3.71/524/NJ/ORM - Trouble deciding on which schools to apply to

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moralis

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Recently graduated senior here, now starting gap year to apply.

My stats:
ORM male
3.71/3.73 cGPA/sGPA, 524 MCAT
Biomedical engineering major

Research:
I was originally interested in going PhD or MD/PhD so I have a lot here.
~2500 hours spread out in two academic labs (one part-time in school (biophysics), one summer (drug delivery/pharmaceuticals))
3 first author publications in basic science (biophysics)

Clinical Hours:
500 hours hospital volunteering
Full-time volunteering in rural setting over the gap year

Shadowing:
40 hours PCP

Other volunteering:
300 hours tutoring underprivileged elementary school students and refugees

Leadership:
Minor leadership position from tutoring organization

Awards:
full ride from undergraduate institution, not really anything else

What schools should I be competitive for? My profile is somewhat research leaning I think but idk if my stats (esp. GPA) cut it for T20

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Do you have the MSAR? If not buy it now and use it. It has all the information you need. Do some reading/research and start writing down schools you are interested. You can come back here and post your list if you want. People will be glad to help you out. Always start with your state schools and move out from there.
 
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New Jersey
I suggest these schools with your stats:
Your 3 NJ state public schools
Seton Hall
Carle Illinois
Washington University (in St. Louis)
Northwestern
U Chicago
Western Michigan
U Michigan
Case Western
Ohio State
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh
Jefferson
Rochester
Hofstra
Einstein
Mount Sinai
NYU
Columbia
Cornell
Harvard
Yale
Dartmouth
Brown
Boston University
Vanderbilt
USF Morsani
UCSF
USC Keck
Kaiser
 
You have a strong shot at interviews for your 3 NJ state schools. After that look into mid tiers and top 20s where you would be interested in going - your extensive research experience and sky high MCAT will help here. Try to have 20 schools total at least.
 
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