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Applying to Ivy's, MCAT score to have.

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by rjhtamu, Jun 21, 2001.

  1. rjhtamu

    rjhtamu Stargazer Royale
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    Before the MCAT, I didn't put much thought into applying out of state or even trying to apply for the Ivy's, but since I've gotten my scores back, I've been thinking why not try anyways. I was wondering what's a good baseline MCAT score that you should try or not try with. Like 35 for instance, below not even try, or would you have much luck with it? Thanks.
     
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  3. coop

    coop Senior Member
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    hey, just beware that posting questions like this tends to get people yelled at, there is no magic number, it totally depends on gpa/activites/rest of your application, if your whole package looks good, then a 30-31 can get you into top schools, if you are just trying to ride your mcat, and the rest of your app is slacking, maybe even a 35+ doesn't make you competitive. good luck
     
  4. drintraining

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    If you need someone else to answer that question maybe you should do medicine a favor and not apply PERIOD.
     
  5. lilycat

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    coop gave you excellent advice -- there is no set score to have. I would assume that if you have a 30+, and the rest of your application is in good shape, you should be competitive. That being said, I still know people who have been accepted at "top" med schools with MCATs in the 27-29 range. It just all depends.

    By the way, I kind of couldn't help chuckling at the use of "Ivy's" :rolleyes: -- "top tier" med schools might be a better way to describe what you are looking for -- at least half of the med schools in the top ten are not members of the Ivy League (ie, Hopkins, Duke, Stanford, UCSF, Wash U)
     
  6. rjhtamu

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    In response to a particular post, I have no intention of just riding an MCAT score to schools. I happen to have pretty good clinical and practical experience behind me as well. I just needed to know if it was worth all the extra effort of applying to many out of state schools.
     

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