You will be prompted to enter basic information, including any ID numbers that may appear on transcripts sent to AMCAS by any of the schools you have attended.
The Medical school application process consists of three primary stages: the Primary Application, Secondary Application, and Interviews.
Resources on the Primary Application
- 2023 AMCAS Applicant Guide (aamc.org)
- How to Apply to Medical School with AMCAS® | AAMC
- PowerPoint Presentation (aamc.org)
- AMCAS Contact us | AAMC
Primary Application Sections
Section One: Identifying Information
Section Two: Schools Attended
When you enter Haverford College, at the bottom of the page you will see ADVISOR RELEASE. Please select YES.
Section Three: Biographical information
This section will prompt you to enter basic contact information, citizenship, legal residence, languages spoken, ethnicity and race, parent(s) or guardian(s), siblings, military service, military discharge, and criminal convictions.
Section Four: Coursework / Transcripts
COURSE CLASSIFICATION is the responsibility of the applicant, and AMCAS offers a Course Classification Guide on the AAMC website. It's also on page 30 in the application handbook. For course conversions, you'll need to follow the AMCAS Grade Conversion Guide.
TRANSCRIPTS are required to submit transcripts from all undergraduate institutions, even if those credits were transferred to Haverford College.
Section Five: Work and Activities
Up to 15 experiences can be entered in this section, and three are permitted to be highlighted as “significant.” You will have an additional 1350 characters to describe these three experiences.
The most obvious items to include are clinical and research based experiences, which will likely take at least two of your “most significant.” From your experiences at Haverford, consider showing areas where you had opportunity to develop leadership skills, and where you worked in a team enviroment (Customs, Students’ Council, Clubs, Honor Council, Athletics, etc.)
Section Six: Letters of Evaluation
Haverford College offers a Committee Letter for any current student alum who received their bachelors degree from Haverford. You are required to follow the instructions and adhere to all of the deadlines to receive a letter.
Haverford’s committee letters include a primary letter authored by the pre-health advisor, written on behalf of the faculty pre-health committee, as well as all of your letters of recommendation.
Exception: If you have participated in a post-bacc program that offers a committee letter (or variation), it is recommended that you use their process and letter in your medical school application. Medical schools will want to hear from the most recent academic institution, especially as it relates to your science coursework.
Section Seven: Medical Schools and Early Decision
You will use this section to select and apply to MD and MD/PhD programs. A few notes:
- MSAR is the best location to learn about medical schools, in-state/out-of-state acceptance rates, MCAT breakdown, and school-specific programming. The cost is $28, and a good investment.
- To start the verification process, you only need one school entered. If you are waiting for an MCAT score, this is often a good option to get the process started. Try to have all schools entered by the time the applications are transmitted to medical schools.
- You are only permitted to apply to one school if you elect an early decision, until you hear a decision from that school. Discuss this option with the pre-health advisor to decide if it’s the right choice for you.
Section Eight: Essays
The Personal Statement Essay is 5300 Characters including spaces. AMCAS does a nice job of outlining subject material you might consider including. You can find additional details here.
For MD/PHD programs, you are required to add to additional essays: The MD/PhD Essay, and the Significant Research Experience Essay.
- Section Nine: Standardized Tests