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  • User #2945

  • Application cycles: 2004
  • Demographics: Male, Caucasian
  • Home state: Michigan
  • Brief Profile: Orchestra - 4 years
    A cappella group - 3 years
    Peer Counselor - 4 years
    Tour Guide - 3 years
    Biology Lab TA - 1 semester
    Research Project (No Pulications) - 1 year
    Volunteer work in underserved communities - 2 summers
    Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi
    Recieved two fellowships for graduate study in anthropology.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2004

    • Undergraduate college: Swarthmore College
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Institution: University of Oxford
    • Area of Study: History/Humanities
    • Degree Obtained: M.Sc.
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 523
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 132  
    • Overall GPA: 3.85
    • Science GPA: 3.90

    Summary of Application Experience

    1/3/05 - I think applying early was a big help. At most places, I got early interviews, which is an advantage, at least psychologically. I also got in early at UMich, which allowed me to withdraw from a number of schools.

    I would advice applying to a carefully selected group of schools. I only applied to 13, which I think is a pretty sane number, especially if you can withdraw from some pre-interview. I think I would have gone crazy if I had applied to 20+ schools, but that might just be me.

    2/11/05 - I'm now waiting to hear back. Ugh.

    2/28/05 - I was just accepted at Cornell. Woo-hoo! It's a great school, and I couldn't be happier. Hopefully the waiting for other schools will end soon as well.

    3/3/05 - I just found out from my parents that I was waitlisted at Columbia. I will decline the waitlist though, as I think Cornell is just as good a school, and I preferred the latter's location in NYC. I've also withdrawn from Sinai after the Cornell acceptance.

    3/22/05 - Lots of waitlists. I hope I get off at either Penn and Stanford, my top two choices.

    3/24/05 - Waitlisted at Yale. I wasn't thrilled with the school when I visited, so I promptly withdrew. It looks like I'll be attending Cornell in the fall, or Stanford or Penn if I get off the waitlists.

    4/1/05 - Just found out that I got a partial merit scholarship from UMich. Wow! I totally didn't expect anything like that. This certainly changes things, as I was anticipating going to Cornell.

    5/5/05 - Decided to drop UMich. It's a great school, but I've been away from the midwest for too long. And I can't really see myself moving back at this point. I've put down my deposit at Cornell, and I'm still on the waitlists at Stanford and UPenn.

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Harvard University
    Duke University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Tufts University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Michigan State University
    Jefferson Medical College

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

    Stanford University
    University of Pennsylvania

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Columbia University
    Yale University


    University of Michigan
    Cornell University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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