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I know this isn't much info, but that's all I know. If my gf has a 3.4 overall and 3.5 science GPA, has not yet taken the MCAT; has some volunteer work and shadowing, nothing yet dynamic but she's working on it and plans to take a year off before applying...is it really unrealistic to expect to ge tinto an allopathic school, or should dhe just concentrate on DO schools.
 

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Psycho Doctor said:
I know this isn't much info, but that's all I know. If my gf has a 3.4 overall and 3.5 science GPA, has not yet taken the MCAT; has some volunteer work and shadowing, nothing yet dynamic but she's working on it and plans to take a year off before applying...is it really unrealistic to expect to ge tinto an allopathic school, or should dhe just concentrate on DO schools.

I say why not! I thought 3.4 was pretty good, no?
 
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i'm in an allopathic school with a 3.3 overall and 2.9 science.
what school and what was your MCAT?

edit: oops I see you're at Albany Med; is that a SUNY? (please excuse my ignorance; I didn't apply there)
 

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zahque said:
i'm in an allopathic school with a 3.3 overall and 2.9 science.
same here, it can be done. Try to finish strong (semester before applying), have good EC's, write a solid PS and submit early.
 
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same here, it can be done. Try to finish strong (semester before applying), have good EC's, write a solid PS and submit early.
what was your MCAT? she may have a hard time ending strong with 2 semesters of orgo, biochem and other sciences still to take.
 
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I say why not! I thought 3.4 was pretty good, no?
i'm just not sure; it seems like people get rejected with far better :(
 

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Don't listen to these guys!! They only want to dilute the applicant pool by adding your type (those without 4.0 GPA & 36+ MCAT scores). You're best off cutting bait and finding another profession so that you don't waste years of your life only to discover what I am already telling you.

:thumbdown: YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO BE A PHYSICIAN!! :thumbdown:
 

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i'm just not sure; it seems like people get rejected with far better :(
maybe it's because those people are A**holes?
 

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what school and what was your MCAT?

edit: oops I see you're at Albany Med; is that a SUNY? (please excuse my ignorance; I didn't apply there)
34L and no, albany isn't a suny school, it's a private college, although since i'm not a new york resident that wouldn't have mattered anyway.
 

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i don't want to start an argument here, OP, but maybe your gf should get a profile and start posting here? she'd be able to read more threads regarding how to shore up weaknesses in her application. it seems that you've asked quite a few questions on her behalf.

at any rate, many folks on here have posted their successes on gaining admission to allopathic medical schools with less than 3.5 gpa. it can be done with an upward trend in gpa, 30+ mcat, good LORs, good PS, blah blah blah blah blah...
 

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Psycho Doctor said:
I know this isn't much info, but that's all I know. If my gf has a 3.4 overall and 3.5 science GPA, has not yet taken the MCAT; has some volunteer work and shadowing, nothing yet dynamic but she's working on it and plans to take a year off before applying...is it really unrealistic to expect to ge tinto an allopathic school, or should dhe just concentrate on DO schools.
not sure what you mean by just concentrate on a DO school. she's not applying yet...how would her strategy change at this point? are you saying she shouldn't give 100%? ...i think she has a great gpa, might as well try real hard for a great mcat and go from there.
 

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Some schools weight MCATs more than GPA, and vice versa. She should just take the test, see her results and then go from there. It is very possible to get in with a substandard GPA if you have a superior MCAT, along with other mitigating factors such as LORs, experience and a good interview.
 

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I had a 3.4 cum, 3.2 bcpm, and I was accepted to 3 MD program (out of 4 interviews). She will need a solid MCAT (at least 30) and some sort of well-crafted justification for her sub-par grades but it can be done! ;)
 

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Psycho Doctor said:
I know this isn't much info, but that's all I know. If my gf has a 3.4 overall and 3.5 science GPA, has not yet taken the MCAT; has some volunteer work and shadowing, nothing yet dynamic but she's working on it and plans to take a year off before applying...is it really unrealistic to expect to ge tinto an allopathic school, or should dhe just concentrate on DO schools.


Oh You will get in with no problem if you answer yes to the question below

Are you black, hispanic, na???


Your answer to this ? will also be the adcom's answer to accepting you as sick as this is. It is true because you are a boarderline applicant for md schools.
 

