Am I being realistic?

<p>I'm a class of 07 kiddo applying to: Rice/Baylor Medical Program, Brown's PLME, Northwestern HPME, U of Rochester's REMS (all of the previous programs are those BA/MD combined programs
Also: Pomona, Amherst, and Yale. I have a few safeties, but I won't waste your time with those. </p>

<p>SAT: 2210
SAT IIs: US History-- 770, Chem, 720; Math II--pending
Rank: 1/210</p>

US History: 5
Euro: 5
Chem: 4
Microecon: 5
Calc AB: 5
English Lang: 4</p>

<p>current schedule: (6 period day)
~Comparative Religions
~AP English Lit
~Environmental Science
~AP Calc BC
~AP Macroeconomics
~AP Stats</p>

~Cross Country and Track--4 years
~Swimming--4 years; team captain
~Model UN--4 years; country ambassador
~Boy Scouts--Eagle scout (though my troop stopped existing after 10th grade)
~Hospital Volunteer thru National Honor Society--about 150 hours</p>

<p>other stuff:
~science fair freshman year
~National Youth Leadership Conference: chair of healthcare committee
~Spent 9 weeks working at hospital research lab; will get letter of rec from mentor
~Shadowed doctors and nurses for a week.
~Spend 10 weeks (once a week class) learning about anatomy, watching surgeries, learning about medical specialties, etc. </p>

~Student-athlete of the month
~National Merit Scholar</p>

<p>So: am I being realistic in applying to all these medical programs and the other schools.... basically, as always: WHAT ARE MY CHANCES?</p>

<p>Oh, and by the way, I'm applying EA to Brown's PLME (binding to the PLME only; not the school itself)</p>

<p>Well, all of these programs are the toughest ones at the school, but you have gone first in your class with very good ECs and great test scores, so you've done what you can. Since all of these programs are so tough to get into, nobody can really rate your chances very well. </p>

<p>Some of these programs are the type that something like one out of 20 applicants get into--so how do you know that you will be that one? Beats me. </p>

<p>I asked this question of the admissions officer at UCSF who admits the students to the dental and medical programs there. He said that for every 50 open spots they had about 180 to 200 students that could obviously pass through the program successfully--so picking the 50 to let in was largely just a matter of comparing the best against the best. That's kind of where you are. You obviously are well qualified, so it's just a matter of the competition. I think the fact that you applied at a variety of schools is a good thing, and increases your odds of getting into one of them. Here's wishing you the best, and also offering you my apology for not being able to rate your chances more clearly.</p>