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How do you apply to med school?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by arboth, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. arboth

    arboth 2+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    I'm a junior and will be taking my MCAT this August. Can I submit my primary application before I take my MCAT? What exactly constitutes as applyin early, normal and late? Is there a significant advantage towards applying early?
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  3. chable

    chable A sphincter says, "what." 7+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Club Silencio
    Don't you have a "36 (12, 12, 12)" MCAT score already? Go talk to your pre-med guidance counselor.
  4. GreenShirt

    GreenShirt 10+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    You can submit your AMCAS before your MCAT. Your app won't be sent to schools until the MCAT is submitted, but they can start calculating your GPA.

    The primary deadlines for schools are October 15-December 15

    Submitting in June/July is good, August/September is getting late, October/November would be very late.
  5. eternalrage

    eternalrage Even Kal has bad days... 10+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    There is an advantage applying early. Depending on your scores, it may be significant for you. If you are a Texas resident, and applying to Texas schools, you damn well better apply as early as humanly possible.
  6. Dart1516

    Dart1516 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2005

    Your app will be submitted prior to receiving an MCAT score. Some schools (those that do not establish cutoffs based on mcat score) will send you their secondary before they receive your mcat score. Other schools will wait for you MCAT score, but AMCAS will send your materials along once your GPA has been determined and all supporting materials are in.
  7. arboth

    arboth 2+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    my gpa isnt as high as it should be and im hoping to get into a top 5 school. so i figure if i can hit the 40 mark, i'll be good to go. im just worried that schools like harvard and washington u are gonna get ridiculous amounts of applicants immediately. wish i had that 4.0
  8. BigRedPremed

    BigRedPremed Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Tell me this is sarcasm
  9. DrLizzie

    DrLizzie Still in the game 7+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
  10. foofish

    foofish 7+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Or a troll, since I'd wager anyone capable of a 36 on the MCAT is also smart enough to a) know to talk to their premed adviser and b) figure out how to apply to med school before actually applying to med school.

    Also, as far as med school ambition goes, it's a pretty big jump from Jefferson and Drexel to Harvard.... :confused:
  11. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    The cardinal sin around here is to presume a good core on the MCAT before you take it. Folks who struggled with GPA rarely "rock" the MCAT, so until your score is in your post reads like a "what if I won the lottery?" post.

    Forget about top 5 schools until you have credentials that merit such. At this point you should be hoping to score well enough to get into a med school. Half of all applicants wont.
  12. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    the people who say "I'm shooting for a 40" are the ones that take it three times to break 30.

    It's the people that say "i have no idea what I'll score, I hope its good" that end up getting over 40. because they suck :p
  13. foofish

    foofish 7+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Ah, Law2Doc, but I think you missed that the OP is one of that special breed that is retaking the MCAT because they are unhappy with their 36. Logic and rational thought clearly already does not prevail here. :laugh:

    Personally, I'd be more concerned about that 3.2 gpa (or whatever it is).
  14. Robizzle

    Robizzle 1K Member 2+ Year Member

    May 28, 2006
    Boston & NYC
    Same folks who always say "I donno.. I either completely aced or failed it.. you know what I mean?" after you ask them how they did on a test, and you have no choice but to say "Haha.. yeah man I know what you mean." :thumbdown:
  15. dbhvt

    dbhvt Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2005
    Why don't you have the 4.0?
  16. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    You're right - should have checked. Looking at his posts in other threads (in addition to his inconsistent MCAT story) I also see that he has also stated he is hoping to have a shot at GW, Drexel and Jefferson. Not exactly members of "the top five", but perhaps more realistic given his reported GPA.

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