Process and Timeline - Fall 2019 entry

Deadlines to put on your calendar

  • January 7: Pre-application due. Pre-applications may be submitted starting in December. 
  • March 1: Request individual letters of recommendation by this date (for applicants to schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry and podiatry). Ensure all letter writers receive the Committee's Guidelines for writers of letters of recommendation 
  • March 30: Complete pre-application review meeting with Katie Lipp by this date. 
  • May 15: Individual letters of recommendation due in Interfolio. 
  • June 15: Priority deadline. Applicants who submit their application no later than this date and send their official request and waiver to the pre-health office will have their committee letter complete and uploaded within 30 days.
  • July 15: Final deadline. Applicants who submit their application no later than this date and send their official request and waiver to the pre-health office will receive a committee letter, though we cannot guarantee it will be complete within 30 days.

Fall 2017: Getting organized

September 2017-early January 2018

  • Carefully review the full “Applying” section of this website
  • Make an appointment with Katie Lipp to ensure that you are on track for an application in 2018
  • Medical school applicants should register for the MCAT and listen to this recorded webinar on MCAT preparation. Those taking other entance exams may register now or at later dates. Study for your exam. Critically monitor yourself and adjust your study habits as needed. Only take the test when you are fully prepared and able to do well. 
  • Register for the required personal statement workshop (registration deadline October 29)
  • November 2: Attend the presentation on the application process (required for those on campus; for those not currently on campus, a recording will be available by the end of the semester) 
  • November 5: Attend the workshop on developing your personal statement (required for those on campus; for those not currently on campus, a recording will be available by the end of the semester)

Prepare to submit the pre-application

January-March 2018: Advising, preparing materials

Advising and early preparations

  • Meet with Katie Lipp to review your pre-application and discuss your preparations overall. Please make every effort to schedule your meeting for the soonest possible date. You must schedule your meeting for no later than March 30. 
  • Use this link to create an Interfolio account that is affiliated with Mount Holyoke
  • If you know your entrance exam score, you can begin selecting schools

After meeting with your pre-health advisor

April-June 2018: Primary applications

April-May 2018

June 2018

  • Medical and dental school applicants: Priority deadline for application submission is June 15
  • Optometry applicants: OptomCAS opens; talk with Katie Lipp about your timeline moving forward
  • Final date for medical school applicants to take the MCAT and remain eligible for a committee letter is June 2

July-August 2018: Secondaries, interview prep

July 2018

  • July 15: Final deadline to submit primary application to medical, dental, or optometry school and remain eligible for a committee letter. After submission, immediately email a PDF of your application to Jackie Collette, along with your completed Official Waiver & Request for a Committee Letter. You will not be added to the queue for committee letters until these two documents have been sent to Jackie, completed, in one email. 
  • Work on secondary applications and send final draft to the pre-health office for review; submit within 1-2 weeks of receiving them from schools.
  • Prepare for interviews: Attend or listen to recorded webinar, read the news to stay abreast of current topics in health and medicine.
 
August 2018
  • Podiatry applicants: AACPMAS opens in August
  • Work on secondary applications and send final draft to the pre-health office for review; submit within 1-2 weeks of receiving them from schools.
  • Prepare for interviews: Attend or listen to recorded webinar, read the news to stay abreast of current topics in health and medicine.

Fall 2018-Fall 2019: Interviews and follow up

Fall 2018

  • When you receive your first interview invitation, contact Jackie Collette to schedule a mock interview with your pre-health advisor

Winter 2018–2019

 
Spring 2019

Summer/Fall 2019

  • Enroll in professional school!

Petitioning for an extension

The Committee on the Health Professions knows that life happens. Sometimes unavoidable circumstances make applicants unable to meet deadlines. If you find yourself in this situation, you may wish to petition for an extension to the Committee's July 15 final deadline for application submission. To petition for an extension, submit a formal letter (PDF or .doc) to jcollett@mtholyoke.edu to the attention of the Committee on the Health Professions. Letters must be received by July 1. Extensions will be granted only in rare instances.