Alright so I was a bit hesitant to put all of this up but I've decided it's better for me to get an opinion here.
I just graduated in May from a competitive private college with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Public Health. My GPA is very low but everything else is fine. I pushed myself in everything but my GPA and now I am suffering when looking to see which schools to apply to. I am currently RETAKING a lot of the Pharm PreReqs classes at a State School. I've started this summer and am currenly retaking Organic Chem I and Biology I
. I am confident I will be receiving either an A- or A in both classes. This fall semester, I will have a heavy load but because of my determination to maintain a great GPA, I know (*fingers crossed*) I will do well and hopefully get A's in all classes. The classes I will be retaking are: Organic Chem II, Anatomy/Physiology, Genetics, & Microbiology
So please be completely honest. Don't worry about being too brutal
a. Schools you are applying to
Midwestern (both AZ and Chicago), TJ, Temple, UMd, UOP, Northstate, MCPHS Worchester, ...any others you suggest that will accept my low GPA??
b. Overall GPA
c. Math/Science GPA
d. GPA in last one or two school years
- over 3.4 each semester last year
e. Complete PCAT scores (or just composite)
- scored ~ without studying, currently studying for it and taking it Oct
f. Pharmacy experience obtained-
both retail and clinical, total 1.5 years. Also have been a certified pharm tech for 2 years now.
g. Date of application submission (PharmCAS/primary and secondary)
hopefully but end of August. I want to apply Early Decision somewhere, but don't really know where
h. Number of LORs and source of LORs
3 - 1. professor I (most prob will be a great LOR) 2. professor II 3. employer (most prob will be great LOR)
i. Non-pharmacy work and/or volunteer experience
LOTS and LOTS of community service. very high leadership positions in other non-pharmacy related student orgs.
j. Self-perception of interview skills -
k. Overall impression of personal statement quality
I think it's pretty solid and unique. Shows a lot of where my interests in pharmacy originated from and how passionate I am about pharmacy
Now my first question is...with retaking certain classes and getting better grades in them, how will that look towards the Pharm Committees? Will they average both the grades from the retaken classes?