Process and Timeline
Mark a calendar with these important dates for prospective Columbia medical students to complete the application process. Applicants should begin to prepare for medical school a year in advance of their anticipated matriculation date.
May: Primary application becomes available via the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).
July - October: Secondary Application invitations are sent to all applicants who selected Columbia and all submitted applications are processed.
August - January: Interview invitations are sent.
September: Last month in which the MCAT may be taken and submitted for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
Oct. 15: AMCAS primary application deadline.
Oct. 29: Columbia's deadline for Secondary Application.
Nov. 12: Columbia's deadline for supporting documents, i.e., Secondary Application fee, MCAT score, and letters of recommendation.
March: Admission offers are sent and waitlist opens.
April: Revisit Day occurs for admitted students.
April 15: Drop date for admitted students to withdraw from all but three schools.
April 30: Drop date for admitted students to withdraw from all but one school. Admitted students planning to enroll at Columbia VP&S must select the Plan To Enroll option on the Choose Your Medical School tool.
May-August: Admissions Committee reviews waitlist applicants.
June 1: MD/Ph.D. students matriculating at VP&S, must select the "Commit to Enroll" option on the Choose Your Medical School tool.
Mid-June: Regular MD, Columbia-Bassett track, and 3 Year Ph.D. to MD students matriculating at VP&S, must select the "Commit to Enroll" option on the Choose Your Medical School tool.
Mid-August: Orientation and classes begin for the matriculating class and the waitlist closes.