How Long Is Dental School
The importance of early application cannot be overemphasized.
AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) begins
processing applications on June 15, and your application should be
in as soon after that date as possible. For most UCSB students who
plan carefully, July 15th is a very reasonable target date. There is
a sharp decline in the number of interview invitations and,
consequently, possible acceptances students receive with later
applications. Some students are still waiting for interviews months
after schools have accepted their first students. In particular, if
there are some weaknesses in your application, your chances may be
substantially improved by early submission.
You may request that your Health Professions file be finalized
and forwarded just as soon as your folder is complete. IN ORDER FOR
OUR OFFICE TO MEET YOUR EARLY DEADLINE, YOUR EVALUATIONS MUST BE IN
OUR OFFICE BY LATE SPRING OR EARLY SUMMER. From the time that your
letters and application are received, it takes about two weeks for
your cover letter to be written and your file finalized for
fowarding to medical schools. If your file is complete by mid-July,
you will have put yourself in the best possible position. In
addition, if there are some apparent weaknesses in your file, you
will have time to correct these deficiencies. If we receive your
request once school has resumed in the fall, it is possible that
neither you nor we will have the opportunity to prepare your very
best case. This can and should be avoided.
NOTE: You should request all of your letters before you leave
campus for the summer. Members of the faculty often scatter soon
after students leave. Make every effort to ensure that your faculty
letters are on file before you leave for the summer or at the very
latest, by the end of July.
REMEMBER: It is your responsibility to track down that last