Hi, so I am a high school senior who applied to 9 schools total: JHU, Duke, Boston University, WASHU, UF, USF, Emory, NYU, and Uchicago. I was extremely confident that i would get into all except chicago and duke. I have a weighted gpa of a 4.6, (unweighted 3.9) have taken 12 AP classes (AP scholar with distinction), top ten in my class, will graduate high school 8 credits short of my Associate’s degree through dual enrollment, got an ACT score of 32, have over 350 hours of volunteering, several community awards, have been accepted into a really prestigious surgical summer program, etc. Basically I was extremely confident because I tailored my applications to the admissions process itself. My essays were great, and the only place I was lacking in was that maybe I am not interesting enough? I don’t really know. Anyways, I got rejected from all except UF, Boston and USF (who basically gave me a full ride). I was waitlisted by Emory and NYU. I wanted to go to BU but they expect my family to contribute 40,000 and there’s no way we can provide that and I’m only eligible for 6,000 in loans. I chose to remain on the waitlist for both emory and NYU and am waiting to hear back. In the meantime I put a deposit down at USF where i will be in the honors college. However, I am still holding out hope to be accepted into one of the two waitlists.
But now I have a problem. Which of the three are the best for pre-med: USF, NYU, or emory? What i’m looking for in a pre-med undergraduate program is one that is not extremely cutthroat (yes I know pre-med is competitive, but I’m talking sabotaging cutthroat, if i am in a program like that I will become like that and I know myself; I am way too competitive and would probably end up stepping on others to get ahead, I would like to avoid turning into that person if possible) has a lot of internship and shadowing opportunities, lots of research opportunities (so i can get published) and prepares me well for the MCAT. Maybe it won’t be an option because I may get rejected from both, but for now lets say that i somehow get accepted off the waitlist for both, which of the three is what I’m looking for in an institution?
That is my first question, however, I have a second question: If i go to USF, which is a great school, has a lot of research and clinical experience opportunities because of TGH and Moffitt, will I still have a good chance of getting into a top ten medical school? USF is a state public school, so I feel that I am at a disadvantage if I don’t go to a top 20-30 undergraduate institution like NYU or emory. I understand that there are students that get accepted from state public schools into med schools like harvard and duke, but those are usually the outstanding applicants, and while I will strive to be no less than outstanding, I want to know that i will have a good chance. Because it seems to me that if I were a med school admissions officer at a top ten med school choosing between two applicants with the same qualifications: one from harvard and one from USF, I would choose the harvard one. This is the exact reason why I feel I need to go to a top 20-30 institution, so I can get into a top 10 med school and get matched with my first residency choice, because again, if i were accepting residency applicants and one was from an ivy league med school and the other was from USF morsani and both had the same qualifications, I would take the ivy league student.
Can anyone ease my worries? I am aiming to become a surgeon as of now, but who knows? I might do a clinical rotation in med school and shift towards a different field. But because I want surgery, it is important that I get this right because there are only a few residency spots open in the nation every year, and I feel like those spots are gonna go to the ones from top med schools like harvard and stanford. Also, just out of curiosity so I don’t make the same mistakes in the future, can anyone give me any possible reasons as to why i was rejected from the schools?
Thanks in advance!