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  • AlphaThalessemia

  • Application cycles: 06/14/2013
  • Demographics: Male, 32, East Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 10/14/2015
  • Brief Profile: To keep myself somewhat sane and to help future applicants:

    To the applicants who think they are 'just' average, you are not. There's hope, this cycle is proof of it. :)
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/14/2013

    • Undergraduate college: UCSD
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 509
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 129, CARS 124  
    • Overall GPA: 3.69
    • Science GPA: 3.63

    Summary of Application Experience

    Cost Summary:
    Primaries (AMCAS + AMCOMAS):
    AMCAS Application $1248
    AMCOMAS Application $373
    Secondaries: $2786
    Interview Attire: $300
    Interviews: $1067
    GRAND TOTAL (so far.) = $5774

    June 2012
    15 - Started studying for MCAT (slightly less than 3 month SN2ed plan)

    11 - Took MCAT!

    1 - Started researching medical schools briefly

    April 2013
    1 - Started writing PS from previous first draft.

    23 - Finishing up PS, work experiences. Finish researching DO+MD schools!

    12 - AMCOMAS submitted
    15 - AMCAS submitted
    28 - Secondaries trickling in

    1 - AMCOMAS verified
    5 - Secondaries flooding in
    19 - AMCAS verified

    16 - Western-COMP interview invite
    20 - Secondaries finally stop flooding into my inbox. Received all secondaries from schools I applied to except Quinnipiac and UCSD. :(; MWU-CCOM interview invite
    28 - Drexel interview invite

    12 - Western-COMP interview attended
    30 - Western-COMP acceptance

    13 - VCU interview invite
    15 - MWU-CCOM interview attended
    16 - Drexel interview attended
    25 - MWU-CCOM acceptance
    29 - Touro - CA interview invite

    25 - Drexel acceptance

    January 2014
    16 - VCU interview attended

    26 - VCU rejection T_________T
    27 - Overall, successful cycle I'd say. Applied early and broadly, although more towards the lower-end of the spectrum schools as my GPA and MCAT are definitely average/not up to par. Although hoped for more interviews (who doesn't?) and acceptances, I am happy to say that I am set on going to Drexel. My entire application is definitely 'average' I'd say, but there is hope! Lastly, in retrospect, I should have retaken my MCATs, and I think that could have been a major factor in getting more interviews - but can't regret now!

    Feel free to send me any questions, especially if similar stats, I'd be happy to help/advise at the above 'messages' link.

    Extra schools:
    UC Riverside S: 7/26/2013, SC: 8/8/2013 $71. R: 6/18/2014
    Quinnipiac S:None - So apparently, I found out that Quinnipiac had a glitch and did not send me the actual secondary to my email. Oh well.

    ****Submitted for me means the date which I received my secondary!


    Touro University - Henderson

    Applied, Rejected

    West Virginia University
    University of California, San Diego

    Application Complete

    University of Vermont

    Application Complete, Rejected

    George Washington University
    New York Medical College
    Des Moines University
    University of Southern California
    Oakland University
    University of Toledo
    Cooper School of Rowan University
    University of California, Davis
    Hofstra University
    University of Wisconsin
    Saint Louis University
    SUNY Stony Brook
    SUNY Downstate
    Michigan State University
    University of Illinois
    Creighton University
    University of Arizona
    University of California, Irvine
    Tufts University
    Tulane University
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Temple University
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Pennsylvania State University
    Wayne State University

    Invited for Interview

    Touro University - Mare Island

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Virginia Commonwealth University


    Chicago College of Mid. University
    Western University of Health Sciences
    Drexel University

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