What to Do & When

When Should I Apply?

One of the questions we get most often is "When do I apply?" The answer is typically the spring of the year before the calendar year in which you want to begin medical school. Most application services (including medical, dental, physical therapy, pharmacy, and veterinary) open in mid-summer and accept applications until either early fall or mid-spring. Physician's Assistant applications are open from April to March, so their timeline is a little different. All professional programs operate on a rolling admissions basis, so plan to start your application cycle preparation in the spring, that way you can submit your application in the summer and be ready for interviews by the fall.

What Should I Do 2-3 Years Before I Apply?

  1. The first thing you should do is join the Pre-Health Listserv and the "Office of Pre-Health" t-square tab. You can find information on that here.
  2. Think about what on-campus organizations you would like to join. You can look at Pre-Health Organizations and browse through other options on Jacket Pages.
  3. Create a Pre-Health Journal. Use it to record all of your extracurricular activities, including contact information and what you did in that activity. Also include volunteer and shadowing hours, as well as leadership experience. If you keep a good record, finding the information you need to put on your application will be simple.
  4. Start getting to know your professors! You will need them to know you personally for your Letters of Evaluation later.
  5. Develop good time management and study skills now. These abilities only get more important from here. Seek help immediately by connecting with academic resources on campus. You can find suggestions on how to get started here.
  6. Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan out your next few years at Tech. Make sure you build the pre-requisites for professional school and entrance test prep into your schedule. Also, set personal goals for each semester.
  7. Think about taking advantage of Study Abroad or other degree options (Business Option, Cooperative Plan, International Plan, Research Option, etc.)
  8. Take the time to really hash out different career options, so that you are sure you are on the track you need to be on to achieve your goals.
  9. Attend Pre-Health Workshops and read the Pre-Health Digest each week to stay up to date on important information.
  10. Plan what you are going to do with your summers. You can find more information on that here.

What Should I Do the Year Before I Apply & the Year That I Apply?

  1. Continue working on your extracurricular activities: healthcare exposures, long-term volunteer work, in-depth leadership skills, research abilities, and uniqueness factors.
  2. Think about how you will pay for the application process for professional school. There is a national Fee Assistance Program, but you need to qualify for it before you register for your entrance test. The total application cost could be $500-2500, when everything is taken into consideration.
  3. Take time to evaluate to make 100% sure this is the right career choice for you at this time. Taking time off before medical school is very common.
  4. Evaluate professional schools based on factors that are most important to you, and narrow down your list of schools to apply to.
  5. Plan your admissions test during the spring/early summer of your application year.
  6. Attend the application workshops during the spring of your application year.
  7. Central applications generally go live in May-July. Remember, professional schools use rolling admissions policies. Plan to have your applications complete at the schools before the beginning of your fall semester.
  8. Talk with your family about financing professional school.

What Should I Do The Year After I Apply?

  1. During this time, your application will be processed and reviewed by professional schools. You may be invited for interviews the fall or early spring after you apply. Attend the interview workshops in the fall and register for mock interviews.
  2. Continue working towards being a competitive applicant. Take more science classes to raise your biology, chemistry, physics, math GPA; do more healthcare exposures; volunteer; etc.
  3. Start researching a "Parallel Plan," if not accepted this cycle.
  4. Complete the FAFSA as early as possible and start laying down the foundation for financing professional school.
  5. Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor to answer any questions you may have. Pre-Health Advising is open to any Tech student, even after graduation.