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Discussion in 'Pre-Veterinary' started by akitavet, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. akitavet

    akitavet 2+ Year Member

    Mar 3, 2007
    in one cycle? I would like to know what a reasonable number is. TIA :D
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  3. HiatusAfflatus

    HiatusAfflatus 2+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    9 for me!
  4. JumptheMoon

    JumptheMoon UPenn Class of 2011 2+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2007

    Be careful...once you start working on VMCAS you think hey, it's really easy to add on another school, or two, or five! Until you start all the supplemental applications...and have to pay the corresponding supplemental FEES :p
  5. Aninha

    Aninha 2+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    I applied to 6 schools.
    I wanted to apply to several because I'm an international I'm not in state anywhere, which makes it the more schools I apply to, the probability that I'll get accepted into at least one increases...that was my reasoning...
  6. ckitten

    ckitten 2+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    i have an in-state school, so 3 seemed like a good number to me.
  7. InfiniVet

    InfiniVet 5+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    College Station, Texas
    6 schools...but the reason is that my fiancee applied to dental school (and got in!) - we were trying our luck to apply only to citites that had both a dental and vet school in it.
  8. Habibti

    Habibti 2+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    I only applied to 2, for the same reason an infinivet
  9. RazorDoc2010

    RazorDoc2010 Mizzou 2011 2+ Year Member

    Oct 1, 2006
    I applied to 7...but I don't have an in-state school, only 3 schools that offer contracts. I agree with JumptheMoon that it's really easy to add schools on vmcas but those supplementals can be killers. As a side note though, some schools have pretty easy supplementals that if you have the money and you're into the school, it wouldn't hurt to apply to.
  10. OceanAngel

    OceanAngel NCSU c/o 2011 2+ Year Member

    May 15, 2006
    Durham, NC
  11. sdb9

    sdb9 2+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    Seattle, Wa
    5, I was trying to find a good fit for both me and my fiance.
  12. philomycus

    philomycus The Tree Rat 7+ Year Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    In an oak tree...
  13. wildfocus

    wildfocus DVM/PhD student 5+ Year Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    Rocky Mountain High
    4 - but i think cornell was a waste of time and money considering my chances were so low... so, should have been 3
  14. SaberVet

    SaberVet 2+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    3 - Pretty much all I could afford to apply to.
  15. ShelterGirl

    ShelterGirl UC Davis SVM 2012 5+ Year Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Bay Area, CA
    Only 1 - my state school. It's probably not a great idea to put all my eggs in one basket, but I REALLY want to go there. If I don't get in, I'll probably apply to 3 or 4 next year.
  16. flokemahe

    flokemahe ISU DVM 2011 2+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    schools I already have the prereqs for
  17. cyrille104

    cyrille104 2+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2006
    same here, 4
  18. Emio

    Emio Fudge Bane 7+ Year Member

    Jan 12, 2007

    shoulda been 4.

    apply to as many as you want! wherever you think you could be happy, send an app.
  19. RemyRipper315

    RemyRipper315 UPenn Class of 2011 2+ Year Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    I applied to 4 -- my instate + 3 others closeby..
  20. fingercrossing

    fingercrossing 2+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    Only one - my in state school. I already have loans from law school so I knew I couldn't manage out of state. It's the one I really wanted to go to anyway so I wouldn't have to move too far from my husband!
  21. su_grad2007

    su_grad2007 Texas A&M 2015 7+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2006
    I applied to 9 and no love for me :( 10 actually but I pulled my application from my in state school after I interviewed because I'm short 2 of the required biochem hours and I couldn't get them done before may. There's always next year. I'm actually looking forward to taking a year off from school and working.
  22. texlaevis

    texlaevis 2+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2007
    Weslaco, TX
    5... places with vet schools + good English/African literature PhD programs for the S.O. ... the precarious tandem grad school application balancing act!!
  23. tuftshopeful

    tuftshopeful 2+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    I applied to just one, my state school. I decided to apply too late in the year and couldn't make the deadline for the VMCAS deadline of Oct 1st and therefore couldn't apply to other schools.
  24. DDoc

    DDoc Glasgow class of 2012 2+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
  25. Fairyblastt

