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.
2024 Application cycle
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 VP&S 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 2022 application cycle.
Oct. 15: Columbia's deadline for the AMCAS primary application.
Oct. 22: Columbia's deadline for the Secondary Application.
Oct. 29: Columbia's deadline for supporting documents, i.e., Secondary Application fee, MCAT score, and letters of recommendation.
Early March: Admission offers are sent and the waitlist opens.
Late March: Admitted student's day.
April 15: Drop date for admitted students to withdraw from all but three schools.
April 30: Admitted students planning to enroll at Columbia VP&S must select the "Plan To Enroll" option on the Choose Your Medical School tool.
May 1st: The "Commit to Enroll" option becomes available on the Choose Your Medical School tool.
May-August: Admissions Committee reviews waitlist applicants.
Late May: Students matriculating at VP&S must provide their personal background check report. The satisfactory outcome of a personal background check must be received by the VP&S Office of Admissions prior to June 1st.
June 15: Students matriculating at VP&S, must select the "Commit to Enroll" option on the Choose Your Medical School tool.
Early August: Orientation and classes begin for the matriculating class and the waitlist closes.