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MD Program Frequently Asked Questions

How can I check my application status?

Our website for applicants can give you current status information and is always available. Your ID and password are required.

When should I apply?

Applications are accepted through AMCAS from June 1 through December 1. Completed applications are reviewed at the College of Medicine as they are received. It is best to apply as early as possible.

Does taking the September MCAT hurt my chances of being offered an interview?

No. However, taking the MCAT in September will delay review of your application.

Will the January MCAT be accepted?

We will not consider the January 2018 MCAT as a basis for determining whether to invite candidates for an interview for the 2018 entering class. We might, however, consider the score if an applicant is on our waitlist after interviewing.

What are the oldest MCAT scores accepted?

MCAT scores are good for a period of three years. MCAT scores from 2015 are the oldest MCAT scores accepted for entry with the 2018 first-year class.

I've applied through AMCAS. When will I receive my secondary application?

After we receive your verified application from AMCAS, we will send you the link to the online secondary application via email. All applicants receive a link to the secondary. It can take up to four weeks after AMCAS verification to receive Drexel's link to the secondary application. Please contact us if you feel that the link to your secondary application has not reached you in a timely manner. Please make sure to check all spam/junk folders. Please retain your ID and password, which will be sent to you with the link for the secondary application.

Can I send additional letters of recommendation?

Yes. We will accept additional letters. They should be sent to us through the AMCAS Letters Service and, whenever possible, should reference your AMCAS ID number.

Whom should I make my check out to if I'm not paying by credit card?

Make checks payable to Drexel University College of Medicine. Please be sure to include your name and AMCAS ID number on the check. Please note that application fees are non-refundable.

Do you accept applications from international students?

No. Drexel University College of Medicine accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Permanent residents must provide a copy of their green card with their secondary application.

Do you have transfer positions into your second- or third-year classes?

Yes, if spaces are available. We do accept applications for entrance into the second or third years from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying abroad and from students in osteopathic medical schools. More information about the transfer process is available at the transfer web page.

When do medical school classes begin?

Orientation for entering students is usually the first week of August. Orientation information is emailed to all accepted students starting in mid-June.

Will I be sent notifications when my file is complete?

Yes. You should also frequently check your status online.

How will I know if I am invited for an interview?

You will receive an official email notification. You may also see your status online.

Does Drexel University College of Medicine require a personal statement in addition to the AMCAS essay?

No. The AMCAS essay is all that we require.

Can an accepted applicant request deferral of matriculation?

Accepted candidates who are currently holding a position in the entering class may request to defer their matriculation for one year.

Requests for deferral of matriculation must be received by the Office of Admissions ( by July 15 of the year of matriculation and must include a detailed plan for the time period. In recent years, deferrals have been granted to individuals who plan to complete research projects, engage in extended volunteer or service activities (e.g., AmeriCorps, Teach for America), or pursue other academic opportunities (e.g., Fulbright Fellowship). The Medical School Admissions Committee will determine if a deferral request is appropriate. If a deferral is granted by the Admissions Committee, a place in the next year's entering class is reserved for the applicant.

I don't have a premedical committee letter. What individual letters of recommendation are required?

We need letters of recommendation from three faculty members who can talk about your academic abilities in the classroom. We need two from science professors and one from a non-science professor. Research mentors or physicians with whom you have worked do not count toward the requirement. The letters must be from faculty members. If you've provided the three faculty member letters, additional letters are accepted.

May I send updates to my application?

Application updates are accepted only from students who have been invited for an interview and for those who have been interviewed and wait-listed. We will accept updated transcripts, new letters of recommendation, updates on activities and/or letters of interest.

Which MCAT exam — the current/new exam (MCAT 2015) or the previous exam — will Drexel accept?

For the 2018 application cycle, Drexel will accept the old MCAT if it was taken in January 2015 (only) and the new MCAT.

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