516 MCAT, 3.95 sGPA, 3.97 cGPA, international student

Jaigantic

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    Hi all, could you all help me create a proper school list? Mine right now is way too big and I'm sure I can cut down on some schools that prefer IS or something like that. I feel like my international status may complicate this as well. Also, do you guys think I should add in a few DO schools?

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    3.95 sGPA, 3.97 cGPA
    516 MCAT
    Caucasian
    Have lived in IL for nearly my whole life but don't think I qualify as a resident given that I'm an international student.
    Undergrad: UIC

    Schools:

    Reasonable:
    Albert Einstein
    Rosalind Franklin
    Duke
    Emory
    Dartmouth
    Georgetown
    Keck USC
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Penn State
    Rutgers RWJ
    SLU
    Thomas Jefferson
    SUNY upstate
    Stony Brook
    Tulane
    UC Davis
    UCLA
    U. Connecticut
    U of Illinois
    U. Kentucky
    U of Pittsburgh
    West Virginia
    Loma Linda
    U Hawaii

    Reach:
    Boston U
    Columbia
    Harvard
    Icahn
    Johns Hopkins
    Northwestern
    Perelman Penn
    Stanford
    Pritzker
    U of Virginia
    Vanderbilt
    WashU in St. Louis
    Cornell
    Yale

    Bolded schools are ones I'm considering dropping. Your help is appreciated!
     
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      Already did that; the list is reflective of that :/
      Off the top of head, UCD, UCLA and USC are unlikely candidates for multiple internationals.
      I don't have access to my MSAR or I would double check.

      Loma Linda is a mission-based school. Do you fit the mission?
       
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        Off the top of head, UCD and USC are unlikely candidates for multiple internationals.
        I don't have access to my MSAR or I would double check.

        Loma Linda is a mission-based school. Do you fit the mission?
        Just double checked and there are actually a few that I missed that matriculated less than 3 internationals: UCD, USC, Penn State (has 1 MD and 1 MD/PhD), Rutgers RWJ, UCLA, U of Virginia, West Viriginia, and Hawaii. I thought I had removed these but I must have left them on the list for some reason. Do you think I should remove all of them? If I do, I'll be at 30 schools but I feel like my list will be kinda top heavy.

        And for Loma Linda, I'm not Christian but I am quite religious/spiritual. Dunno if this would qualify as fitting their mission.
         

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          Just double checked and there are actually a few that I missed that matriculated less than 3 internationals: UCD, USC, Penn State (has 1 MD and 1 MD/PhD), Rutgers RWJ, UCLA, U of Virginia, West Viriginia, and Hawaii. I thought I had removed these but I must have left them on the list for some reason. Do you think I should remove all of them? If I do, I'll be at 30 schools but I feel like my list will be kinda top heavy.

          And for Loma Linda, I'm not Christian but I am quite religious/spiritual. Dunno if this would qualify as fitting their mission.
          The list is now looking much better!
          A long list of very unlikely choices is no better than a "top heavy" list of schools that might accept you.

          As for LLU, how do you feel about alcohol, sex outside of marriage, and expected attendance at weekly chapel?
          I recommend a careful look at the mission statement and the student handbook before you decide. The commitment to serve Christ is central to the medical mission.
           

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            The list is now looking much better!
            A long list of very unlikely choices is no better than a "top heavy" list of schools that might accept you.

            As for LLU, how do you feel about alcohol, sex outside of marriage, and expected attendance at weekly chapel?
            I recommend a careful look at the mission statement and the student handbook before you decide.
            My views on those things are in accordance w/LLU and while not christian I'd probably be fine with the weekly chapel. But you're right I'll have to give it more thought.

            Are there any other MD schools you think I should remove or add? Any DO?
             

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              So this is what I have narrowed it down to. It's 30 schools, does anyone have any more input before I add these schools on AMCAS?

              Albert Einstein
              Rosalind Franklin
              Duke
              Emory
              Dartmouth
              Georgetown
              Medical College of Wisconsin
              SLU
              Thomas Jefferson
              Stony Brook
              Tulane
              UCLA
              U. Connecticut
              U of Illinois
              U. Kentucky
              U of Pittsburgh
              Loma Linda


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              Boston U
              Columbia
              Harvard
              Icahn
              Johns Hopkins
              Northwestern
              Perelman Penn
              Stanford
              Pritzker
              Vanderbilt
              WashU in St. Louis
              Cornell
              Yale
               
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