That is so not true... there may be a lot of people with 3.8+ gpas... but there are very very very few people with 40+ MCATs. The average MCAT at WashU (the highest average) is still only a 36. Harvard and JHU have averages of 33/34... there simply aren't a lot of people with a 40... only maybe 0.01 percent of med school applicants score that high.Originally posted by MedApp2003
I think that many people are underestimating the number of people with amazing stats. Not that stats are everything. But I think there are really a fair number of people with 40+ MCATS and 3.8+ GPAs. What I mean is that if a school wanted to, they could find enough people with these stats to fill their class. I go to a prestigous undergrad and really about half the people I know applying to med schools had 40+ MCATS and 3.8+ GPAs.
Yep, just need to worry about getting shot or knifed in Boston, or New York, or DC, or LA, or fill-in-the-blank any city in America. No need to resort to Baltimore-bashing to comfort the man.Originally posted by Random Access
Well the good news is that you don't have to worry about getting shot or knifed in that area of Baltimore.
I've heard that Hopkins Med is in a pretty rough neighborhood. At least according to my cousin who went there. It wasn't just Baltimore-bashing for the sake of its being Baltimore (although one of my frosh year roommates who is from Baltimore liked to do a bunch of that). For example, it wouldn't be as likely for UCLA, since that's in an affluent neighborhood...Originally posted by NineSixteen
Yep, just need to worry about getting shot or knifed in Boston, or New York, or DC, or LA, or fill-in-the-blank any city in America. No need to resort to Baltimore-bashing to comfort the man.
Originally posted by Random Access
I've heard that Hopkins Med is in a pretty rough neighborhood. At least according to my cousin who went there. It wasn't just Baltimore-bashing for the sake of its being Baltimore (although one of my frosh year roommates who is from Baltimore liked to do a bunch of that). For example, it wouldn't be as likely for UCLA, since that's in an affluent neighborhood...
Hopkins and other top schools are filled with MANY cookie-cutter premeds, except they don't look for 3.8+ and 35+. Instead they are looking for 3.95+ and 38+.Originally posted by xaelia
I'm sure, if my application had been completed earlier, that I'd have my rejection already as well.
I don't think there's any point to analyzing the numbers behind the rejections of the top schools. Certainly, if one of these schools wants to fill its class with high MCATs (read: WashU), they can do so - I imagine in their position they're more interested in making a diverse class with as wide a variety of experience and expertise while still remaining academically competitive. Translation: Hopkins would be a pretty lame school if they were filled with cookie-cutter premeds with 3.8+ GPA, 35+ MCAT, standard volunteer and research experience. So, some people will lose out to others they would perceive to be less qualified, but in reality bring something non-numerical to the table.
My undergrad GPA was a 3.7Originally posted by scienceriot
(I'm soooo stupid- only have a 3.7 ).
Oh god, I was only kidding- 3.7 is a great GPA. I was just thinking about all the SDNers who have ugrad GPAs of like 976.2, making me feel inadequate because of my occasional B+.Originally posted by NineSixteen
My undergrad GPA was a 3.7
Listen to your mommy! This process is totally and completely unpredictable, and you have as good a chance of getting in as anyone else they invite to do their secondary. So if you think you'd like to go there, get cracking on that secondary!! Good luck!!Originally posted by scienceriot
I got this little postcard, and my mom (SDN screenname Ma!, incidentally- that's how involved she is) is lobbying heavily for me to go ahead and do it, because, after all, I did get an invitation for the secondary.
However, I think they only want my 55 bucks. Though my mom did say that anything I have to do to reduce my chances of having to toil through this freaking process again next year is probably worth it.
If you feel that I spread misinformation, that's fine. It is your opinion. Same as I have my opinionOriginally posted by swaroop1
thanks, smw for correcting me! sorry, xaelia...
as for the only people at hopkins being those who have 3.95 GPAs and 38+ MCATs... that's pretty much ridiculous. spreading misinformation is not cool. we've got a wide range of people with differing scores, different experiences, etc.... just like any other med school.
LIZARDKING!! spreading love to my reed hall people...
take care all, and good luck with everything