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3.65 GPA, 3.61 science, 37 MCAT. Can I apply to "mid-tier" schools?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by insecuredude, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. insecuredude


    Jun 3, 2008
    I am going to be a junior in September, but I am done with all the pre-reqs and am taking the MCAT on June 13th. I am just trying to get the freaking MCAT done and raise my GPA by taking relatively easy science courses.

    I am consistently scoring ~37 on practice MCATs (usually around 12 Verbal 13 Bio 12 Physical), so I expect to score ~37 or higher. My current GPA is a little above 3.5, but raising it up to ~3.7 shouldn't be too hard because I am done with all the hard $hit.

    Ethnicity: Asian-American (not URM)
    Student at a highly selective, competitive institution in the northeast
    State of residency: N/A because I lived outside of US most of my life. I plan on applying to as many private school as possible

    EC's: my school's radio station DJ (hip-hop), sometimes I spin at frat parties, mentor of inner city high-school kids, special olympics volunteer, pre-calculus tutor for a high school student

    Clinical/research experience: so far a semester of research experience at an othopedics lab. i haven't learned much because the PI and the people working for him often seem to busy to care about me, but I still go every week.
    Monthly shadowing of an orthopedic surgeon, who's the assistant director of admission at my university's med school, volunteering at ER.

    Even though I won't be applying till Summer 2009, I have made a list of schools I will probably apply to.

    Assuming that I end my junior with 3.65 overall, 3.61 science, 37 MCAT, I will apply to these schools

    Dream schools
    Cleveland Clinic Lerner
    Case Western

    Definitely interested, but not as much as the four schools above
    U of Rochester
    UC Davis
    Rosalind Franklin
    SUNY buffalo, upstate, downstate
    U of Cincinatti
    Penn State
    U of Utah
    albany medical
    new york medical college
    george washington

    I honestly want to apply to schools where people with 3.8+ & 36+ get into, but I figured a high MCAT score alone can't offset the not so competitive GPA. :(

    What are some super selective schools that I have a shot at? Suggestions?
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  3. MilkmanAl

    MilkmanAl Al the Ass Mod Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    hSDN Alumni
    Your GPA is perfectly competitive. Assuming that you score in the upper 30's on the MCAT (which is a gargantuan assumption), you should send your app wherever you might potentially want to go. You'll have a great shot at any school in the country.
  4. Mister Pie

    Mister Pie Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    Wow, your (projected) stats would be almost exactly identical to mine when I applied. It's really hard to gauge how competitive you are without knowing which college you attended (in my experience, it does matter a little) and the depth of your ECs.

    In terms of schools you might want to add, I would definitely put Pitt on your list (I interviewed there). The top of the top (JHU, Harvard) are probably a bit out of your reach unless you have an extremely compelling life story/PS. If you'd like more info, PM me and I'll send you a link to my MD Apps which will show you which schools I applied to and interviewed at. Keep in mind though that your experience will likely be EXTREMELY different since ECs really do matter quite a lot.

    Anyways, a 3.6 GPA is by no means ideal, but it will generally get you past the screening process at pretty much all schools, assuming you really do get a 37 on the MCAT.
  5. jmrthekid

    jmrthekid jmrthekid 2+ Year Member

    May 20, 2008
    of course if you get a 37 you can apply wherever, but be careful. i was averaging 37 on my mcat and managed to get a 30. a lot of kids i knew did the same.
  6. elliotb_11


    Aug 6, 2014
    No joke, i was averaging 30s and got a 37
  7. Ace-Co-A

    Ace-Co-A As & Is 5+ Year Member

    Jul 8, 2012
    Posted 6 years ago.

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