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3.4 GPA in engineering, will I be at all competitive?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by noideawhattodowithmylife, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. noideawhattodowithmylife


    Oct 1, 2014

    I'm new to this whole thing but I've been thinking a lot lately about medicine. I'm in Biomedical engineering right now at a top tier school but I feel like my grades are too low to be even remotely competitive. 3.41 overall GPA, 3.40 sGPA.

    I haven't taken the MCAT yet because I was leaning toward grad school. I do a lot of research and have 2 2nd author publications. I just started my junior year. I have some shadowing and volunteer experience but I'll definitely get more before I apply if I apply.

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  3. Earl Simmons

    Earl Simmons 5+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    I think the median accepted student has a GPA of 3.6, so just work hard this year and try to pad the GPA to get it to 3.50+ if you can. However, it's hard to know your chances without an MCAT score.
  4. Gregor Wiesmann

    Gregor Wiesmann 2+ Year Member

    Nov 13, 2013
    I think that's around the average for DO schools!
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  5. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2012
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    For MD, you're not competitive, but you're within the acceptable range.
  6. ConsultantMD

    ConsultantMD 7+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2009
    Be prepared to apply to many schools to cast a wide net. I applied to a bunch and have four interviews and about ten rejections. My numbers are similar but I have a strong post bacc and MCAT score. It's a gamble!
  7. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Somewhere west of St. Louis
    Well, below avg for MD schools, but within striking distance. A killer MCAT and some unique and compelling ECs will help, as will living in a state whose public med school has a lower GPA floor.

  8. mimelim

    mimelim Vascular Surgery Rocket Scientist Physician 5+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2011
    With all due respect to people who have responded previously. The correct answer is, you have not given us enough information to answer the question. I had a 3.4. I interviewed at every top 10 USMD that I applied. Your GPA is one metric, one of the most important, but just one metric. You will not be screened out of any schools because of a 3.4. For starters, this discussion is completely useless without an MCAT score. Engineering major is great and all, but nobody on an admissions committee knows your academic abilities based on a single value (your GPA).

    You will find that most of the lower GPA students had strong MCATs (35+) which largely negated the affect of having a lower than average GPA. That is your first step. The direction that you go and the options that you have open to you will largely be determined by that. If you are aiming for more than "just any USMD", then you are going to need (like everyone else) something else in your application. You have to stand out in some way. In general trying to 'pad' your GPA is pretty hard by the time you are a Junior and usually pretty transparent (and time consuming).

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