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AMCAS vs. Non-AMCAS

BioMedResearch

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Do you think it's harder/easier to gain admission to a non-AMCAS school?

Does being an AMCAS participant mean that the school must adhere to national admission policies/recommendations or does being a member of AMSA already keep that institution to the national standards.

Lastly, do schools ever switch from non-AMCAS to AMCAS or AMCAS to non-AMCAS?
 

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Some non AMCAS schools get far less applications. Columbia and NYU are examples. This may help you to get in if you are a competitive applicant for that school.

Several schools have joined AMCAS in the past few years as AMCAS has improved their online system. I think a few dropped out after AMCAS had a computer glitch a few years back.

The Texas schools are Non AMCAS and relatively easier to get into IF you are a Texas resident.

;)
 
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Originally posted by jlee9531
i think getting into schools like nyu, columbia, and out of state into the texas schools is very very difficult.

I don't think you can say its easier to get into columbia bc the number of applicants is lower (2500). There is a self selection bias too, since doing so requires writing an entirely separate personal statement, filling out an entirely separate application, rather than clicking on a check box (APPLY) for $30. Also, you have to pay $85 to apply rather than $30, whereas, you can make the choice NOT to complete the secondary and pay $75 at most schools if you get enough of them (secondaries) (this contributes to high numbers too). Finally, fewer people may go through the trouble because they do not consider themselves competitive at these schools.

CCW
 

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I'm not saying its easy to get into Columbia. But the fact that they have only 2500 applicants versus say 9000 for Stanford or Michigan must make some difference in the ease of getting admitted for an applicant who is competitive.

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