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Students for Ethical AdmissionsMCAT Cheat Sheetwww.ethicalstudents.org
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@EthicalStudents
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The following schools have adopted MCAT-optional policies in some or all cases. Unless otherwise noted, these policies are likely only for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
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Accepting January 2021 MCAT
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Please check the MSAR Advisor Reports for the most up to date information. It is more accurate than this list will ever be. UCSD
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MD Schools Howard
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Stanford University: MCAT Optional for first-time examinees only. Any MCAT scores (previous or upcoming) will be automatically associated with an AMCAS application, but will not be considered until after interview invitations are sent. Nova (MD)
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UMiami
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LSU Shreveport
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Einstein
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University of Minnesota: MCAT Optional for first-time examinees only. Any MCAT scores (previous or upcoming) will be automatically associated with an AMCAS application, but will not be considered until after interview invitations are sent. OHSU
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U of Penn
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Del Caribe
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UPR
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University of Washington: MCAT Optional for first-time examinees only. Any MCAT scores (previous or upcoming) will be automatically associated with an AMCAS application and will be considered as part of an applicant's file.MCW
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** USC Greenville if re-taking
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Most DO schools
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Dartmouth University: MCAT Optional for first-time examinees only, IF approved by admissions office. Based on student reports, they are willing to waive the requirement, but not willing to mask previous scores.
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UCSD: Willing to consider admitted a student without an MCAT score under exceptional circumstances, allows students to explain their situation on secondary app, still seem to be encouraging students to take MCAT if at all possible. Will NOT be considering anyone's MCAT scores prior to sending interview invites.
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UCSF: May be willing to consider admitting a student without an MCAT score under exceptional circumstances, allowing for students to explain their situation with their secondary app, still seem to be encouraging students to take MCAT if at all possible. Will NOT be considering anyone's MCAT scores prior to sending interview invites.
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Mt. Sinai: If, despite a good faith effort, you are unable to take the MCAT, they will allow you to email them an explanation of why and they will consider waiving the requirement. They note that students who would be more competitive with an MCAT score should consider applying next year.
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UChicago: Allowing students to apply for MCAT waivers, MCAT deadline extensions, and prereq exceptions AFTER submission of primary app. Not able to mask previously submitted elements of the application.
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Northwestern Feinberg: Accepting January MCAT. Students who are still unable to take it in January can email and ask for your application to be reviewed without it, but they note that they view it as "important for holistic review."
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ATSU-Arizona: MCAT Optional but still preferred. Does not extend to the Kirksville campus at this time.
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Rocky Vista University: MCAT scores neither required nor considered for admissions this cycle.
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Lake Erie COM: MCAT scores not required for AIS pathway program. Allowed to mask previous MCAT scores if pursuing this option, but must provide SAT and/or ACT score. Not new in 2020.
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