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Borderline GPA question

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by dmf2682, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. dmf2682

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    I think I'm in a reasonably safe area, if in the lower half, of the GPA range at 3.6 for my undergrad, and 3.5 for my masters.

    Undergrad I got a double BS in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (two BS's = extra year's worth of credits) in 4 years. Grad I got an MS in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aeroacoustics.


    Will these below average stats be made up for by the difficulty in the actual coursework that I took?

    thanks
    DMF
     
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  3. 13132

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    I am no expert but I have read over an over again that difficulty doesn't really matter much.
     
  4. Catalystik

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    Individual schools might regard difficulty of curriculum, but across-the-board acceptee stats show that engineers get no consideration stats-wise for their curriculum.

    Masters GPA isn't much looked at, fortunately for you, and since the average acceptee to MD schools has a 3.67 uGPA, from which you aren't far off, I wouldn't have much concern, unless your MCAT score is weak.

    You can see the odds of an MD acceptance with a cGPA of 3.6+ over the last three years, depending on various MCAT scores in this thread here: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=838625

    You didn't mention the BCPM GPA, which is important too (and doesn't include Engineering classes unless they're > 50% math). If it's particularly low, you might need to do some repair work before applying.
     
  5. Morsetlis

    Morsetlis I wish I were a dentist
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    Yes, it is a sad but unfortunate truth that engineering courses are harder than premed courses.

    While your stats might align, whether you fall on the good side or the bad side of the % depends on your EC's and your manners during interview (so, start working on those EC's).
     

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