It shouldn't make a difference. Any positive or negative trends in your grades would be more likely to influence their decision. And yes, some schools do have a cut-off but it'll vary with each school. Hope that helps!
29 or 30, is there a big difference? Same question here.
There are cut-off points for applying. They generally are at least an 8 in each section and I think some schools set 25-27 as the cut-off point for composite scores. Just try to maybe take two decent but easier science classes.
Both of them are below average for US MD programs..the whole 3.5 magic number thing doesn't exist anymore. 3.5 is now subpar unfortunately, to feel comfortable being able to apply to a broad number of allopathic schools I would shoot for a 3.7+. Its crazy how competitive admissions have become; going by the recent MSAR almost all schools median GPA seem to be 3.7+. And national average for accepted students on MCAT is now 32, not 30 like it used to be. With that 2 point jump in MCAT I feel GPA has gone up by 0.2, i.e. 3.5 to 3.7 for acceptable. Not to say you can't get in with a 3.5 op, cause you can! But I wouldn't be feeling comfortable going into the process with a 3.5.But I'm no expert--just another pre-med so take my advice with a grain of salt.