PhillyBoyInTN

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In regards to applying to an OOS school with a strong IS bias....

How significant, if at all, would your uncle (mother's brother), aunt, and some cousins living in that state be?
 

adeline

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Are they your BFFs? Do you spend half your time there? would you move there regardless of mud skul?
 

urrugby

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In regards to applying to an OOS school with a strong IS bias....

How significant, if at all, would your uncle (mother's brother), aunt, and some cousins living in that state be?
That carries no weight. Unless your heart is set on the school, or your stats are well above their averages, it's probably not worth applying.
 

Greonis

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Depends on the school, depends on the adcoms. You cannot get a definitive response here due to the variable nature of the answer (as is the case for many questions here on SDN).

Your best bet is to mention these ties in your application and discuss how they influenced you to apply to the school in question. It certainly won't guarantee that you'll be treated like an IS resident, or that you'll even be considered to be any different from the remainder of the OOS applicants. But, the admissions game is sometimes about using anything and everything to your advantage, and in this case, the possibility does exist that these ties may help you. Worst-case scenario, mentioning the ties does not help you at all.

Think of it this way: mentioning the ties and potentially having a leg-up is far better than not mentioning them at all and being guaranteed no advantage!
 

mvenus929

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I think it depends on how close you are to such family members. I know I barely ever talk to my mom's brother's family, and I'm just now getting in touch with people on my dad's side of the family, so saying that I want to move to ND because my aunt and cousins live up there wouldn't mean a whole lot...
 

Disinence2

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What schools are really looking for is the probability you will stay and practice in their state. So if your reason is good enough to suggest that its a possibility then its good enough.