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What is considered IS bias?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by turayza, May 19, 2014.

  1. turayza

    turayza 5+ Year Member

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    At what point is a school considered to have IS bias?
    For example, U Washington is obviously IS biased (pretty much no OOS/out of WWAMI accepted) whereas Feinberg has more OOS students than IS.
    What about a school like Stony Brook, which offered approx. 30% interviews to OOS? Is that considered IS bias and not recommended for an OOS student to apply?

    Sorry if this has been discussed, I couldn't find it from searching.
     
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  3. lmn

    lmn 2+ Year Member

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    It depends on your definition. Everything about applying is based on the individual and what lines they draw in terms of risk/reward. You may see 30/180 for OOS applicants and say great, others may want to see at least 100/180 to not consider it IS biased.
     
  4. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

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    When I look at MSAR, and see <15% of accepted students from OOS, I consider that an IS bias. Keep in mind that a number of schools make only tale students from neighboring states ( U Wa being an example; U IA another, but I don't have thier exact numbers). But for a school with >20% OOAS, AND if your stats are greater than their median, then I think that those schools are worth a shot.



     
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  5. turayza

    turayza 5+ Year Member

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    Thanks Goro! MSAR doesn't list accepted, only interviewed and matriculating--do you use interview numbers to gauge? Or is there somewhere that accepted stats are listed that I just can't find...
     
  6. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

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    Mea culpa...it is indeed instate/OOS of matriculants. I use matriculants as my guide. For example, Rowan interview 169 and 116 IS/OOS people, but matriculated 42/22. Thus, big advantage to the home team.


     
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  7. ThisCouldBeYou

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    Keep in mind also that in-state or OOS refers to public schools, for the most part - Baylor is an exception - not private. Baylor is a private school, but accepts a large percentage of TX applicants. Feinberg is private. Many public schools, particularly in NC, TX, and CA have an in-state bias as well as many western schools like NM, UT, and WWAMI.
     
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