SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I'll be applying in this coming cycle and I'm starting to pick schools. I really have no idea where to start and was hoping to get a little bit of feedback from people who might have more experience. To give a quick overview of my application: - 3.76cgpa, 3.71sgpa (both with strong upwards trends) , 37N Mcat (11vr, 12ps, 14 bs) at a respected east coast school - 300 pt. contact hospital volunteering hours in the ER and oncology department and another 200 as an EMT - 40 hrs shadowing an orthopedic surgeon - 4 published papers including a 2nd author nature paper, a senior honors thesis, and an engineering senior design project - significant on campus involvement including leadership positions in 2 professional society clubs - 5 very strong letters of recommendation from well known faculty, my research mentor, and the hospital volunteer coordinator This is my first post so I guess to start with is there anything obvious that I might be able to do to strengthen my application? I know my GPA isn't great but there's not much I can do about that this far into my college career. As my main question what kindof schools should I be looking at? Do I have a shot at the top 20 or are those applications a waste of money that I really can't afford? Also, if I'm interested in research heavy schools that emphasis early patient contact are there any in particular that I should look at? Thanks in advance, let me know if you need any additional information from me, and best of luck!