Need help narrowing down school list for international student

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  1. hiohokaybye

    hiohokaybye 2+ Year Member

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    I'm currently an international undergrad at UCSD, I just finished my DAT last month and I'm hoping to apply by mid-August at the latest. I've gone over some of the lists posted here on SDN and I'm not sure how to go about narrowing down the list. I know I have a slimmer chance as an international student but I'd appreciate it if anyone has any advice! :)

    My current stats:
    GPA: 3.76 (pretty sure I can pull it up to 3.8)
    sGPA: 3.8
    DAT: AA: 22 (TS: 23, PAT: 22)
    Volunteering Hours: 150 hrs at hospital; shadowing/chair side assistant 200 hours (might be able to do 50-100 more); and I'm hoping I could get roughly 20-50 hours volunteering at a high school.
    I have worked in a psych lab (out of personal interest) for two quarters; I'm looking for a bio lab to work in for next year as well.

    The list I know that accepts international students (could be wrong with a few)
    NYU, Tufts, Temple, Boston U, Midwestern AZ, Creighton, Louisville, Pittsburg, Western, Maryland, USC, Case Western, Buffalo, Virginia Commonwealth, Nova, Michigan, Marquette, Indiana, Detroit Merc, Midwestern IL, UConn, Kentucky, UNLV, Penn, University of Pacific, Columbia, Harvard, UCSF
    (I know Harvard, UCSF, Columbia, Penn are unlikely, so I don't think I'll be applying to them).

    It's quite a long list, my parents are telling me to apply to all to ensure that I get to at least one since they're worried about me being international.
    Fortunately, the tuition won't be an issue for me and my parents so that doesn't have to be a criteria to narrow down the list.

    Thanks for any help :)
     
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  3. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

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  4. hiohokaybye

    hiohokaybye 2+ Year Member

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  5. distressstudent

    distressstudent 2+ Year Member

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    lol you got to be kidding me. another one from UCSD? And we have very similar gpa/dat (you have higher stats though) and almost exact same EC as well. Good luck to you. I hope you get in somewhere because we are basically the same exact applicant! (except I am not international)

    And even though you are an international, do you know if you qualify for California residents yet?
     
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  6. hiohokaybye

    hiohokaybye 2+ Year Member

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    Are you applying this cycle?
    And I think you'd have a better chance as a non-international... I've been in Cali since middle school and I'm pretty sure I still can't qualify haha
     
  7. distressstudent

    distressstudent 2+ Year Member

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    yup. You said you volunteered 200 hours as a chair-side assistant so I assume you are in PDS too? Haha maybe I know you!

    And sorry if I sound rude the first time I said "you gotta to be kidding" I am just genuinely surprised how many of us are on the sdn board these past months. I looked through most posts and I can say that if someone said that they were from a particular undergrad (that isn't an ivy), it is usually UCSD.

    also if you dont mind me asking, what kind of visa do you have? can you not declare California residency at all? Maybe you would want to talk to some graduate counselors at the career service center. they have 15 mins walk in.
     
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  8. hiohokaybye

    hiohokaybye 2+ Year Member

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    I'm actually not that involved with PDS, I've been doing it elsewhere. PDS is so time consuming haha.

    I have F1 student visa and I'm pretty sure I can't at all as a student. I've talked to people at international center and they don't know anything :shrug:
     
  9. distressstudent

    distressstudent 2+ Year Member

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    Oh... You have THAT kind of visa. I am sorry bro. Best of luck!
     
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  10. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

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    That would be your homework.
     
  11. monkeyteeth

    monkeyteeth Monkey going crazy!!! 5+ Year Member

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    why do you apply so late? I know Detroit and Nova do accept F1 students because I got accepted from both. I'm an upcoming D2 at Nova,btw. If money in not a problem then apply to as many as you want, but keep in mind they may wanna ask you about the number of schools that you applied for. It's harder for F1 students but it's not impossible. Just use the ADEA hand book and your statistic skill. I don't think you have any trouble analyze the data, especially with your GPA.
     

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