I've already written a long post asking about if/when I should retake MCAT. For my second ridiculously long post, I would really just appreciate some advice about if I have ANY shot at all if I go ahead with my application this cycle to lower-tier schools, as my stats currently stand. NJ resident, 28S MCAT (8PS/10BS/10VR) around 3.59sgpa (after some MAJOR damage control over the last two years to bring it up from a 2.78) around 3.82cgpa Majors: English Lit, Biology (also, an A.A in Religous Studies...not that it helps with anything) Minor: Women's studies Strong LOR, good PS (I think it still needs work though.) Female, 22 yrs old, not an URM. ECs/awards: Dean's scholarship (all 4 years of college) Dean's list (all 4 years of college) 1 year clinical research assistant in radiation oncology (1 year) clinical research assistant in interventional radiology (1 summer) ~200+ volunteer hours at NJ hospital (2 summers) ~90-100 volunteer hours at NY hospital (8 months, but only 4-5 hours a week) 1 publication (in an ethics journal) 1 published abstract 1 unpublished paper draft (a paper was published based on my draft, but I had left the research team at this point, and was not included as an author. I am given credit in an LOR as having written the first draft though, not sure if that count really.) tutor/high school mentor in an afterschool program (2 years) Resident Advisor (2 years) section editor for campus newspaper (1 year) publicity representative, women's studies society (1 year) board member, sharsheret breast cancer awareness club (1 year) medical ethics society volunteer (1 year) blood drive board member (1 year) quidditch team captain (2 years...but didn't include this on my app. should I?) intern, then editoral assistant at a medical publishing company (10 months so far...didn't include this on my app. either, should I?) I know I'm not even a contender for top schools. Right now, I am considering applying to: MD: Upstate, Cooper, Temple, Buffalo, Commonwealth, Hofstra, Robert Wood Johnson, George Washington, NYMC, Jefferson, Penn State DO: Touro, UMDNJ, NYCOM On the fence about: Sackler, Ben Gurion, Technion, Drexel, Albany, Howard, Downstate, UMDNJ, Maryland...what do you guys think? Do I even have a shot at any of the places on my list, or am I throwing out application money? If not, are there any other schools I should be considering? Advice is welcomed and much appreciated. Please be honest.