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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Admissions

Early Decision MD Program

Feinberg has a small, selective Early Decision MD program (EDP) inaugurated in 2019. 

While preference will be given to EDP applicants who have demonstrated a strong academic performance, equally important are other attributes such as interpersonal skills, service, medically-related experiences, humanitarianism, teaching, interest in research, and/or other meaningful life experiences. Prospective EDP candidates should review the entering class profile (Entering Class Profile).

An Early Decision application requires that you apply only to the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as your first choice medical school.  If accepted, you must matriculate to Feinberg.  If you apply Early Decision and are not accepted, you may then apply to other medical schools or you may remain under consideration for Feinberg’s regular MD admissions process.  The EDP is not available for MSTP.

Due to the unique nature of this program and the abbreviated application timeline, you must be approved by the Office of Admissions to apply through the Early Decision Program.  Candidates who wish to be considered for EDP should consult with the Office of Admissions prior to June 15 of the application year in which they wish to matriculate;  resume/CV (should include information about your clinical experience/exposure), undergraduate transcript, and MCAT score (official copy) must be provided for consideration and sent to med-admissions@northwestern.edu.  In your email, state that you are interested in applying to Feinberg as an Early Decision applicant.  Our admissions office will be in touch with you via email regarding your approval to apply for the Early Decision program. 

By October 1 of the active application cycle, Early Decision Program applicants will be told one of three things:

  • They were accepted.
  • A decision on their application was deferred and they will be considered in the regular applicant pool.
  • They were rejected.


Deferred EDP applications will receive a final decision from Feinberg in March.

Important Dates and Deadlines

MD Early Decision Timeline

  • Deadline to notify Office of Admissions of your interest in applying to EDP: June 15
  • AMCAS Filing Period: June 1 - August 1
  • AMCAS Deadline: August 1
  • Secondary Application Deadline: August 15
  • Letters of Recommendation Deadline: August 15
  • Latest MCAT Date: June 2019
  • Interview Dates: Beginning August
  • Decision Notification: By October 1

All deadlines at 11:59 p.m. CST of the date noted.

AAMC Early Decision Program Guidelines: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/early-decision-program/