May 26, 2013
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Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Science GPA: 3.1
Non-Science GPA: 3.06
MCAT: Haven't taken it yet but hoping to get 30+

Extracurricular:
80+ volunteering hours at a hospital
30 hours shadowing an MD surgeon
Teaching 6-12 grade biology lab for 1 semester (~50hours)
Research experience (limited)
Part of different organizations on campus

Basically, I screwed up during my sophomore year of college with taking too many credits at the same time and having a lot of personal things going on which affected my grades. I have been able to maintain an upwards trend for my junior year and am currently a senior. I would like to apply to DO schools but I'm not sure where I stand with my GPA because it is very low. I used a DO sample application to calculate my GPA so replacement grades have been entered. I went to two different undergrad schools and it calculated both GPAs.

I will be graduating in May 2014 and I want to apply to DO schools in June, what are my chances? I am looking at SMP program but if there is ANY way that I may have chances at DO schools, I would much rather go straight into medical school as I pay for school myself and spending about $25,000+ is a bit too much so I wanted to work the year prior to enrollment. What are your thoughts? I really would like to go to Touro in New York. Do I have a chance at that or any other schools?
 

CapCrunch

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Depends on how you did in your last 2 years. As it stands now, your chances aren't great. If you want to go DO, don't bother with an SMP. Retake all F/D/C grades and apply.
 
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Goro

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Strongly concur. You should aim for very high 20s in MCAT, if not actual >30.

Depends on how you did in your last 2 years. As it stands now, your chances aren't great. If you want to go DO, don't bother with an SMP. Retake all F/D/C grades and apply.
 
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CapCrunch

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In addition, your non-science GPA is a 3.06 which indicates that even in your general classes, you still only squeaked out a 3.0. You'd be best served with a post-bacc that included retakes and some upper-divs.
 

user3

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27 MCAT will probably get you in somewhere, but of course score as high as possible.
 
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sparksfly21
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In addition, your non-science GPA is a 3.06 which indicates that even in your general classes, you still only squeaked out a 3.0. You'd be best served with a post-bacc that included retakes and some upper-divs.
Well after calculating my GPA again with an academic advisor and taking another class during the summer, I will have a 3.15cGPA and 3.2sGpa so does that make it any better? The advisor said a post bacc would be better in comparison to an SMP for
DO schools but with a 3.2 sGPA, applying to med schools won't be such a bad idea.
 
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sparksfly21
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Strongly concur. You should aim for very high 20s in MCAT, if not actual >30.
Goro, what is the usual minimum? Would you happen to know? I'm getting varied results online but I want to know with the GPA I'll have, what is the least I need in order to get admission SOMEWHERE
 

CapCrunch

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Not to state the obvious, but the lowest score you should apply with is the highest score you can muster up. Like user3 said, a 27 would be the minimum. And yes...a 3.15 and 3.2 would definitely be better. If there's somewhat of a trend there, and you score well on the MCAT, you should have success as long as you apply early and broadly.
 

Goro

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The avg MCAT score for DO acceptees is ~26, with the top schools (like CCOM) hovering around 29-30. Therefore, to counterbalance your GPAs, I think a score in the high 20s will do you a lot of good.

Goro, what is the usual minimum? Would you happen to know? I'm getting varied results online but I want to know with the GPA I'll have, what is the least I need in order to get admission SOMEWHERE
 
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