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  1. I had meh GPAs, solid PCE, and applied to 16 programs last cycle. I was stunned to get interviews at 10, attended 8, was accepted to 7, and am starting at my top choice in May. I strongly feel those applications were not a waste of money - even interviewing at schools I ended up disliking prepared me for interviews at schools I loved. Seeing how different programs were designed helped me clarify my priorities vs preferences. For applicants this cycle, I'd encourage you to develop a list of schools where you're a good fit - consider both accepted student stats and mission - and only apply to schools you could truly see yourself attending. Think about tuition costs, cost of living, research requirements, rotation sites, cadaver lab, primary care preceptorships, etc. No school is perfect but you don't want to apply to a school where you'll be absolutely miserable for two-three years. Feel free to PM me with any questions! I'm not an adcom so I have no idea what your chances are, but I'm happy to look at personal statements/give tips on making a school list/etc etc. Good luck to everyone!!
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    (Reapplicant) please share insight

    I'm late to this but I'm shocked no one has suggested applying earlier. If you were verified by the last day of Drexel's application deadline, you were in the back of the line (aka behind a few thousand applicants). You need to apply much earlier - ideally May or beginning of June - to have a legitimate shot. The good news is that you'll have another year of good PCE! Sure, practice your interviewing and spoken grammar, but also make sure the adcom sees your application when they have open seats!
  3. No one can really put together a school list for you (it's a really personal decision!), but some schools I considered along the East Coast were Tufts, Northeastern, Bryant, Pace, Cornell, Arcadia, Temple, Marist, GW, Duke, etc. I would sit down and print a list of every school in a location you're interested in (aka the entire east coast), then research each one and strike any where you don't meet the requirements. Then you can refine the list from there, but seeing where you're eligible to apply is super helpful! Good luck
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    How do I improve my chances?

    My guess is that it doesn't matter much at all (I was accepted to multiple programs with a bachelor's degree from a giant, non-prestegious public school). I personally don't think scribing is strong PCE, so my knee-jerk answer is to quit scribing, work full-time as an EMT, and apply next cycle. This is especially true because your GPAs and GRE are *right* at or just slightly higher than the minimums and it's extra important to get high-quality PCE. However, if your schools value scribes highly, it's reasonable to apply now.
  5. It sounds like you know what your decision needs to be. I'd tell her exactly what you've written here. It might sound harsh but I've had these conversations with my bf of 3+ years so he knows what to expect when I'm in school. Either we'll learn to adapt to the distance (3 hours apart), prioritize each other during grad school, and get married after graduation, or the distance will be too much, we'll break up, and I'll still have attended my dream school and kick-started a career I've been excited about for the past 8 years (way before I met him)! I'm all about sacrificing for someone you love but you also don't want to subconsciously (or conciously!) resent her for being a roadblock to your future.
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    2 Acceptances PCOM vs DeSales

    I have two friends at PCOM's GA campus. They're incredibly smart, talented, hard-working people and I would personally be very confident attending a school they chose! Other than that, I'm not very familiar with PCOM (they seem to prefer high GPA applicants, which wasn't my strength!). Something else that might help you is messaging current students for their input. Good luck!
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    How do I improve my chances?

    More PCE as an EMT is the #1 thing that jumps out at me. It's way more valuable to schools than scribing. Low GPA needs high quality PCE. Otherwise, volunteer. Spend a lot of time on your personal statement and get ready to write really strong supplementals. Research accepted student stats and make a smart school list. Apply early.
  8. I third the advice to increase your PCE quality. I'd ask around if your hospital will take you on as a patient care tech in float pool or in a unit you like. As far as your school list, the Philly schools are smart choices. You may also want to add Arcadia Glenside - they're 20 min outside Philly (right near East Falls), affiliated with UPenn, and require minimum 200 hours PCE (though their accepted hours are much higher, so I'd carefully evaluate if you fit their mission before applying). I'd also check out Temple. Finally, I would remove Northeastern (strongest preference given to applicants with >1000 hours PCE, and I'm sure they get plenty of applicants who fulfill that preference). As a whole, I agree with MT2PA's advice - the accepted student stats for these schools will tell you what type of applicants they value.
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    2 Acceptances PCOM vs DeSales

    I'll play devil's advocate and advise against DeSales. They have a large class size with a majority of students admitted from their 3+2 program. They also lost a lot of their core (excellent) faculty to PSU Hershey. Additionally, their PA program is the "cash cow" of the university, so they very quickly increased their class size (which affects rotation availability, classroom experience, mentoring time, etc). They both have strong reputations, but hearing all the negatives about DeSales made me withdraw my application. That being said, one of my friends graduated from DeSales and is doing really well as an ED PA, so it's definitely possible to get a good education! I'd go with whichever program made you feel most at home. Also, which program would you regret not attending? This question helped me make my final decision. CONGRATS on your acceptance to two amazing programs! There's no wrong choice here
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    Chance for PA School

    PMd! Also, make sure to check out the accepted student stats as you're finalizing your school list. For example, Arcadia's "matriculated students had a median GPA of 3.62 and 2,133 hours of clinical experience." Obviously those hours can be skewed by a single applicant with 20 years of experience, but keep that in mind as you apply!
  11. Unfortunately, I believe their last interview session was December 1 :/
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    Chance for PA School

    As far as your school list, Arcadia is a great choice that really values GPA. Their interview day was disappointing though - there were 50 interviewees on my day and they spent about 5-7 minutes interviewing us. You should also know their website is out of date - of note, they replaced their cadaver lab with an Anatomage table and are now affiliated with UPenn. If you're looking to add more PA options, Jefferson and Temple would be good options for you. (Jefferson especially prefers high GPA.) I was an undergrad at Temple and accepted to the PA program, and I also worked at TJU's Center City hospital, so let me know if you'd like specifics on either of those!
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    What are my chances?

    The GRE is really just a check box, you squeaked over the generally recommended 300 GRE benchmark, and you have double my PCE (which is far more meaningful than a 4-hour test). Like I said, look carefully at the accepted student profiles for the schools you're considering, but don't be afraid to go ahead and apply to schools you love!
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    What are my chances?

    I had the same academic stats, 322 GRE, and 2600 hours PCE and got 7 accepantaces. Write a great personal statement and apply early to schools that are a good fit for you (in both stats and mission) and you should be just fine
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