Application Process and Timeline

AMCAS Application
Applications to Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) must be submitted through AMCASThe AMCAS deadline is October 16.

P&S Secondary Application
Once you have submitted your AMCAS application, you will be invited to complete the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) secondary application. You will have a choice of four different programs/tracks to which you can submit a secondary application. These programs/tracks include: the regular 4-year MD program, the 3-Year PhD to MD, MD/PhD, and the Columbia-Bassett track. You can learn more about these programs under the Degree Programs tab. There is a non-refundable $110 application fee, which may be waived in cases of financial hardship. The deadline for submission of the P&S secondary application is October 29th at 11:59 p.m. EST.

We will notify you when your secondary application has been received and completed. If you have not been informed that your application is complete within two months after we receive it (and no later than November 12th at 11:59 P.M. EST), you should contact us. It is in your best interest to do what you can to facilitate the completion of your application.

Please submit any amendments/additions and supporting materials through the P&S Secondary Application.


  • May: Primary application becomes available via AMCAS
  • June – October: AMCAS applications are received
  • October 16: Deadline for submitting the AMCAS application
  • July – October: Secondary Application invitations are sent 
  • July – January: Review of completed applications by the Admissions Committee
  • Late August – January: Interview invitations are sent 
  • October 29: P&S deadline for secondary application
  • November 12: P&S deadline for supporting documents (Secondary Application fee, MCAT score, Letters of Recommendation)
  • Mid-February: Admission offers are sent
  • Mid-February- Early August: Wait list remains open
  • May- Admissions Committee begins to look at the wait list
  • January – July: Admitted students submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial need applications
  • April: P&S Revisit Event for admitted students
  • April 30: Drop date for admitted students to withdraw from all but one school
  • Mid-August: Orientation and classes begin for the matriculating class