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Hello,

I'm working on my school list - worried about lack of research experience. ALso money's a bit tight so hoping to keep it to under 20. I'm wondering about my chances at these schools and looking for a critique of my school list. Thank you!

Just graduated from a top 15 school.
History/bio major
sGPA 3.56 (3 W's in my freshman year)
cGPA 3.71
Strong upward grade trend - had difficulty adjusting to studying for college classes and adjusting to college life, as well as test anxiety
July MCAT - 516 (128/129/131/128)

650 hours tutoring disadvantaged minority school (work study position)
200 hours music sorority - choir, piano performances, playing in nursing homes
200 hours fresh/soph year marching band (also explains upward grade trend)
150 hrs Sunday School teacher
200 hours as president of small health-related club I helped start on campus freshman year

60 hrs Alzheimer's home volunteer - Memory Care
100 hrs nursing unit hospital volunteer
50 hrs shadowing various specialties

175 hours History independent study
80 hrs history museum exhibit research assistant

Current (not mentioned on primary, will send update letters?)
Scribe
Soup Kitchen Volunteer
Hospice Volunteer

IL Resident

Current list:
UIC
Rosalind Franklin
Rush
Loyola
U of I
Southern Illinois
Temple
SLU
Creighton
Albany
Jefferson
Tulane
George Washington
Western Michigan
NYMC
Drexel

Thank you to anyone who can help!
 
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GrapesofRath

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May 5, 2015
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List looks pretty good. I would only apply to Southern Illinois if you are from the southern part of the state(South of the I-180 corridor is often what's cited as the key). You can also substitute some of these low yield schools like GW, Drexel, Temple, and to a lesser extent Western Michigan for others. It's hard to really recommend top 20 schools without any research experience but here are some other choices

I would not send update letters at this point so early btw.

Some other ones I would give consideration to:
Medical College Wisconsin
Oakland
Quinnipac
Hofstra
Emory
USC
Rochester
Einstein
Boston U

Maybe swap out GW, Drexel, Temple, Western Michigan and if you aren't from the southern part of the state, SIU, put in a couple bigger names I listed like USC and call it a list.
 

Goro

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Jun 10, 2010
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I suggest the following.

Your state school(s)
U VM
U Toledo
Miami
St. Louis
Albany
Albert Einstein
Rochester
Rush
Rosy Franklin
NYMC
EVMS
Wake Forest
Jefferson
Temple
Drexel
Creighton
Tulane
USC/Keck
Dartmouth
Loyola
USF Morsani
Emory
BU
Mayo
Case
Any new MD school, especially Hofstra. Skip Central MI and the three new FL schools. I can't recommend CNU.



Hello,

I'm working on my school list - worried about lack of research experience. ALso money's a bit tight so hoping to keep it to under 20. I'm wondering about my chances at these schools and looking for a critique of my school list. Thank you!

Just graduated from a top 15 school.
History/bio major
sGPA 3.56 (3 W's in my freshman year)
cGPA 3.71
Strong upward grade trend - had difficulty adjusting to studying for college classes and adjusting to college life, as well as test anxiety
July MCAT - 516 (128/129/131/128)

650 hours tutoring disadvantaged minority school (work study position)
200 hours music sorority - choir, piano performances, playing in nursing homes
200 hours fresh/soph year marching band (also explains upward grade trend)
150 hrs Sunday School teacher
200 hours as president of small health-related club I helped start on campus freshman year

60 hrs Alzheimer's home volunteer - Memory Care
100 hrs nursing unit hospital volunteer
50 hrs shadowing various specialties

175 hours History independent study
80 hrs history museum exhibit research assistant

Current (not mentioned on primary, will send update letters?)
Scribe
Soup Kitchen Volunteer
Hospice Volunteer

IL Resident

Current list:
UIC
Rosalind Franklin
Rush
Loyola
U of I
Southern Illinois
Temple
SLU
Creighton
Albany
Jefferson
Tulane
George Washington
Western Michigan
NYMC
Drexel

Thank you to anyone who can help!
 
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