Additionally, what would be some good “safety schools” for applicants with high stats, but average/unremarkable ECs (besides their own state schools).
I will have to disagree slightly with the right honorable gentleman from west of st. louis. If a outstanding student has strong reasons/ties for any specific school or area, he/she will have a reasonable chance at any school. For example. I have had a few outstanding non-trads, but married with families, who therefore applied to a very, very small number of school in specific area, such as Washington DC and went to GWU. I would also think in this era of financial concerns that more top students may be vying for state school solely on cost issues.BU
State schools in adjacent states
Unless you're Canadian like me.As a high LizzyMer i've been surprised where I've gotten interviews (top schools, but also schools that I would have expected to "yield protect me"). As long as you are within or close the 90th percentile MCAT there don't worry about this.
I disagree, in my experience Rochester places a high value on both stats and ECs as they have the luxury to do so