What 's the signifigance of a "please apply" letter?

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I got a letter from Washington University saying they got my MCATs and they'd like me to apply (I already have). Who else has got these letters, and are they a good sign, or just junk mail?
 

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As you know, WashU's students have the highest average MCAT scores in the country. Not that they're a numbers ***** or anything, but they just send those out to fish for applications. I got one last year after my August MCAT (and I hadn't planned to apply that cycle), got my hopes up, but then found out that it's just junk mail.
 

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it seems that wash-u sends that letter to everyone with a certain mcat score or higher... not sure what exactly the score is.
 
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Indiana sent me a "please apply" letter last year and even guaranteed an interview over the phone when I called to inquire. So I bit... LIARS.
 

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MedicineBird said:
Indiana sent me a "please apply" letter last year and even guaranteed an interview over the phone when I called to inquire. So I bit... LIARS.
Sucks to hear that. I thought the carribean schools were the only ones that did that stuff.
 

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well if they really just wanted the money, they can easily raise the application fee. It's currently a low $50. Many state schools charge more than that!
 

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dr.z said:
I think they just want the application fee.
I agree. Sounds like in addition to being a number *****, Wash U is also a money *****
 

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As someone else already said, you've received that viewbook and invite to apply b/c you did well on the MCAT. Based on your MCAT score, the school thinks you could be a competitive applicant. But, they don't know anything else about you, and it is not any kind of guaranteed interview or acceptance. If you're interested in academic medicine and/or a career in research, you should definitely consider Wash U.
 

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QofQuimica said:
As someone else already said, you've received that viewbook and invite to apply b/c you did well on the MCAT. Based on your MCAT score, the school thinks you could be a competitive applicant. But, they don't know anything else about you, and it is not any kind of guaranteed interview or acceptance. If you're interested in academic medicine and/or a career in research, you should definitely consider Wash U.
Research -- puke.

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