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First time poster who just got in after being waitlisted for two straight years by multiple schools. I can say from a wealth of experience that I know just how frustrating and demoralizing this process can be at times. Watching friends get in and go off to school while I was left obsessively hitting the refresh button, holding my breath that I would be the next one on the list was tortuous. My best recommendation is this: live your life. Apply for that job out of your comfort zone, don't be afraid to move/relocate, never stop challenging yourself, and never stop making new connections and meeting new people. Don't obsess over what you think the admissions committees want you to be doing. Do what makes you happy and if that's medicine, then the rest will fall in place. Above all else, never give up hope. If you know that you have what it takes, be confident and it will show. I wish you all the best of luck
 

GetThatAcetoned

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Any good news today from anyone?
I just found out a large chunk of material that is in the powerpoints for one of my classes isn't going to be on the final.

But on a real note..I just want tabs
 
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Anyone think they'd tell us if we asked if we are in the top/middle/or bottom third on the list?
It's definitely worth a shot, for some reason I feel like those that are getting acceptances are those with super high LizzyM's and committee scores of 1's (auto-accepts). I wish there was more transparency and we knew what our scores were so we don't get our hopes up too high.
 
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It's definitely worth a shot, for some reason I feel like those that are getting acceptances are those with super high LizzyM's and committee scores of 1's (auto-accepts). I wish there was more transparency and we knew what our scores were so we don't get our hopes up too high.
While this is true, vcu has been (and I’ve applied to many schools) by far the most transparent about their process.
 
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It's definitely worth a shot, for some reason I feel like those that are getting acceptances are those with super high LizzyM's and committee scores of 1's (auto-accepts). I wish there was more transparency and we knew what our scores were so we don't get our hopes up too high.
Yeah like where the people with lizzy M’s of like 65-67. Most everyone I’ve seen has like a Lizzy M of 70+. Like of course you gettin in brotha.
 

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Any clues on when VCU will actually send financial aid info?
 
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GetThatAcetoned

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Did anyone actually send in an LOI after dean mission said we could?
I'm planning on doing it once I'm done with finals at the end of the week. Not sure how much good it'll do though since everybody is already scored.
 
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I'm planning on doing it once I'm done with finals at the end of the week. Not sure how much good it'll do though since everybody is already scored.
At this point I can't remember which committee at which school said this but I THINK VCU said updates and LOIs are used for tie breaking purposes. I could absolutely be wrong though
 
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At this point I can't remember which committee at which school said this but I THINK VCU said updates and LOIs are used for tie breaking purposes. I could absolutely be wrong though
At this point I can't remember which committee at which school said this but I THINK VCU said updates and LOIs are used for tie breaking purposes. I could absolutely be wrong though
I personally have never heard that stated by vcu doesn’t mean it’s not true but I don’t think it’s been said on this thread.

Also I have sent in a LOI. Still on the alternate list!
 
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I personally have never heard that stated by vcu doesn’t mean it’s not true but I don’t think it’s been said on this thread.

Also I have sent in a LOI. Still on the alternate list!
Again, high chance I'm just misremembering but I think Dr. W-C said this at the post interview panel on my interview day when a student asked her how updates impact our scores.

Sorry if you've already answered this before, but did you get any kind of confirmation your LOI was received ?
 
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Again, high chance I'm just misremembering but I think Dr. W-C said this at the post interview panel on my interview day when a student asked her how updates impact our scores.

Sorry if you've already answered this before, but did you get any kind of confirmation your LOI was received ?
I called to check but it had been received and they hadn’t emailed me.
 
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Anyone think they'd tell us if we asked if we are in the top/middle/or bottom third on the list?
Tried and they said they don't release that info. They wouldn't even tell me how many people are on the WL or confirm that there's 2 of them lol
It's definitely worth a shot, for some reason I feel like those that are getting acceptances are those with super high LizzyM's and committee scores of 1's (auto-accepts). I wish there was more transparency and we knew what our scores were so we don't get our hopes up too high.
According to Dean Mission, no applicant has ever gotten a score of 1 or 1 point anything. They apparently stretch out the decimal points (probably like 4-6 places) so it sounds like if you have a 2.33356 as an average then you can be trumped by someone with a 2.33354 or something like that. There's also the demographic aspect to it since I'm sure they want to balance the class by state, gender, race etc