    Fairyblastt UC Davis class of 2013 5+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2007
  26. tiddlywinks

    tiddlywinks UC Davis c/o 2011 2+ Year Member

    May 21, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    5.. but all the supplemental fees and such really did add up. In hindsight I'd probably have gone for just 3 :)
  27. kate_g

    kate_g Senior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    With this restriction, plus after weeding out places that had programs that totally didn't interest me or were in places my SO wouldn't move to, I had 4 - in-state and three others pretty broadly spread across the country.
  28. shine_bluesky

    shine_bluesky 2+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Bristol, UK
    In Britain we are only allowed to apply to 4 (out of 7!). But that was stressful enough for me! I'm not sure i could cope with having to wait to hear from many more than that about interviews and offers/rejections.

    I also don't think i could have coped if i had applied to more and then been rejected from them all. Being rejected from the 4 was bad enough for me.

  29. horsybaby

    horsybaby 2+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2007
    I applied to 3. I was advised that was a reasonable number- taking into consideration app. fees and supplemental applications. One school was my in state program. At this point, I am happy with that amount.
  30. sundoggie

    sundoggie UPenn Class of 2011 2+ Year Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    I applied to 5!
  31. Keygirl1

    Keygirl1 2+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2006
  32. thesonofdarwin

    thesonofdarwin UPenn 2012 2+ Year Member

    Sep 17, 2006
    4 - though I regret limiting myself. In retrospect I would have applied to 6.
  33. alonepear

    alonepear MissState CVM 2011 2+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2006
    NC -> MS
    4 - I have an in-state school, and 3 others rounded out it nicely in terms of affordability and supplemental apps.

    Having to pay to fly to two distant cities, stay in hotels, etc, to interview, was also more than enough time and money for me to invest!

    And my GPA's suck, so that crossed off all the schools that have high minimum GPA requirements.
  34. winterfire1203

    winterfire1203 VMRCVM Class of 2011 2+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2006

    One was my in-state school. One was the closest school in the area to me. I didn't want to pay a lot of money and if I was going to pay a lot of money I didn't want to be far from home and a sympathetic money source ;)
  35. hopefulinPA

    hopefulinPA PennVet '11 2+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2006

    I knew it was where I wanted to go, and it was my in-state school :love: No sense in wasting money to apply to more schools just so I wouldn't hear the "eggs in one basket" speech!
  36. DDoc

    DDoc Glasgow class of 2012 2+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007 must either have a TON of money, or now be very poor from all the application fees.
    7 alone cost me a bundle.
  37. CookieBear

    CookieBear 5+ Year Member

    Oct 1, 2006
    East Coast
    13. Everyone I had the pre-req's for, or would.

    10 rejections so far. 1 acceptance. 2 pending.
  38. spikey

    spikey penn vet 2011 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2006
    new jersey

    i'm out of state everywhere, but i only wanted to go one place. so i am. :D
  39. Keygirl1

    Keygirl1 2+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    actually neither.
  40. DDoc

    DDoc Glasgow class of 2012 2+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    I didn't mean that offensively or anything. Just started to add up a bit between VMCAS and supplementals.
    I admire the determination of those of you who applied to 10+
  41. Sassygirl

    Sassygirl OSU CVM Class of 2011 2+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2007

    It's great that everything worked out for you. But I would just like to post for those who will be applying next year that one is the riskiest number of schools to to apply to... If your application is borderline in any way they might decide that they can wait on you... Plus, I know a lot of good applicants that didn't get into their in state school this year...

