I had more or less relieable information that UNMC med school did not have enough applicants to fill their 2002 class. So far their class is unfilled which is very suprising. It seems that they accepted alkost anyone from the waitlists.
Perhaps there are many that didn't meet UNMC's criteria and so they decided not to admit those students and have a smaller class size than admit students who they didn't feel were ready for med school (and risk ruining their rankings with very low GPAs and MCAT scores). I'm curious who got in and who got rejected and their GPAs and MCAT scores.
Did they not fill their class by only a few people, or are we talking a majorly small class (like 50% below their normal size)...is this at all common? I've heard people talking about getting into various schools off of wait lists this year (which always happens I'm sure), but is this another sign that the number of applicants has bottomed out?
University of Florida and University of Arizona are also in similar situations this year, and I've heard that both schools have had to accept a few applicants who were initially rejected after interview because they went through their entire waitlists. Most state schools and a number of private schools that receive any significant amount of state funding (JHU, Tufts, Dartmouth, etc.) are required to produce a certain number of physicians in each year's graduating class (who will hopefully remain in the state to train and/or practice), therefore they must maintain a certain class size by state mandate. So if the waitlist does not provide sufficient applicants to fill the class, a school may have to re-evaluate applicants that were previously rejected. I'm not sure what UNMC is doing about the problem, but this seems to be the first year in a long time that a number of schools have encountered this problem.