January Admissions News

By Michaela January 5, 2022 BS/MD Admissions Consulting Newsletter

Happy New Year from the counselors at Moon Prep! As we look into 2022, January always seems like the perfect time to reflect on successes and set goals for the coming year. During the holidays, there seems to be no better time to appreciate the success our students have earned in 2021. Read on to see early acceptances from our seniors!  

January is certainly a busy month in the admissions cycle for every age. While seniors are preparing for alumni and BS/MD interviews, our younger high school students are gearing up for summer camp applications. Yes, it’s already time to start thinking about summer planning! The ultra-competitive Research Science Institute (RSI) 2022 deadline is January 14, and the Notre Dame Leadership Seminar is due by January 24. The majority of the most competitive summer programs have deadlines in the first quarter.

If you still have alumni interviews or BS/MD interviews ahead of you this month, we would love to help you prepare. Schedule a free call with Moon Prep to see how we can help you prepare for both traditional and MMI interviews. You’ve come this far, the interview can be the determining factor in your admissions decision.

Admissions News

Interview Season Is Here!

Moon Prep students are deep into interview prep this month, getting ready for both traditional and MMI interviews for the BS/MD programs they applied to in the fall. So far, our students have secured BS/MD interviews at Penn State, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Drew University, Adelphi University, Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, St. Bonaventure, Nova Southeastern University (BS/D0), LECOM, and SUNY Upstate.  

Did you know? The MMI interview format differs from traditional interviews because they are judging whether you possess the core attributes they are seeking for their medical school through scenario-based questions. In this interview format, students rotate through multiple stations of separate interviews, with more time to prepare for answers than a traditional interview. Thankfully, the Moon Prep counselors know exactly how to prepare you to answer these questions. Schedule a free call with Moon Prep to see how we can help you prepare for both traditional and MMI interviews. 

Early Acceptances at Moon Prep

The counselors at Moon Prep continue to receive acceptance notifications from their students’ Early Decision schools. Here are just a few of the early acceptances our students have received so far:

University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Yale University, University of Toledo (BS/MD), New York Institute of Technology (BS/DO), Case Western University, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, New York University, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, Baylor University, University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, MIT, Duke University, Rutgers University, Temple University, Stony Brook University, Columbia University and Tulane University.

Acceptance Anxiety

As we move even further into “college decision” season, it is important to keep a healthy perspective in mind. Especially when it comes to social media, where students often feel pressured into posting an acceptance reaction video, or when it comes to comparing acceptances with friends. Tulane University released an article covering tips for considering the big picture behind the scenes of the admissions department, to help keep a positive perspective in the next few months. Read their tips here.

Letters of Continued Interest

If you’ve received disappointing news from your top college in the form of a deferral letter, you are not alone. There are a record number of applications this year, and admission to your dream school may take an additional step. Accompanying those dreaded deferral notifications are also requests and deadlines for Letters of Continued Interest. This is the school’s way of asking for an update on what you’ve been up to since you applied, to consider your update along with the Regular Decision pool of applicants. Want a sample letter to reference? Indeed wrote a handy guide.


Thursday, January 20, 8:00 PM ET: Interview and MMI Prep for BS/MD Candidates

Direct medical programs—also known as BS/MD, BA/MD, BS/DO, or BA/DO—are some of the most competitive programs in the college admission process, with some programs only accepting six applicants a year. The journey to acceptance includes supplemental applications, interviews, and significant preparation.

In this webinar, we will cover everything you need to know about BS/MD interviews, including:

  • MMI format interviews
  • When to start preparing
  • Interview tips
  • Questions and feedback from previous admissions cycles

Register here


Thursday, February 3, 8:00 PM ET: Summer Planning: Research Ideas for High School Students

Summer might seem far away, but now is the perfect time to start planning for it.

Moon Prep Counselors will cover how students can spend their summer productively by building their resumes through virtual activities.

The webinar will cover how to:

  • Complete an independent research project
  • Become a published author
  • Attend virtual summer camps
  • Participate in virtual and in-person community service
  • And more ways to add that “wow” factor to your resume for college!

Register here


January scholarship advice: As acceptance letters begin arriving, so do the financial aid letters. If your dream college’s price tag is higher than you anticipated, there are many external scholarships with deadlines in the spring. Get started right away! 

For additional help finding scholarships, register for our online course, The Search for Scholarships.

Probo Medical Scholarship multiple awards of $500, due January 1 – June 21

This award is perfect for our BS/MD students – Applicants are chosen from their responses to an essay describing how you want to make healthcare more accessible and affordable. Apply here.

In The Media

Check out our recent articles and places our counselors have been quoted:

Apple News: Is Taking a Gap Year a Good Idea?

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