    I applied to 4 by the way
  42. scws

    scws 2+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    5; in the beginning, i wish i had applied to more, but after all the interviews and travelling and money, i'm really glad with that number.

    a little warning: i have HEARD (don't know at all if it's true), that applying to ALOT of schools is kinda a bad idea..cause certain schools will be like "oh, i think he/she will get into so and so school instead so we won't bother with her" or "why does he/she feel the need to apply to so many?"...i do not know if that's true, but one of the schools i applied to specifically asked me how many schools i applied to during the interview. from what i've kinda heard, it seems like those people who applied to alot seem to get alot of rejections..i don't know if that's just cause they applied to alot and thats why...but i know this girl who applied to 16, and seems to be having a rough time, but again, i don't know if this actually plays a factor...
  43. QTkitty

    QTkitty CSU PVM class of 2011 2+ Year Member

    Jan 24, 2007
    I applied to 7 schools in the western US (so that plane tickets home wouldn't be too great), and ones that I had the pre-reqs for. I also want to note that when I went to my interview at KSU, they asked me specifically about some of the other schools I applied to. It would make me really nervous to only apply to one school because the schools can look at it two ways: they may either think you absolutely love only their program and will be flattered and happy to accept you (if you meet their expectations), or they may question why you only applied to one school. It's entirely up to you. The cost and supplementals do add up, but probably not as much as waiting another year to apply again. Good luck ! :luck:
  44. ri23

    ri23 OSU CVM Class of 2011 7+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2006
    I second what sassygirl said. Applyin to one school is kind of risky. I know a lot of good applicants that applied to one school, and they haven't heard back yet. I agree that adcomms know that people will reapply to vet school a few times, so they probably figure that they can wait another year on you. I would definitely apply to more than one.

    I only applied to two schools. I love my state school, Ohio, and I've always had an affinity for Penn.
  45. Aninha

    Aninha 2+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    At my interview at Penn they asked me about the other schools that I applied to: "Why did you chose this particular list of schools?" (I applied to 6)
    I don't think they did that to "trick me"...because I had a reason for my choices, so i could answer the question....but just be aware that they DO look at the number or schools and which schools you apply maybe applying to many many schools may make them think "she/he'll probably get accepted somewhere else..."
  46. soxbox

    soxbox CSU PVM Class of '11 2+ Year Member

    Jan 12, 2007
    applied to 5... all the ones i had prereqs for (not taking microbiology really limited the number of schools i could apply to...) but all in all, 5 was an OK number... even though i have had only 2 interviews (yay for csu accepting me without one) they are so time/money/sanity consuming... i really dont think i would have had time or money to go to more (and im flying out to colorado for a few days next week)... though working full time and taking classes 4 nights a week doesnt help much with flexibility in that aspect either :)

    accepted into 1
    waitlisted at 1
    interviewed today at 1
    no word from the other 2
  47. CookieBear

    CookieBear 5+ Year Member

    Oct 1, 2006
    East Coast
    In retrospect, I wouldn't have applied to the schools that only accept 10 or less non-residents. I think I could've saved some money that way.

    Being a non-trad, and 30 years old, I wanted to be sure I felt that I gave this cycle everything I could. I didn't want to be saying, later on, "I should've applied there."

    The number of schools that I applied to did not come up at my KSU interview.

    Since I got in, I'm not planning on asking anyone for a "post-mortem" consult, so I won't be able to tell you if these schools counted my 13 applications against me.

    Ultimately, I wanted this badly enough that I felt I had to try everywhere I could. I'm guessing that it was my GPA, GRE and lack of large animal experience that kept me from getting in elsewhere, not my 13 applications. I could be wrong... but we may never know!
  48. Pennymare

    Pennymare Ohio State Class of 2011 2+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    I applied to 6 schools: Penn, Ohio, Purdue,Michigan, NC, and VA-MD.
  49. jeeney

    jeeney Ross SVM c/o 2012 2+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    SoCal 626
  50. k9 <3er

    k9 <3er UC Davis SVM c/o 2011 2+ Year Member

    Aug 8, 2006
    So Cal
    i applied to 14 schools. Yes, I know thats excessive but I was afraid that no one would accept me. In retrospect, I don't think applying to that many schools hurt me. No one ever asked me why I applied to so many schools, they just asked me why I chose THEIR school. Applying to that many schools and filling out all of their supplementals really burned me out though but you gotta do what you gotta do. Hope that helped! :luck:
  51. wolfpacktwirler

    wolfpacktwirler NCSU Class of 2011 2+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    Raleigh, NC
    4 schools... 1 instate, 3 outta state. all mine were around NC though, didn't wanna go to far away for vet school, especially if i COULD get the same education in the town I live in right now. Fingers crossed!:)

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