We know you were being sarcastic, these responses were to the hypothetical pre-med who actually thought this was a good idea.obviously no one caught the sarcasm...
Yea I definitely got burnt out after writing so many secondaries (it was 25 or so). At one school that I was considering pretty highly, I didn't submit it because it was the last to come and was too long. I can't imagine doing more than 30. 40 is insane already.We know you were being sarcastic, these responses were to the hypothetical pre-med who actually thought this was a good idea.
I honestly don't see a problem with applying to a ton of schools if you have the money/time. All it can do is help your chances of getting in somewhere. I do think though that spreading your time over that many applications might cause each of your applications to suffer a little bit. But if you can give each one the attention it deserves, and actually endure answering that many secondary prompts, go for it . Not for me though - I got sick of writing after secondary #21 or 22 and failed to send in the rest.
I think if someone applied to all the schools that required no secondary essay, they could probably apply to maybe 55-60 before burnout, if they were really strong-willed. If I remember correctly, there was a thread that listed all of the schools with no essays and I think there were about 25 on there. Those aren't too bad. I still wouldn't apply to that many. Inputting my pre-req grades, re-listing my amcas extracurriculars, and those other annoying things that appeared on nearly every secondary application started to get dreadful by the end too.I wonder what the maximum is after which there will be practically no increase in likelihood of acceptance at least one school. I would guess it's around 40.