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.

For Reapplicants: Things to Consider and Things to Do


The most important step is to honestly self-assess and look objectively at your application.

*Our acceptance rate for re-applicants (as well as the national acceptance rate) is far lower than it is for first-time applicants - this is often because students reapply as a knee-jerk reaction without doing what is necessary to make themselves competitive. Be sure you have a smart strategy for success.

*For those who did not make it onto any wait lists, it is rarely wise to reapply right away. It makes more sense to take the time to address gaps in your application and then apply in strength.

*For those who are on wait lists in spring, you can begin to make plans to reapply but our advice would be to NOT actually submit an application before late June. Those few weeks will not make a difference in your 2018 application and an acceptance may come through in the meantime. There is a lot of movement in May and June.

* The HPRC is happy to support reapplicants but will only work with applicants and update the committee letter through one reapplication process. It is in your best interest to reapply when you are a stronger applicant.

To Do:

* Re-applicants must register with the HPRC for the new cycle no later than June 1.

*Re-applicants must complete a check list in order to have their letter updated.

Both of these can be obtained by contacting Once they are received, you will be contacted to set up a time to meet in person or over the phone to discuss your reapplication and the updating of your committee letter.