I would consider your strong most to balance with a low GPA and apply to mid-level schools. You won’t get great search results on msar like you said with your gpa but if you look at lower mcat scools that would maybe even out the gpa thing?Hey everybody,
I recently graduated with a 3.4 gpa (sGPA a little higher) including CC classes (low I know..), with my last 2 years at university being 3.7, 3.8, 3.95, 3.9 (upper div science heavy), and 6 CC classes spread during those summers and current gap year (with As); last 61 units of BCPM being 3.75
My MCAT is a 517 (130/128/130/129) ~95%
I understand how to use MSAR, looking at percentiles and IS/OOS trends when looking for schools to apply to, however...
Should I use my overall 3.4 GPA when assessing what schools to apply for (if I fit into the 10 percentile, or not even make the cut), or should I use something higher with my grade trend and recent performance.
Also, is there a MSAR type website for DO schools?
Thanks everyone for taking the time to read
That looks like a much better list than mine. See this post for a list of my schools.I put together a little preliminary list using MSAR, that I'll be editing in the comings months but I would love everyones input.
A little background:
Volunteering: 250+ hours, multiple dept, multiple hospitals; 300+ coaching soccer for the local B&G club
Shadowing: 70 hours, multiple specialties
Research: 1.5 yr research at school; 100 hr helping clinical research dept; 100 hr helping peds unit collect data (presented at 2 conferences)
Leadership: manager at multiple jobs, which include scheduling, interviewing etc (idk this might count?)
Misc: A&P TA; EMT-B (tho not practicing); medical tourism trip
Central MI (Low OOS <25%)
U of AZ Phoenix
U of AZ
U of SC Columbia
Toledo (Low OOS <25%)
U of SC Greenville
U of NV Reno
Rutger RW (Low OOS <25%)
Wayne (Low OOS <25%)
State Schools (I know a majority of these are out of my league)
UC Riverside (Im from Northern CA, and not in the inland empire)
Thanks again for everyone's help, I really appreciate it. I would suggestions if I should delete or add any, as well as any DO recommendations.
edit: I neglected to include any new schools that are opening, but rest assured I will take those into consideration as well.
@Taylor Swift where these around the same spread/tier that you applied?
6 DO schools should be adequate.Thank you for your recommended school list @Faha and @DBC03
Is there a minimum number of DO schools you think I should apply to (besides those which do not require a DO letter, as I have an MD one)?
I was thinking Western and the Touro-CA to start, but I will add more as a safety net; I also am aware that some people have opinions on certain DO schools
Thanks, do you have any recommendations for REACH schools?
I have read (on this forum actually), that top 20-30 schools like High MCAT/Rising GPA trends; however, on MSAR they always tend to have the 10% percentiles of GPAs around a 3.5-3.6 so I am sketchy about looking into them, but I would love to hear your opinion.
I had a very similar GPA, strong upward trend, MCAT just over 520. I am a non-trad, though, so my experience will be slightly different. You will need to apply very broadly. Apply to schools where your MCAT is a bit too high, but GPA is within 10-90th percentile. Then apply to a few schools where your GPA may be too low, but MCAT is within 25-75th. I got lucky with one school that seems to focus on high stats, but most schools rejected me (I had unique ECs, but could have used a bit more recent volunteering). Apply to all of your state schools.
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Do you think you would have gotten more bites with a different school list? Or did you not get any love from the usual reinvention-friendly schools mentioned here (NYMC, Albany, Philly Triplets, etc)?
Not Faha, but I sure would: two solid years of 3.7+ in upper level science classes plus a stellar MCAT usually means reinvention. Good on you.