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frootloop said:
I had a 3.4 cum, 3.2 bcpm, and I was accepted to 3 MD program (out of 4 interviews). She will need a solid MCAT (at least 30) and some sort of well-crafted justification for her sub-par grades but it can be done! ;)
What race/sex are you?
 

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What race/sex are you?
Both your statements are very obnoxious and I am white. Please do not take away from the hard work of URM's. Thanks :luck:
 

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what was your MCAT? she may have a hard time ending strong with 2 semesters of orgo, biochem and other sciences still to take.
No, that is her perfect opportunity to finish strong and show the admissions committee that she can do that kind of work.

I am in an allopathic school (accepted to both schools I applied to) and I had a 3.0 overall, 3.6 science GPA. 33 MCAT, though. And I am a white male for those who care.

But I have classmates with 25 MCATs. Just apply everywhere.
 

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3.34 Science and 3.35 overall and a 34 MCAT got me in
 

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Depends on many other factors...MCAT, what college she went to, if she has any publications or other outstanding accomplishments, and where she is applying among others.

I am a 4th year at NYU. I got in with a 3.3 overall/3.1 science, but that was coming from an Ivy league school with a 38-40Q on the MCAT. I had a strong upward trend with about a 3.8 average for my senior year, so by the time I matriculated my GPA was 3.4 overall/3.3 science. I also was admitted off the waitlist. I didn't apply to any less competitive schools or my state schools, only to "dream" schools, because I planned to reapply the next year (with a higher GPA and good upward trend) if I didn't get in the first time. It totally depends on where you apply, I think if I'd applied to some less-competitive schools I would have gotten in right away rather than off the waitlist. Good luck to her, and encourage her to CRUSH the MCAT...if she does that she probably has a good chance at many places.
 

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I got in with a 3.36 GPA. I was an engineering major in undergrad, so I think this factored into how they viewed my application.
 

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Psycho Doctor said:
I know this isn't much info, but that's all I know. If my gf has a 3.4 overall and 3.5 science GPA, has not yet taken the MCAT; has some volunteer work and shadowing, nothing yet dynamic but she's working on it and plans to take a year off before applying...is it really unrealistic to expect to ge tinto an allopathic school, or should dhe just concentrate on DO schools.
Given that the average GPA is about a 3.5, an awful lot of people must be getting in with 3.3-3.4. If she breaks 30 on the MCAT (or comes very close) the numbers are adequate for many allo places. But it's not all about the numbers so make sure she attends to the more subjective components of the process -- ECs, interviewing skills, good essays.
 

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USArmyDoc said:
Both your statements are very obnoxious and I am white. Please do not take away from the hard work of URM's. Thanks :luck:
Thank you for this comments. But apparently some people think that the only reason we URM's get in is because of AA. Not saying it doesn't exist, and maybe that's why I got in considering my MCAT scores, but we all don't get in because of it. But that's beside the point here.
To the OP, 3.4/3.5 is pretty good if you ask me. But she might have to make up for it with a higher MCAT score/great LOR's/etc.
 

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USArmyDoc said:
Both your statements are very obnoxious and I am white. Please do not take away from the hard work of URM's. Thanks :luck:
I don't necessarily think that cbennet was asking this question to be obnoxious. I think that maybe he/she was trying to say that URM's apps are looked at differently than the rest of the applications. But that doesn't mean that ALL minorities get it no matter what. But if that's not what he/she meant, then yes I agree with you that it is obnoxious.
 

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Psycho Doctor said:
I know this isn't much info, but that's all I know. If my gf has a 3.4 overall and 3.5 science GPA, has not yet taken the MCAT; has some volunteer work and shadowing, nothing yet dynamic but she's working on it and plans to take a year off before applying...is it really unrealistic to expect to ge tinto an allopathic school, or should dhe just concentrate on DO schools.
If she can finish as strong as possible it wouldn't hurt her one bit. MCAT in all reality, the higher the better. That doesn't mean you need a 30+ to get in, though again the higher she scores the easier it will be to get in. IMHO I think its possible to get into an allopathic school with a 3.4 overall. Another option is to apply to both MD and DO and just see what happens. For the DO application if she has retaken any classes they will only count the repeat grade, which will help raise her GPA a little bit.
 

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YES, look at my mdapps. Seriously, great chance.