I hope this thread will serve as some sort of an assistance to all applicants applying disadvantaged. I know this is too late for the entering class of 2002 applicants but it should help the entering class of 2003 applicants. I did not apply as disadvantaged. But at the time I was applying, I did consider it. I know that Jamier2 was pondering the same thing but ultimately decided not to apply as disadvantaged. AMCAS has a loose standard for applying disadvantaged. So if there is anybody out there who applied as disadvantaged, please share your story and your success, or lack thereof in the appplication process. This is not intended to pry into your personal life, but if you can, please explain the circumstances that qualified (or you think qualified) you as a disadvantaged applicant. I know for a fact that all UC's are required to send you a secondary if you are a disadvantaged applicant (is this true for Stanford?). I received secondaries from all of the UC schools even though I did not apply as disadvantaged. But for most of them, the secondary is as far as I got. Ultimately I only received interview invites from UCI and UCSD. And ultimately, I have only gotten an acceptance from UCSD. Now, the UCSD story is quite an interesting story for me. My GPA is high but my MCAT is only slightly above average. But what got me to the interview stage and the ultimately the acceptance was the secondary. The UCSD secondary is very indepth since you can just write an autobiography and explain every significant detail in your life. In the secondary I explained the hardship I had during my adolescent years. I did not mention any of this hardship in my primary essay. So, I pondered last night about the possible reason for my acceptance was my explanation of my hardship. Because it couldn't have been the numbers that got me in. If this were true, I would have gotten interviews at UC Davis, UCI, etc. So, to judge whether my circumstances qualified me as disadvantaged or not, here is my story: I am a Vietnamese immigrant who came to the United States when I was 10 years old (in 1989). I came with my mom and immediately when we arrived, we found out that my dad has been having an extramarital affair with another woman. He also had a child with this other woman. My mom forgave him for this. But for the next two years, he would constantly physically and verbally abuse my mom and me. Seeing bruises on my mom was a common sight. My mom never reported him to the police. Every day I come back from school, I would just sit on the porch hoping that this would all end. All of the great expectations I had of my father has by now vanished. So after two years, my mom finally divorced him and got custody of me. We were very poor and had to move constantly so that my mom can find a better job. My mom and I had to live in the same room until I was 14 so that our rent could be cheap. I must admit that I had a tough time during middle school because of this. But by high school things were starting to look up. Now I don't think having a tough time during my middle school years qualified as disadvantaged for AMCAS. Also by the time, I entered high school, our income had reached about ~19k/year. So I couldn't possibly apply as financially disadvantaged. So that's my story. But what bothers me is that I couldn't get a chance to explain my story to UCLA because, IMHO, the UCLA secondary asks the questions that can already be answered in my primary app. I think I should have applied as disadvantaged so that I would be able to tell my story. Maybe I could have a shot at interviewing at UCLA if I had applied as disadvantaged. This really bugs me because my decision to not apply as disadvantaged prevented me from going to my number one choice, UCLA. But it's too late now. I'm sure that there are other applicants out there who have been in much more strenuous hardships than I have. Maybe I should have said this in my primary. Under the advice of my stupid premed counselor (God, I wished I hadn't followed her advice), I only talked about my meaningful volunteering, tutoring and research experience. I barely talked about my life experiences. What do you guys think?