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  • Application cycles: 07/31/2009
  • Demographics: Female, 38, East Asian
  • Home state: California

// Applications //

Application Cycle One: 07/31/2009

  • Undergraduate college: UIUC
  • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
  • Total MCAT SCORE: 522
  • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 132, CARS 129  
  • Overall GPA: 3.40
  • Science GPA: 0.00

Summary of Application Experience

Basic info:
-Molecular and cellular biology major with minor in chemistry.
-Low GPA with strong upward trend junior/senior years.
-1 year of hospital volunteering/shadowing.
-1 year of research with 1 publication.
-Teach For America corps member: taught chemistry in an underprivileged urban high school. Holla if you\'re TFA!

-Applied to TMDSAS schools because they were cheap - I applied to all schools at the cost of one AMCAS school. I am not affiliated with Texas in any way. Got an interview and didn\'t get outright rejected post interview, so I guess that worked out.
-Secondary application fee is not required at Tulane for TFA corps members!
-Did not have a nonscience professor LoR - that barred me from applying to some schools.
-Grew up in IL, moved to CA for TFA. My immediate family resides in IL. Hence all the IL schools.
-8 interviews: 3 acceptances (1 from a waitlist), 5 waitlists, 0 post-interview rejections. I think my TFA experience really helped.

Non-traditional applicant with high MCAT, low GPA (the UCs rejected me based on my crappy grades - believe me, I called.), and decent ECs - applied to a bunch of schools to maximize my chances of getting into ONE school. I\'ve put up my stats to give those with lower GPAs hope.

If you\'re in the same situation, apply early and apply all over the US if you can afford it - I spent all the extra money I earned as a teacher on med school apps. Expect interviews and acceptances a bit later in the application season. PM me on SDN if you have any questions regarding the application process. Good luck and don\'t despair!! :)


Loma Linda University

Application Complete

Brown University
Boston University
Columbia University
Rush Medical College
Stanford University
SUNY Downstate
SUNY Upstate
Texas A & M University
Texas Tech University, El Paso
Tulane University
Tufts University
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Francisco
University of Chicago
Northwestern University
Yale University
University of Texas, Southwestern
Long School of Medicine - University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio
University of Texas, Houston
University of Texas, Galveston
Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Wake Forest University
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
University of Southern California
Drexel University

Attended Interview, Waitlisted

Albany Medical College
Medical College of Wisconsin
Texas Tech University
The Commonwealth Medical College
New York Medical College

Accepted off Waitlist

Case Western Reserve University


Rosalind Franklin University
University of Illinois

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