I often refer to an “ideal admissions timeline” in articles and blogposts on the site. Rather than retyping that information over and over, I thought I’d write the timeline here and then link to it.
Your Ideal Pre-med Admissions Timeline
|More than 1 year before you apply||Get a comprehensive understanding of the overall admissions process (See my Medical School Admissions Blueprint)|
|9 to 12 months before you apply||Start MCAT prep (My Open Source MCAT Course has 350+ hours of free MCAT review)|
|6 months before you apply||Ask for Recommendation Letters (See my book Great Letters of Recommendation)|
|3 months before you apply||Take the MCAT|
|2 months before you apply||Update your resume|
|2 months before you apply||Write your personal statement (How to Write Your Medical School Personal Statement)|
|1 month before you apply||Print out unofficial transcripts from all colleges you’ve attended|
|Application date||Complete the AMCAS or ADSAS applications|
|On receipt||Write your secondary applications (How to Write Your Medical School Secondary Application)|
|Summer after you apply
||Prepare for interviews (Watch my Medical School Interview Video Course)|
|Winter after you apply
||Write update letters (The Do’s and Dont’s of update letters)|
Keep in mind that the timeline above is an ideal, aka perfect, picture. Your mileage may vary, and the timeline above may not fit with your current reality and your life.