This time of year is marked by "Springing Forward" our clocks, crazy pollen (southern states at least), flowers blossoming, graduations and so many more wonderful things. Well it is also a reminder the AMCAS and AACOMAS application will open in a few weeks.
Application Opens May 1, 2016 May 5, 2016
Submissions Begins June 1, 2016 June 15, 2016
Speaking from someone who has applied more than once and both early and late in the cycle, interviewed during more than one cycle and will official begin school this summer: when your advisors, fellow premeds and medical students tell you to apply early, listen and APPLY EARLY!!!
Ideally Early application = Early Secondaries = Early Interviews = Early Acceptances
Hopefully everyone that plans to apply this year has already taken there MCAT or will take it now in April or Early May test dates. (By no means should you rush to test if you are not ready, test when you a comfortable with where you stand on content, practice test scores, and confidence)
Below is a timeline I have modified by including additional dates and important factors to consider. The original pre-med AMCAS application timeline.
Check back for periodic updates as additional tips come to mind!