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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by user2992, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. user2992

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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!
     
    #1 user2992, Aug 24, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2015
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  3. GrapesofRath

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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.
     
  4. Goro

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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.



     

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