How common is it to meet with adcom BEFORE you apply?

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DrSal

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I just want to know if meeting with an adcom member before you apply to just go over your application is 1) common, 2) means anything in terms of your chances at a particular school...
 

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1) I haven't heard of it, doesn't mean it doesn't happen though. I've only heard of "officially" speaking with adcom members about your application if you are applying early: my premed advisor said you should meet with the dean of admissions if you're considering it, and unless they virtually guarantee your acceptance, don't apply early.

2) I would say don't try to read too much into it other than some (hopefully) solid advice about your application. One thing many people learn on the interview trail is that, as much as one or two interviewers/adcom members may like you, the decision still lies with the entire adcom, one that's trying to create a class, not just select individuals in isolation.

In any case, it can only be a good thing. Try and get some useful information, but don't put too much stock in what any one person says (including me...).
 

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It probably depends on the school, but at the school I will be going to the dean of admissions is more than happy to speak to prospective applicants. All you have to do is call his office and make the appointment. However, he will not meet with you casually once you have submitted AMCAS. I found it to be very relaxing, and he gave me lots of advice about what he is looking for in applicants and ways to make my application stronger.
 
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Originally posted by periodic
my premed advisor said you should meet with the dean of admissions if you're considering it, and unless they virtually guarantee your acceptance, don't apply early.

I never heard about this before. Has anyone ever heard of a Adcom member giving you the assumption that you were almost guaranteed an acceptance for early admission?
 

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Originally posted by fullefect1
Originally posted by periodic
my premed advisor said you should meet with the dean of admissions if you're considering it, and unless they virtually guarantee your acceptance, don't apply early.

I never heard about this before. Has anyone ever heard of a Adcom member giving you the assumption that you were almost guaranteed an acceptance for early admission?
Yea, i think i read something to that effect on here before. Only "really strong" applicants are encouraged to apply to those prgms, so how else can u tell if you're a really strong applicant unless you speak to someone in the medschool who would be really encouraging you to apply ED.
 

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it does happen, but only in EDP scenarios where the dean examines your record AND your personality/traits (i.e. its like conducting a pre-interview with you).

If they don't like you, he/she says take a chance or maybe you'll get in.

If they like you, he/she says go ahead and apply, I'm sure you'll get accepted.
 

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I was able to meet with Mr Silverman before applying to Yale. EVen went on the tour with the current interview crew. I went with a girlfriend of mine who's since been accepted to Yale and I was waitlist.

Not sure what it did for me, But he did take notes.

I just called the office and asked if I could visit cuz Yale was at the top of my list when picking schools to apply.

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Thanks for your responses. I guess it helped some of you. A friend of mine was telling that she was going to meet with an adcom member and i just wanted to know if it's something i should look into.

Anyone else?
 
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