Early Decision

Some programs offer “Early Decision” through PTCAS. Early Decision is a binding option for applicants who have decided that 1 particular program is their first choice. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only 1 program that participates in Early Decision. If accepted as an Early Decision applicant, you will not be permitted to apply to any additional programs in PTCAS during the application cycle. You should only apply as an Early Decision candidate if you are certain you want to attend that particular program. If not, apply as a regular applicant instead.

Early Decision Deadline

The Early Decision application deadline is August 15, 2017. In addition to completing the PTCAS application, you must arrange for PTCAS to receive all of your official United States and Canadian transcripts and fee by August 15.

GRE Deadline for Early Decision

Early Decision candidates must take the GRE® and request scores no later than July 31, 2017, if the GRE is required by the program. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the Early Decision deadline, PTCAS will automatically move your file from Early Decision to regular status.

Program Decisions

PTCAS institutions are required to make admission decisions on Early Decision candidates no later than September 24, 2017. The program will choose to accept or deny an applicant, or move an Early Decision application to regular status. Applicants who are denied or moved to the regular pool will be permitted to apply to additional programs for an additional fee by September 26.

It is possible that programs participating in the PTCAS Early Decision process will fill their next entering class with Early Decision applicants before their regular deadline date passes. If so, the program might consider applicants in the regular pool for wait-list positions only.



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