Chance and give suggestions to a rising senior

<p>I just finished my junior year at an affluent public school in the midwest. I'm interested in majoring in public health and/or biology, then attending med school. The schools I'm most interested in now are Brown, George Washington, Johns Hopkins and University of Rochester. What are my chances at these places? Also, I'm looking to expand my list. Do you have any suggestions for strong pre-med schools, preferably on or around the East coast?</p>

<p>Academics:
GPA: 4.39w/4.0uw
Have taken as many APs and honors as possible, with a couple IB classes.
Senior schedule: AP Gov, AP Lit, AP Chem, IB Spanish b, IB Math HL
SAT: 2280 (800R/770M/710W)
ACT: 33
SAT II: USH 780, Bio 740, Math 2 740
AP scores: US 5, took Bio, Lang, Psych, and Euro this year expecting 4/5s on all </p>

<p>ECs:
Volleyball- 3 yrs (JV)
Student govt- 4 yrs (treasurer for the upcoming year)
NHS- 2 years (treasurer for upcoming year)
other student govt. org- 2 years
Yearbook- 1 year
Mu Alpha Theta- 2 years
Quiz team- 2 years (semi-finalist in state-wide competition)
Volunteer work at hospital, peer tutoring and homeless shelter</p>

<p>Yours looks fine for Johns Hopkins. The SAT score is enough and you have all the requirements. Just make sure your essay is excellent - an admission rep I talked to says it either makes you or breaks you.</p>

<p>Holy Cross has a great pre-med program with new science building. The Holy Cross campus is nice and location 1 hour from Boston. HC is a smaller version of Georgetown.</p>

<p>You should look at a couple LACS like Holy Cross, Washington and Lee, Davidson, Wesleyan, Wellesley, etc. Also, Gtown and UVA would be great places to be. Good luck.</p>

<p>Thanks for the suggestions! I'll be sure to look into those. My concern about some of the LACs is that they're too small</p>

<p>That's a legitimate concern and, ultimately, some people aren't cut out for them. On the other hand, some of the LACS are phenomenal when it comes to Pre-Meds because you get personalized recommendations from professors (because your classes are typically no larger than 30), it's easier to do research because you aren't competing with TA's/GA's, and when medical schools evaluate applicants there most likely won't be more than one or two apps from your college which makes you slightly more desirable. Also, you can major in something outside of the sciences like Politics or policy and still take all of the necessary Pre-Med track courses which would generally be more difficult at a larger school.That's just one perspective though and you can obviously be admitted to medical school from any type of undergraduate institution. From your stats, I am sure you will be admitted to nearly every school you apply and if you are motivated will be successful at any school...so it's really a personal preference. Also, I would advise you to apply for some merit scholarships which W&L (Johnson), UVA (Jefferson), UNC (Morehouse), Vandy, and Davidson (Belk) have in case you don't qualify for need-base aid. Good luck have fun applying to college.</p>

<p>Yeah I don't want a huge school but I don't want a super tiny one so it's all about finding balance because I would like to have the interaction with professors and research opportunities that you talked about. I will definitely be applying for merit scholarships so those ones are good to know. Thanks so much for all your help!</p>