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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by mtremblay, Jun 1, 2012.

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  1. mtremblay


    Apr 19, 2012

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    Hey guys!

    I'm in the process of choosing my schools right now and I need some help getting a good list going. I'm a VA resident (originally French Canadian, here as a permanent resident). My cGPA is a 3.97 and my sGPA is a 3.99. I haven't taken my MCAT yet but I've been averaging anywhere between 32 to 38 on my practices, expecting at least a 32 but hoping for a 34-35. I have 2 years of research with one poster presentation and one abstract publication. I'm a 4 year college-football athlete at a D3 school. I have 70+ hours of shadowing, 150+ hours of non-clinical volunteering, and I recently started working as a scribe in the ER. I'd also like to point out I'm starting to lean towards pediatrics more because of my volunteer work which was mostly with children.

    Here is my list of schools, which includes all VA schools:

    University of Virginia
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Virginia Tech
    Hopkins (huge reach)
    UNC (also reach)
    Baylor (again, reach)
    Boston University (dream school)
    Wake Forest
    New York University
    University Florida
    University of South Carolina
    West Virginia
    McGill (since I'm a Quebec Native)

    Do you guys think I have too many reach school and not enough safe schools? What schools would you cut out/keep. I want to stay more on the east coast if possible and the farther up north the better (but now I'm just being picky!)

    Also keep in consideration I'm not taking my mcats until July 14th! I have already been accepted to VCOM (DO school) as part of an early admission process so I always have that as a backup plan.

    Thanks and looking forward to seeing what you guys think!
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2012
  2. Catalystik

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    Check UFlorida's OOS matriculation figures and decide if it's worth including. USCarolina will expect you to describe your strong state ties on the Secondary. And take a look at more NY state and private schools, which tend to be fairly friendly to OOSers, if you want to be closer to the NE. You might consider UConn as well.
  3. mtremblay


    Apr 19, 2012
    Thanks I really appreciate the feedback. I'll take a look at UConn I didn't even think of it!

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