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I'm aware that some schools "screen" applicants whereas others don't when they give out secondary applications. For the schools that do screen, what criteria do they use to pick secondary application recipients? Do they just look at GPA/MCAT or the entire application (including work/activities and the PS)?
 

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I'm aware that some schools "screen" applicants whereas others don't when they give out secondary applications. For the schools that do screen, what criteria do they use to pick secondary application recipients? Do they just look at GPA/MCAT or the entire application (including work/activities and the PS)?
UCSF screens for secondaries, and they say that they look at these things for their screening:

The Admissions Committee looks at:

  • GPAs
  • MCAT scores
  • State of legal residency
  • Applicant's personal statement
  • The extent and depth of extracurricular activities
  • Work experience
  • Honors and awards
  • Student's background
 

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which ones would you say use just gpa + mcat? and this is not assuming you get any weight for quality of ugrad.
 

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which ones would you say use just gpa + mcat? and this is not assuming you get any weight for quality of ugrad.

UMiama has a GPA cutoff of 3.6ish for OOS applicants, IIRC. This is just an example, of course--it's hard to find published cutoffs. And the quality of undergrad is irrelevant in the screening process. If anywhere, it will help as ad coms review the files. Even at this latter stage of consideration, not all schools care.
 

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i've heard that umiami used to cut off OOS for getting a 2ndary at 3.6, but their website now says that they no longer do this (started in 2010) - can anyone comment on whether they actually evaluate OOS'ers with <3.6 after receiving the 2ndary? i don't want to waste my money just because they "say" they'll actually consider me :(
 

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The MSAR will tell you which schools screen. From there, you can look at the schools' websites to find the criteria they use. It won't always be there, but it will be sometimes.
 

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Besides UCSF most public schools have pretty lenient screening processes. If you actually do have a realistic chance pf getting into the school then you'll most likely get one. If you have doubts you'll even get a secondary from a school you want to get into, well then ur probably just wasting your money regardless if you get one or not.
 

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The screening is really varied. Some use min GPA/MCAT (usually quite low), while some are even more selective. Vanderbilt's secondary comes with an interview invite, so you can imagine how selective that one is.
 
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