering, clinical exposure, other) have been or will be cancelled, shortened, or adjusted. The Admissions Committees will take the impact of COVID-19 into consideration and remain flexible when reviewing this and other aspects of the applicant file.

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) may be taken as soon a prerequisite course work is complete provided that adequate time has been devoted to MCAT preparation (such as taking full-length, timed practice exams). For some applicants, this may occur as early as the summer after the sophomore year.

Not later than the fall of the junior year, traditional applicants (who plan to enter medical school the August after graduation from a four-year baccalaureate degree-granting program) are recommended to begin the timeline below. Non-traditional applicants should consider a similar timeline beginning about two years before the anticipated fall enrollment in medical school.

September – Begin preparation for Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
May – Request transcripts and faculty evaluation letters
Begin online American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application
June – Take the first MCAT
July – Complete secondary application(s).
Summer – Repeat MCAT, if needed.
September – Interviews begin.

The admissions committee highly encourages Mizzou Med applicants to keep all required coursework as a letter grade for the spring 2020 semester. However, if this is not an option at your institution, applicants will not be penalized for taking our required coursework as pass/fail for the spring 2020 semester only. For entering class 2021 applicants, our application and MCAT testing deadlines still remain the same.

B.A./M.D. Program, Fall 2020: The fall 2020 General Application for Admission and the School of Medicine Supplemental Application were due November 1, 2020. All applications and application materials must have been received by this date, and interview decisions will be communicated in late January, with final offers of admission going out by April 1. The General Application for Admission and the School of Medicine Supplemental Applications for Fall 2021 will become available in early August.

M.D. Program, Spring 2020: The application for the M.D. program is currently closed, and the deadline to apply was August 1, 2019. Interviews are typically held in October, and offers of admission communicated in late October. The General Application for Admission and the AMCAS application for Spring 2021 will become available May 1, 2020.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following exceptions and considerations will be taken regarding requirements to the UNLV School of Medicine application process for the next admissions cycle(s). As developments or changes occur, we will continue to update this website with information for applicants.

MCAT Test Scores
The deadline for taking the MCAT will be extended until October 1. In the event that the MCAT examination does not resume prior to October 1, we will make decisions on sending Secondary Applications based on the information that is available in the AMCAS application. We will require applicants to have taken the MCAT prior to making admissions decisions for the Class of 2025.

For more information on the MCAT exam and COVID-19, please visit their website.

Online Pre-Requisite Coursework
For Spring 2020, campuses across the U.S. went from in-person instruction to online instruction due to the pandemic. If you were enrolled for pre-requisite course work during this semester, we will accept your course(s) that shifted to online instruction. This will also apply to Summer 2020 coursework.

Pass/Fail Pre-Requisite Coursework
For Spring 2020, some U.S. campuses have required students to take Pass/Fail grades while others have made it an option. The UNLV School of Medicine will review P/F course work from Spring 2020 without prejudice. The Office of Admissions recognizes the disruption to educational plans and course selection that the pandemic has caused. This will also apply to Summer 2020 coursework.

Application Deadline
AMCAS applications may be submitted until October 1, 2020. For more information on the AMCAS application schedule and COVID-19, please visit their website.

For questions or concerns, please email admissions@medicine.unlv.edu. All operations are currently offsite, so phone calls cannot be accommodated. Email is the fastest way to receive information. Thank you!

The Office of Admissions and Records physical office is closed but providing alternate methods of service. nnPer the Governor’s directive, we are physically shut down but our staff are continuing to provide our services remotely for the safety of our community. As the University remains open, the Office of Admissions and Records is continuing to provide services to students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Staff will not able to answer phones, but will actively monitor emails.

The University of New Mexico, School of Medicine (UNM SOM) is aware of the disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic for many current applicants in fulfilling admissions requirements. We recognize that this is still a fluid situation, and applicants will be impacted by the following:

Coursework that has gone to Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit grading
Coursework and labs that have gone to online
MCAT cancellations
Application timelines
Interruption of clinical, volunteer and research activities
Currently, the UNM SOM Committee on Admissions has made no changes to the requirements for the prerequisites coursework and highly encourages applicants to obtain a letter grade for all required prerequisite courses. With various stay-at-home orders and other forms of social distancing we will continue to monitor and re-evaluate our requirements as future events unfold.

