Why Submit Your AMCAS Application Early?

Why Submit Your AMCAS Application Early?

You might have heard that it is best to submit your AMCAS application early. This is great advice to follow! "Early" application submission means submitting within a couple weeks of June 6th, which is when the 2017 AMCAS application submission period opens. There are several reasons why you might delay submitting, however, an early application will help you immensely if your application is already complete. Think about the following when deciding when you should submit in 2017:

  • Most schools have rolling admissions. Early applicants benefit from a smaller applicant pool during the first few rounds of acceptances. As more applications arrive at each school, you will face increased competition in an already competitive process.
  • An earlier application allows the opportunity for an earlier decision. You cannot be accepted (obviously) if you have not completed your application. 
  • You only need the essentials. If needed, you can submit your Letters of Recommendation (LOR) and MCAT scores after submitting the primary application. The application processing times vary, but it is always a good idea to apply as soon as possible.

Although an early submission is the best case scenario for most applicants, it will not make up for an incomplete or inadequate application. If necessary, take some time to perfect your personal statement and activities summary paragraphs. Early submission will not make up for a subpar personal statement. That being said, do not delay submitting your application. 

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