Chance me for 6/7/8 year medical programs, please!

<p>I am an Indian male from California, and I go to a school ranked in the Top 100 in the nation.
Grade: going to be a senior this August
GPA (so far): 3.88 unweighted
4.28 weighted</p>

<p>Classes Taking this year: AP Econ/AP Gov
AP English Literature
AP Statistics
AP Spanish</p>

<p>Classes took in community colleges: Spanish 3 - A+
Psychology - A
Physics 4A - Did not receive yet
Comment: I will take Calculus D soon</p>

<p>SAT: 2300 (1510 CR + M)
Comment: I might take it again this November, because I know I can get much higher</p>

<p>ACT: 35
Comment: I walked into the test cold, without any preparation. I think if I take it again, I can probably get a 36, but is the time and effort worth it?</p>

<p>SAT II:
800 Math 2
800 Biology M
790 US History
Comment: Going to take Chemistry and Spanish in October this year</p>

<p>AP: Computer Science A - 5
Biology - 5
Calculus BC - 5
Calculus AB subscore - 5
US History - 5
English Language - 5</p>

<p>EC Activities:
Volunteer at two hospitals: over 550 hours cumulative right now (10,11,12)
CSF (10-12)
National Honor Society (9-12)
National Junior Honor Society (7-8, if it matters)
Spanish Honor Society (11-12)
Co-Founder of Flag Football Club
Student Leader for a regional non-profit cultural organization (I recruit and manage student volunteers for and during events) </p>

<p>I don't know where I stand among other applicants, so I would appreciate input from you guys. Which of the 6/7/8 year programs do you think I have a chance of getting into? Also, if I don't get into any of these programs, I would like to go to either UCLA or UC Berkeley. Do I have a chance of getting into those at least?</p>


<p>SAT/ACT, SAT II are awesome, GPA is OK. I believe that you have chances. Indians though are over represented in a pool of applicants to combined programs. Apply widely, include less know programs at state schools, include schools for regular route. Good luck!</p>


<p>I’m going to apply to the smaller BA/MD programs, because I’m pretty much out of the bigger ones. So what do you think my chances are for the Pre-Med program in UCLA? I really want a nice college experience, and I love LA in general, so it would be like a dream to be able to go to UCLA for my undergrad.</p>

<p>are you saying that your applying to smaller programs only bc your medically related ec’s are a little low?Bc thats probably the weakest aspect of your application. I think you GPA is good, not just okay. I think you have a very good shot at small programs-but also you have a shot at whatever cali schools your applying to.</p>

<p>GPA is OK for combined programs, it is good otherwise. I have no idea about UCLA or LA in general for that matter, sorry. Medically related EC’s are awesome.</p>


<p>What medically-related EC’s does he have besides hospital volunteering? Haha, maybe I’m missing something, but I agree strongly with kbbm24: his medically-related EC’s are pretty weak. I would bet that 3/4 of all people applying to 8-years have done hospital volunteering.</p>

<p>yea…miami dap im confused as to what qualifies his medically related ec’s are excellent? Sure, 500hours + is great, but honestly, hospital volunteering is not such an eye opening experience-almost anyone can do this. Its about what you took out of 500 hours-and if its not obvious in your essays then your chances shrink a lot-since your banking on one activity to demonstrate that you know 100 percent you want to be a doctor.</p>

<p>I see… Thanks kbbm24. So you’re saying that I should capitalize on my hospital hours in my essays as much as I can, right? I was planning on doing that already, but could any of you guys give me advice as to which of the programs I have the best chance in? Like what are the lesser known 6/7 year programs that I could apply to?</p>

<p>hi kingbill21,</p>

<p>A quick glance at your grades, extracurriculars and test scores are very impressive. However, those alone can’t fuel your application into a top program like UCLA or Berkeley because almost all your competitors will have rivaling academics and extracurriculars. The hospital hours are impressive and should help set you apart from other applicants. Good luck this year!</p>

<p>You should be able to get into UC Berkeley and UCLA. You definitely have the GPA and SAT scores, just make sure to stress your other leadership positions for your other ECs as well and you should be golden. You should definitely aim higher. Don’t get me wrong, UCLA and Berkeley are AMAZING schools, but they are kind of predictable in terms of admission in the sense that they rely a lot more on numbers for admission which is why I think you should focus more on other BA/MD apps if that’s what you’re shooting for. </p>

<p>For example, I had a 2340/3.94 CA resident and I was invited for the Regents scholarship at both LA and Berkeley.</p>

<p>In terms of BA/MD, I would recommend getting the AAMC’s MSAR book, it has a good list of programs and admission stats at each one. That should give you a good idea of where to apply. But yeah, you are lacking for the Medical ECs a bit. If you could somehow squeeze in some shadowing or other related experiences between now and application time, it might give you the necessary boost to give you a chance at some of the programs if you apply widely.</p>

<p>hi johnstoops, i have a question, did you apply to any bs/md programs? What school did ya end up getting into. Also, kinda random, but if you are ranked number one, and your uw gpa is low-like 3.82, but weighted is 4.53, should I be fine in terms of grades? My SAT score is 2320</p>

<p>Yeah if you’re ranked #1 in your class and your test scores are all high, then you should be in great shape. Schools will understand that a 3.82 UW is great at your high school if your rank is still #1 and you have the test scores to back you up. So I wouldn’t worry too much about that.</p>

<p>I applied to bs/md programs at Case Western, Brown, UCSD, BU, USC, Rice/Baylor, Ohio State, and Caltech/UCSD. I got into the BU and USC programs and ultimately chose the BU program.</p>