I've submitted my application to 20 schools so far, all low or mid-tier. Undergrad GPA wasn't so hot (3.5, 3.2 sGPA), and previously scored a 29 on the MCAT. In the time since I have done one of the better known SMPs and finished with a 3.8 GPA. Today I found out that I scored a well-balanced 518 on the new MCAT (~36 on the old scale), and I'm wondering if this opens the door to applying to some of the upper level schools. I am a non-URM, non-trad male. Volunteering 80 hrs volunteering at health education clinic 3 years with Teach for America 2 years (250 hours) working one-on-one with socially challenged children to help them integrate better into their school environments 1 year as a life coach/tutor for a fellow college student who was struggling to fit in at our school (got the job through volunteer coordinator from above) mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters (ongoing for the last two years) Shadowing 60 hours, with a variety of pediatric specialties (that's my main interest) Research (really limited) 1 year undergrad senior research project since May, running a project on cancer development to write my thesis Leadership 2 years as a mentor for incoming Honors program students at my undergrad 3 years as VP in large service-oriented campus group 2 years on move-in crew for my undergrad Work Paid undergrad research position (nephrology lab) - 3 years Managing events for my school's community service office - 1 year Nanny - 3 years of undergrad I'm wondering if I'll have a shot at any of these schools: Case Western Columbia Cornell Duke Mayo Michigan Northwestern Pritzker Virginia Other suggestions are welcome (especially for schools that like volunteer work, because that's the focal point of my app). Thanks!