MCAT nThe latest MCAT considered for cycle 2021 will now be September 12, 2020. nnPass/Fail Coursework (updated 4/05/2020) nWe recognize the challenge faced by students during the COVID-19 crisis. We will accept P/NC grades and online courses taken during the semesters impacted by COVID-19. This will include the Spring 2020 semester and summer coursework, as applicable.


Timeline: Our application cycle timeline remains the same.

Pass/Fail Grading: Our school will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT: We encourage individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations, to not delay their application submission. AMCAS has announced that they are resuming MCAT examinations with scheduling opening May 7, 2020. They are committed to testing all applicants that want to test this application cycle. We will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

We are currently considering implications from the COVID 19 pandemic and how this situation might impact admissions requirements and processes for the 2020-2021 application cycle and beyond. This includes but is not limited to, MCAT, prerequisite course enrollment, pass/fail courses and more. The OU College of Medicine Admissions Board and Leadership will be reviewing guidance from the AAMC and working with our university partners to make informed decisions that will best serve applicants and the OUCOM jointly.


Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has adopted the following policies:

We are accepting Pass/Fail (Pass/No Credit, Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) for pre-requisite courses completed during the Spring and Summer terms of 2020. However, students participating in our special programs (Guaranteed Admit Program-GAP and Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program Early Assurance-SPAEPEA) must obtain letter grades for all required pre-requisite course work. Also, we are accepting on-line course work for pre-requisites and labs during the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters and require that the course work be completed at the student’s undergraduate or graduate college or university or at an accredited academic institution. When deciding whether or not to use pass /fail or a graded system, you should select the option that is optimal for your application.

UPSOM will continue to conduct a holistic review of your application materials and will consider the MCAT score as it becomes available (provided it is posted by our Supplemental deadline date). Application decisions will not be rendered until an MCAT score is submitted. Letters of recommmendation will also be reviewed as they become available.

COVID-19 Update: In light of the current outbreak of COVID-19, the University of South Alabama College of Medicine has carefully reviewed the requirements for admissions. So that no applicant is at a disadvantage during this time, the Admissions Committee has revised the course and MCAT requirements for upcoming application cycles as follows:

We will accept Pass/Fail grading for prerequisite coursework completed in Spring semester 2020.
We will accept online coursework for prerequisite courses completed in both Spring and Summer 2020.
Due to cancellation of the MCAT test dates in March, April, and May, an MCAT taken at any time during 2020 will be accepted.


As events unfold, we may post additional changes. Please feel free to contact us at comadmissions@southalabama.edu with any questions you may have.

Future applicants to our undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools will not be disadvantaged by course work taken under Pass/No Pass grading options offered at any school during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand students are working under unprecedented conditions, and we appreciate what they are going through. We are committed to evaluating all pass grades for course work without prejudice and are making this historic accommodation because we believe right now students should be able to focus on learning.

Future applicants to our undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools will not be disadvantaged by course work taken under Pass/No Pass grading options offered at any school during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand students are working under unprecedented conditions, and we appreciate what they are going through. We are committed to evaluating all pass grades for course work without prejudice and are making this historic accommodation because we believe right now students should be able to focus on learning.

Please note the following new information about pass/fail requirements coursework, policies for online courses/labs and Letters of Evaluation.

Pass/Fail

The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (USD-SSOM) recognizes the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in disrupting coursework for the 2020 spring and summer semesters. Although the committee would prefer grades for the prerequisite courses taken during the 2020 spring/summer semesters (when this option is available), we will accept Pass/Fail grades. The USD-SSOM will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on students’ educational experiences and evaluations and will reevaluate our requirements accordingly.

Letters of Evaluation

As always, USD-SSOM accepts all letter types (Individual, letter packets or Committee letters)

Online Coursework and Labs

As always, USD-SSOM accepts online coursework from any accredited institution.

Application Deadline Date

The USD-SSOM recognizes the challenges facing applicants with regards to completing MCAT, Letters of Recommendation and other requirements due to COVID-19 pandemic, and as such, has decided to extend our 2021 application cycle deadline from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1. Accordingly, we will also extend our MCAT 2021 application cycle deadline to Dec. 1, 2020.

