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Hello SDN,

I'm starting an SMP this Fall which grants an automatic interview to those who pass certain thresholds during the Fall semester. As such the timing of submitting my AMCAS for this school doesn't matter. I'm encouraged to apply to at least this school if not others due to the chance of a guaranteed interview.

Now due to my current situation I probably wouldn't have a verified AMCAS until September. Is it still worth applying to some local state schools on top of the SMP school? They're "low tier" so to speak and I do fall in line with their mission. Or is this considered too late and I should stick with the one school?

My logic is I'm already going through the application process I may as well make more shots.

Thanks!
 

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Your state schools have a mission to favor the home team, so your best bet with a late app is with them (and DO schools).

For neighboring states, this is not a done deal. Check MSAR Online and pay very careful attention to the IS vs OOS apps vs interviews vs matriculants. As an example, NJ schools rarely take OOSers. Ditto NV with CA residents. However, U AZ seems to like Golden Staters.

EDIT: med schools are unlikely to take you simply because you have a single good semester in an SMP. For me, I want to see an entire year of good grades.
 
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FWIW, I am starting school at a SUNY that I applied to in October as a last minute application. I'm a CA applicant.

I think you should apply to local state schools if you have the money.
 
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Your state schools have a mission to favor the home team, so your best bet with a late app is with them (and DO schools).

For neighboring states, this is not a done deal. Check MSAR Online and pay very careful attention to the IS vs OOS apps vs interviews vs matriculants. As an example, NJ schools rarely take OOSers. Ditto NV with CA residents. However, U AZ seems to like Golden Staters.

EDIT: med schools are unlikely to take you simply because you have a single good semester in an SMP. For me, I want to see an entire year of good grades.

Thanks Goro.

I have a year (6 courses) of UDVbio courses as well taken as a postbacc. 5 As and an A-

Not exactly the greatest but I was also working consistently overtime for that one semester with the A-

And that's a shame about NJ, was interested in their schools. Fortunately my state has a lot of state schools and I'll take cheaper tuition any day haha
 

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Thanks Goro.

I have a year (6 courses) of UDVbio courses as well taken as a postbacc. 5 As and an A-

Not exactly the greatest but I was also working consistently overtime for that one semester with the A-

And that's a shame about NJ, was interested in their schools. Fortunately my state has a lot of state schools.
In your case, this should work! But have a good MCAT to go with it (510+)
 

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In your case, this should work! But have a good MCAT to go with it (510+)

Taking my MCAT next week, if my full lengths have anything to say about it I should do a very decent margin over 510! Here's to hoping. I'm confident in a 514+

Thanks again Goro
 
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Complete Sept is very normal timing, not catastrophically late! Worth it for sure especially with a 514+
 
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