Aug 6, 2016
Hi all,

I'm a regular on here but made another account to ask this question for the sake of anonymity. I recently received an interview invite for a school towards the bottom of my list, and the school allows scheduling throughout the entire fall. I am currently trying to decide between scheduling it as soon as possible, or holding off and scheduling it for later in the fall. I currently have interviews at 5 other schools that I'm more interested in, but I know none of them are a sure thing. However, if I hold off and schedule it later, I may have an acceptance by then and save myself the troubles of traveling. But what I'm afraid of sending the message that I'm not interested, which I of course don't want to do. It may be low on my list, but I'm applying because I'd be more than happy to go there if it were my only acceptance.



2+ Year Member
Jan 15, 2015
Medical Student (Accepted)
I agree this could look weird and I have been scheduling all of my as soon as possible regardless of my preference.
  • Like
Reactions: Mansamusa


2+ Year Member
May 17, 2015
Medical Student (Accepted)
Yeah I'd be wary to make it apparent that I was less than excited about any school. I also think you would benefit from changing your mindset before you get there. Any school you get to interview at is a great opportunity and you may end up liking it more than you think.
Mar 8, 2015
Medical Student
I don't think your scheduling time will be seen as lack of enthusiasm. I would go for it and get the practice at a school lower on your list.


2+ Year Member
Dec 22, 2015
Medical Student
Full disclosure: I did this last year. I applied DO when I probably would have rather applied twice to MD. By this time last year, I had 5 MD interviews. I chose to turn down all the DO interviews I received (the one DO interview I did schedule, I moved to a later date then canceled). I'm incredibly happy with how things turned out.

There is a pretty decent chance that you will get in with one of the 5 interviews you have, but it's still a risk to not put your best foot forward at every interview. If this school is a MD school, I would schedule it as early as you can. Get practice, and you never know how things will work out (oh, and scholarships). If it is a DO school and your other interviews are MD, I 100% do not regret my decision (even if things didn't work out with MD- the fact that I would consider moving/canceling the DO interviews made it clear that I probably wouldn't have been happy there)

Just my 2 cents

(And congrats on getting all these IIs so early! You too @ChrisMack390 !)
Last edited:
Oct 28, 2015
Medical Student
Statistically you're probably going to get into one of those other schools, but with all the randomness of this process I just don't think it's wise to give up even the tiniest sliver of chance in your favor.


Only 389 Days Until Next Presidential Election
Lifetime Donor
10+ Year Member
Jul 26, 2009
The Big Bad Apple
schedule it early or schedule late. flip a coin

you can make arguments either way and drive your crazy overthinking it and it will all be speculation anyway. flip a coin, make a decision, and move on.
  • Like
Reactions: Mansamusa