I got this from the school's director of admissions Linda Whitson and hope that it'll be useful to some of you... UCSD uses a point-system for their evaluations. Points are assigned to applicant's GPA and MCAT, and those who meet the cut-off receive an automatic secondary. Those who fall below this "magic" number but meet their min. requirements of a 2.7 GPA and 7's across the MCAT get reviewed further. 2000 2ndaries are sent out until Jan. When 2ndaries come in, the letters of rec as well as the activities listed from the primary application are scored. The autobiography is NOT scored. After some cut-off number again, interviews are handed out. 50% of the ~600 interviewed get accepted (including wait-listed applicants). This year the first acceptances will be sent out around Thanksgiving. The dean of admissions personally calls, and I got the impression that interviewees who don't get notified w/in a given amount of time are either put into their "pool of acceptable applicants" or given rejection letters. (I'm not sure about this last one. Anyone else have different info?) Okay, I hope this is helpful to you guys.