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I am very worried about how I should approach submitting my applications this June. I am currently abroad in Japan and studying to retake the MCAT a few days after I get back to the US. My first MCAT was a 29P, and of course I am worried my retake won't be significantly higher. I would like to apply to as many schools as I can, but due to severe financial problems I can't apply to more than ten. Any advice for which schools? There's obviously no way I'm getting into Harvard med, but they sent me a 'you're a minority' letter earlier this year so I'm a little confused about that. Help?? Thank you for reading:)
 
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I am very worried about how I should approach submitting my applications this June. I am currently abroad in Japan and studying to retake the MCAT a few days after I get back to the US. My first MCAT was a 29P, and of course I am worried my retake won't be significantly higher. I would like to apply to as many schools as I can, but due to severe financial problems I can't apply to more than ten. Any advice for which schools? There's obviously no way I'm getting into Harvard med, but they sent me a 'you're a minority' letter earlier this year so I'm a little confused about that. Help?? Thank you for reading:)
Download this google.doc spreadsheet data (an SDN collaborative effort from 5/11), so you can fill in your own (projected) stats, and it will tell you for which US med schools you're competitive with different MCAT outcome scenarios. Next look at the in-state matriculation data before you do further research on each school for "fit," removing any from your list that take more than 85% in-state students: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmKVGWwobG5GdEx2MjlBTDE0bXFXNGFZczZqYTZKb2c&hl=en_US#gid=0

Some med schools solicit applications because the Secondary fees are a good income producer. You are right not to be beguiled by them and to use your better judgement.
 
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