Please help!!! Strong GPA but avg. MCAT- which one is a more substantial factor to choosh school list

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  1. sGPA: 3.98
2.cGPA: 4:0
  1. MCAT: 512 (128/128/129/127) and 513 (128/126/129/13)
  2. Residency: CA
  3. Major: Human Biology and 2 minors: Global Health and Spanish
  4. Ethnicity and/or race: White
  5. Undergraduate institution: Well know school
  6. Sister in Medical school
  7. Clinical Research: Good research project-400 hrs
  8. Clinical Experience: Emergency and Covid-19 clinical works-300 hrs
  9. Shadowing: 100 hrs
  10. Non-clinical volunteering: Good projects-300 hrs
  11. Personal Statement; Strong and solid
  12. Biology TA -100 hrs
I apologize if I am repeating my question. I need to apply to ~ 40 MD schools, however with my unbalanced stats, and sorry for the long list I can’t make a good decision. Please provide your expert opinion if I consider my high GPA or my MCAT score to choose the reach, target, or safe list. MCAT or GPA, which one is a more substantial factor to select the students?

Considered School List:

MD schools:


Albany- Safe school

Albert Einstein

Boston- Reach School

Brown

Case Western Reserve

California Northstate

California University of Science and Medicine

Charles E. Schmidt

Chicago Med Franklin

Creighton University

Dartmouth

Drexel

Duke

Emory

Eastern Virginia

Florida Atlantic University

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

George Washington

Georgetown

Kaiser Permanente

Loma Linda University

Loyola University Chicago

Medical College of Wisconsin

New York Medical College

NOVA MD

Ohio State University

Pennsylvania State University

Rush Medical College

Quinnipiac

Saint Louis University

Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Oakland Beaumont

Thomas Jefferson

Tufts

University of California Davis

University of California Irvine

University of California Los Angeles

University of California Riverside

University of California San Diego

University of Central Florida

University of Cincinnati

University of Iowa

University of Massachusetts

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Pittsburgh

University of Rochester

University of South Florida-Morsani

University of Southern California

University of Vermont

Wake Forest University

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

Virginia Commonwealth

Virginia Tech Carilion
-I will also apply to a few DO schools
 

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You have a very good application and I think this is a pretty good list for you. You have some schools on there that are definite reaches (Duke, Michigan, Pitt) but you also have enough targets on there. I think you maybe forgot UCSF from the california schools?

I would make sure to look at the OOS stats for some of the state schools (Iowa, OSU, Penn State; they may take OOS but usually they end up being higher stat applicants).
 
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I suggest these schools from your list:
Albany

Albert Einstein

California Northstate

California University of Science and Medicine

Charles E. Schmidt

Creighton University

Drexel

Eastern Virginia

Florida Atlantic University

George Washington

Georgetown

Kaiser Permanente

Loma Linda University

Loyola University Chicago

Medical College of Wisconsin

New York Medical College

NOVA MD

Ohio State University

Pennsylvania State University

Rush Medical College

Quinnipiac

Saint Louis University

Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Oakland Beaumont

Thomas Jefferson

Tufts

University of California Davis

University of California Irvine
University of California Los Angeles

University of California Riverside (if you are from that region)

University of California San Diego

University of Central Florida

University of Cincinnati

University of Iowa

University of Miami

University of Pittsburgh

University of Rochester

University of South Florida-Morsani

University of Southern California

University of Vermont

Wake Forest University

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

Virginia Commonwealth
You could add these schools:
TCU-UNT
NOVA MD
Seton Hall
 
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Thank you so much for providing your expert opinion. When we are exploring MCAT and GPA data for each school, which one should we consider? All Accepted or All Matriculated?
 
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