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i mean you don't have to kill for that perfect GPA still do you?
If 1,000 kids start out, and 235 seniors apply, and of those, 70% get accepted, isn't the relevant number approximately 70% of 235 or ~160, i.e., 16% of the Frosh wannabes, plus whatever proportion that applies later (which has to be less than the primary, senior group)?
The non-seniors who apply belong to many other classes; a third gaining acceptance to med school just seems to not pass the smell-test.
These numbers shouldn't shock you.
Even better schools, like Harvard or Yale, manage to get 300+ med school applicants each year from 1000 total entering students (and obviously far fewer premeds).
It indeed maybe that your college and the ~top xx do in fact place 1/3rd. But, there are what, 3,000 four year colleges? Clearly, Podunk U cannot place that many since there ain't that many slots in med school.
Singer's records indicate that 280 members of the Class of 2005 identified themselves as pre-med in the Freshman Picture Book. The actual number may have been even higher.
Singer said she has monitored alumni from the Class of 2000 to examine this trend. In the Freshman Picture Book, 317 matriculating freshmen from the class labeled themselves as pre-med. Only 121 applied to medical school as seniors, but 231 students from the class of 2000 had applied by 2005.