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We’ve been getting a lot of e-mails on the following three topics. Hopefully this blog can help answer some of your questions!

Application Status
If you see an item as received in SOPHAS, but not reflected on your personal microsite, please be patient. There is a delay due to processing. If it has not updated after 48 hours, please contact us.

Uploading Corrected or Updated Documents
Once you submit your application, the only way to upload a document to your application is through the individual schools. We cannot remove the original document and cannot guarantee the admission committee will review the updated document. So please be careful and review the document upload prior to hitting submit, particularly your CV and Personal Statement.

Submitting Before Complete
Yes! You can submit your application before SOPHAS has received all your recommendations, transcripts and test scores. These are referred to as supporting documents and can arrive after you submit the application. We highly encourage you to go ahead and submit your application once you’ve carefully reviewed all your answers and uploaded documents. Please keep in mind that the submission process does take several minutes and is not processed until payment has been received. So don’t stress at the last minute, submit now!

Reminder to all 2017 applicants, take your standardized test early! It can take three to four weeks for test scores to arrive, even if you send them the day that you take the test.

Also keep in mind that the GRE is most universally accepted, but some programs allow other types of test scores. For that reason, don’t forget to check our Standardized Test Score Chart to see if your program will accept or require another type of test.

And remember, use the GRE code 3738 when sending your test scores to SOPHAS so that the Bloomberg School of Public Health will see your scores!

Regardless of your citizenship, language or home country, if you attended a post-secondary institution outside of the United States or English speaking Canada, you must have your academic records evaluated by the World Education Services, Inc (WES). SOPHAS will not accept any foreign transcripts. More information may be found on the international applicant page and on the SOPHAS website.

All course evaluations should be sent to SOPHAS, not the Bloomberg School of Public Health. SOPHAS strongly encourages applicants to first create the SOPHAS application. Once you have your 10 digit SOPHAS ID, you are able to use the WES-SOPHAS application form.

Today’s blog is a bit of a “Public Service Announcement”. I’d like to take this time to remind everyone we utilize the SOPHAS and SOPHAS Express applications. This means all official transcripts, credential evaluations, standardized test scores and English proficiency test scores should be sent directly to SOPHAS.

When you send your materials to SOPHAS, please remember that you must start your application prior to sending the materials. This allows SOPHAS to match your materials with your application. SOPHAS also provides specific forms for material requests.

Follow the hyperlinks above for further instructions on each material. And remember, if you’re not sure of something, never hesitate to contact us at or by phone at 410-955-3543.

Good news! The SOPHAS application is live for the 2017-2018 cycle! So for those of you who have been asking when you can apply, the answer is now.

As the year progresses, I will tag any blog involving information for the 2017-2018 application cycle with “application 2017”. This will help you find the blogs that are relevant to you and your application.

As always, Admissions Services is here to help. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via e-mail or phone at 410-955-3543.