Wednesday March 10, 2010
Early Decision Program
Approximately half the medical schools admit a small number of students under the Early Decision Program. On this plan, you apply to a single school by August 1 and receive a decision on your application by October 1. If you are accepted, you must go to that school. After October 1, if you are not accepted, you will be placed in the regular applicant pool for that school and you can then apply to other schools.
This option should only be considered by candidates with highly competitive grades and MCAT scores, as well as a strong preference for one particular school. If you are accepted, you gain peace of mind and save time and money. However, if you are not successful, you put yourself at a disadvantage by entering the applicant pool considerably later than your peers. For most applicants, the risks outweigh the benefits.