I am a non-trad. Was always pre-med but took a brief detour into nursing after having my son sophomore year of college. Graduated from a top 3 school with a 3.55 (major upward trend... first couple of years of college, I goofed off too much and had a 3.3 ish GPA.) Went back almost immediately after graduation and started post-bacc classes. This is where most of my science GPA comes from, because not as many nursing school classes cross over as you might expect. So, post-bacc GPA is 3.67 and all are sciences. Since graduating in 2006, I have been working as a pediatric critical care nurse, and have also been a forensic sexual assault nurse examiner for 2 years. I have done a lot of international medical relief work which I will be continuing throughout the application cycle. The rest of my EC's are all the normal stuff: NCSC, Dean's List, "peer advisor" (similar to an RA), hospital volunteer, running in marathons for charity, tutoring, hospital tech before graduating, and various scut jobs for extra cash. I am a Caucasian female VA resident and didn't count myself as disadvantaged, although I did grow up in a "rural medically underserved" area. I believe my PS is strong, it is focused on my "journey" from pre-med to nursing and back again, plus my interest in relief work. All my professor LOR's are from post-bacc, and all my "professional" LOR's are docs I work with, all of whom are associate professors at George Washington. My dad is also a GWU Law School alum. I am a Hopkins alum. So.... here's my list. JHU University of Maryland Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences GW Georgetown Howard Drexel Temple Jefferson Penn State UPenn EVMS VCU UVA Virginia Tech (both MD and DO programs) Marshall Univ. of Pittsburgh The Commonwealth Medical College Univ. of West Virginia + 2 other DO programs MCAT score in 8/2010: 8/8/9 25P MCAT score in 7/2011 12/11/13 36R My questions are: What are my chances at top-tier schools like Penn and Hopkins? Does my list look reasonable, and if not, what's missing? Thanks all!