Deciding When to Apply

Once you have decided on your career path, you need to decide when to apply to medical or other health profession schools. We strongly advise you to wait to apply until you are a competitive applicant. There is little to be gained from applying if your candidacy is weak, and in fact, there is much to be lost.

Applying is a time-consuming process. It will take up time and energy you could be devoting to getting good grades, taking MCATs and gaining valuable health-related experience. There is no reason to feel pressured to apply after junior year and matriculate into medical school immediately after college. Medical school admissions committees look very favorably on experienced applicants. The great majority of Tufts applicants take a few years before entering medical school, and have stronger credentials because of it.

The Association of American Medical Colleges and FACTS: Applicants, Matriculants and Graduates of US Medical Schools provides data about students who apply and are accepted to medical school.

If you are not competitive, but you truly want to pursue a medical or other health professions career, there many ways you can strengthen your record and become competitive. If your academic record is weak there are numerous ways to strengthen it, even after college graduation. One way is to pursue a Special Master’s Program.

Schedule a meeting with one of the pre-health advisors to discuss the strength of your candidacy.