To anyone who is/was an adcom member at some point, could you please look at my MDApplicant profile (in my signature), and tell me why, with a 3.96 GPA in a rigorous science major in the honors program at a Research 1 University, member of the AAU(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_American_Universities), a 34-S on my MCAT (never took any formal physics prior -- I'd have gotten a 36 or so if I had... I teach for Kaplan, I got a 38 on the practice test they gave me recently), I have been snubbed by so many schools. UofA interviews everyone, I am technically a legacy at SUNY Upstate, as my mother received a PhD from Syracuse (yes, Upstate and SU are technically different, but they still take it into consideration apparently, despite my being out of state), and Mayo is the only real unconnected school that was interested in me. I'd be happy to send my personal statement/activities listing to any verified adcom people, but it was extensively reviewed by a fourth year medical student, the Dean of the honors college, and a former Adcom member of WashU, so I think it's probably pretty good since all of them gave their thumbs up on it. If nothing else, I suppose this thread could ultimately serve as a warning/help to everyone else that will help people who have spent so much of their time "making the grade" so-to-speak, only to get cut down by something stupid. I am already becoming completely disenchanted by the notion that if you work hard, regardless of socioeconomic background, you can achieve anything in America, and starting to get really anxious and sort of depresssed by this whole process, especially as I get more and more counselers and advisors telling me to get a back-up plan or go into business/politics, things none of the so-called "experts" told me that I would even need to think about when I submitted my application. Anyway, I mean honestly, what can I do to improve my app next year if it comes down to that? Try to get an extra 4-6 points on the MCAT? Go to Africa? I know so many people with lower stats, less extra curriculars, no research, etc. that are already accepted to multiple places. I mean honestly, I just don't get it at all, I've demonstrated a life-long commitment to my interest in medicine, and this is where it gets me. Unbelievable, I am just so miserable right now, I don't even know what to do/say, and don't even want to go to my classes, because all this physiology is really just med-school-lite, and utterly insulting and useless if it doesn't lead anywhere.