LizzyM ~66. Non-URM (ORM) applicant. Demographics have been slightly altered for anonymity.
Graduate GPA: 4.00 Graduate BCPM: 4.00
TMDSAS submitted ~5/21/2012
Somewhat non-trad applicant - applied early and broadly to try to compensate for my lackluster stats.
Self-assessment of strengths of my application - above average leadership and ECs, well-crafted essays, grad school performance, LORs, interview skills, life experiences, maturity.
Self-assessment of weaknesses - Low undergrad GPA (but showed upward trend at a difficult private school and major), multiple MCAT retakes (thanks to verbal), somewhat low amount of shadowing hours.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 06/04/2012
Undergraduate college: Top 20
Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
Institution: Top 20
Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
Degree Obtained: Masters
Total MCAT SCORE: 514
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.30
Science GPA: 3.20
Summary of Application Experience
The application process was very unpredictable for me with almost no rhyme or reason. I went into it with low expectations but as the months passed I was very pleased and surprised with my successes. I will be matriculating at my dream school in the coming fall! Extremely thankful and blessed! :D
Contact me if you have any questions (esp non-trads or those who are trying to overcome lackluster stats).
Bottom line: Be persistent, always keep fighting, and never give up.
Summary of Experience:
I liked this school a lot for the clinical experiences as I feel the city of Detroit would offer a lot in this regard. However, the city would not be ideal for my family. I also wish Wayne put more emphasis on their interview day as I don't feel they put much effort into trying to sell the school to us.
Interview starts with lunch in their cafeteria, followed by a tour, and then interviews.
Waitlisted but decided the location and COA was not right for me. Withdrew after PSU acceptance.
Summary of Experience:
Shocked to receive an II here as I was fairly sure my stats would screen me out. Receiving the invite was one of the happiest days of my life because I was pretty certain UTSW's focus and atmosphere plus the city of Dallas would be perfect for my academic and personal considerations.
Interview weekend blew me away. I was very thankful to interview with the two faculty members that I was assigned with. They were extremely supportive as I did my best to convince them of why I loved UTSW.
As expected, WL'ed in February but was persistent, sent updates, and did my best to not lose hope. I kept in touch with my interviewers and admissions and that may have ultimately helped pull me off the WL.