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Getting into Pharmacy school with another applicant?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by Gloggles, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Gloggles

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    So, I have been conflicted over the past few months about how to best do this. I was hoping everything would work out. It still may. I've always been tempted to tell the pharmacy schools that the school I choose to go to is the one that accepts both me and the other applicant. This is true, however, my family and the other applicant said not to tell the schools anything related to that. To tell them the generic "I heard it was good school" instead. I've just been following their advice so far. I'm wondering now if it really would hurt if I was strait forward with it. We sent applications at the exact same time too, so we could get dates within a week of each other so we can make a decision. If we did not get accepted to the same school, then the closest ones we got acceptances to would have to do.

    We started out with applying to 8 pharmacy schools. I got interview invites to all of them while she got interview invites to only 4 of them.

    This is our progress so far:
    LECOM-Bradenton: A plane ride made me miss it, and she never got accepted after her interview.
    Campbell University: She got accepted and accepted the acceptance. I got rejected after the interview.
    Binghamton University: I got accepted and accepted the acceptance. She got invited, but would rather not go here because of something her family told her about the town recently(so she's not going to).
    Roseman University: I got denied after interview (my first pharmacy interview). She just cancelled.
    Albany College of Pharmacy: Rejected her for an interview. I went and got accepted, but I declined the offer to chose Binghamton instead.
    Creighton University: She was rejected an interview after 3 months of waiting for a response, and I never responded to their invite.
    University of South Carolina: They still never responded to her. I got the invite after spring break, went to the interview, and I actually asked if they can wait until a decision has been made on her (well... I thought why not at this point?)
    High Point University: They rejected her and I eventually cancelled their interview.

    That's how that all went down. Now we are applying to more schools that are close to one another's currently accepted school (I got invites for these too about a month ago). I am just wondering if it really does bother the schools, and if they look at that kind of answer negatively? Or are there just better ways to put it? Or is my family right? Opinions? Don't get me wrong, my motivation isn't going to pharmacy school for because of her. Choosing a school that I would be happy at is one where her and I both support each other through the program working as a team.
     
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  3. BlackDiamond277

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    You definitely should not tell schools that you are looking for one that is accepting another applicant. Your family is right.
     
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    Wow. Thank you for sharing. It is strange the way adcoms work with how they decide who to invite for interviews/who to accept after them. Congrats to you and the other applicant on everything! People keep telling me that I’ll end up at the school I’m supposed to go to, lol. Which is somewhat comforting? Same to you, though. Binghamton/Vestal/Johnson City is kind of a depressing place but the new pharmacy building looks like it’ll be really nice!
     
  5. AH.Rx

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    So this is what pharmacy applicants are like nowadays....
     
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  6. Gloggles

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    Yeah...The Adcoms are very strange. I feel it mostly the essay if everything else fits their requirements. I got help from somebody who use to be on one of these grad school boards. She said I had a very strong essay after she helped me. Volunteer experience and a GPA above 3.0 also contributed to that. Apparently, my 3.1 Overall GPA is high.


    And yeah, the I'm excited about that new building.
     
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  7. BC_89

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    Family right. Your wrong.

    What has me worried though is your the applicant and yet you don’t understand the reasoning as to why this scenario bothers the schools you applied at...you really don’t see it???
     
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  8. BidingMyTime

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    Hmmm, I have no experience with admissions (but then it appears neither do the other commentators,) but my gut feeling would be to be yes, tell them upfront that you are looking for a school you both can attend. Isn't that how it works with medical schools? Here's the thing, assuming that one of the schools really wants you, and assuming the other person is at least an acceptable candidate, then they would be more likely to extend an invitation to the acceptable candidate, in order to get the candidate they really like to accept. Especially since applicants are down overall at pharmacy school. So yes, I think you two should tell the schools upfront that you are looking for a school you both can attend.
     
  9. isopropylhexene

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    This is completely false, make sure you don't listen to the above advice. DO NOT tell them you are looking to go to a school where both of you can attend.
     
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  10. BidingMyTime

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    And what do you base you advice on? The OP has already tried what everyone suggested, not telling pharmacy schools, and they have each ended up getting accepted to completely different schools. I maintain my advice is correct. They certainly should try it their next go-around, because they can't do any worse than this go-around.
     

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