Tier 1, tier 2, or tier 3?

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Tier 1, tier 2, or tier 3?

Postby bigballer27 » Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:09 pm

What is the distinction between tier 1 and tier 2, and tier 2 and tier 3?

is there a known cutoff for a school to be regarded as one and not the other?

is there a list somewhere that has the schools categorized as each because when i want to apply i dont know if a school is tier 1 or tier 2 etc...

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Postby Vonsmack » Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:38 pm

I don't know of any definitive lists out there that categorize schools into tiers. It is just a basic way many classify schools and it is pretty straightforward- schools that accept higher MCAT/GPA scores are your top tier (Columbia, John Hopkins, Harvard etc..) and those that will accept lower on average scores are lower tier. (I would include most DO and Carib in this group.) An easy way to find out average acceptance numbers is to pick up an MSAR. You can also use this website'sMed school eval tool to give you an idea of where you stand vs. each school
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Postby blooteeth » Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:36 pm

I consider Top 20-25 med schools in the US News Rankings (they have averages of approx. 3.8/36) to be top tier. When I think mid-tier, I think schools like BU or George Washington-type schools (averages around 3.7/31) and low tier would basically be most state schools and some others like Rosalind Franklin or Drexel, etc.
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Postby bigballer27 » Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:12 pm

so im assuming that if you are in between (3.8/33 or 34) then it just depends on the rest of your app and the interview
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Postby bigballer27 » Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:14 pm

can a school be tier 1 in research but tier 2 in primary care, and vice versa? how does that work?

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