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Application Process and Timeline

Applicants must use the American Medical College Application Service, or AMCAS, to apply to our MD program. This is a centralized medical school application processing service used by most U.S. medical schools.

Competitive applicants will be invited to complete our secondary application. We will specify any additional documentation required to complete the secondary application.

Invites to complete a secondary application and Interview invitations are sent by email.


Admissions timeline

Event Date/Deadline
Earliest MCAT test date acceptable January, three years prior to matriculation.
For 2024, the earliest MCAT accepted is January 2021.
Earliest Casper test date acceptable May 4, 2023
Latest MCAT test date acceptable for Early Decision applicants June 29, 2023
RUSH begins to extend secondary application invites July 10, 2023
Latest Casper test date acceptable for early decision applicants July 18, 2023
Deadline to submit AMCAS application as early decision and all additional required materials
(secondary application, letters of recommendation, MCAT and Casper scores)
Aug. 1, 2023
Interviews conducted September 2023 to February 2024
Latest MCAT test date acceptable Sept. 9, 2023
Admissions decisions made for early decision applicants Oct. 1, 2023
AMCAS application deadline Oct. 2, 2023
Admissions decisions begin Oct. 16, 2023
Latest Casper test date acceptable Oct. 26, 2023
Deadline to submit RUSH secondary application and all additional required materials
(letters of recommendation, MCAT and Casper scores)
Nov. 15, 2023 (11:59 p.m. Central Time)


Key application steps

Primary application

Submit your application through the American Medical College Application Service, or AMCAS, with RUSH Medical College designated as the receiving school.

Secondary application

After our application review, competitive applicants will be invited to submit our secondary application.

MCAT test scores

Scores will be released with your AMCAS application. For students applying for fall 2024, we accept scores exams administered from January 2021 to September 2023.

Casper scores

The Casper test, administered by Acuity Insights, assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics important for program completion. Students applying for the fall 2024 term must take the test no later than Oct. 26, 2023.

Letters of recommendation

Letters must be submitted through AMCAS.

Interview day

Interview invitations will begin in August and continue through February. Directions for scheduling your interview will be provided at time of invite.


Admissions decision

We make every attempt to send admissions decisions two to three weeks after your interview. We continue to extend admission offers until the class is full but no later than the first day of orientation.

Applicants on a wait list are re-evaluated periodically and remain eligible for acceptance any time before the first day of orientation.

Review our technical standards for admissions and promotion for more information. Accepted applicants must read and sign off before they can accept an acceptance offer.


Criminal background check

We enforce the Medical School Matriculant Criminal History Records Check Act, which states: “a medical school located in Illinois must require that each matriculant submit to a criminal history records check for violent felony convictions and any adjudication of the matriculant as a sex offender conducted by the Department of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the medical school admissions process.”

This criminal background check occurs through AMCAS once an applicant is accepted. We also require a drug screening, which is administered the first day of orientation.


Your application file status

Monitor the “file status” page on our secondary application website to track the status of your application.

RUSH Medical College Office of Admissions

Armour Academic Center
600 S. Paulina St., Suite 403
Chicago, IL 60612

American Medical College Application Service

655 K Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001

(202) 828-0400

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