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Most medical schools in the United States use a centralized application service, the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The AMCAS does not make admission decisions, but processes all applications.

Application Fees

The fee for AMCAS is generally around $160, which includes application to one medical school. Each additional medical school applied for costs an additional $34. There is a fee assistance program for those with financial aid. If you plan to apply to a medical school in Texas, you will need to use the Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). The TMDSAS charges a $135 flat fee.

Application Timeline

The AMCAS application opens the first week of May each year for the following year's class. However, the submissions don't open until the first week of June, so you have a month to work on your application before you can submit it. For specific deadlines, you should check the AMCAS website, the MSAR online, and your top choices of potential medical schools.

Letters of Evaluation

Students will need letters of evaluation from faculty, advisors, mentors, and/or committees. For more about how to submit letters of evaluation and which types of evaluations are accepted, please read more information here.


Most medical schools do require an interview. Students who wish to practice their interview skills should make an appointment with Career Services at 963-1921.

Applicant Toolkit

Students applying for medical school should take advantage of the many support resources available. In addition to the services provided by CWU, such as Career Services and faculty advising, students can use the applicant toolkit as a guide through the application process.

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