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MD Program Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Office of Admissions would like to address the concerns of MD Program applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is causing unprecedented disruption to academic work and MCAT testing.

The College of Medicine is keenly aware of the many challenges that applicants are facing and we understand the need to be flexible in our approach to admissions during this time.

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.
  • The deadline to complete the 2021 application is extended from January 1 to February 1.
  • The date to submit MCATs will be extended from September of 2020 to the last date in 2020 that the MCAT is offered. MCATs from 2021 will only be accepted for special program students.
  • 2020 applicants will not be penalized for experiences they had planned to complete or participate in that were impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • All applicants will receive a secondary application. Applicants with complete files who indicate they intend to sit for a future MCAT testing in 2020 will be held for review until the results of that testing have been received.

For questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 215.991.8202 or 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.

What MCATs will be accepted for the 2021 application cycle?

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will accept all MCATs taken during the 2020 year.

Will the January MCAT be accepted?

We will not consider the January 2021 MCAT as a basis for determining whether to invite candidates for an interview for the 2021 entering class. We will only consider MCATs from 2021 for special program students.

What are the oldest MCAT scores accepted?

MCAT scores are good for a period of three years. MCAT scores from 2018 are the oldest MCAT scores accepted for entry with the 2021 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 green card with their secondary application.

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

Drexel University College of Medicine is not currently accepting transfer applications.

View the College's transfer applicant policy.

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.

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?

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.

*Pending Middle States Council on Higher Education approval.

Contact Information

Drexel University College of Medicine
Office of Admissions
2900 W. Queen Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129
   215.991.8202  |     215.843.1766 (Fax)

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