The Early Decision Program(or EDP) allows an applicant to submit an application to a single medical school and receive a relatively quick decision.
Specifically, the EDP application deadline is August 1 and a decision provided by the medical school by October 1. If admitted EDP, the applicant is obligated to attend that school for that particular year only (the acceptance cannot be deferred). Therefore, it is important to apply for early decision only at an institution you would consider your "first-choice."
Note: In order to apply EDP, you must complete the MCAT early enough for you to receive your scores before the August 1 deadline.
If you are rejected during the EDP process, you will still have the opportunity to apply to additional programs. However, there is a risk that many interview opportunities at the other schools may have been already offered to other students. Furthermore, it is possible to be admitted at the same school at which you were rejected during EDP during the regular admission cycle, especially if an interview was completed in the EDP process.
Early Decision Programs in Georgia
Emory University School of Medicine does not offer EDP.
Medical College of Georgia requires that EDP applicants meet one of two criteria:
- An overall GPA of 3.7 and a combined MCAT score of 509
- Seek admission to the Certificate of Rural Community Health program with commitment to attend the Southwest Georgia (Albany, GA) clinical campus during years 3 and 4 along with other programmatic requirements.
Mercer University School of Medicine allows applicants to apply EDP provided they are Georgia residents and have met the requirements for the regular decision application process.
Morehouse University School of Medicine allows applicants to apply EDP provided they are Georgia residents and have met the requirements for the regular decision application process.