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What's the average # of schools people apply to?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003], Aug 26, 2002.

  1. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    Does anyone have official statistics? One of my professors was shocked when I told him that I am applying to 14 schools.
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  3. Curci

    Curci The Master Chief 7+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2002
    New Jersey
    I think I heard that the average is between 15 and 20 schools. At any rate, 14 isn't an odd number of schools to apply to at all.
  4. Street Philosopher

    Street Philosopher freebird 10+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2000
    ann arbor
    That is correct; 14 is an even number. :cool:
    I am applying to 26. California resident. I'm not usually a nut like this. For college I only applied to 6 schools.
  5. Curci

    Curci The Master Chief 7+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2002
    New Jersey
    I knew when I wrote that that someone was going to make that pun. Good show, sir! ;)
  6. Neuronix

    Neuronix Total nerd Administrator Physician PhD Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2002
    the beach
    I get it all the time too and I'm applying to a measly 15 schools. Don't sweat it, if they're shocked they probably don't know what they're talking about.
  7. xaelia

    xaelia neenlet Physician Faculty 10+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2002
    This sounds like a good poll topic!
  8. souljah1

    souljah1 Attending 10+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2002
    There was a great thread that was created for those of us who have started/will start medical school this year. It listed the number of school applied to, interviews, acceptances, waitlists, and rejections. The range was 1 to 30-something. I'll try to search and bump it up.
  9. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    Portland, OR
    For the 2001 entering class, the average number of applications per applicant was 11.6 (link). The data for the 2002 entering class will be published in about 2 months (maybe earlier).
  10. Diogenes

    Diogenes Succat 7+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    I'm a CA resident and I applied to 11. Even that was too much. 3 or 4 of those applications were a total waste of time -- schools I didn't even like but wanted to see if I'd get in.
  11. rjhtamu

    rjhtamu Stargazer Royale 7+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    Houston, Tx
    Most people here in Texas are shocked to know that people in the rest of the country HAVE to apply to that many schools. Most people here apply to the eight here or less. If they can't get accepted to at least one of the schools here, there's basically no need to apply out of state then, because the chances won't be any better. Myself, I applied to all eight schools here in Texas plus three national schools just to see how I compared to the national pool as well.
  12. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    anchorage, ak
    Here it is. The statistics that mpp so helpfully compiled for the SDNers who applied last year are on the last page of the thread. I bumped it up.
  13. Dr. J?

    Dr. J? 10+ Year Member

    14 schools....I figure someone is bound to take me.
  14. xaelia

    xaelia neenlet Physician Faculty 10+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2002
    I had a poll going for this current year, but it keeps fallin' off the front page.

    It seemed to be a nice normal distribution with the median the 15-20 group.

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