Florida has a good bit of lower tiers but alas even for IS they are quite competitive. I don't think a single one of those schools interviews 20% of their IS applicants.
To answer your question yes you can be competitive for big names. But if you can only apply to 5 more schools you want to maximize your shot an acceptance. What I would do if I were you would be include half lower tiers and half reaches.
Here are some to consider
Middle tiers: Case, Emory, USC, Rochester, Boston U. You can pick from those type of schools.
With the amount of attainable schools in Florida, I don't think it makes a lot of sense to add any more lower tier schools with your numbers. OOS schools where your MCAT is >90% of their accepted scores will probably have a hard time taking your app seriously.
I think you look at maybe adding a Hofstra if you want another "safe" option but the rest of your schools should probably be like UVA, USC, Boston U, Case, Pitt; maybe throw a couple apps at Duke/Vandy/Northwestern if you think your essay/interview game will be strong and if there's something that draws more of your interest to any of those schools.
You're a rock star, so nothing wrong with aiming high. Your state schools cover you for a lot of safeties.
I recommend the following:
Hofstra or BU or
Northwestern or Pitt
Mt Sinai or Yale
Baylor or Vandy
Emory or Keck
U VM or SUNY SB or SUNY DS
So far I have applied to all Florida schools, NYU, Cornell, Columbia, Harvard and Albert Einstein. I don't have a lot of money to spend on applications (5-6 more schools at most). Do you think I have the stats to justify more top 25 schools or instead focus on mid-to-lower tier schools? Thank you![/QUOTE]
Thank you for the kind words and suggestions, everyone. The consensus seemed to be to reach higher rather than lower with some middle and high tiers so that is what I am going to do (my hunch also). I just added Hofstra and Sinai to my primary and will add a few more middle and top tier schools.
@Goro it seems to be already that I am following your recommendation, so thank you again for that. I get the feeling I will follow it quite closely!