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  • Tophs

  • Application cycles: 06/19/2012
  • Demographics: Male, 29, Caucasian
  • Home state: Unknown
  • Last Active: 07/05/2013
  • Brief Profile: Double degree in the sciences and liberal arts.
    Strong research, extracurriculars, leadership, and awards.
    The MCAT and I didn't get along so well...I scored a fair bit lower than my practice exam average.

    These profiles were super helpful (though often stress-inducing) to me as I decided where to apply. Here are a few of my thoughts about applying to "top tier" schools with a low MCAT score that I hope future applicants will find helpful:

    1. I thought long and hard about retaking the MCAT, and ultimately decided not to because I'd rather do something meaningful with my summer (work on my research, which is now being published) instead of slaving over the MCAT again. With acceptances from Vandy and Hopkins, I'm obviously happy about my decision.

    2. I think the reason I lucked out getting into a couple great schools with my MCAT is because the rest of my application was very strong. If you have any weaknesses in GPA, research, clinical experience, or extracurriculars, applying with a low MCAT on top of that seems like a pretty big risk.

    3. In my mind, unique, significant, and meaningful extracurriculars/leadership experiences are ESSENTIAL to getting into a top tier school, regardless of your MCAT score. It is especially helpful to have those things if your MCAT is on the lower end.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/19/2012

    • Undergraduate college: Big State University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 128, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 4.00
    • Science GPA: 4.00

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Case Western Reserve University
    Brown University
    Georgetown University
    Northwestern University
    Cornell University
    Columbia University
    Emory University
    Yale University
    Dartmouth College

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Temple University
    Tufts University
    George Washington University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Harvard University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Mayo Medical School
    Stanford University

    Accepted

    Duke University
    Vanderbilt University
    University of Colorado
    Saint Louis University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Tulane University
    Johns Hopkins University

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