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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by MatttF, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. MatttF

    Sep 1, 2014
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    I downloaded this spreadsheet off of some message boards (possibly this one) and it has all the schools listed out as Hopeful, High Chance, Go for It, Long Shot, etc. what do these terms mean?

    How important is sGPA compared to GPA?

    Do you have a higher chance of getting into a school if you are in-state?

    Is it hard to get loans for med school?

  2. NoDakDok

    2+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2014
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    Medical Student
    They don't mean anything other than your numbers are in (or, not in) a certain range for that school. I'd sort the spreadsheet you have by the LizzyM score (if this column doesn't exist, make a new one that sums each school's MCAT and GPA*10, e.g. a 30 MCAT with a 3.7 GPA is a 67 LizzyM). Do this with your own GPA and MCAT and it should give you an idea of what schools you are competitive for, numerically, for the average applicant (e.g. cookie cutter, Caucasian).

    Irrelevant unless there is a huge discrepancy (like a 3.0 sGPA vs a 3.9 cGPA).

    Depends on the school. Private schools generally do not have any preference toward in-state applicants (exception coming to mind is Baylor). State schools tend to have strong preference to in-state applicants because state funding is used to train these individuals, so it's an investment by the state.


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