This time of year the requests for interviews are coming from all of the BS/MD programs. While most of my students are getting multiple interviews, rarely do they get asked to interview at every program they have applied to. And the question is always, why didn’t that program want to interview me?
There are all sorts of reasons that a BS/MD program might not interview a particular student. Maybe you were too strong academically and they didn’t think you would come if interviewed and admitted. Maybe they have too many students already from your state or high school. Maybe they need more girls since most of their applicants have been from boys. Maybe they already have enough research intensive applicants and want more students with a strong volunteering background. Maybe your recommendation’s didn’t mention your leadership. Maybe they didn’t like your essay. Maybe they…..
Let me give you a little story here. Last year one of my strongest students had a 4.0 unweighted GPA, one of the top high schools in the country, 2,400 SAT, all 800’s on SAT subject tests, ISEF finalist for two years and super strong volunteering. She got a number of interviews but did not get interviews at all of the programs she applied to including some of the “easy” programs. If it can happen to this student, it can happen to you.
We are talking here about programs that admit less than 10% of their applicants, and in some cases 1% of their applicants, and every application they see is fabulous. You will never know why you didn’t get an interview at a particular program because the only people that know are those on the admissions committee that year.
Don’t worry about those programs that, for whatever reason, didn’t think you were a good fit for them. Instead, focus on those programs that want to talk with you further. You can’t do anything about those programs that decided not to interview you so move on with your life and get ready to do your best at the programs you are interviewing at.
Harsh but the truth sometimes hurts.