Ok, I'm feeling a bit anxious (that's actually a bit of an understatement) regarding my chances of being accepted this year. Here's my specifics (this is long, sorry): I'm 24, female, caucasian, and graduated in 2003 with a degree in biochemistry/molecular biology and a minor in anthropology. I took the MCATs for the 1st time in August 2001 (VR11, BS9, PS9, WR). Ended up not applying to med school right out of college. Got married in August 2003. Since December 2003, have worked at a biotech in Gaithersburg, MD, as a toxicology associate helping to run preclinical toxicology studies. I applied last year, but only to my state school. My MCATs were old, and it was one of few schools that would take them. Since my state school is really my top choice, I figured "why not apply and see what happens. Either I'll get in and not have to worry about retaking the MCATs or I'll have to retake them and apply next year anyway." Unfortunately, I got my application in a bit latter in the cycle that I probably ought to have. I interviewed in February, was waitlisted in the 2nd of a 3 tier waitlist, and never got off. My prehealth advisor from college spoke with them, and they told her they were put off by the fact that I only applied to their school and that I should take the MCATs again. Retook the MCATs in August 2005, here are my current stats: MCAT Score: VR 13, PS 9, BS 10, S BCPM GPA: 3.19 Overall GPA: 3.39 This year, I didn't get my AMCAS in until 9/19; was processed on 9/28. The submission dates for my secondaries are in my mdapplicants profile, if anyone is interested. However, those dates are pretty much irrelevant, given that my LOR from my college's prehealth committee didn't go out until 11/4, after all my secondaries had been submitted. Random ECs: One summer doing research, one summer as a nursing attendant at a rehabilitation hospital. Shadowing experiences, community service, varsity crew team (coxswain), taekwondo club (treasurer, president). Random other stuff: Lower GPA second semester freshman year due to emergency appendectomy and recovery that kept me out of classes 2.5 weeks at the beginning of the semester. C- in physical chemistry my junior year (I hate hate hate this subject. Also, had some issues with my coach at the time that prevented me from getting as much extra help as I might have gotten). Ignoring the C-, there is a good general upswing in my GPA over the 4 years. My senior year I had an overall GPA of 3.58 and BCPM of 3.46. I know these aren't spectacular but I feel the upswing truly reflects an increased ability to study well. Looking back, I don't think I can say that I actually learned how to read a textbook and get anything out of it until the end of my sophomore year. Generally overcommitted with extracurriculars/jobs during first three years of college, which also affected grades somewhat. Took A&P following graduation to increase qualifications at work and received a promotion; A in A&P. I have the highest recommendation rating from the prehealth committee and great LOR, both from when I was in college and from my work now. So I guess the overall question is, how is the LOR getting out so late (and the later secondary submissions) going to hurt me? I'm really very concerned that even if I get interviews at this point, I will be so late (again) that I will be waitlisted and never get off, like last year. Am I overreacting? Is it too soon to be this worried?