M.D. Eligibility

To pursue an M.D. degree at the USD Sanford School of Medicine, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You also must be a South Dakota resident or non-resident with strong ties to the state such as:

  • Graduation from a high school in South Dakota
  • A parent living in South Dakota
  • A child of a Sanford School of Medicine alumni
  • A member of a U.S. federally recognized tribe from a bordering state
  • Completing at least 90 credits at a college or university in South Dakota

An enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized tribe may apply to the Sanford School of Medicine through the Indians into Medicine program. To apply, the applicant must file an AMCAS application identifying the Sanford School of Medicine as a school to which they are applying and they must also complete the  INMED application to verify their tribal status.

You must:

  • Have a minimum of 64 semester credits of college course work for admissions committee consideration, with a minimum of 90 semester credits of college course work before matriculation.
  • Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) within three years of the AMCAS application deadline of November 1.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.1 and a composite MCAT score of at least 496 (23 with MCAT prior to 2015) to be offered an interview. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.1 may be considered on an individual basis if they have achieved an MCAT of at least 496 or higher and they have recent and significant coursework with a higher performance.
  • Agree to the terms of technical standards for admission, continuation and graduation
  • Complete the equivalent of the following semesters of course work, including laboratory experience where available, in the following areas:
Biology 2 semesters
General (inorganic) chemistry 2 semesters
Organic chemistry 1 semester
Biochemistry 1 semester
Physics 2 semesters
Mathematics 1 semester
Statistics 1 semester

Although not required, the following courses (one semester each) are recommended to enhance an applicant’s preparation for medical school:

  • Second semester of organic chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

M.D./Ph.D. Eligibility

To pursue an M.D./Ph.D degree at the Sanford School of Medicine, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) within three years of the AMCAS application deadline of November 1
  • All applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.1 and a composite MCAT score of at least 496 (23 with MCAT prior to 2015) to be offered an interview. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.1 may be considered on an individual basis if they have achieved an MCAT of at least 496 or higher and they have recent and significant coursework with a higher performance.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a reference who can speak directly to the applicant’s experience in, and potential for, independent research
  • Productive laboratory experience that clearly demonstrates an interest, enthusiasm and commitment to biomedical research
  • Agree to the terms of technical standards for admission, continuation and graduation
  • Complete the equivalent of the following semesters of course work, including laboratory experience where available, in the following areas:
Biology 2 semesters
General (inorganic) chemistry 2 semesters
Organic chemistry 1 semester
Biochemistry 1 semester
Physics 2 semesters
Mathematics 1 semester
Statistics 1 semester

Although not required, the following courses (one semester each) are recommended to enhance an applicant’s preparation for medical school:

  • Second semester of organic chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Advanced Standing or Transfer Eligibility

We do not consider applications for advanced standing or transfer students.


Pass/Fail & Online Coursework and Labs: For students who do not receive standard letter grades or do not elect to receive standard letter grades during the Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020 semesters due to school closures and conversion to online learning, we will accept pass/fail courses and online labs. Although the School of Medicine – Columbia does not have prerequisites, there are strongly recommended courses.


Letters of Evaluation: During the committee review, the School of Medicine – Columbia will remain cognizant of the fact that clinical and observational experience may be more difficult to obtain along with letters accompanying these experiences.


MCAT: The School of Medicine – Columbia will continue to require a MCAT score to be taken no later than September 2020 to be considered for this application cycle.


Until further notice, we are unable to offer tours or campus visits.
Our Admissions team is telecommuting, with sporadic days in the office. We are checking emails during normal business hours.

Due to COVID-19, the UTMB medical school application and interview timeline will be changing as information is updated from TMDSAS and the UTMB Office of Admissions. Make sure to check back for the latest Application and Interview Timeline Information.


