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2.7 Undergrad(non science) still hope?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by mli84, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. mli84

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    Hey guys, i'm a graduating senior with a low overall gpa of 2.7 and a BS in cognitive science. Literally non of my undergrad coursework has anything to do with the pre-req's. I intend to do all my Pharm school pre-req's at community colleges. Basically i plan on investing about 2 years in these classes on top of volunteer and work based on pharm.

    My question is; even if i get the 3.5+ (what i'm striving for) in my science/pre-req courses and a reasonably high PCAT score, will my low cumm gpa exclude me from the top pharm schools? This is a large investment of my time and i want to know if it's worth it to take the plunge.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. anh80

    anh80 Going through PharmD
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    Just read these posts and you'll see some exceptions:

    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=366126

    Since you're doing all the pre-reqs, show them you can handle the science classes and do well... 3.5-4.0 and you'll be fine. Many students have gotten in with those gpas from a community college and they only took 2-3yrs to do all the pre-reqs! In the end, your high pre-req gpa will most likely offset the low undergrad, don't loose hope! But also make yourself a well rounded candidate during these next 2yrs.
     
  4. Shadowstar

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    Rock the PCAT and get all A's in your prereq's if you want a chance. Keep in mind your prereqs are at a community college - the good part is that they won't be as difficult as university prereqs but the bad part is that they won't be up to par with a student who has your same stats but have taken prereq's at a university...the admissions commity pays attention to practically everything.
     
  5. rxcrystal

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    You'll be fine. Most schools will only focus on the pre-reqs anyway. Just make sure you apply to multiple schools though anyway. Good luck.
     
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  6. eddie269

    eddie269 Still in shock...
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    I rarely make guarantees but I will make one now.

    Get ALL A's in your pre-req's at JC's (yes, a 4.0 for pre-req's at a CC is actually not that hard), get a decent PCAT score (75 and up), get some pharmacy experience, and apply early..YOU WILL GET IN!

    That is all for now. Check out the thread in my sig also.
     
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  7. rx27563

    rx27563 Hopefully 08'
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    ok i have another question...i am currently at a university and my freshmen grades werent good..... i made C's. im retaking the general chem's this summer and im applying in the fall... my question is that if i dont get in would retaking all my pre-reqs at a community do me any favors? i feel like my instit.gpa is going nowhere no matter what i do ill still have about a 3.0.
     
  8. Farmercyst

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    You didn't mention which year you're in now. How many units do you have? I've got 230+. If I were to replace all my C's,D's (3 C's, 1D) and get A's it's not going to budge my GPA that much, the denominator is just too big.
     
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    Thats just not true. some ccc's science classes are as hard as some univ b/c they are taught by profs who teach as univ.
     
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    im so annoyed by people who say that cc courses are easy like cake.......they ARE NoT! like stevey said, some professors who teach at university also teach at a CC. Also, universities have like some grad students who are easy? Please don't give CC a bad reputation.......their small class sizes provide a great learning environment to work closer with professors. Universities have large class sizes and people cheat all the time without professors knowing....I have seen it.
     
  11. Well, as a career changer, I took most of science classes at 3 different CCs due to the enrollment problem. It was very difficult to get in a class without petitioning. Anyways, I have a BS from Universitiy so here is what I think about CC VS University...

    It is true that some classes in CC are as competitive and difficult as classes in Universitiy. However in general, I think it is much easier to get an A in CC. The time and effort that I needed to put in to get a B from University was more than enough for me to get an A from 3 CCs while taking 30+ science classes.
     
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    I have a BS from a university and needed to take pre-req courses for PharmD school. I took one of the courses at cc and thought it had the same difficulty as all the other courses I needed to take at the university. I really think that most cc's have courses with the same difficulty as the the 100 and 200 level courses at universities.

    With that said, I do know that many PharmD schools will see your GPA of 2.7 at university, then your 3.5 or up at CC and wonder and question you.

    I say, why give them the option. Take your pre-reqs at a university close to home, get great grades and at least you have the grades from a university and your overall GPA will go up with all courses from a university rather than part cc.
     
  13. Idesiretosling

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    Yes, some CC courses are just as hard as university courses but there is a reason some schools require university credits for certain courses.
     
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    Really, which schools are those? I have read that some say they prefer to have courses taken at Univ level, but these schools still accepted plenty of cc'ers even w/ mediocore science GPA to boot. Many prepharmers are not typical students, meaning they are in the middle of a career change, which is why the average age is usually around 24. And these kinds of students will chose CC for many reasons.
     
  15. bananaface

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    Oregon State University is one. They require certain science classes be taken at a 4 year school.
     
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