I am a post-bacc career changer. URM. 3.96 cGPA, 4.0 BCPM GPA. I only have two more classes to finish before I'm done, so my GPA is going to be up there even if I don't ace through my last set of classes. I will say my ECs are pretty unimpressive. By the time I apply next year, I'll have about 80 hospital volunteer hours (but going to see about doing more), a few in a nursing home, a few with Habitat for Humanity, and about 30 with the Humane Society.
I honestly don't care that much where I go to med school, although if the opportunity to leave Georgia presents itself, I'm grabbing it. Considering my income isn't such that I'll be able to afford applying to 30 different schools, I figured I'd just apply to low-ball schools. However, I've read that applying to low-tier schools with a high GPA (and hopefully high MCAT) is bad news because those schools will assume you don't want to go to them and not accept you on those grounds. So basically, I'm not sure what the best strategy would be. I'm not impressive enough to be comfortable applying to upper-tier schools due to boring ECs, but if I do well on the MCAT, might I be overlooked by lower or midrange schools because my numbers are too high for them?