Additionally, what would be some good “safety schools” for applicants with high stats, but average/unremarkable ECs (besides their own state schools).
State schools in adjacent states
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