Application Timeline
May 2020 TMDSAS application opens
July 2020 Admission Committee begins reviewing applications
August 2020 Interview season begins
October 2020 Open acceptance period for Texas residents begins
November 2020 Deadline for application and supporting materials
Begin making offers to non-Texas residents
January 2021 Interview season ends
Open acceptance period ends
Deadline to submit ranking of schools
March 2021 Alternate pool letters mailed

Due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on testing centers across the world, we will temporarily suspend GRE and GMAT test score requirements for graduate programs. Students submitting a graduate application to any master’s or doctoral program for any of the following semesters or modules will not be required to submit GRE or GMAT test scores.

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
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Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
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  • Applicants must be a citizen of the United States or have permanent resident status (permanent residency “green” card). If applying as a permanent resident, an applicant must be a permanent resident at the time of application and will be required to submit a photocopy of the front and back of their permanent resident card.
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • MCAT scores taken within 3 years from time of application (unless the student is accepted through our early acceptance MEDStart Program or through a UToledo early acceptance program).
  • A UToledo secondary application.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of final official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools you have attended with degrees posted (if applicable).
  • Successful completion and review of a criminal records check.
  • Students must meet the Minimal Technical Standards for admissions.

Due to guidance released and monitored by the University to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Admissions team is working remotely. The EHSEBoffice will be closed to the public until restrictions have changed.

Due to the recent changes taking effect at institutions nationally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UVA will honor any institutional policies regarding courses shifted to pass/fail. With the holistic admission review, candidates will be granted every possible consideration with special attention given to the 2020 Spring semester. Candidates are encouraged to connect with pre-health advisers to navigate their own institutional policies.

Due to the recent changes taking effect at institutions nationally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UVA will honor any institutional policies regarding courses shifted to pass/fail. With the holistic admission review, candidates will be granted every possible consideration with special attention given to the 2020 Spring semester. Candidates are encouraged to connect with pre-health advisers to navigate their own institutional policies.


We are closely monitoring the impact of COVID 19 pandemic on the admissions process for the Fall 2021 entering class. Currently, we do not anticipate any changes to our policies or timeline. We may revisit those policies as the pandemic unfolds. Any changes will be shared with applicants on our Admissions website and Facebook. Below are some common concerns we have received from applicants.

Online courses & P/F grading
Many colleges and universities have switched to online instruction. Our prerequisite policy has always accommodated online coursework and P/F courses. This means that:

Online coursework from regionally accredited institutions will be accepted towards fulfilling prerequisites.
Pass/Fail courses will also be accepted towards fulfilling prerequisites.
Cancelled MCAT test dates
The AAMC is working with their test delivery provider to add additional MCAT test dates, and they are committed to testing everyone who wants to test for the 2020 cycle. The current UWSOM deadline to take the MCAT is September 30, 2020. Please check our admissions website for any developments. We are aware of the effect of the pandemic on all our applicants. We continue to be committed to holistic review. Rest assured that the Committee will consider the activities/metrics from this year within the context of this unprecedented world event.

Online labs
UWSOM does not require labs. If you want to take online labs, that is fine by us.

Shadowing/Volunteering
We recognize this has impacted folks’ shadowing and volunteering opportunities this year. The Admissions Committee has always valued the insight and reflection that applicants gain from their experiences rather than the number of hours.

Committee letter
If your school is no longer able to offer a committee letter, you should know that we will accept a minimum of 3 individual letters of recommendation and a maximum of 6 letters. Please see our letters of recommendation policy for more details: uwmedicine.org/admissions (Letters of Recommendation)

Talking about COVID-19 in my application
We encourage to use the existing secondary application essays to reflect on your experience with COVID-19. Which essay(s) you should use will depend on your experience and the narrative you are sharing in your application. See our secondary application page for the available secondary essay prompts.

Financial resources available
AAMC is working to expand Fee Assistance Program (FAP) to help applicants financially impacted by COVID-19. Please see the FAP webpage for more information about applying. If you are not eligible for FAP but still need financial assistance, please contact the UWSOM Admissions Office. We will work with you on a potential fee waiver for our secondary application.

Pass/Fail vs. grade
The Admissions Committee is generally looking for patterns and trajectories when it comes to grades. Ultimately, how you perform in one class will not make or break your application. If you know that there is room for you to demonstrate improvement in your grades, it may be worth choosing to have the course graded so that the Committee can see evidence of your improvement.

