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COVID-19 Information for Feinberg Applicants

We understand that these unprecedented times are bringing many questions and concerns to the forefront for our applicants. Our office and Committee on Admissions are cognizant of the extenuating circumstances and curricular, grading, MCAT and other impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic that impact the admissions process for our current and future applicants. Our application review process considers the entirety of the application, and — as always — our Committee on Admissions will provide a rigorous holistic review. Each candidate will be able to provide individual information regarding unique circumstances related to their application, and we encourage applicants to reach out to us at any time so we may provide individualized advice regarding specific circumstances.

View answers to frequently asked COVID-19–related questions below.

Statement updated: 10/1/2020

The following notifications apply to both the MD and MD/PhD programs.

Will COVID-19 disruptions be considered as you make admissions decisions?

Yes. Our Committee on Admissions will consider COVID-19–related disruptions as they review applications. We are aware of the numerous COVID-19 disruptions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Canceled or delayed MCAT (first or repeat attempt)
  • Mandatory grading adjustments (pass/fail in required prerequisite courses)
  • Course cancellations/curriculum adjustments due to the pandemic
  • Transition of in-person to online coursework
  • Canceled lab, research, clinical or professional development experiences
  • Delay in research experiments/publications/presentations
  • Delayed letters of recommendation and/or transcripts

The committee is prepared to review each candidate individually based on each candidate’s unique circumstances.

Will I have an opportunity to explain how my application has been impacted by COVID-19-related disruptions?

Yes. A question is being added to our supplemental application that will allow you to explain how you have been impacted by the global pandemic.

Will my application be negatively impacted if I am required to take prerequisite coursework as pass/fail?

Pass/fail courses will be accepted for admissions consideration for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will review your application in the context of these circumstances and your unique situation.

What should I do if I am unable to take the MCAT for the first time this year due to COVID?

Please contact us directly to discuss your individual circumstances. We realize this is extremely stressful for candidates. In order to best help we want to provide the best guidance for each individual applicant.

What should I do if I am unable to retake the MCAT this year due to COVID-19?

We understand the stress that applicants are under this year. Our application has a space for you to describe your personal situation and how COVID-19 has impacted your MCAT planning. We use this statement as part of our holistic review.

Will online coursework be acceptable for admissions consideration?

Online courses or courses transitioned to online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be acceptable for admissions consideration, so long as class grades appear on your official transcript from your accredited institution.

What about laboratory coursework that can't be completed online?

A waiver of the lab portion of the premedicine course requirement will be granted if your institution is unable to offer a remote lab session.

What adjustments have been made to the application deadlines to accommodate applicants?

To accommodate applicants for the current admissions cycle who are facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have an AMCAS application deadline of Nov. 1, and a Letters of Recommendation and Supplemental Application deadline of Nov. 15. We may elect to extend these deadlines further, if necessary.

Action

Date

Primary Application Deadline

Nov. 1, 2020

Letters of Recommendation Deadline

Nov. 15, 2020

Secondary Application Deadline

Nov. 15, 2020

Feinberg-Specific Commit to Enroll Deadline

July 12, 2021

How is Feinberg responding to delayed MCAT examination dates?

At this time, Feinberg School of Medicine will be accepting MCAT scores for the 2021 admissions cycle through October 2020. This timeline will accommodate applicants taking the examination through the end of September 2020.

Can I apply to Feinberg before I take the MCAT?

Yes. Applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available. Candidates will be invited to complete the supplemental application prior to the receipt of an MCAT score.