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I'm currently a student at a private college that is not highly ranked. I'm Bio Pre-med here and I have a pretty good gpa. I talked to a few people that go to a more prestigious university and they seem to be struggling and are always complaining about how tough it is. Do med schools care about getting As or are they more concerned with your school rank ?
 

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care much more about getting A's. however, extracurriculars are usually not seen through the lens of undergrad. That and the MCAT help differentiate students and put them in different piles during the application cycle.
 

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They care more about whether or not you have cured cancer/AIDS/TB and helped deliver over 9000 babies in Africa.
 

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They care more about whether or not you have cured cancer/AIDS/TB and helped deliver over 9000 babies in Africa.

:thumbup: Do these things and you will get in everywhere. However, if you don't and you still want to get into a top 20, yes the name will most definately help you. If you just want to get into med school name is less of a factor. ADCOMS are people, people are biased, fill in the rest. However if you get a 40-3.9 with pubs and models with bottles, its gonna be hard not to take a second look at ya, ya know wat I mean.
 

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I'm in a similar situation, but at a public school. Coming from an unranked/unknown school, grades matter half as much; MCAT matters twice as much.
 

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Your grades, MCAT, ECs and personal story matters more than your undergrad's reputation.

Get those A's, study and ace the MCAT, volunteer, clinic, research, leadership and you will be fine regardless of where you go.
 

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SEARCH FIRST

This topic is addressed VERY often and at EXTREME length. Please search first.
 
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This topic is so thoroughly rehashed just about every week. Should be added to the permanent posts.
 

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Anyone ever think of posting, stickying and locking a thread that answers only the most dumb and mundane questions like this one?

We should start a list of potential topics that are seen EVERYDAY and give birth to NEW THREADS ALL THE TIME.

1. the school rank/prestige/usnews **** ranking question
2. the extracurricular question
3. the rec letter question




LOL, it'd be funnier if the answers were all USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION YOU ******. Feel free to add
 

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I'm in a similar situation, but at a public school. Coming from an unranked/unknown school, grades matter half as much; MCAT matters twice as much.
Actually, I have never heard it put quite like that. You are right. The importance of the MCAT is greatly enhanced if they don't know and/or respect your undergrad.

They need to know you're smart enough!! If you go to Yale, they know.