Timeline and Deadlines

 **Response to COVID-19 - Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

As we all work to move forward, we are acutely aware that many of you have tackled a great many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in our response to the challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic.

Pass/Fail and Online Coursework
We know that some undergraduate institutions have changed academic courses to pass/fail and in the process, all have made laboratory courses on-line. Although we do not typically accept pre-requisite medical school courses taken as on-line or pass/fail, for the Spring 2020 semester, we will allow both pass/fail grades and on-line courses for pre-requisites.

We also understand that the delay of MCAT examinations may impact some of you. As we conduct complete holistic review of applications, we encourage you to submit your AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for your MCAT score to be available. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been cancelled due to COVID-19, your application review will not be negatively impacted. You will have the opportunity to alert us of your new test date and you will receive a holistic review once your MCAT score is available to us. Applications must be fully complete including MCAT score and Secondary Application by December 15th.

Letters of Recommendation
Given the likelihood of COVID-related disruptions, Letters of Recommendation for the 2020-2021 cycle will be optional. Nonetheless, be fully aware of their ability to enhance your candidacy. We understand that COVID-related disruptions could well complicate the process of obtaining letters from both your Committee and professors. In your best interest, spare no effort or diligence to have a Committee evaluation uploaded. It is always the most helpful. You should do your best to get letters from professors if a Committee evaluation is delayed or not forthcoming.

While not required, we strongly prefer a letter from your Pre-professional Advisory Committee or its equivalent. If you have a Committee evaluation, you need no others. If your Committee sends a packet of letters without a consensus evaluation, then that packet should contain 3-5 signed, dated letters. If your school does not have a Committee, or should you fail to meet their requirements/deadlines, we advise you to get letters from three individual professors. Science professors are preferred.

In certain circumstances, it may prove impossible to get a Committee letter or letters from 3-5 professors. Realize that letters from writers besides your Committee or professors usually provide limited useful information and therefore impact your competitive standing marginally, if at all.

We use the AMCAS Letters Service exclusively, and the only way to add your support to an applicant’s file is via AMCAS Letters Service. Email, US Mail, hand delivery, FedEx, phone calls, etc., will not work.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the appropriate letters are provided to AMCAS. Refer to AMCAS for detailed instructions.


Watch our brief video presentation comparing Early Decision and Regular Decision timelines and deadlines. 

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January through
September 2020
  • This is the preferred time to take the MCAT if you want to begin medical school in July, 2021.
  • Early Decision applicants should take the MCAT no later than early July in order to receive a score by the EDP application deadline date.
May 2020
  • Students are strongly encouraged to apply early within the admission process. Applicants can begin completing their AMCAS application in the month of May and submit the AMCAS application in the month of June. The AMCAS application is available to complete through the month of November.

June through
August 2020

  • Complete and submit your application to AMCAS. EDP applicants should submit as soon as possible.
  • Complete the LSU Health Shreveport Secondary Application.
  • Have Letters of Recommendation uploaded to AMCAS Letters.
July 2020 through
February 2021
August 3, 2020
  • Date by which Early Decision Program applicants must have completed their application.
August and September 2020
  • Applications for the Early Decision Program are reviewed, competitive applicants are interviewed, and all EDP applicants are notified of the Committee’s decisions by October 1.
October 2020 through
March 2021
November 2, 2020
  • Your AMCAS application must be submitted on or before
    November 2.
November 15, 2020

December 15, 2020

  • Secondary Application must be completed on or before
    December 15.
January 5, 2021
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) -- No matter where you go to medical school, and even if you have no intention of using financial aid, you still need to complete the FAFSA. You must complete and submit it to be considered for scholarships. No FAFSA, no scholarship.
January through
July 2021
  • Of students on the Acceptable List, some are admitted, some remain on the list, and some are advised they will need to reapply.
March 2021
  • Applicants holding places at more than one school are encouraged to "do your friends a favor" by releasing all places at schools they do not plan to attend.
April until Registration 2021
  • Vacancies are filled with selected applicants on the Acceptable List.
  • Admitted applicants: read, download, complete, and otherwise take care of pre-matriculation requirements as requested/required by the Registrar.

April 30, 2021
(AMCAS Protocol)
(School Protocol)

  • If you are an accepted applicant holding places with two or more programs, you should use the Choose Your Medical School tool to select the school or program to which you plan to matriculate, and promptly withdraw your acceptances from all other schools or programs.
July 8, 2021
(School Protocol)
  • If you are an accepted applicant, you must use the Choose Your Medical School tool to complete the Commit to Enroll (CTE) process by July 8. By this date, applicants will have relinquished all other acceptances and removed themselves from all other wait lists. After July 8, LSU Health Shreveport may withdraw its acceptance without notice.
July 30, 2021 - Registration
  • The first-year class is welcomed and congratulated!
  • Applicants still on the Acceptable List are advised that they will need to reapply.

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