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Rank order of competitiveness - Biomedical/Biological Sciences PhD

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I have a list of schools that do not require GRE exams for Biomedical/Biological Science PhD. 

Now some of the schools I have an idea of how competitive they are but other schools not so much. I wanted to break them down to see which schools can be my safety schools and which ones are a bit more competitive.

After so I can go back and look at the faculty in each of these schools to see what interests me and narrow down my choices.

Again this is Biomedical/Biological Sciences PhD program

  • Boston University

  • Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia)

  • Brandeis (Waltham, Massachusetts)

  • Albert Einstein

  • UMass (university of Massachusetts school of medicine)

  • NYU

  • Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • Cold Spring Harbor

  • Rutgers

  • Weill Cornell

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To add to your list, Michigan's biomedical sciences program (PIBS) doesn't require the GRE anymore and ranks quite highly. As for categorizing or ranking them, I'd imagine each schools' competitiveness is comparable to last year's, if not more competitive, due to more applicants since getting rid of the GRE. I'd pay attention to the schools' past statistics on their websites, US news rankings, and available information on this forum. Good luck! And if you stick with this list, 10-12 applications is not abnormal, so it might be worth a deep dive into all of them to find your research interests.

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Right off the bat, all New York schools are hyper competitive because there are a ton of people that apply. BU is another one, where a lot of people are interested.

I applied to umass med, Einstein, NYU, Sinai, and Weill Cornell of the ones on your list. Einstein/Sinai/NYU were honestly some of the biggest let downs for me because I thought they would be more reasonable target schools, but I did not receive interviews from any of them. I would be very wary of considering any mid or higher tier university in a major city (at least New York) a safety purely because of the volume of interest they draw. 

I turned down the interview offer I had from Umass med, but I can say they were very accommodating with scheduling conflicts. 

I will be attending Weill Cornell, so let me know if you have any questions about the application or interview process there. At the end of the day your fit in the program matters more than anything else, which is why I feel like I got interviewed/into a more competitive program, like Weill, than a number of others on my list. 

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From your list I interviewed at Emory, NYU and Mount Sinai and was accepted to Emory. Let me know if you have any questions about those schools! I feel Mount Sinai was the most competitive from those three.

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