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Applying to Medical & Dental School

The following information is designed to help students plan and prepare for their application year to medical and dental schools. This document is a GUIDE only. Students must take an active role in the process which includes, but is not limited to, consulting with their pre-health advisor on a regular basis and visiting the appropriate websites outlined in this document.

Fall Semester


  • Meet with pre-health advisor to set goals, discuss grades, assess current strength/weaknesses, review application procedures, etc.
  • Plan a review strategy for taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Dental Admission Test (DAT)
  • Check dates & registration deadline for the admissions exams (Plan to take the MCAT or DAT in the spring or early summer):


  • Compile a list of your activities, work and volunteer experiences, research publications, clinical and community service experiences, etc.
  • Look at Spring Semester credit load, work/volunteer commitments – make adjustments as necessary to allow for ample admission test preparation
  • Update your email account and/or phone & voice mail messages NOW so that they are professional and appropriate. Check your privacy controls on ALL SOCIAL MEDIA – we recommend putting them at the highest level because schools can and do check.


Spring Semester


  • Continue your preparation for the MCAT or DAT. Plan to take practice tests available at the sites provided above.
  • Continue meeting with your pre-health advisor to discuss initial list of schools to which you may apply, personal statement revisions, etc.


  • February - Plan to attend Michigan Medical Schools Night


  • Continue working on your personal statement – see key resources above
  • March – Read the explicit instructions for the Centralized Application Services now to become familiar with the entire application before you can begin to fill it out.
  • Continue collecting letters of evaluation – verify at Interfolio that your letters are received
  • May/June – access the Centralized Application Services and begin completing your applications on-line. Refer to web sites above. Contact medical and/or dental schools directly that do not participate with these services.
  • Arrange to have ALL college transcripts sent to the application services and/or directly to schools not participating. Students are advised to send grades AFTER spring grades are posted.

Summer Semester


  • Record ALL application activity in a notebook/spreadsheet – helpful items to keep track of include: date of primary & secondary application submissions, confirmation of receipt of all documents, etc.


  • May - Submit AMCAS, AACOMAS, & AADSAS applications. Students are strongly encouraged to submit this primary application early in the summer.
  • Begin receiving secondary applications from the professional schools to which you have applied. Secondaries may arrive anywhere from a few days to up to 6 weeks after submission of the primary application – the timeline varies from school to school. Secondary applications should be submitted 2-4 weeks upon receipt.
  • Carefully read and follow the directions specified in the AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS application about submitting letters of evaluation. Some schools will require you to send letters from Interfolio directly to the application service at the time of the primary application. While other schools will require that you have Interfolio submit letters directly to the health professional schools upon their request. Stay on top of the letter submission piece for each school to which you apply.

Fall – Spring 


  • Plan to complete any remaining prerequisite coursework


  • Update your pre-health advisor, letter of evaluation writers, and ALL individuals who have helped you on this journey with your progress in the application process


  • Look forward to scheduling interviews at the health professional schools. Schools may contact you via phone, email, or regular mail to schedule such interviews.


Pre-Health Advisors

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Contact for Current Students 

Undergraduate Academic
Student Affairs
Natural Science Building
288 Farm Lane, Room 108
East Lansing, MI 48824

Email: natsci.prehealth@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 355-4470

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Contact for Alumni and MSU Graduates

Please call (517) 355-4470 to schedule a Pre-Health Appointment

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Contact for Prospective Students

Gabby Wahla, M.A.
Undergraduate Recruitment Coordinator
Email: natsci.explore@msu.edu  
Phone: 517-355-4470