Given uncertainties brought about by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the University of South Florida is extending its Admissions deadlines for Summer and Fall 2020. This will serve the needs of prospective FTIC (freshmen) and transfer students who see USF as the best destination for their higher learning but need some additional time to make a final decision. Applicants can select Tampa, St. Petersburg or Sarasota-Manatee as their home campus to earn a degree from Florida’s only Preeminent State Research University located in a metropolitan area. nnUSF is also extending the Admissions deposit deadline from May 1 to May 15. The new deadline will ease the challenge students and families face to make this important decision in the ever-changing public health landscape.

A Key Point!

Stay reassured!! There are so many people out there to help you navigate what is already a challenging path. We’ll all stay flexible while working hard to maintain a fair and consistent process for all of our applicants.

What about the deadline for the EDP programs?

JAMP Administration in close communication with JAMP council members, is actively discussing the issues surrounding COVID-19. Two major issues are the timeline for taking the MCAT, and the other is the status of the summer programs. With the closure of MCAT testing sites, JAMP students have been asked to reschedule for early May dates. According to the MCAT website, most people have been successfully rescheduled and they are working with the remaining individuals to make that happen. AAMC’s MCAT team created a centralized MCAT Coronavirus FAQs page to provide the latest information: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/coronavirus-mcat-faqs/.

The decision on whether to have or postpone JAMP Summer Programs is yet to be made. How the COVID-19 situation develops in the next month, and how the safety recommendations and precautions evolve will drive the decision. That decision will be made after discussions with all the JAMP Council members, representing all the JAMP participating medical schools.

How will processing and review of apps be affected?

At Long SOM, our Admissions Committee’s usual process is to continuously review applications throughout the entire season, from May 1 through December. We do realize that the MCAT testing changes and other things might shift the application timeline towards the later months in the cycle, and our Admissions Committee will be ready for this.

We will pace our interview invitations throughout the season and will be inviting up until December. We will not fill all our interview spots in May/June/July. We like to see how the entire pool is evolving all throughout the season and invite applicants all throughout the months of May through December.

It is possible that we consider January interview dates, if the pacing of submitted applications warrants.

What about Online Courses?

Long SOM will accept online courses, and even if the student is taking prerequisite coursework during this COVID-19 period, the LSOM Admissions Committee will accept online prerequisites. We realize how important it is to be flexible in this unique set of circumstances. In fact, the AAMC is recommending that all schools be flexible regarding issues related to online coursework and labs, prerequisite requirements, the change to pass/fail grading and letters of recommendation.

What will I do about Interviews?

Currently, Long SOM is planning to have in-person Interview Days, beginning August 7, 2020. In the coming weeks, as we learn more about the containment of COVID-19, it might be necessary to consider a virtual environment.

Will I be bypassed if I haven’t taken my MCAT?

You will NOT be bypassed if you haven’t taken your MCAT, however, most schools, require an MCAT before inviting an applicant to interview. Reschedule as soon as you can, as long as you are ready. Use any extra time to study more!

Long SOM will wait for an MCAT score before inviting to interview, as per our usual process, but we will be looking for those MCAT scores to roll in all throughout the season. Don’t worry! We will not fill all our interview spots in the early months. I think a lot of schools screen and re-screen throughout the entire season or most of it.

For the last several years, TMDSAS has recommended an early application submissions. Applicants must keep in mind that an early, completed submission really doesn’t ensure an invitation. There will be applicants who submit in May and get an Interview for August AND there will be people who submit in May and receive an interview invite for December.

If I finish courses remotely, will the courses still meet the requirement?

Yes, courses completed remotely during this semester will meet Long SOM requirements. We have been following what undergraduate institutions are doing and are supportive of the necessary changes on their campuses, and will honor these decisions.

Will there be any concessions for required Coursework?

At this time, there are no plans for Long’s Admissions Committee, in conjunction with the Curriculum Committee, to change the required coursework. It is covered over several semesters, so an applicant should be able to get everything done, especially as colleges and universities are implementing ways for students to complete their coursework virtually. We will, however, give consideration to any individual’s particular situation.

How will the change to Pass /Fail Grading be handled by your Admissions Committee?

