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How many schools to apply to?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by rshah816, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. rshah816


    Feb 2, 2014
    Hey everyone! I am submitting my PharmCAS application tonight (unfortunately I wasn't able to do early decision because my references took two months to submit, even when I reminded them).

    I was just wondering how many schools you guys applied to or are planning to apply to. So far, I have 8: University of Michigan, Wayne State, University of Illinois - Chicago, Midwestern, Nova, Long Island, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Kentucky. I live in Michigan.

    I have all A's (4.0 GPA at my first university, 3.85 at my current institution because their A's range from 3.5-4.0 but it's still viewed as a 4.0 on PharmCAS) and my PCAT was a 97. I'm only nervous because I am applying after pre-requisites and I haven't completed a degree, though I was initially pursuing a biochem degree.

    My parents are telling me I should apply to more in case I don't get in and their continual reminder is really making me nervous, but I really don't even know where else I would WANT to apply.

    I just want to get a feel as to what other people's numbers are. Thanks!
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  3. kies89

    kies89 7+ Year Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    i think ur stats are competitive enough. many ppl still get accepted without bachelors so dont worry too much about it.

    apply some low rank schools maybe a couple more for back up though if u r not confident.
    i applied 20 schools with far below ur gpa and little less pcat score(3.25gpa 93pcat) but still got many interviews and already got an acceptance.
    (now im regretting that i applied too much. maybe 10 schools were good enough.. but i was scared and its too late lol. i declined some interviews and didnt even do supplemental for some schools)

    i think u still have decent chances on schools u listed but if u r worried maybe apply some more back up schools
  4. vanillee

    vanillee 2+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Los Angeles
    I would say your list is fine, and not add anymore because it will cost another additional $50-$70 to add a school (and then another $50-$80 to do the supplement). If I were in your shoes I wouldn't add any more schools because I'd be confident enough with those stats to at least get a handful of interviews.

    I have a WAY lower GPA (below 3.0) and PCAT score (76) so I applied to 14 schools and so far I got 5 interviews and 1 acceptance. They weren't top 20 schools or anything like your list but they are accredited schools. Now I wish I could've applied to less schools to save money T_T
  5. Amicable Angora

    Amicable Angora Lagomorpha 5+ Year Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    You want to apply to enough schools to not give yourself and your family regrets. It sounds like you want to apply to more schools; in this situation, you probably are safe with 15, at most 20.
  6. MDrxgirl410

    MDrxgirl410 2+ Year Member

    Sep 8, 2014
    Baltimore, MD
    I too have been wondering about this a lot. We have very similar stats, the only difference being that I will have a degree after next semester. I was thinking about applying to 7-8 schools, I feel like 15+ is just too many and so much money! :confused: How many did you end up applying to?
  7. rshah816


    Feb 2, 2014
    I ended up applying to 10. I included University of Florida and Purdue University to the list.
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  8. yenle1304

    yenle1304 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2013
    In my opinion, you are applying way to too many schools. But if you want to be safe, then I guess that's fine. My gpa is 3.1 and pcat 97. I was going to apply to 10 schools but ended up applying to 4 and got all 4 interviews. I did that because 1) i have school and i cannot miss too many classes to go to the interviews. I am in a professional program so i have clinics/rotations that I cannot miss 2) Too much money to pay for application and especially traveling fees 3) I applied early so this means that I will be able to go to interviews early. I will know if Im accepted/rejected in Nov/Dec. If i get rejected, then I can always apply to more schools around Nov/Dec, that's not too late to apply. 4) I'm applying to only schools if I really want to go. I didn't want to decline interview later when I get too many interview invites

    But then again... if you have the money to spend, then go ahead. Those were just my reasons to why I applied to only 4 schools with my stats :)
  9. yenle1304

    yenle1304 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2013
  10. ZDhelix


    Oct 2, 2014
    yeah true
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2014
  11. Amicable Angora

    Amicable Angora Lagomorpha 5+ Year Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    Trying to skimp on a few hundreds of dollars on your entire future especially when you don't understand the job market very well and have personal worries is foolish.
  12. Sgriz97


    Oct 7, 2014
    I think that amount of schools is perfect for someone with your stats, and I wish you the best of luck.
  13. rshah816


    Feb 2, 2014
    Thank you! :)
  14. kaidou1412

    kaidou1412 2+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2012
    Durham, North Carolina
    for pharmacy schools, I applied 12 and got accepted 6. Now I see that applying too many schools is a complete waste but at that time I was desperate. 6-8 is adequate number unless you have 2.8 GPA and 50 PCAT.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2014
  15. futurepharm303


    Sep 13, 2014
    Which schools did you apply to if you don't mind me asking and which ones did you get into?
  16. YOWAT

    YOWAT Banned Banned Account on Hold

    Nov 8, 2014
    did u get accepted @UF?
  17. 313heros

    313heros 2+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2015
    Which school did you get accepted by? I'm in the same boat as you with stats.

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