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Hi, I am currently a high school student in Louisiana. I plan on majoring in Biology, Cell/Molec Biology, or the likes of that. I also want to be on the pre-med track. (I know it is not a major.) My estimated GPA out of high school will be a 3.8 or 3.9 and my ACT might be a 30-32. (I could have a 4.0 but my school is extremely tough.)
The schools I am currently looking at are Tulane, UAB, Rice, UT-Austin, Baylor, and Emory. With my stats, I feel like I won't get into Rice or even Emory. I've done a lot of research on my own, but I'd still like to know some things:
1. I want to go to med school in Texas. Will going to a Texas undergrad university help me? I know about the 10% rule that universities in Texas have to guarantee seats to the top 10% of each high school class. So what would be my chances since I am OOS? (Especially if I play up my ECs, volunteer work, etc.)
2. I have guaranteed admission to Tulane so I was considering going there and then to a Texas medical school. How well-known and respected is Tulane in the south/Texas?
3. Is it true that medical school is all about MCAT and GPA? If so, then does it really matter where you go undergrad as long as you get a good GPA (3.7/.8+) and a really good MCAT score?
4. How is Tulane for pre-med? Are there any students out there that can tell me about the classes and how well-known the school is in the south? I have heard it's a Southern Ivy League school.