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  • Pittsburgh22

  • Application cycles: 08/05/2010
  • Demographics: Female, 35, Caucasian
  • Home state: Pennsylvania
  • Last Active: 12/23/2010
  • Brief Profile: -3 summers of research (first summer psychology, second biology, third biomedical research at Washington University in St. Louis)
    -Clinical experience: 1 semester internship at local hospital, intense internship; Shadowed grand ward rounds at Wash U, 1 summer
    -GPA: Cum: 3.896; Science:~3.8
    -Experience living abroad, 2 years before college, many extracurricular activities (including Habitat for Humanity) in Europe
    -President of Pre-med society (on Executive Board for all 4 years of college)

  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 08/05/2010

    • Undergraduate college: Clarkson University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 503
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 124, C/P 125, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.90
    • Science GPA: 3.80

    Summary of Application Experience

    Applied to 21 schools due to low MCAT:

    Ohio State
    Boston University
    Case Western Reserve
    SUNY Buffalo
    Penn State
    Albert Einstein
    Stony Brook
    Mt. Sinai
    University of Virginia
    University of Cincinnati
    U of R
    New York Medical College
    Wash U
    George Washington University

    Rejected by 5:
    Case Western
    Boston University
    University of Virginia

    Interviewed by 1:
    Penn State

    Accepted by 1: Penn State!! :-)
    I am very excited and grateful to have been accepted there and I already love the school. I still have to hear back from the 15 other schools, but I\'ll be more than happy to attend Penn State in the fall!

    My advice: You can still get into med school with a sub-30 MCAT score but an otherwise competitive application (good GPA, clinical experience, leadership, research, etc), but it\'s a lot harder and very difficult if you want to get into a school notorious for a high MCAT average.

    To be the most competitive, however, retake the MCAT if you have a less than 30 score. I didn\'t sit for the exam again due to an intense summer research experience and also because I thought taking a September MCAT would make my application \'late.\' Don\'t worry about being a \'late\' applicant. It is better to apply in October with a 30 or higher MCAT than August with a lower MCAT score.

    I made this profile soley to give hope to those like me with a lower MCAT but otherwise good application. You can get accepted!! Good luck to you all!!


    Pennsylvania State University

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