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Lower Acceptance Rates: What Do They Mean?

It seems that every year now acceptance rates at the top colleges drop even lower. In 2014, Stanford University accepted just 5% of applicants, a record low. An article in the The New York Times noted that chances at other elite schools aren’t much better: Harvard and Yale are around 6%, Columbia and Princeton about […]

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Waiting on the Waitlist

It’s a tough place to be, the waitlist. If you’ve been dropped there by your top choice (or maybe your top three) you may feel helpless, confused, resigned, or maybe just depressed. This is not the way admissions officers want you to feel. The first thing to remember is that you’re on the waitlist because […]

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5 Things Not to Do When You’re on the Waitlist

1) Don’t give up. While it’s important to be realistic about your low chances, don’t give up if you want to attend a school that has waitlisted you. A decision may feel distant, but it’s worth staying focused and doing what you can. 2) Don’t send too many letters/emails. Sending letters is one way you […]

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Choosing the right Medical School for You

1) MD or DO? Both types of degrees will enable you to practice medicine within the United States, but the taught curriculum can vary a little between both programs. DO programs place an emphasis on osteopathic manipulative medicine, but the medical training for both are otherwise very similar. MD and DO hopefuls apply through two […]

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Back to School Tips

Summer’s winding down. I don’t want to put a damper on your last weeks of freedom, but it’s time to start thinking about the impending school year. A little foresight and planning will make your year more successful and more relaxed. I’m leaving out those who are going to be entering their freshman year—and secondary […]

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Questions to Ask during Medical School Interviews

A common stumbling block for many med school hopefuls comes at the very end of the interview. You’ve hit it off with your interviewer, received glowing praise regarding your extracurriculars and academic resume, had a couple of laughs over your mutual hometown, and just as you’re getting ready to mail yourself an acceptance letter, the […]

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Tips for Medical School Applications

1) Start early. Most medical schools operate on a rolling basis. That means that the earlier you submit your application, the better your chances at an interview and, subsequently, an acceptance. Starting early also gives you a cushion of time to work with, in case you get stuck on your personal statement or run into […]

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Letters of Recommendation for Medical School

The letter of recommendation – sometimes referred to as a letter of reference or a character evaluation – is a significant part of the medical school application process. Recommendations offer the admission committee a chance to get to know your personal side from the perspective of a third-party. Shining letters can often snag you an […]

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ISEE vs. SSAT: Which is the better choice for your child?

Just like the ACT and the SAT, the ISEE and SSAT exams are suitable for different types of students. This means one of the exams gives your child a slightly better advantage over the other. Finding out whether your child should take the ISEE or the SSAT is a very simple task once you familiarize […]

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Time Management Tips for the MCAT

Time management can be one of the most daunting issues facing a student who is looking to take the MCAT. It can be difficult to find a pacing that allows you to finish on time, without sacrificing accuracy or comprehension. This difficulty is exacerbated by the breakdown of questions on the MCAT – 52 questions […]

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