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MD Program Frequently Asked Questions

Statement from the Office of Admissions Regarding Academic Work Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Office of Admissions would like to address the concerns of MD Program applicants regarding theCOVID-19 pandemic, which has caused unprecedented disruption to academic work. The College of Medicine is keenly aware of the many challenges that applicants have faced.

Please be advised of the following:

  • The Admissions Committee will accept Pass/Fail, online, and courses not taken at an applicant’s “home school” without penalty to the applicant.
  • Applicants will not be penalized for experiences they had planned to complete or participate in that were impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic.

For questions, please contact the Admissions Office by email at

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.

Will the January MCAT be accepted?

We will not consider the January 2024 MCAT as a basis for determining whether to invite candidates for an interview for the 2024 entering class. We will only consider MCATs from 2024 for special program students.

What are the oldest MCAT scores accepted?

MCAT scores are good for a period of three years. MCAT scores from 2021 are the oldest MCAT scores accepted for entry with the 2024 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.

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 valid green card with their secondary application.

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

The College of Medicine does not accept transfer applications.

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?

We require applicants to complete the AMCAS essay and offer additional essay opportunities on our secondary application.

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

The College of Medicine requires letters of recommendation. We prefer a committee letter if your school has one, but we also accept letters from up to four individuals who can provide objective evaluations and with whom the applicant has had a recent professional relationship.

May I send updates to my application?

Applicants may send a total of three updates through our application system. Go to our website for applicants at and enter your login credentials. Select the "Status" tab and then the "Document Upload/Status" option on the left. You may upload one of each of the following items: transcripts, resume/CV and an update letter. Once these items are uploaded, they may not be updated. The file should be a pdf and under 8mb in size.

Contact Information

Drexel University College of Medicine
Office of Admissions
60 N. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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