Originally Posted by zoner
Hey, thanks for a great suggestion.. But I do have MSR book , but having a really hard time finding enough schools whose MCAT average is 30 or below and likes accepting out of state students. I applied to a bunch of pvt schools last year, but no luck. One interview, but still did not get in. Where can I apply?
In looking at the list of schools you applied to it seems to me that they are mostly too competitive or are of the type that receive >8000 applications each year. If I were you and I wanted to get in somewhere and location weren't an issue, here's what I'd do. Find the spreadsheet that includes all the pertinent stats for all the med schools (available somewhere on SDN) and then apply the following filters:
1. Eliminate schools with average MCAT greater than 32.
2. Eliminate schools that receive more than 8000 applications per year.
3. Eliminate schools that accept fewer than 20% from out of state (or require regional ties)
4. Eliminate schools that have a specific demographic focus (historically black or spanish speaking)
You should be left with a list of schools that would include places like Rochester, MCW, Buffalo, the SUNYs, Iowa, Cincinnati etc. Then add in the California schools (except maybe UCSF and UCLA) and any other schools you feel strongly about (whether you feel you'd be a good fit or if it's a dream school) and that would be a good list I'd think. Keep acquiring clinical experience and get your secondaries in as soon as possible and I bet you are successful this time around.