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Schools worth applying to with a 27-29 MCAT

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ]' started by IntoTheWest, May 6, 2011.

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  1. IntoTheWest

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    For those you with MCAT scores below 30 which schools have you had a fair amount of success at.
  2. Ursa

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    I like this thread and will be interested to follow it. The only problem I could foresee is that sometimes the application cycle is crazy. For example, I had a friend with a 29 get an interview at UT-Southwestern. If you aren't familiar, you should know that landing an interview there with a 29 doesn't happen often.
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    Common sense tells me that it would be worth applying to schools with a solid 30 average. Must be plenty of sub-30 students there.
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    It really depends on your GPA. Assuming it's average, applying to schools with 30-31 average would be your best bet.
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    ozzi22 it's over 9000

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    Chicago schools and newly accredited medical schools do give some love to people with sub par mcat scores.
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    I've been getting 27 and 28s on my practices so far, so I'm gonna pay attention to this thread lol XD I'll know in a month from tomorrow though!
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    I'm just curious, how do you know this?
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    ozzi22 it's over 9000

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    i have so many friends with 27"s that have succeeded with Chicago schools and new schools like FIU, fAU, Virginia tech carillon, and so on.
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    the carribean?
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    howard, meharry
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    ozzi22 it's over 9000

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    UF is definitely hard.
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    would it be way out of the question to take a year off/wait a year, study like a beast, and retake for a 30+? I feel that while your GPA is fairly solid by the 3rd year, the MCAT can jump with a few extra months worth of studying...........
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    it all depends on the rest of your app... but, off the top of my head, Drexel, EVMS, GW (though they get a million applicants), Howard, Morhouse, St. Louise, Toledo, Tulane, Louisville..... much depends on your state of residence as well since some are hard to get into as OOS.
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    Yea UF is closer to a 33 avg., so quite the difference. Miami is the same really (3.6/32 if OOS). If you're a resident of FL you're in luck with the other schools, but otherwise it'll be hard even with a few new ones. Schools like Loyola, Rush, Albany, Drexel, and Rosalind come to mind as good ones for an MCAT just below 30. A few state schools that have a heavy preference or absolute requirement for state residency have low averages such as LSU, Arkansas, Mississippi, etc.
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    Your school list is kid of off: Tulane's average MCAT is a 32, and St. Louis is close to a 33

    OP, here is a list of recent MCAT for several provate schools

    Creighton 30 (class of 2013) http://medschool.creighton.edu/filea...C_Viewbook.pdf
    Loma Linda 31 http://www.llu.edu/medicine/admissions/faqs.page??
    New York Medical College 31 (no year given) http://www.nymc.edu/Academics/School...Questions.html
    Rush 31.3 http://www.rushu.rush.edu/servlet/Sa...entBlockDetail
    Wake Forest 31.5 http://www.wfubmc.edu/School/Class-Profile.htm
    Jefferson 31.6 http://www.jefferson.edu/jmc/admissions/faq.cfm
    Medical College of Wisconsin 31.8 http://www.mcw.edu/FileLibrary/User/...assProfile.pdf
    Georgetown 31.9 http://som.georgetown.edu/about/pros...oninformation/
    Albert Einstein 32 http://www.einstein.yu.edu/admission...6_1116_btnlink
    Tulane 32 http://tulane.edu/som/dean/upload/De...10-FINAL-2.pdf
    USC 32 http://keck.usc.edu/About/Administra...uirements.aspx
    Loyola 32.1 http://www.stritch.luc.edu/node/55
    Tufts 32.2 http://www.tufts.edu/med/admissions/...ssprofile.html
    Saint Louis University 32.56 (class of 2012) http://medschool.slu.edu/admissions/...e=how-to-apply
    Boston University 33 http://www.bumc.bu.edu/admissions/welcome/classprofile/
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    Your biggest problem is that you scored a 6 on verbal on your most recent MCAT. Many schools cut off at 7 and won't even look at your application.
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    score will hurt
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    ozzi22 it's over 9000

