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Are schools not as likely to accept you if you apply to lots of med schools? Have people been asked about other schools they have applied to at interviews? I'm from CA, so with our competetive schools, I need to apply to lots of them.
 

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I think that you can be asked in interviews where else you're applying/interviewing, etc...

but unless you answer, schools don't know where else you're applying until they make you an acceptance offer...

i would think that it would be tough to apply to tons of schools based on how time consuming (and $ consuming!) secondaries are...

check out the thread with the poll about how many schools people are applying to for more answers to this...
 

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starflower said:
Are schools not as likely to accept you if you apply to lots of med schools? Have people been asked about other schools they have applied to at interviews? I'm from CA, so with our competetive schools, I need to apply to lots of them.
Schools don't know where else you apply until late in the process. But you have to put together and pay for secondaries, so there is a limit to how many you can reasonably do and afford. I think the statistics suggest that for the average student, the optimal number of applications is 12-15, and for a sub-average student it is somewhat more (probably 20ish).
 
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If you have money, go through the schools that have:
1) no essays for their secondaries = no time wasted
2) Schools that screen before they send a secondary = at least you are worth enough to get a secondary
3) schools that send secondary only if you will get an interview
 

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Law2Doc said:
But you have to put together and pay for secondaries, so there is a limit to how many you can reasonably do and afford.
Also keep in mind that, regardless of how much money you have, scheduling tons of interviews will be nearly impossible if you are still in school or work full-time. It sounds like the OP is talking about applying to several schools in-state, so that will help as they won't all be several hundred miles away. But still, you will have to miss school/work to interview at some point, so consider just how much time you're willing to take off, and whether you like a school enough to do it.
 

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Does anyone know which schools only send secondary with interview that are kind to OOS'ers
 

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when you say, Late in the proces they will find out.. what do you mean??


when they offer you an acceptance, they find out where you applied to ? or just where you are waiting on ...??? I'm new?
 

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Law2Doc has beat me to the punch as usual. As he mentioned, schools will not know where else you've applied until April 15. Even then, I think that they only know where you've been accepted (after March 15 I think) and where you've been waitlisted (April). REL is an adcom and occasionally reads SDN. He could give you a more accurate answer. On a personal note, he (REL) called me late in the application process to tell me that he was removing my name from the waitlist. He said, "Don't worry. I see that you've already got some other acceptances." That conversation scared me. Until then, I had no idea that adcoms knew about an applicant's acceptances.

There is no set number of schools to which you should apply. You should at least send applications to all of your state schools. Then, get the MSAR and find universities that (1) fit your personality and (2) have average scores that match yours. As Law2Doc stated, the final number of schools you decide to apply to depends on your strength as an applicant and how much money you're willing to spend.
 
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