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How do I narrow down my school list?

Gram1027

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    I have just recently joined this forum, although I have been reading without posting for about a year.
    These last couple weeks, since i'm on winter break, I have been seriously looking at which schools I will be applying to this upcoming cycle. I have been using the MSAR to narrow down schools that are within my range: MCAT 509, cGPA 3.84 sGPA 3.86, I have also been trying to filter based off of things like, OOS matric. rates, class size, mission statement, and curriculum. I am at the point now where it is difficult to narrow down any further (curriculum and mission are for the most part similar across schools).
    For example looking at Toledo and Tulane, similar academic medians, similar OOS matric percents, similar class size, mission statements are pretty standard, how would you go about choosing which of these schools are a better fit for you?

    Should I attempt to match schools with my ECs?
    Research at home uni ~400 hours over 2 semesters; will continue
    Research at European university ~500 hours over 1 semester
    Internship in health performance improvement ~400 hours
    Community service ~50 hours; will continue
    Hospital hours ~50 hours; will continue
    Barely any shadowing
    MI resident. Any responses are greatly appreciated :)
     

    Gram1027

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      Also Current school list
      Wayne State
      Michigan State COM
      Michigan State CHM
      Oakland
      Central Michigan
      Western Michigan
      Toledo
      Tulane
      Indiana
      Louisville
      Many more that are within my range and can't figure out how to narrow further
       

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        Also Current school list
        Wayne State
        Michigan State COM
        Michigan State CHM
        Oakland
        Central Michigan
        Western Michigan
        Toledo
        Tulane
        Indiana
        Louisville
        Many more that are within my range and can't figure out how to narrow further
        Since OOS schools favor the home team, and thus one has to be > avg when applying from outside, I suggest deleting Toledo, IU and U Louisville. Suggest adding MUCOM and CCOM and/or OHCOM if you wish to stay closer to home. In that vein, you could swap out Tulane for SLU, Loyola, Rush or MCW.
         
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