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// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 2005
Undergraduate college: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 520
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.82
Science GPA: 3.79
Summary of Application Experience
Let's begin. Key: R = Received S = Submitted C = Application Complete I = Interview A = Accepted W = Withdraw
June 1st: Submitted Application
June 8th: Application Processed/Completed
June 17th: Oh, what the hell. Added Harvard and Penn.
July 5th: Added UCLA. Get me out of this cold state.
July 10th: Secondaries coming in.
August 3rd: First Interview Invite: Pritzker
October 29-Nov.: Been to 9 interviews thus far. 2 waitlists, 2 non-rolling schools, and 5 waiting on a decision.
Nov. 16: Got into the UofMN! One of my first choices. It feels wonderful.
Nov. 23: Northwestern! I can't believe it.
Nov. 29: So I've done a lot better than I ever imagined thus far. I have no idea how I'm going to pick between Case and Northwestern - I loved them both. If I get into Mayo, it will be even harder. It's a good situation to be in, though. I consider myself very lucky.
Breakdown of the schools: Facilities: Mayo > Northwestern > Iowa > UChicago > Case > UMN > Georgetown > UPitt > USC Location: UMN > Northwestern > Georgetown > UPitt > Iowa > Mayo > Case > UChicago > USC Cost (Least to Most): Mayo >>> UMN > Case > UPitt/Northwestern/UChicago > Iowa > Georgetown > USC Overall Feel: Mayo > Northwestern > Case > UMN/Iowa > UChicago > Georgetown > UPitt > USC
Jan. 12: Mayo is taking forever. they are my #1 choice.
March 30: So I just got my waitlist info from Mayo. I knew it was coming but I had no idea that they would keep around 115 people on it. Last year 15 or so people got off the list, so why wouldn't they make a list of at most their class size (36 regular MDs)? Plus they don't rank, which makes it all the more confusing. Anyway, I am really looking forward to going to Northwestern. I was blown away by the place when I went to visit. It looked like everything was made new for our entering class. I guess the only benefit (besides the low tuition) of attending Mayo over NU would be that my family is close. I think it's time to get out of Minnesota.