BigBoi4545

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I am a low-income/first-gen ORM from CA that attends a lower-ranked UC. I failed 2 classes in my freshman year (non-science classes), but have gotten a 4.0 in every semester after that, so I have managed my cGPA up to a 3.86 and my sGPA up to a 3.95. I am applying to medical schools next year, but this is what I have so far. Any recommendations about what I can do to tighten up my application would be much appreciated:

EC's:
Research:
2 REUs (one of which was online last year) (900 hours)
2 poster presentations
1 year of bioinformatics research (350 hours)
1 semester of bench research (150 hours)

Clinical Experience:
Medical Assistant at a (small) Neurology clinic (1500+ hours)
Hospital Volunteer (300 hours)
Shadowing various docs for 50 hours

Volunteering:
Worked for a charity geared towards raising money for Middle-Eastern orphans (300 hours)
Food Bank Volunteer (250 hours)
Planning to do Americorps during my gap year

Leadership/Work Experience:
Mentor for Underprivileged High School students (500 hours over 1 summer)
Co-creator of website dedicated to raising awareness for BLM protests (100 hours)
Co-creator of interactive maps dedicated to raising awareness about fracking waste in drinking water nationwide (120 hours)

Miscellaneous/Hobbies:
Captain of intramural soccer team (2 semesters)
I produce/make hip-hop songs

I am currently planning to apply to all of the UCs (except UCR), USC-Keck, Cal Northstate, UCincinnati (I did an REU w/ Cincinnati Children's) and Dartmouth, but I was hoping for some more recommendations about where I should be applying out-of-state. I don't want to make my list top-heavy.
 

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I am a low-income/first-gen ORM from CA that attends a lower-ranked UC. I failed 2 classes in my freshman year (non-science classes), but have gotten a 4.0 in every semester after that, so I have managed my cGPA up to a 3.86 and my sGPA up to a 3.95. I am applying to medical schools next year, but this is what I have so far. Any recommendations about what I can do to tighten up my application would be much appreciated:


I am currently planning to apply to all of the UCs (except UCR), USC-Keck, Cal Northstate, UCincinnati (I did an REU w/ Cincinnati Children's) and Dartmouth, but I was hoping for some more recommendations about where I should be applying out-of-state. I don't want to make my list top-heavy.
I can't recommend CNU. You can do far better.

I do recommend:
Your UC list
Yale (maybe)
U Chicago (maybe)
Cornell (maybe)
Mt Sinai
U VA
BU
Mayo (maybe)
Case (maybe)
U MI
USF Morsani
USC/Keck
U IA
U ILL
U MA
Kaiser
SUNY-SB
U WI
U Cincy
U CO
U VM
OH State
UCF
NYU-LI
Dartmouth
Brown
Pitt
Miami
SLU
Albany
Albert Einstein
Rochester
Rush
Rosy Franklin
NYMC
EVMS
Wake Forest
Jefferson
Temple
Tulane
Hackensack Meridian
GWU
Gtown
Netter
MCW
Loyola
Emory
Hofstra
Tufts
Oakland-B
Western MI
Uniformed Services University/Hebert (just be aware of the military service commitment)
Nova MD
 
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BigBoi4545

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I can't recommend CNU. You can do far better.

I do recommend:
Your UC list
Yale (maybe)
U Chicago (maybe)
Cornell (maybe)
Mt Sinai
U VA
BU
Mayo (maybe)
Case (maybe)
U MI
USF Morsani
USC/Keck
U IA
U ILL
U MA
Kaiser
SUNY-SB
U WI
U Cincy
U CO
U VM
OH State
UCF
NYU-LI
Dartmouth
Brown
Pitt
Miami
SLU
Albany
Albert Einstein
Rochester
Rush
Rosy Franklin
NYMC
EVMS
Wake Forest
Jefferson
Temple
Tulane
Hackensack Meridian
GWU
Gtown
Netter
MCW
Loyola
Emory
Hofstra
Tufts
Oakland-B
Western MI
Uniformed Services University/Hebert (just be aware of the military service commitment)
Nova MD

Thank you so much for the recommendations! I will only be able to afford to apply to around 25 schools, so do you think this school list is balanced?

Reaches:
UCSF
UCSD
Emory
Ohio State
Pitt
UW
Mount Sinai
Case
Cornell

Others:
UCI
UCDavis
Dartmouth
Brown
Albert Einstein
USC/Keck
Georgetown
Cincy
Wake Forest
U ILL
U MA
Kaiser
BU
Hofstra
Miami
Loyola
 

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Thank you so much for the recommendations! I will only be able to afford to apply to around 25 schools, so do you think this school list is balanced?

Reaches:
UCSF
UCSD
Emory
Ohio State
Pitt
UW
Mount Sinai
Case
Cornell

Others:
UCI
UCDavis
Dartmouth
Brown
Albert Einstein
USC/Keck
Georgetown
Cincy
Wake Forest
U ILL
U MA
Kaiser
BU
Hofstra
Miami
Loyola

You have a very good application. I think this list is okay, but can probably be optimized.

I would say that UWashington, Illinois, and UMass can be better replaced by others such as: Rochester, UArizona, UCLA, RFU, Jefferson.
 
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You have a very good application. I think this list is okay, but can probably be optimized.

I would say that UWashington, Illinois, and UMass can be better replaced by others such as: Rochester, UArizona, UCLA, RFU, Jefferson.
100% agree. U WA would be a donation. But I think OP can do better than RFU
 
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