Hi all. Thanks for any help you can provide in advance! The pre-application cycle for my school has begun (I am a junior right now). I am trying to assemble a list of schools to apply to. To begin, I was wondering what the average number of schools a student who would apply to mainly top 20 schools applies to. I know since the acceptances are so low, it is best ot hedge your bet by applying to many schools. But I also here that schools dont like it when you "go overboard" and apply to 25 schools. So what is a good target number for me? Also what sorts of schools should I be thinking about applying to. I am interested in a career in academia as an MD, and I hope to be a surgical oncologist (or some other form of cancer research). I am an Indian male at Duke University majoring in biology, and minoring in philosophy and political science. I have a 3.81 GPA and will probably have about 230 credit hours upon graduation. I scored a 38T on my MCAT and am involved in student government and TAing organic chemistry (for 2 years) with research experience. What makes me the most afraid about the admissions process is that I really havent done something incredibly unique, which is why I fear an array of rejection letters upon application. Any help in helping me choose some schools to apply to would be great! Thanks again!!