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    true that
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    ozzi22 it's over 9000

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    :thumbup: exactly my point
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    Really? Great! Thanks for the info. Were they excellent students GPA wise?
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    ozzi22 it's over 9000

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    most were in the 3.5 to 3.7 range. and some as low as 3.3
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    ozzi22 it's over 9000

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    on the other hand, i also knew people with 3.9's and 4.0's that didnt even get an interview invite in those places. so to tell how random the app cycle is. you never know:scared:
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    I apologize if I didn't make my initial post clearer, but I think you missed my point: someone with a 27-29 has a better chance at a school with an average MCAT of 30 than a school with 32.5. The MSAR provides 10-90 percentiles, which can help the OP chance themselves. Yeah, I'm sure there are people who got into UC's with a 25, and I agree that I posted averages, not ranges. However, most people do not have the time or money to apply to all med schools and must create a short list. If the OP has a 27, it might be better to apply to Creighton than to BU.

    It is also helpful to look at the AAMC score distirbution: while there isn't a big difference between a 36 and a 37, there is a large difference between a 32 and a 33. The relatively high distirbution of scores in the 30-33 is why most med school have fairly tight 10-90 percentiles

    https://www.aamc.org/students/download/157904/data/combined10.pdf
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    don't forget UVM! the median is 31, 10th percentile is 26, and many OOSers are accepted.
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    UVM is worth a shot, but they also tend to take people that have some really interesting/unique experiences.

    Not sure where you're located, but states schools are usually your friend. (yes i say usually because some states....CA....can bring the suck)

    edit** just took a look at where you're from....sorry
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    :confused:

    aside from the fact that all schools place a premium on having students with a wide variety of experiences coming into medical school, i'd also say that one school's trash is another one's gold. and you never know who's going to think that your experiences are interesting and worth hearing more about.
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    Although I feel like a 6 VR was on my low end, I am a really bad judge at determining how I do in this section. I am scared if I do take the MCAT again I will get another 6 VR which would look even worse. I considering applying this year to lower end schools just to see what happens and if I am lucky enough to get into any school I will go. And if I don't get into any schools I will have no choice but to retake and hope I can at least get an 8 VR again.
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    I've also heard that getting a 6 on VR can be "detrimental." I think if you have an average GPA and some good extracurriculars but it's only the MCAT that is getting in your way, it might be best for you to wait a year and prepare some more. You can improve on the VR! I would suggest following the EK verbal method. It really helps!

    I will also be following this thread! Thanks for the school suggestions!
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    No one can tell you what you should or shouldn't do. However, there is a thread in the pre-do forum about applicants being accepted with 6's in verbal. The gist of the thread is that some applicants do get into DO schools with a 6 in verbal, however these applicants tend to have other attributes that offsets their verbal score. If getting in with a 6 in verbal is a stretch for DO schools, it's going to be much, much more difficult to get into an allo school

    When applicants have two MCAT scores, if the score from the second exam goes down, then I would recommend that the applicant only apply to schools that will consider your highest MCAT score. However, since you scored a 28 on both exams, this really isn't applicable in you situation (and no, I am not aware of any school that will take your highest score in each section)

    If you have tons of money, it doesn't hurt to apply, but in the meantime, you need to find ways to improve your verbal: start reading the New Yorker and take a Latin class

    Good luck :luck:
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    There are a few that take the highest subsections. GW is one.
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    As a fellow 6VR I can feel your pain. Took it again with EK method and got a 9 after only a month or 2 more of studying. My highest single test score was also a 28, which included the 6. I got accepted to 2 very good DO schools: Western and Nova Southeastern (only 2 I applied to) and 1 MD school: Drexel. I'm also at the very very top of the waitlist at UCF and expect to get a call of acceptance within the next few weeks. Also CA resident. Hope this provides some hope! Good luck.

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