Jul 19, 2020
  1. Pre-Medical
Hi, everyone! I'm about finalized with my school list and have been writing secondaries. But, I want to make sure that my school list looks good, and to see if anyone has any suggestions for a school I should swap out or another reach school that might have higher chances for me.

My stats:
GPA: 3.88
MCAT: 509
Biology/Piano Performance major
Home state is NE, but hoping to get in somewhere out of state

-60 hours with an program named SoundHealth, its a healing with music sort of thing
-200ish at a hospital transporting patients- volunteer

Volunteering: apart from the clinicals above,
-70 hours volunteering with underprivileged youth at a music camp called Omaha Girls Rock
-100 hours accompanying young pianists on the drums for their jazz pieces at recitals

-450 hours- biomedical research lab researching brain cancers (wet lab)
-50 hours- clinical research into therapies for musicians, specifically pianists

-130 hours in 4 different specialties

Other activities:
-100 hours- With the same Omaha Girls Rock non-profit, got a job going into schools in urban areas and teaching afterschool programs with underprivileged youth- 100 hours
-215 hours- tutoring (paid), but more of an open help room where I tutor a bunch of different people. Not private one-on-one
-150 hours- Judging High School Debate (paid)
-Hobbies I listed were piano, gardening, and cooking

My personal statement talked a lot about my music and medicine related activities (soundhealth and the wrist research). I think my personal statement is strong.

Here is my current school list, from "safety" schools to reaches

University of South Carolina
Michigan State
University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Medicine
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
University of Toledo
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Wayne State
Medical College of Wisconsin
Penn State
Albany Medical College
Tulane University
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Indiana University School of Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Chicago Medical School, Franklin University of Medicine
New York Medical College
Temple University
Drexel University
University of Vermont
Creighton University
University of Illinois
University of Wisconsin
University of Colorado
Wake Forest
Georgetown University
George Washington University
University of Miami

Right now I have 30, and I don't want to go any higher. I wouldn't mind taking a few off, but mainly I'm interested in if there are any other reaches that I should apply to, or any of these that I should maybe remove? e.g. I removed Rush from my reach list because I was reading that they really don't admit many people with less than, like, 1000 hours of clinicals. Things that I may not find out from a simple school search, but the people of sdn do!

Thanks in advance!
Jul 19, 2020
  1. Pre-Medical
Also, if there's any other schools that are more of a match for me, I'd be open to hearing this too. I know my MCAT is low, but it is what it is. If needed, I will retake next year.


All grown up!
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Sep 18, 2013
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You have way too many state schools on your list. Did you use MSAR?
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Jul 19, 2020
  1. Pre-Medical
You have way too many state schools on your list. Did you use MSAR?

I did use MSAR, but the reason for most of these state schools (I added most of them later) is because of my low MCAT. However I wasn't sure how to balance the low MCAT with in state bias. Do you think that I'd be better off replacing some state schools with some private schools that may have a median 2-3 points above my MCAT?


7+ Year Member
Sep 15, 2012
  1. Attending Physician
You have many state public schools on your list that accept few non residents with your MCAT and no connection to the state. I suggest these schools with your stats:
Wake Forest
Virginia Commonwealth
Eastern Virginia
George Washington
Penn State
Seton Hall
New York Medical College
Oakland Beaumont
Wayne State
Medical College Wisconsin
St. Louis
U Colorado

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