Next Steps

Throughout the lengthy application process you will be hearing from Tufts pre-health advising office. Please do your part to keep the advisors updated on your progress. During this time, continue to build on your understanding of the health profession you have chosen: enrich your patient contact or research portfolio and strengthen your academic foundation if possible.

After You’ve Been Accepted

Medical school etiquette is governed by the traffic rules agreed upon by the admissions deans at all MD medical schools. You will accept any offer of admission and you may hold multiple acceptances as you decide which school to attend. Once you receive an acceptance, you should withdraw in writing from any school that you would not choose over the school that accepted you. This is a courtesy to the school and a kindness to your fellow applicants.

You may hold multiple acceptances as you wait to determine financial aid packages, but by spring, AMCAS distributes a list of those holding multiple acceptances to the medical schools. By April 30, schools have the right to ask you to make your final choice or lose your place in their class. It behooves you, therefore, to take early and appropriate steps to find out if any schools are offering you a financial aid package, for how much, and/or any other information you need to make a choice.

This process varies for osteopathic schools, which often ask for large, non-refundable deposits. You will often not have the luxury of holding multiple acceptances or waiting a long time to make your decision. The same is true for dental and other health professions schools.


Medical schools have varying policies regarding deferral. Many will allow deferral only for significant reasons such as a Fulbright award or a serious family situation. Some are more liberal, while others will not allow deferral at all. If you have strong doubts that you’ll be ready to begin medical school next year, you should consider waiting to apply.

If You’re Not Accepted

You should certainly plan on speaking with one of the pre-health advisors during the application process if it becomes clear you might not be admitted. An honest assessment of your candidacy will be important, and then we can help you develop a plan to address any gaps or weaknesses. Many students with low GPAs consider the Special Master’s Program as a means to strengthen their academic credentials and become stronger candidates.