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  • Application cycles: 07/06/2016
  • Demographics: Female, 26, Caucasian
  • Home state: Nunavut
  • Last Active: 09/16/2019
  • Brief Profile: traditional applicant
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 07/06/2016

    • Undergraduate college: yes
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 523
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 130, CARS 132  
    • Overall GPA: 3.95
    • Science GPA: 3.90

    Summary of Application Experience

    I applied to 26 schools and had 21 interview invites, some not listed here to preserve anonymity
    My MCAT score was 523
    I had only one summer and two semesters of research with no pubs
    I attended 14 interviews, a difficult and expensive feat particularly during college...but worth it!
    After interviews I had 7 acceptances, 4 wait-lists, 1 withdrawal and 2 rejections
    Having been to a good number of interviews, I found that similarities stood out more than differences and programs really blurred together. Relying on subjective impressions between applicant and school from small sample of short term interactions had two consequences:

    1. I became more focused on ranking, despite not being interested in academic medicine, simply as a more objective measuring stick

    2. Outcomes were entirely random. I was rejected and wait-listed from programs ranked lower than programs which not only accepted me, but offered substantial merit scholarships. Makes no sense, and makes you realize that decisions should not be taken too personally.

    In the final analysis, I would advise applying early and broadly and attending as many interviews as possible so as to increase the likelihood of receiving that one phone call that will make you jump for joy!


    Columbia University
    Emory University

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco
    Johns Hopkins University
    Stanford University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Baylor College
    University of California, San Diego
    Mayo Medical School

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Harvard University
    Yale University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    University of Southern California

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Cornell University
    Duke University
    University of Chicago
    Vanderbilt University


    New York University
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of Virginia
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    University of Michigan
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Northwestern University

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