|06-22-2012, 03:07 PM||#1|
Join Date: May 2012
Please Help me cut out some Schools in this school list! Thank you so much!
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Please help me cut out some school. It may a bit long but I will appreciate it a lot!
Top 40 school
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology / Economics
Minor: Technology Management
225 unites taken, no transfer units
MCAT: 30 (10,10,10), O
British Citizen, CA Resident
2 years president/ founder of Child Health Club, raised money for students to go overseas to volunteer
1 year vice-president of health advocating club
2 years private and group tutoring
2 years homeless shelter overnight volunteer
6 months committee leader for AMSA/ARC pre-med conference
1 year university health committee student representative appointed by the vice dean of student affairs
and some minor stuff I did not mention in my application
At least 400 hours of shadowing physicians
6 month child life intern
4 months summer intern in Hong Kong pharmacy
2 month speech pathology intern
Current Research Technician for Veterans Affair Department, 1 paper submitting
Phi Beta Kappa Member, Economics department citation
Personal Statement I believe it's good, read by at least 5 people including professional writers and all of them say its pretty good.
1 Letter Pack: 2 LOR from science professor (OK strong), 1 LOR from writing prof. (fine strong), 1 LOR from English grad student with a MBA degree and10 years of wall street working experience (good strong)
All letter pack letters written around 2010 and 2011 maybe a bit old
1 LOR from physician I shadowed (Very Strong)
1 LOR from current PI (Super Strong)
Here are some of my concerns:
1) I did not grew up in US, in fact I grew up in Hong Kong until I was 18. After 18 I came to US alone for college. Good thing is I can show my determination and diversity, and settle anywhere. But I wonder will schools discriminate against that fact?
2) Some of my LOR are kind of old I wonder will that be a problem? It's hard to contact them because some of them have left the university.
Boston School of Medi.
Medical College of Wisconsin
New York Medical College
Saint Louis University
San Juan Bautista
State University of New York Downstate
Ohio State Univ
University of Toledo
University of Vermont
Uni. of North Dakota
University of Alabama
University of Arkansas
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado
University of Iowa
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina
University of Utah
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech Carilion
University of Washington
West Virginia University
Cur some schools out it will be great if more advise on what other schools to cut!
Last edited by ArsenalForever; 06-27-2012 at 01:55 AM.
|06-22-2012, 07:23 PM||#2|
Below I have included a list of schools I seriously think you should take off of your list, or at least consider strongly whether you want to spend the time and energy applying to. I have also included the reasons why I think you are wasting your time and money applying.
Have you looked at the MSAR? If you did, your list wouldn't include half of these schools...
SCHOOLS TO TAKE OFF APP LIST:
Baylor (MCAT isn't even close and they favor TX residents)
Boston (gets over 10k applications and yours is below average for them)
Case Western (MCAT is way below their median)
Georgetown (like Boston, receives 10k applications and yours is average)
Medical University of South Carolina (NO OOS you need to look in the MSAR)
Pennsylvania State (this is a top 10 school and you aren't in the ballpark)
San Juan Bautista (this school is on probation with the LCME don't apply there)
University of Vermont (not OOS friendly)
Tufts University (huge applicant pool of which you would be in the bottom 20%)
Tulane University (huge applicant pool of which you would be in the bottom 25%)
Uni. of North Dakota (not OOS friendly at all)
University of Kansas (not OOS friendly)
University of South Carolina (not OOS friendly)
Vanderbilt University (you are way below average for Vandy)
Virginia Tech Carilion (super small class size and favors east coast)
Washington University (dude seriously, their median MCAT is a 38 and median GPA over 3.9 you are wasting your money)
West Virginia University (not very OOS friendly unless you have strong ties)
SISU...It's a Finnish thing
|06-22-2012, 08:17 PM||#3|
|06-26-2012, 11:43 AM||#5|
I honestly would cut out all of the "university of" ones that are not your home state. It is not really worth it. Otherwise go for it. You never know what admissions people will say. Yes there are cutoffs, but it isn't completely about stats. Good luck!
|06-26-2012, 12:12 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jul 2011
I agree that there are too many OOS schools and his MCAT is not high enough to warrant applying to so many top 20 schools though.
@OP, how balanced is your MCAT? If you have 10/10/10 that makes a big difference since some schools really dislike being <10 in any section.
|06-26-2012, 12:20 PM||#7|
Just to clarify:
You are a British citizen who happens to live in California?
So you're an international applicant? None of the other posts addressed this so I wanted to just make sure.
|06-27-2012, 01:53 AM||#8|
Join Date: May 2012
Thx for all the reply! I am actually British Citizen and CA resident so I am not an international applicant. My MCAT is balanced (10,10,10)!
|06-27-2012, 09:14 AM||#9|
|06-27-2012, 12:31 PM||#10|
Still shouldn't apply to University of Washington as an average OOS
|06-29-2012, 01:05 AM||#12|
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