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Sweettooth326

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Date of submission: 2020 Cycle
Overall GPA: 3.5
Science GPA: 3.3
Bio-Chem-Physics GPA: 3.2
DAT score (include AA and all sections): TS: 19
BIO(19) GEN(18) ORGO(20) TA: 19 Math(18) Reading(22) Perception (19)
State of Residence: New York

Major: Psychology BA
Minor: Biology and Chemistry
Minority: Asian-American with low-income family
First time applicant and will be applying 2020 cycle

Shadowing Experience:
General (40) Oral Surgery (100) Pediatric (320)
Volunteering Experience: Prospect Park Zoo (113) & Borough Wide Band (130)
Employment: Graduate School (342)
Research: Psychology (Schizophrenia) (80)
Other Extracurricular: College Wind Ensemble (144) College Power lifting Club (60) Jiu Jitsu Club (60) Pre-dental Society (60)
Relevant Honors or Awards: USA Power-lifting Third place for 43kg class
Misc Info/Things not stated elsewhere: 4 years of training in muay thai (martial arts), I have been playing the flute since the 2nd grade, I also lift weights 4-6 times a week depending on my schedule. My first year of college was spent at a community college on a scholarship that after one year at a community college I would have an automatic acceptance into Binghamton University.
School list: Mostly east coast schools (NY, NJ, NC, ME, MA)

Hi everyone! This is my first time posting and I just wanted a second opinion on what my chances are. My current pre-health adviser says I have a chance but I'm a little skeptical because of my low grades and average DAT scores. I am currently a junior at a SUNY and I am hoping to apply for the 2020 cycle. I am currently debating to retake the DAT but I am skeptical about it because I won't have time to study over the summer (due to summer courses, work, and shadowing) or during the semester (I take 17 credits every semester along with work and research). I also don't know if I should retake any of my science courses (recieved B-/B in most of my science courses).

Sorry for such a lengthy post but feel free to leave any types of criticism.

Your extracurriculars look pretty solid. Your overall GPA is around the average for matriculation. Since you have about a year and a half between now and your application date, try to do your best in the rest of your classes (raising that GPA can only help). Your DAT isn't bad, but I would suggest retaking it and aiming for at least a 21 AA to increase your chances. Also, depending on when you took it, keep in mind that it expires after 3 years. Apply early, get solid letters of rec, and if you can raise that DAT score to 21+, you'll be golden.

Best of luck to you!
 
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I would add plenty of private schools since your stats are just around average and also try to raise your sGPA if you could. I don't think you'd need to retake the dat unless you're sure you could do better and have the time and money. Otherwise your ECs look solid.
 
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Your extracurriculars look pretty solid. Your overall GPA is around the average for matriculation. Since you have about a year and a half between now and your application date, try to do your best in the rest of your classes (raising that GPA can only help). Your DAT isn't bad, but I would suggest retaking it and aiming for at least a 21 AA to increase your chances. Also, depending on when you took it, keep in mind that it expires after 3 years. Apply early, get solid letters of rec, and if you can raise that DAT score to 21+, you'll be golden.

Best of luck to you!

Thank you for your answer! I am debating retaking the DAT because I don't think I have the time to balance 12 credits in the summer, work, and volunteer, and in addition studying for the DAT. But it's something that I am definitely considering if I can't raise my GPA before I apply
 

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I'm pretty sure you can raise your GPA quite a bit in the year and a half before you apply, but I think it would be better to study hard and break a 21+ on your DAT (or why not do both?)

I wouldn't retake any courses you got Bs/B-s in, instead focus on taking upper division courses and doing well in them to show you can handle harder classes. Unfortunately, being Asian does not make you a minority. Also, kudos on the two minors (I think?)-- I did that too! It looks really good on your app but a high GPA/DAT helps more.

Soooo, I would retake your DAT, take upper division classes and get As to raise your GPA, and also up your GP shadowing hours. You got plenty of time, good luck!
 
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