I just wanna know, what does it take to get into those IVY league med schools. I have a 3.75 GPA at a highly respected liberal arts school, myriads of extracurricular activities (e.g. Big Brothers/Sisters, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,Hospice, Rugby Team, College Radio), research experience, abroad study of foreign medical systems, and from current MCAT trials I anticipate to get a 34 or 36. I dont want to sound like a braggart; a lot of you may smoke out my credentials. In my mind, I just feel that I just wont meet the standards for an IVY league school. I hear these stories of some John X or a Megan C out there who has a 4.5 GPA who won a Nobel Prize and nursed sick babies in Tanzania who got into the top schools. On the other hand, I see that places like Stanford or Yale have average GPAs of 3.7, which are withing reach. Who do I believe? Guys, I know I sound like an idiot, tooting my horn here. All I ultimately care about is getting into med school in the US PERIOD, but I feel that medical schools reward geeky labrats who get 45's on MCATs and 4.0's rather than people who are not divinely gifted in academia, but have seen and experienced the medical profession for what it is. My current plan is to apply to about 40-50 med schools and do research after graduation. Out of those, 15 will be "far reach schools." Guys once again, sorry for being so verbose and whinny, but if anyone feels the same way, speak up. Thanks.