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 15.

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 $100 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 2015-2016

  • June 2015: Primary application becomes available via AMCAS
  • June – October 2015: AMCAS applications are received
  • October 15, 2015: Deadline for submitting the AMCAS application
  • June – October 2015: Application invitations are sent and secondary applications are received
  • August 2015 – January 2016: Review of applications
  • late-August 2015 – January 2016: Interview invitations are emailed
  • October 29, 2015: P&S deadline for secondary application
  • November 12, 2015: P&S deadline for supporting documents
  • Mid-February 2016: Admission offers are sent
  • January – July 2016: Admitted students submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial need applications
  • April 2016: P&S Revisit for admitted students
  • April 30, 2016: Deadline for admitted students to accept an offer of admission from P&S
  • Mid-August 2016: Orientation and classes begin for the matriculating class