We all realize the importance of flexibility about the changes in coursework (and so many other things) that are necessary because of the COVID-19 virus. That being said, if there are many “Ps” in the sciences, and in the prerequisites, our committee will be looking for other measures of strength in the sciences. Grades from courses prior to the pandemic, grades subsequent to this time period, and upper level science courses with posted grades may be good indicators of science acumen (as well as the MCAT, of course.)

[3/30/20 – 4:00 pm Update]

“My research/shadowing/clinical activity/community service was canceled. How is your Admissions Committee going to view this?”

At the Long SOM and I am sure at most or all schools, we will be very aware when reviewing applications in the future that this was a unique semester for those pursuing medicine. Our committee will be flexible and tolerant of decreased activity of those sorts in this semester. (We will see what the future brings in regards to social distancing in future semesters, including summer 2020.) That being said, there ARE ways to stay busy-learning about medicine and serving. Find ways to help others, and spend some time with a medicine related book or You Tube videos of parts of the history and physical exam. Be creative!

Vanderbilt does not have any specific prerequisite course requirements for applicants; we have course recommendations instead. This allows us to accept Pass/Fail grades without an issue. While we prefer that applicants take in-person lab and lecture courses when possible, we understand that it is not always feasible due to time, financial constraints, and/or global pandemics.

Vanderbilt recognizes that some universities are unable to provide pre-med advisor or committee letters. We will accept individual letters of evaluation and encourage letter writers to cover the broad competencies outlined in the AAMC Guidelines. If your institution offers a letter service during this time, and you are eligible for that service, Vanderbilt kindly expects you to use it.

Regarding the timing of the MCAT, Vanderbilt knows this is a potentially stressful time for applicants. Although Vanderbilt appreciates rolling admissions, we will not penalize candidates who had a delay in the opportunity to take the MCAT. We encourage candidates to consider submitting their AMCAS application for verification without the MCAT. No admissions decisions will be made without the MCAT. Please continue to check this website and the Medical School Admissions Requirement e-book for updates.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on K-12 school systems throughout the country, VCU has decided to move the freshman response deadline from May 1 to June 1 for students who were accepted to the university by April 1.

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is taking steps to align with the university’s guidelines on COVID-19, released through President Tim Sands yesterday evening. Our first priority is the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community while also keeping our students on track in their education. nnWith Virginia Tech’s guidance to cancel events that would bring together more than 100 people, we are making some changes for events coming up between now and April 30. nnMatch Day is coming up on Friday, March 20. Our event will now be private and limited to the fourth-year students. We will share an overview of our Match Day results later that afternoon. nThe Medical Student Research Symposium scheduled for Friday, March 27, will now be virtual. Oral presentations will be livestreamed. nAny additional events hosted by, or at, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine that are expected to attract more than 100 people will be canceled or offered virtually to follow university policy. Event organizers will alert guests if their event is impacted.

All applicants are sent a secondary application; however, applicants must have a 507 MCAT and a 3.2 science/BCPM GPA to be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions. Applicants who do not meet the undergraduate science GPA of a 3.2 and have completed at least 15 hours of either post-baccalaureate or graduate science coursework be reviewed by the Dean of Admissions upon receipt of the secondary application. The highest MCAT attempt is reviewed.

Decisions on how interviews will be conducted for the 2021 admissions cycle will made at a later date.

Early Decision applicants will still be considered and must submit their AMCAS application by August 3. If you are unable to receive an MCAT score by the first week in September, note that you can contact us and we will move your application to our regular applicant pool and immediately allow you to apply to other medical schools.

COURSE CONSIDERATIONS DUE TO COVID-19
While we normally require that the pre-requisites above be taken with a grade, students who have experienced changes to their curriculum due to COVID-19 such that a pre-requisite (including the lab) they were enrolled in or planned to enroll in was changed from a graded course to a Pass/Fail course, this will be accepted for the pre-requisite courses for the following timeframes:

Spring 2020 (term, quarter, semester)
Summer 2020
If a pre-requisite course was changed from an in-person course to an online course, we already accept online coursework (as long as taken at an accredited institution) to meet our pre-requisites.

