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How many schools should I apply to???

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by futurepeddoc, Feb 7, 2002.

  1. futurepeddoc

    futurepeddoc New Member

    Feb 5, 2002
    Hi. I'm wondering how many DO schools I should apply to. I was thinking 5, or so?? My info: 3.56 overall, 3.4 science, and 9-V, 9-B, and 7-P. Will that 7 be really hurtful?? I have seen some posts with people having 7's, but they were in Verbal, not physical. ANy info would be helpful. Could u please list how mamy schools you applied to, what yourGPA,MCAT are, and how many you got accepted to. Thanks. :)
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  3. pags

    pags Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2000
    I had a 3.4, 27MCAT, copious health care related experience, and some graduate work in medical physics and I applied to 10 DO schools for 1998. I got 4 interviews and was accepted to one school. I don't think it is as competitive now. The application numbers have dropped off quite substantially in recent years. Hope that gives you a clue. I would apply to 10 schools.
  4. Artois

    Artois Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    I had a 3.6 science, 29MCAT, and a lot of experience. I originally applied to six D.O. schools, but only sent four secondaries back. Got invited to interview at all of them, but only accepted two and I got accepted to both of them. I'm also on University of Washington's wait list. I think it depends quite a bit on your experiences and what you have done. I wouldn't apply to more than 10.
  5. bmw

    bmw Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    I made a 26 on my MCAT with a 7 in physical science. Also, GPA was fair but have M.A. and lots of health care experience. I don't think a 7 kills you if you have strengths elsewhere. I think you should apply to anywhere you would be willing to go.
  6. drchris33

    drchris33 MSIV 7+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2002
    Grand Blanc, MI
    My overall gpa was about 3.45 or so. I got only a 21 on my MCAT--5 Verbal, 8 P, 8 Bio. I had a lot of healthcare experience, awards, volunteer work, community service and certifications. I applied to 13 MD schools and 5 DO schools. I received two interviews so far to two DO schools and got accepted to UHS and wait listed at Des Moines

    Class of 2006 UHS
  7. doc2b34

    doc2b34 Anesthesiology 7+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Sunnyvale, CA

    I think all of these advice are right on. I think you should at least apply to 10 schools. Why limit your chances by applying to only 3 or 4 schools. You shouldn't think it's too expensive because this is your future. Good luck! doc2b34

    PS-My GPA was 3.4, MCAT score was 24(8 verbal, 9 Biology, 7 Physical science) I got 2 interviews and got accepted to TUCOM class of 2006! I applied to 12 DO schools
  8. Arch Guillotti

    Arch Guillotti Senior Member Administrator Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Aug 8, 2001
    I would apply to more than 4-5 schools as well. Look at the state school preferences when you apply and don't waste your time with ones that take mostly in-state applicants like Texas, Ohio, Michigan State, etc. Others like WVSOM and Pikeville take nearly all their students from a particular geographic area. All the specific #'s are readily available somewhere as to the geographic makeups. Don't be put-off by schools like PCOM and NOVA that take most of the ir applicants from in-state. I was accepted at both and I am out of state. If I were you I would try schools like NOVA, PCOM, AZCOM, KCOM, UHS, maybe LECOM and NYCOM.
  9. pags

    pags Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2000
    NYCOM takes 90 to 95% of their students from instate. The majority of the out of staters where from the tri-state area and New England.

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