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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by student4life0800, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. student4life0800

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    Stats:

    MCAT: 38

    GPA: 3.56 sGPA: 3.62

    EC's

    120 Hrs volunteering @ Children's Hospital

    Teaching Assistant for Intro Bio for 3 Semesters

    Research for 2 years and working on publishing paper currently

    Shadowed 60 hrs

    Volunteered in the OR for 40 hrs

    Job as an MCAT tutor

    And worked during school

    Current List

    • Brown University

    • Case Western

    • University of Colorado

    • Columbia University

    • Dartmouth University

    • Duke University

    • Emory University

    • George Washington University

    • Georgetown University

    • Loyola

    • Ohio State

    • Rush

    • Tulane

    • UCLA

    • UCSD

    • UCSF

    • UNC

    • University of Miami

    • University of Utah

    • USC
    MAYBES

    • Albert Einstein
    • Baylor
    • Boston
    • Chicago @ Rosalind Franklin
    • Drexel
    • Florida International
    • Mayo
    • Mount Sinai
    • Northwestern
    • NYMC
    • Penn State
    • Wisconsin
    • Temple University
    • Tufts
    • University of Arizona
    • Wake Forest
    • Virginia Tech
    • Thomas Jefferson University
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • Cornell
    • Oregon Health and Science University
    • University of Cincinnati
    Any schools that you would move from my maybes to the list or remove from my current list? Or any that I didn't list that you would add.

    I am looking to apply to 25, I appreciate the input!
     
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  3. Goro

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    Case Western
    Hofstra
    Pitt OR Northwestern
    Duke University
    Emory University
    George Washington University
    Georgetown University
    Loyola
    Rush
    Tulane
    University of Miami
    USC
    Albert Einstein
    Boston
    Chicago @ Rosalind Franklin
    Drexel
    SLU
    MCW
    U VM
    VCU
    EVMS
    NYMC
    Temple University
    Tufts
    Wake Forest
    Thomas Jefferson University
    Your state schools
     
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  4. WedgeDawg

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    What is your state of residence?
     
  5. student4life0800

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    Utah, I just would like to live in Cali. I do know that they are hard to get into.
     
  6. student4life0800

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    Is it unrealistic to apply to Cali Schools with my stats?
     
  7. WedgeDawg

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    I essentially agree with Goro's list, but I'll add some of my own comments on your list.

    Remove Brown: they interview 3% of applicants and aren't worth the time, money, or effort to apply for so little probability of reward.

    Remove UNC: extreme in-state bias.

    Of your maybes, I would look into considering any the following:

    • Albert Einstein
    • Boston
    • Drexel
    • Mount Sinai
    • Northwestern
    • NYMC
    • Penn State
    • Temple University
    • Tufts
    • University of Arizona (look into both)
    • Wake Forest
    • Virginia Tech
    • Thomas Jefferson University
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • Cornell
    • University of Cincinnati
    You're okay for any of these, but don't add too many because you don't want your list of secondaries to become unmanageable (which can happen very quickly).

    As for the California schools, your stats are good enough for them, but they are remarkably hard to get into, boasting absurdly low acceptance rates and a very large pool of highly qualified applicants. UCSF is probably the best for OOS favorability of the UCs, but your best chance at a California school will unquestionably be through USC-Keck.
     
  8. student4life0800

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    Do you think that if my gpa is below the 10th percentile, but close like at northwestern, I should still apply?
     
  9. WedgeDawg

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    I would personally advise against it if you are removing other, more likely schools, to include these ones, but it's up to you. Keep in mind that if you're below the 10th percentile, more than 90% of admitted students have higher stats than you in that regard, and the ones that don't usually have something else that makes up for that.
     
  10. student4life0800

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    Ok thank you both very much, this has helped a lot!
     
  11. student4life0800

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    Hey Goro, why take Columbia off?
     
  12. WedgeDawg

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    You can keep it on if you want. It's hard to tell which top schools you'll get bites at, so if you're competitive and you like the school, go ahead and apply.
     

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