MCAT CONSIDERATIONS DUE TO COVID-19

For the EY 2021, we will accept MCAT scores from calendar year 2016.

While we fully empathize and understand that MCAT test dates have been canceled and rescheduled, we still require the MCAT to be considered for a secondary. This is because we only utilize the MCAT to meet one of our combination thresholds and then completely blind it thereafter through our entire process once the secondary is returned. We will stay abreast of decisions the AAMC has to make regarding the MCAT and any new test dates beyond our current window and adjust accordingly. We do not fill our interview spots until all completed applications (AMCAS, secondary, letters) have been considered for an interview.

The Committee on Admissions recognizes that COVID-19 has created a unique situation where an entire semester of classes in Winter 2020 or Spring 2020 may be graded pass/fail. These grades will be accepted and considered as usual in the context of the rest of the applicant’s portfolio. We continue to monitor the situation and recognize the need to be flexible in our evaluation of candidates.


WUSM recognizes the unique challenges that COVID-19 has caused for many applicants in the 2021 application cycle. To assist with one aspect of the application process, the Committee on Admissions has extended the latest MCAT scores that will be considered, and will now accept scores from January 2017 through September 2020 test dates.

Pass/Fail: The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program will accept Pass/Fail grades to fulfill prerequisites for courses taken in the spring semester of 2020. We are aware that the COVID-19 crisis is causing many other disruptions (including MCAT testing dates). We are actively working with our colleagues within Weill Cornell Medicine and from other medical schools to address all issues affecting the next application cycle. We will share the outcomes of these conversations as they become available.

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
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The Novel Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) pandemic crisis has generated a great deal of stress and uncertainty surrounding unplanned changes to curriculums and cancellation of MCAT test dates. We are closely monitoring information and guidance about the coronavirus and will provide updates as needed.

Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs, letters of evaluation, and MCAT:

• Pass/Fail Coursework – Pass/Fail is accepted for all coursework including prerequisites.

• Online Coursework and Labs – Online labs will be accepted for the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 term.

• Letters of Evaluation – There are no changes to the letters of evaluation requirements.

• MCAT – MCAT will be required for matriculation but applications may be submitted without MCAT. Applicants should not delay applying because an MCAT score is not yet available. We will consider any MCAT taken between June 2017 and December 2020.

As a reminder, this is an everchanging time and we are closely monitoring information and guidance about the coronavirus and will continue to provide updates as needed.

The Yale School of Medicine (YSM) Office of Admissions faculty and staff recognize the unprecedented challenges that many applicants to medical school will face in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Information regarding PASS/FAIL grades, necessity of the MCAT, and timing of applications can be found below.

The following notifications apply to both the MD and MD-PhD programs.
PASS/FAIL GRADES
Required pre-medical classes play an important role in preparing students for the curriculum at YSM. Given the challenging circumstances surrounding COVID-19, YSM Office of Admissions will be cognizant of the fact that many colleges and universities may elect to change their grading policies midterm from letter grades to PASS/FAIL, or to offer students the choice to make such a decision. We believe that individual colleges and universities are best equipped to make decisions on their grading systems, and YSM Office of Admissions will respect and trust each college/university’s response to grading policies, and those of students, with regard to the 2020 academic year.

YSM Office of Admissions and the admissions committee will take circumstances surrounding the 2020 academic year into account when evaluating the applications of all students enrolled in classes this term. As such, prospective applicants to YSM enrolled in pre-medical classes this term should, if applicable, make decisions that they believe are best for them in context of their individual situations.

THE MCAT
Our application evaluation is holistic and contextual and takes into account the entirety of an application. The MCAT examination continues to be a steadfast and important component of this evaluation. The AAMC has reiterated that they remain committed to testing everyone who wishes to sit for the examination for the 2021 application cycle. As such, we will accept scores from all 2020 MCAT test dates and extend the due date for applications to YSM.

APPLICATION DATES
To accommodate applicants for the Class of 2025 who have re-scheduled their MCAT examination dates or are facing other difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are extending our AMCAS application deadline to November 15 and the Yale Secondary Application deadline to December 15. The date for receipt of letters of recommendation will likewise be extended to December 15. We may elect to extend these deadlines further, if necessary.

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