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  • Application cycles: 06/10/2015
  • Demographics: Female, 33, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 05/08/2021
  • Brief Profile: **2015 MCAT Score: 519 = 98% percentile
    Chem/Phys: 129
    CARS: 132
    Bio/Biochem: 128
    Soc/Psych: 130 ****

    My grades and MCAT are strong and I have interesting non-clinical extracurriculars. However, I only have 8 mo. of (paid) clinical experience and no research, no pre-med clubs, etc. Knowing that I am a risky candidate and unsure of my appeal to AdComs, I applied very, very broadly and, hopefully, strategically. A friend of mine applied to 40+, received 4 interviews, and one acceptance.

    My strategy: apply to all in state as well as surrounding states that consider OOS students. Also chose some Puerto Rican schools because another friend of mine ONLY was accepted there. For farther away states, I used a ratio (OSR) I found on this site:

    and calculated it myself when not available. The formula is: percent OOS students in matriculating class divided by percent OOS students applying. These stats can be found on this site:

    To compile my list of schools, I used a combination of
    - the OSR
    - the overall percent admission
    - data on schools that had accepted applicants with profiles on this site who had similar stats to mine
    - tuition, percent students receiving financial aid, and average student debt (all can be found on the startclass site)
    - other factors such as proximity to National/State Parks

    A word of advice: remember to look up your schools' specific requirements before applying and assigning LORs, as many schools list a maximum number of LORs accepted. I forgot to do this until the last minute and spent a while cross-referencing each school
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/10/2015

    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 520
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 132  
    • Overall GPA: 3.78
    • Science GPA: 3.73

    Summary of Application Experience

    DO schools: decided against after fatigue of secondaries kicked in and fully realized the financial commitment I was making


    Whew! Grand total at this point:
    - 37 schools applied total
    - 9 withdrawn applications
    - 9 rejections
    - 15 pending, after secondary submitted
    - 4 interview invites
    - 1 accepance

    -37 schools applied
    -9 withdrawn
    -13 rejections
    -11 pending
    - 4 interviews attended
    -1 acceptance, 1 waitlist

    Applied, Rejected

    West Virginia University
    University of Washington
    Rocky Vista University

    Applied, Withdrew

    University of Louisville
    Ponce School of Medicine
    Universidad Central del Caribe
    University of North Dakota
    Emory University
    Loma Linda University
    Uniformed Services University
    University of Utah
    University of California, Irvine

    Application Complete

    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Wake Forest University
    University of Colorado
    Oregon Health & Science University
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Saint Louis University
    University of Pennsylvania
    Columbia University
    University of Michigan
    Baylor College
    University of Pittsburgh
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Case Western Reserve University
    Stanford University
    University of California, Davis
    University of Arizona
    University of California, San Francisco
    University of California, San Diego
    Vanderbilt University
    Indiana University
    Mayo Medical School

    Attended Interview

    Hofstra University
    Ohio State University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of Iowa


    Wayne State University

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