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What does it take to be a part of Case Western's PPSP Program?

Deesha4723Deesha4723 6 replies3 threads New Member
What should be your sat scores/gpa/ volunteering opportunities?
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  • bopperbopper 14211 replies100 threadsForum Champion CWRU Forum Champion
    edited November 2019
    @Deesha4723 As an alumni ambassador, I asked admissions folks about this and this is what they said the typical PPSPer was like:

    Very high academic achievement. Taking most demanding courses available and has mostly As. Testing in our top quartile, so basically, in the mid to
    high 700s on each section of the SAT or at least a 32/33 on ACT.

    Excellent involvement in extracurriculars, well rounded, and significant
    leadership roles.

    Significant exploration of the field of medicine, such as volunteering,
    shadowing, research, or some combination of those.

    There is no magic formula or black-and-white profile. . . most students who
    apply for the program have most of these qualities . . .it often comes down
    to the degree/level of significance of these qualities. (For example, there
    is a difference between a student who has volunteered for 20 hours and one
    who has volunteered 300 hours. There is a difference between a student who
    has shadowed a doctor for a week and one who has shadowed all summer.)




    An example of an admitted student:
    A student from our independent, college preparatory day school was admitted to PPSP (medicine) for matriculation this Fall. This student's application information includes the following: 36 ACT (composite); 4.82 GPA (weighted); multiple AP classes; 4 years field hockey (senior year captain); 4 years marching band/student orchestra; elected to student government.
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  • bopperbopper 14211 replies100 threadsForum Champion CWRU Forum Champion
    edited September 2019
    Pre-Professional Scholars Program

    The Pre-Professional Scholars Program (PPSP) grants undergraduate admission and conditional admission to Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine or School of Dental Medicine.

    Admission to PPSP is highly competitive. Outstanding students who are not selected for the program still may be considered for undergraduate admission to Case Western Reserve; many choose to enroll in the first-year class.

    Note: PPSP is an application plan for first-year students and differs from our combined graduate study programs; we offer a number of combined degree programs to which you can apply after admission.

    8-year medicine program
    The average Pre-Professional Scholar in Medicine candidate:

    -Pursued a challenging course of study in high school
    -Presented academic credentials that would rank among our most competitive applicants for admission
    -Engaged in meaningful volunteering and shadowing experiences to gain exposure to medicine
    -Was a recognized leader in their school and community
    -Participated in a range of extracurricular activities
    -Demonstrated care and concern for others


    https://case.edu/admission/academics/pre-professional-programs
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  • bopperbopper 14211 replies100 threadsForum Champion CWRU Forum Champion
    Using these identifiers, the committee generally selects 60-80 finalists to come to the campus to interview. These applicants are notified by Feb.1 of their status as finalists, and are offered admission to the general undergraduate program at that time.

    Finalists are required to visit campus for the PPSP interviews held each March. This interview experience is a two-day program that includes exposure to medical school staff and faculty, tours of campus and medical school facilities, and other experiences related to study as both an undergraduate at CWRU and as a medical student at the SOM.

    These finalists sit for a formal joint interview with members of the medical school admissions committee and appropriate administrators representing the undergraduate experience, the latter including such stakeholders as pre-medical advisors and senior staff from the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Finalists are also observed in a seminar classroom setting that is facilitated by a faculty member. Both the interview and classroom experience are evaluated with specific rubrics.
    Following the two-day visit, a final selection committee comprised of members from the undergraduate and medical campuses convene to select the PPSP candidates.

    This committee reviews the evaluations of both the interview and classroom observations, as well as details from the finalists' applications. Following these discussions, the committee selects who will be offered admission to the PPSP, with the number offered admission based on the number of positions available, as determined by the SOM, in conjunction with the number who are deemed to be a good fit for the program itself. The committee also identifies a small number of alternates.

    PPSP candidates are notified of their acceptance via a hardcopy letter by April 1 and are expected to respond by May 1 of their intention to enroll.



    https://case.edu/medicine/sites/case.edu.medicine/files/2018-05/Admissions-Practices-and-Procedures.pdf


    From my interactions with admissions, about:
    1700 apply
    60-80 are finalists (offered an interview)
    20-25 are accepted into the PPSP program

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  • bopperbopper 14211 replies100 threadsForum Champion CWRU Forum Champion
    @sguni_2016 asks:

    I am applying for the PPSP program this year and find that in the two essays that they are asking are general and do not give scope to answer why PPSP. Is it ok to add why PPSP even though it not asked? Would appreciate your thoughts as there is no question on why PPSP asked anywhere.

    Answer:
    I would suggest answering the prompts asked. I would think they would be more interested in "why medicine"...
    It may be that the answer to why PPSP is obvious to them...you get admission to Case Med School if you do well. I would be prepared to answer that if you are selected for the interviews.
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  • sguni_2016sguni_2016 2 replies0 threads New Member
    Thank you.
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  • akshay0824akshay0824 4 replies1 threads New Member
    Would someone who applies EA to CWRU have a higher chance of being selected into PPSP?
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  • brown2024brown2024 139 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @akshay0824
    No EA preference
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  • Sps3273Sps3273 20 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Are applicants to PPSP also being considered for UG pre-med if not selected for interview ? And are OOS students eligible or typically get merit scholarships into the program ?
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  • bopperbopper 14211 replies100 threadsForum Champion CWRU Forum Champion
    edited December 2019
    Yes, "Outstanding students who are not selected for the program still may be considered for undergraduate admission to Case Western Reserve; many choose to enroll in the first-year class."

    Case is Private so OOS doesn't come into play.
    I would think PPSP students would get merit scholarships since they are top students.

    Last year "It seems like most PPSP rejected applicants got a merit scholarship if accepted for about $23,000. "
    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/discussion/comment/21335025#Comment_21335025

    Here is an example of a PPSP finalist:
    "Decision: Accepted With 32.5K Scholarship/year and FINALIST for PPSP Medicine!"
    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/case-western-reserve-university/1959085-ppsp-finalist-notification.html
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  • Sps3273Sps3273 20 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Thank You. I read somewhere CWRU requires interview before they admit student. We are from NJ, should we schedule an interview with admissions now or wait for them to offer one ?
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  • bopperbopper 14211 replies100 threadsForum Champion CWRU Forum Champion
    For "normal" applicants, an interview is not required. They consider "interest" important so it is great if you can do an interview, but they understand not everyone can travel to all colleges. Other ways to show interest are: https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/case-western-reserve-university/2014835-how-to-show-interest-in-cwru.html

    For PPSP applicants (as we are in the PPSP thread), 60-80 applicants are offered interviews and from them the finalists are chosen....so they invite you so there is no need to schedule one with them.
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  • onelittleredfrogonelittleredfrog 23 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @bopper Do you know the number of PPSP applicant this year 2020? How many expected to be invited for interview? And how many will be accepted?
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  • bopperbopper 14211 replies100 threadsForum Champion CWRU Forum Champion
    Not sure if it matters how many apply...i think you still will have 60-80 interviews and 20-25 accepted.
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  • BSMD momBSMD mom 45 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @bopper this year finalists for PPSP will be announced on Saturday February 1st at 12 pm as it says on the portal?
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  • bopperbopper 14211 replies100 threadsForum Champion CWRU Forum Champion
    You as as much info as me! That is what the website says.
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