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Bad Start!! Do I have a chance?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Fighter1, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Fighter1

    Fighter1 2+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2008
    I just finished my freshmen year and my GPA is 3.25. But the thing withdrew from calculus the first time and then a I got D the next time (just didnt managed my time well) However, I did well in my science classes so far (2As and 1 B). Do med schools look at BCP or BCPM GPA? If they look at BCPM, do I still have a chance?
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  3. 194342

    194342 Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    You do have a chance. I think you might need to retake calc to get a c or above... Two more years, bust your hump, it's possible but will be a super challenge.

    Good luck.
  4. sodamnlucky

    sodamnlucky It's all good:-)

    Jun 17, 2008
    A 3.25 is not bad, people have done worse (me) and turned it around. You should be able to adjust quickly to the difficulty of courses now, because it only gets harder! Pull off a 3.8 BCPM (give or take) and you'll be fine. Bust your butt and don't stop! Best of luck.
  5. Mobius1985

    Mobius1985 7+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Your math, biology, chem, and physics grades are all put together by AMCAS, the med school application service, to create the BCMP GPA. All other grades are put into a separate calculation. Both numbers need to be good.

    Clearly, you're not a math person, but fortunately there are many med schools that allow you to take statistics instead of calc to fulfill prerequisites. Try to focus better and improve your time management. You can dig yourself out of your current GPA hole, since you're a freshman, but another year of similiar performance, and may find yourself needing to apply later (as only 6 semesters of grades are calculated if you apply at the usual time after junior year) to get your GPA into a competitive range (recall that a 3.6 is average for med school admissions). If you really want to be a doctor, straight As should be your goal.

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