Acceptable? Waiting? Approved? Alternate?... What are these, and what do they mean?
Referred to below as "The List," Acceptable List, Waiting List, Approved List, and Alternate List are used interchangeably to refer to applicants who have been interviewed and been deemed suitable for admission by Committee review.
Each time the Admissions Committee meets, newly interviewed applicants are added to The List, and varying numbers of applicants on The List are offered admission. In this way, admitted applicants are always selected from the pool of all applicants on The List, and places in the class are available for those interviewed later in the cycle.
Does being on The List mean that I will get in this year?
No. Being on The List does NOT guarantee admission this year or at some later date. Within a matter of weeks on The List, some are admitted. However, many must reapply.
If I was on The List last year, does it mean I will get in this year?
No. See above.
When will I hear something?
It could be as late as registration. Fortunately, it is not unheard of that a student will relinquish his or her place at the last minute, in which case someone on The List will get the call to come to medical school!!!
Once registration has occurred, or if a decision is reached before that, you will receive a letter from us.
If I'm on The List and don't get in, do I have to go through AMCAS again?
Yes. All applicants must apply through AMCAS.
When should I reapply?
You should hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Reason for optimism is normally dwindling by June 1, and it might be wise to consider revising and resubmitting your application, even as you wait hopefully.