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Pleeease comment on my list of schools (desperately need input)

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Redpen200, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. Redpen200

    Redpen200 7+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Age: 22
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Caucasian
    Home State: MI

    MCAT Score: VR 11, PS 11, BS 12, Q
    BCPM GPA: 3.61
    Overall GPA: 3.55

    Brief Profile:
    2+ years research (1 publication and 1 coming)
    1 semester hospital volunteer
    1 semester volunteer in free clinic
    1 year director of healthcare policy for student think tank
    (other minor ECs)

    Emory University
    George Washington University
    Georgetown University
    Loyola University Chicago
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    New York University
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Rush Medical College
    SUNY Downstate
    Tulane University
    University of Colorado
    University of Illinois
    University of Miami
    University of Michigan
    University of South Florida
    University of Southern California
    University of Washington
    Vanderbilt University
    Wayne State University
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  3. abcabc1

    abcabc1 2+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    Why not Michigan State? Add that in, even if you're not too excited about it (just to be safe). You have a good chance at Wayne, but your grades are below the median at UMich. MSU gives you a second school where you have a good chance.

    You have more OOS public schools than I would choose. However, you've done a nice job of selecting a set of schools that gives you an excellent chance of at least one acceptance. I don't see a problem with this list, besides the absence of MSU.
  4. Redpen200

    Redpen200 7+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Thanks for the input. I'm not applying to Michigan State simply because I wouldn't go there if I got in. I really want to get out of Michigan, and would really only consider staying if I only got into UofM or Wayne. Are there any schools I should just just drop or maybe a few more safeties I should add?
  5. skydancing

    skydancing 2+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2008

    GW and Georgetown receive over 10,000 apps every year. Why don't you apply to other schools in their stats range that might be more worth the app money (and that aren't so expensive to attend)? I see you didn't list any of the Philly schools. But I can understand that - I am applying to them but would prefer to be elsewhere for med school. What about Albert Einstein or Penn State?
  6. Dendrite

    Dendrite 2+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    The Univ. of South Florida accepts very few OOS students. Univ. of Miami, although private, still predominantly accepts FL residents because they get state funding. I would still apply to UM as an OOS, because they're trying to become increasingly "private", but USF is a different story. If you are interested in coming down to Florida, you may want to consider UCF, which is opening up their school to the entire country for only this coming cycle.
  7. rowerlauren

    rowerlauren 2+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2008
    University of Washington doesn't really accept MD applicants who are not in their location (they accept ID, WY... that don't have their own med schools), but because you are in Michigan there is very little chance.

    Oregon doesn't accept too many out of state, but more possibility than UWash.
  8. paradocs we are

    paradocs we are In love with you 2+ Year Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    The Falls
    Even if MSU is your only acceptance?

    I'm not saying it will be but I'm playing what if.
  9. abcabc1

    abcabc1 2+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    You have a lot of OOS public schools. You should drop some of the following: OHSU, Downstate, UIC, Colorado, USF and UW. Rush is private, but strongly prefers IL residents.

    Consider adding: NYMC, Drexel, Jefferson. I highly recommend Jefferson for you, as it has some of the best Graduate Medical Education programs in the nation and a nice location in Center City Philadelphia. You should be competitive for an interview there.

    Theoretically, it's foolish not to apply to MSU. That said, there's no reason to apply there if you would not attend were it your only acceptance.

    Make sure you add Jefferson, though! Good luck!
  10. nogolfinsnow

    nogolfinsnow 7+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    I think you have too many OOS public schools. Just numbers-wise you probably match up well at those schools, but they'll be pulling a lot fewer people from the OOS applicants. Look for some more OOS private (I know the price sucks) because your numbers are competitive at a lot of schools.
  11. andkia16

    andkia16 2+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2008
    I just went to a University of Washington info session and the numbers are pretty bleak for a non-resident. 95% of the students are from the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) states. The woman who was running the info session said that the 5% from out of state were basically people who had encountered some severe hardships or were really really really impressive. I'm talking like started their own non-profit/discovered new organism impressive.
  12. flip26

    flip26 2+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    Big ixnay on Washington and Colorado - your chances as OOS are miniscule...I suspect the same is true for Illinois and USF...
  13. Mobius1985

    Mobius1985 7+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Lazarus thread allert! This poster asked for advice last June, and has been accepted to Wayne State according to the profile.

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