At this point I can't remember which committee at which school said this but I THINK VCU said updates and LOIs are used for tie breaking purposes. I could absolutely be wrong though
From what they told us on interview day, you can send an LOI and they'll add it to your file but there's no gaurentee that anyone will actually read it at this point
 

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I called to check but it had been received and they hadn’t emailed me.
I thought they said that LOIs are just added to your file and don't play a role in admissions. Someone at one point said that just staying on the waitlist is indication of intent
I got acceptance today. GPA 3.92. mcat 516. Michigan resident. Just want to know if I need a car to go to VCU
It says on one of the sites (I think the Orientation page) that you need to have access to a vehicle so you can go to the clinics and such, so if you don't bring a car you'll probably want to at least bring a bike or make friends with someone with a car.
 
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Thank you! Where do most medical students stay, on campus or off campus?
There isn’t on campus housing for VCU that would be near the med school since the undergrad campus is like a fifteen to twenty minute drive away. Pretty sure most people stay in apartments in the surrounding areas near the undergrad since that’s cheaper. Otherwise you can stay in apartments with a ten minute walk or so of the hospital for more money
 
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There is enough public transportation for you to get to MCV but the real need for a car is when you do rotations outside of MCV in the greater Richmond area.
 

GetThatAcetoned

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I'm still in disbelief, but I got in yesterday! One of the greatest days ever. VCU was my top choice from the very beginning of this process and for it to work out is a dream come true. I'm in-state for those wondering.
 

GetThatAcetoned

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The dream is alive, fam!! Did you see it on the portal or get an email?
I got the email. I was checking my portal like 3 times a day for tabs and funnily enough, I had checked around 4ish and there was nothing there so I figured yesterday wasn't the day. I was actually on the way out the door to celebrate finishing up my grad program when I got the email. Let's just say I'm hurting a bit today from last night now :1LOL:
 

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I got the email. I was checking my portal like 3 times a day for tabs and funnily enough, I had checked around 4ish and there was nothing there so I figured yesterday wasn't the day. I was actually on the way out the door to celebrate finishing up my grad program when I got the email. Let's just say I'm hurting a bit today from last night now :1LOL:
Hahaha congratulations!!!! This is amazing!!
 

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I got the email. I was checking my portal like 3 times a day for tabs and funnily enough, I had checked around 4ish and there was nothing there so I figured yesterday wasn't the day. I was actually on the way out the door to celebrate finishing up my grad program when I got the email. Let's just say I'm hurting a bit today from last night now :1LOL:

So happy for you! Many congrats my friend!!!
 
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Are there a certain # of seats allocated for the graduate CERT students or do they hear back on a certain date after they've hit the GPA/MCAT requirements? There doesn't seem to be a lot of those students on the forum
Guaranteed interview if you hit the GPA/MCAT requirements. No seat allocation. I know plenty who have got in or rejected. Not so much wait listed, but we are definitely here. If any of them are like me, I kinda just never felt about talking about cert or affiliating directly with it. Would do it all again though.
 
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I have questions for current students: attending classes mandatory? Is research required? What are your thoughts about the school-your likes and dislikes? Housing recommendations? Many thanks
 
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How do I join the Facebook? Thanks

I have questions for current students: attending classes mandatory? Is research required? What are your thoughts about the school-your likes and dislikes? Housing recommendations? Many thanks
Attendance is not mandatory for most lectures, except for the few small group lectures. They recently got rid of ranking & grading scale (only P/F now) for pre-clinicals. There does remain an internal ranking but only school officials can view that I believe. I've never heard anything about research being required but most students end up doing some by graduation. Quite a few MCV students I know stay at these apartment complexes (all within 5-15 minute walk to MCV campus): American Tobacco Center, Cedar Broad, The Locks Apartments, The Edison Apartments, Shockoe Valley View Apartments, Vida East, Atrium Lofts at Cold Storage. Price for 1 BR (~1000) / 2 BR (~700 per roommate). If you're looking for something cheaper I suggest looking near the undergraduate campus side.
 
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Thank you! Can you share your likes and dislikes about VCU?
I'm only a current applicant, but some of the things I personally like about the school are: P/F curriculum, low tuition/COA, and no mandatory attendance. Maybe you could ask some M2's on Facebook about what they enjoy about the school.
 
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