MD Program Application Process and Timeline

To apply to Rush Medical College, you must use the American Medical College Application Service, or AMCAS, a centralized medical school application processing service used by most U.S. medical schools. Once Rush receives your AMCAS application and an initial review of your application has been completed, those select individuals who we will seriously consider for interview will be invited to complete and submit our secondary application. In this invitation, we will specify any additional documentation required to complete your application.

You will be notified by email should you be invited to complete a secondary application.  Interview invitations are also sent by email. 

Admissions timeline

Event Date/Deadline

Earliest MCAT test date acceptable

January, three years prior to matriculation. For 2021, the earliest MCAT accepted is January 2018.

Rush begins extending secondary application invites

July 10, 2020

Interviews conducted

September 2020 - February 2021

Deadline to submit application to AMCAS and designate Rush as a receiving school October 1, 2020

Admission decisions made two to three weeks after interview date

October 15, 2020 - March 15, 2021

Latest MCAT test date acceptable

September 28, 2020

Deadline to submit the Rush Secondary Application online

November 15, 2020

Key application steps

Primary application:

Please submit your American Medical College Application Service,  or AMCAS, application and designate Rush Medical College as a receiving school. Beginning in early July, AMCAS will download applications to Rush Medical College on a weekly basis.

Secondary application:

Once Rush receives your AMCAS application and an initial review of your application has been completed, those select individuals who we will seriously consider for interview will be invited to complete and submit our secondary application. Upon receipt of this invitation, log into the Rush Medical College Secondary Application website.  With your unique login and token, you will be able to complete the secondary application.

MCAT test scores:

MCAT scores will be released with your AMCAS application. For students applying to matriculate at Rush in Fall 2021, we will accept MCAT scores from exams administered between January 2018 and September 2020. Outside this time frame, an applicant is required to retake the exam. If multiple MCAT exams are taken, we will review all scores placing emphasis on the highest composite score.

Letters of recommendation:

Rush Medical College participates in the AMCAS letters service and will only accept letters of recommendation sent through AMCAS. Learn more about submitting letters of evaluation/recommendation to AMCAS and the AMCAS letter service. For additional information regarding Rush’s letters of evaluation/recommendation process, click here.

Interview day:

From July to February, files are regularly reviewed and interview invitations sent. Interviews take place on Wednesdays from September through February. It is to your advantage to apply as early as possible as the entire pool of applications is considered during each review.

Should the Committee on Admissions extend an interview invitation, you will schedule an interview appointment using the Rush Medical College Applicant Portal To learn more about Interview Day at Rush Medical College, please visit our Interview Day page.

Admission decisions:

Rush Medical College makes every attempt to convey an admissions decision two to three weeks after your interview.

The Committee on Admissions will continue to extend offers of admission until the class is full but no later than the first day of orientation. Applicants who are initially placed on a wait list are re-evaluated periodically and remain eligible for acceptance at any time before the first day of orientation.

Please see our technical guidelines for admissions and promotion for more information. Accepted applicants must read and sign off before they can accept our offer of acceptance.

Criminal background check:

Rush Medical College enforces 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 will occur through AMCAS once an applicant has been offered an acceptance of admission. We also require a drug screening, which will be administered the first day of orientation.

Your application file status

Please monitor the file status page at the Rush Medical College secondary application website to identify missing documents and track your file complete status.


If you have questions about the admission process, you can reach out to our admissions office or AMCAS, as appropriate.

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

Phone: (202) 828-0400