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  • TheITGuy

  • Application cycles: 06/09/2011
  • Demographics: Male, 34, East Asian
  • Home state: Virginia
  • Last Active: 09/06/2012
  • Brief Profile: Biomedical Engineering with Computer Science minor
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/09/2011

    • Undergraduate college: Johns Hopkins University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Engineering/Technology
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 523
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 132, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.92
    • Science GPA: 3.92

    Summary of Application Experience

    Good advice from another mdapplicants user: Definitely apply broadly. When picking schools, don\'t sell yourself too short and don\'t be overly confident either. Also, you\'ll never know which schools you might end up loving. If you have the luxury, attend all your interviews and really give each school a chance for them to show you what they\'re all about.
    /end quote
    By the way, if travel costs might be an issue for you, take a look at my listing below to see how I was able to reduce my costs a whole bunch (granted being in Baltimore was also conducive to that).

    My evaluation is that I didn\'t do so well with my interviews early in the season, with a major reevaluation and overhaul of my interviewing content and style over winter break. Initially only applied to 10 schools. As of the beginning of winter break, I had interviewed at 5 of them (of which 2 had rejected me, 1 of my state schools had waitlisted me, and my other state school hadn\'t notified me on their first decision release date). I decided I should add 6 more schools given the small number I had applied to originally, and given my current application status. During January, I got invitations to interview at 2 more of the original 10 schools I applied to, as well as 2 of the 6 I had added in December. My last interview became my first acceptance (in only 3 days after the interview)!

    Committee letter uploaded in August.

    Travel/hotel costs:
    Hopkins: $0
    Mount Sinai: $43 = 3000 Amtrak points + $4.50 subway + $20 GC for host + $18 BoltBus
    UVA: $53 = 3000 Amtrak points + $20 GC for host + $33 Amtrak
    VCU: $147 = $44 Amtrak + $20 GC for host + $18.99 Greyhound (Richmond to DC) + $64 Amtrak (Acela; it\'s complicated)
    Duke: $280 = $28 Amtrak to BWI (Acela because NER was delayed) + $238.40 flight + $3.25 MARC from BWI + ~$10 cab in Baltimore (cousin drove me from/to airport in Durham and booked hotel for me using points)
    Penn: $23 = 6000 Amtrak points + $3.10 SEPTA + $20 GC for host
    WashU: $16 = [25000 points + $10] flight + $6 MetroLink (friend drove me to/from BWI)
    Cornell: $99 = 6000 Amtrak points + $94.15 hotel + $4.50 MTA
    Hofstra: $202 = 6000 Amtrak points + $166.32 hotel + $14.50 LIRR + $17 cab (Mineola to hotel) + $4 cab (3-way split hotel to Hofstra)
    GRAND TOTAL: ~$927 (saved about $350 from Amtrak points and $300 from airline points)

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Columbia University
    Georgetown University
    New York University
    Drexel University
    George Washington University
    Virginia Tech Carilion

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    New York Medical College

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Johns Hopkins University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Virginia
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Cornell University

    Accepted off Waitlist

    Duke University


    Hofstra University

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