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 17.

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.

Timeline 2016-2017

  • May 2016: Primary application becomes available via AMCAS
  • June – October 2016: AMCAS applications are received
  • October 17, 2016: Deadline for submitting the AMCAS application
  • July – October 2016: Application invitations are sent and secondary applications are received
  • August 2016 – January 2017: Review of applications
  • late-August 2016 – January 2017: Interview invitations are emailed
  • October 29, 2016: P&S deadline for secondary application
  • November 12, 2016: P&S deadline for supporting documents
  • Mid-February 2017: Admission offers are sent
  • Mid-February- Early August: Waitlist remains open
  • January – July 2017: Admitted students submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial need applications
  • April 2017: P&S Revisit for admitted students
  • April 30, 2017: Deadline for admitted students to accept an offer of admission from P&S
  • Mid-August 2017: Orientation and classes begin for the matriculating class