I NEED one more school to apply to but I cant decide

<p>Sorry to anyone who read my other post it just occured to me that I should put my post in this forum. I have a list compiled but I think I need one more for good measure. What to you all think? My major is biochem, and I need a good stepping stone for med school:
Notre Dame
U of Chicago
??????????? (I need one more for a total of eight)
Safeties: Rensselaer polytech, UCONN (im from CT)</p>

<p>my stats:
SAT 1st(800M640V)
Can I combine these two to be 800M and 790V for a 1590?
SAT2 800mathIIC
730 Writing
730 US history
Bio M pending december test date
School: private catholic school pretty competitive
taking hardest classes
96.06 Unweighted
102(.something) weighted
2nd in class of 215
4 AP's this year (school does not offer many)
Hospital Volunteer
Art Club Secretary
Varsity Swim Team
Student Govt for 2 years
A bucnh of award from the school
Honor rOLL
I worked on a political Campaign for a local US Congresswoman
Chess Club
Mock Trial
I've had a job since i was 12 and I recently clerked for a local chemical company (my major is chemistry)</p>

<p>Any advise you could give my would be greatly appreciated!!</p>

<p>Tufts has an excellent premed program that might interest you.</p>

<p>WUSTL, Rice & Case Western.</p>

<p>Rice is a little too far away but Tufts sounds great..what would you think my chances for there would be? i dont really know much about tufts in that respect</p>

<p>Tufts has an excellent premed program where it rigorously prepares the students for the trials and tribulations of the MCATs. The students that apply to med school from Tufts (that meet the qualifications) have a 86-89% rate of acceptances into medical school. Tufts even has an early medical school acceptance program if you qualify by fulfilling certain requirements (having taken orgo, chem, and bio) by the end of your sophmore year while maintaining a 3.5 average. If accepted into the program, (which most that qualify do) you basically have secured a spot for medical school once you've graduated your senior year. There is no obligation to matriculate, but you are rest assured that you can go to the Tufts medical school, or another school if you wish. The medical schools (esp Tufts) know the rigors of the curriculum, which is comparable to other elites such as Northwestern. If you're thinking of premed, I'd apply there as well.</p>

<p>Out of curiosity, why not apply to some ivies as well?</p>

<p>cornell is an ivy. i dont know none of the other ivies really appealed to me. I think I will choose tufts unless anyone else has anymore ideas (hint hint)</p>

<p>how about Duke?</p>

<p>btw, how did you get your verbal score up that much? good job.</p>

<p>I got the 10 reals and Word SMart I was really happy i never even scored that high on a practice test before. plus the one i took in May had some stupid reading article about a girl who listened to her parents on the stairs that I think messed me up.
Yea I was actually thinking about Duke, but its a little too far away</p>

<p>washington university in saint louis? it seems like its in your range, and it has a really good premed program...</p>

<p>Tufts sounds good - but do you need a financial safety?</p>

<p>why is tufts more expensive than the average tier 2 college? or do they not grant financial aid to many?</p>

<p>i'm an upper middle class white kid so I dont think im gona be gettting much financial aid any way.</p>

<p>Tufts is in a pricey area. I don't recall if they do need or merit aid. You may not be a good candidate for need-based aid, but you certainly would be for merit. If you haven't done so, at least sit down with them and run a financial aid estimator so they have some clue as to how much this little adventure will cost. If your EFC causes massive sticker shock, its time to look at merit-aid schools. Also - they will have to pay for med school - not a cheap proposition either.</p>

<p>The good news - with your scores and class rank you should be an excellent candidate for merit aid.</p>

<p>Unfortunately Tufts does not give merit aid, only need.</p>

<p>Here's my 2 cents. As long as you go to a top school (pre-req), it makes no difference which top school you go to for med school. Even your major is secondary, my best friend just started Harvard med as an anthropology major at Dartmouth. Look at what place you like and where you could do well, in fact at certain cut-throat places like JHU it might be to your detriment since everyone wants to do med. For that reason I would much prefer to go to another less science focused place than Cornell or JHU. Also the GPA loss if you are Okay at a major (3.3.-3.5) is not worth it if you can do better in another and get .3pts higher (assuming you would do better doing something else like Bio or even philosophy). The advantage to doing a heavy science major is the research opportunities. </p>

<p>Your schools look really scattered (JHU/ Cornell? and UVA? Notre Dame?) All VERY different places. My advice is don't rule out Duke, the other Ivies, Northwestern, or even WUSTL (I would say Duke the most, second Penn, third Dartmouth/ Princeton for you) Tufts costs more than these and has less prestige regardless of how "good" their program is.</p>

<p>"why is tufts more expensive than the average tier 2 college? or do they not grant financial aid to many?"</p>

<p>Oh, and we are not a Tier 2 college nor average. Actually a large number of the campus gets financial aid. We are not need blind, but once accepted, Tufts will meet your demonstrated need, regardless of how much of a situation you're in.</p>

<p>Would also suggest Duke-school has one of the best med schools right within walking distance of undergrad science buildings. Also for a match, might look at Holy Cross which likes to recruit from Catholic high schools and HC also has a very strong pre-med program with distinguished alumni.</p>

<p>Tufts was also my first thought. It would be a match/reach. I'd also suggest Emory.</p>

<p>first..since no 1 answered your first question, your best SAT would be a 1590..good job! most colleges take your best subscore from M and V, excpet for some colleges like the UCs....</p>