Is your alma mater showing you no love?

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  1. italianlove

    italianlove Senior Member

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    Hey guys, I just wanted to see if anyone here is in the same boat. So, I sent in my secondary and LOR's back in October and have good stats and very respectable EC's. Then I start hearing about how all of my friends here are getting interviews with little to no EC's, lower stats and the like. What makes it worse is that they sent in all of their stuff at the deadline in December and just got interviews last week while I am still just waiting here. I called up the school to find out what the deal is and the receptionist was so rude I almost puked. She was like, "Did you get a complete postcard in the mail?...Well, that's all we can tell you."

    Has this ever happened to any of you? If so let me know, and tell me what you think is going on. Your help is greatly appreciated. Ciao.
     
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  3. El Jefe

    El Jefe The Jefe

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    Yeah UCLA rejected me pre-interview after only a month or so of holding my secondary. Seemed pretty cold to me.
     
  4. choker

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    i just had a meeting with my dean (not preprofessional dean, but dean of the school dean) and he told me that all of the higher caliber professional schools discriminate visciously against their own undergrads. while it may be the case that a good number of students at a good professional school may come from its own undergrad, the data is skewed because ALL undergrads of a particular institution tend to apply to their own school.

    that's what he told me. take from it what you will.
     
  5. westsidespartan

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    Same deal here. I'm an undergrad at Michigan State, have done awesome in all of their toughest courses, have good LOR's from the profs, am a state resident from an underserved county, and have stats higher than their averages. Yet, no love from the MD school. Promptly put "on hold before interview." The only place I have gotten interviews are from 4 out-of-state, public, tier 1 schools. My state hates me. Go figure.
     
  6. Ben01

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by italianlove:
    <strong>Hey guys, I just wanted to see if anyone here is in the same boat. So, I sent in my secondary and LOR's back in October and have good stats and very respectable EC's. Then I start hearing about how all of my friends here are getting interviews with little to no EC's, lower stats and the like. What makes it worse is that they sent in all of their stuff at the deadline in December and just got interviews last week while I am still just waiting here. I called up the school to find out what the deal is and the receptionist was so rude I almost puked. She was like, "Did you get a complete postcard in the mail?...Well, that's all we can tell you."

    Has this ever happened to any of you? If so let me know, and tell me what you think is going on. Your help is greatly appreciated. Ciao.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Schools try to recruit people from other universities in order to maintain a sense of diversity in terms of ideas/education/knowledge. It's true of all graduate school programs. It's not such a bad idea actually... but I know it sucks when you're getting the short end of the stick.
     
  7. THE instiGATOR

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    No love from UF...yet :D ! Even though they only have 3 more interview dates, I'm not giving up hope!
     
  8. vkrn

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by westsidespartan:
    <strong>My state hates me. Go figure.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Omigosh, LOL! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    Not to make light of your situation, but I loved the way you phrased it!

    I didn't even apply to my alma mater 'cause I KNEW they wouldn't take me.
     
  9. italianlove

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    Hey guys, thanks for the responses. The thing that I may not have been clear about is that my friends who had the lower stats, EC's go HERE for undergrad too! :( This is why I was so upset and confused. Any other thoughts on why I'm getting the cold shoulder? Ciao.
     
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    My alma mater (eeww!)--rephrase before I puke: The state school where I did undergrad has rejected me pre-interview.
     
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    No love in Illinois...
     
  12. otter

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    Hi italianlove - Does your school have a policy of giving preference to its own undergrads/alumni?

    Here's my story. My alma mater (unlike many public schools that prefer graduates of other schools) invites about 2/3 of its own to the interview each year while inviting less than 15% of other applicants. So you know that there's a heavy preference. Their med school also happens to be one of my top choices. I applied in 2000 with 3.6gpa, 27, tons of clinical experiences, not to mention engineering degree, previous high-tech career, etc. I've also been volunteering a lot in the school's high school recruiting activities. Although my MCAT score was not great, I found it hard to believe that I was in the bottom 1/3. Anyways, I waited and waited and eventually got rejected w/o an invite. I wrote an appeal letter but was promptly told that they don't reconsider decisions. I was pretty bummed out.

    I reapplied in 2001 for the second time, this time with 30 MCAT. On recommendation from my advisor, I alerted the dean of admissions via email that I am an alumnus and that I'd really appreciate an interview this time around. I still heard nothing. ...for the longest time. So about a month ago, I wrote a pretty impassioned letter stating my frustration and how much I really wanted to go back to my alma mater to study medicine (all of it was sincere). Then, about two weeks later, I finally got the interview invite. It was for one of the school's last interview dates. Regardless, I was really happy. I still don't understand why it took all this nagging and appealing to finally get them to notice me, because I know for a fact that others with less life experiences and lower stats had been invited. But I guess what matters is that I finally got the invite from the place I really want to attend.

    So, my suggestion is to do what I did and write them a very thoughtful letter. You should take that intiative instead of wait around frustrated by the unfairness of the process, because you really can't take anything for granted in this whole med school deal. But I certainly can empathize with you.
     
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    Vanderbilt rejected me before I even sent in a secondary. My stats aren't THAT bad.
     
  14. shorrin

    shorrin the ninth doctor

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    me either,

    I even met with the dir. of admin. who encouraged me to apply. I work in their research division doing some pretty cuttung edge research. ah well. none of my friends, also alumni, got any love either.
     
  15. Papa Smurf

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by shorrin:
    <strong>me either,

    I work in their research division doing some pretty cuttung edge research. </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Aha! Maybe it wasn't "cuttung" enough for them. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    In all seriousness, I dunno why some med schools are so hard on their own undergrads. Seems like they go out of their way not to interview us. Oh well, time to move on I suppose.
     
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  17. dukeblue01

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    I applied to my alma mater and they rejected me pre-interview. I asked my friends whether the same thing happened to them and they said they didn't even bother applying. I guess I should have followed their lead. Oh well, I definitely want to get out of durham anyway. :D
     
  18. UCLA.... no secondary...no rejection (yet)... I have an MCAT score significantly above their average... have a GPA at about their average.... decent ECs, decent research, good letters. I want them to reject me and get it over with so there will be one less status page to check daily.
     
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    Yeah those rat bastards.... my first rejection was from my formerly beloved undergrad institution. I got over it when I ripped up my class of 2001 graduation pledge. I'm obviosuly not still bitter though. :)
     
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    Yeah those rat bastards.... my first rejection was from my formerly beloved undergrad institution. I got over it when I ripped up my class of 2001 graduation pledge. I'm obviosuly not still bitter though. :)
     
  21. TSpoon

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    I was running strong (5 replies, all for interviews) until I got my first rejection which was from my home school.

    Oh well, their loss since I have been accepted elseware and will retract my $5M donation. :p (bastards!)
     
  22. ewells

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    I have heard nothing from Arizona since my interview. My stats and ECs are very competitive for Uof A, but they have already sent out 2/3s of their acceptances.
     

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