MD Admissions

Cycle Timeline


  • Applicants may begin submitting the primary application through AMCAS


  • Secondary applications start to be distributed
  • Candidates begin to receive interview invitations


  • August 1*:  AMCAS application Early Decision Program deadline
  • August 31*: Early Decision program deadline for all required materials


  • October 1:  Early Decision applicants are notified of their final status


  • November 1*:  AMCAS application regular decision deadline


  • December 1*: Regular decision deadline for all required materials
  • Acceptance letters begin to be sent to selected candidates


  • Interview season concludes
  • In-person visits for accepted students begin
  • February 19^: "Plan to Enroll" option becomes available for accepted applicants in AMCAS through the "Choose Your Medical School Tool" 


  • All admission decisions (including wait-list offers) are sent by the end of March



  • End of June: Summer Pre-matriculation Program, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, begins (a 4-week course offered to students, by invitation only, who will be matriculating at the ZSOM).


  • July 1: Accepted applicants must select Commit to Enroll
  • Orientation for new students held at the end of July


  • Wait-listed applicants are notified of a final decision
  • Classes begin for new students in the beginning of August

*No extensions given to deadlines
^ If a date falls on a weekend or holiday, the next business day applies.


Plan to Enroll: Accepted applicants can select “Plan to Enroll” for their top medical school choice in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool. Applicants may hold waitlist positions at other schools and can continue to hold multiple acceptances until the National Decision Deadline. We ask that they choose this action as early as possible if our school is their top choice.

Commit to Enroll: Accepted applicants can select “Commit to Enroll” when they are ready to make their final selection in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool. This indicates that they have withdrawn all other applications, including waitlist positions from other schools, and that they are committed to one final acceptance.