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Hey everyone, so I scored very well on my MCAT; 519 which was 98 percentile. However, my GPA is very average at a 3.66cGPA and about 3.5 sGPA. This is due mostly to a bad freshman year. I have a very significant upward trend with my last 3 semesters being a 3.87, 4.0 and 3.95. My extracurriculars are also good with hundreds of volunteer hours as well as about 600 clinical hours, research experience in Behavioral Neuroscience, among other activities. My issue here is that my MCAT is competitive for very good schools (maybe IVY leagues?) However, my GPA is not. What are my chances here, and should I even bother applying to those top schools? Input is much appreciated.
 
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Many schools value the last two-three years over the whole thing, and also value rising trends. Do you have research? Without it, I'd write off the powerhouses, but in the best case scenario, I recommend:


Harvard OR Yale

U Colorado
U VM
U AZ (maybe)
Jefferson
UCSF
UCLA
U Toledo
U Cincy
Miami
Albert Einstein
Rochester
Tulane
Loyola
Emory
BU
USC/Keck
Mayo OR Case
Pitt OR Northwestern
NYU OR Sinai
Vanderbilt OR Columbia OR Cornell
Duke
Hofstra
Your state school




Hey everyone, so I scored very well on my MCAT; 519 which was 98 percentile. However, my GPA is very average at a 3.66cGPA and about 3.5 sGPA. This is due mostly to a bad freshman year. I have a very significant upward trend with my last 3 semesters being a 3.87, 4.0 and 3.95. My extracurriculars are also good with hundreds of volunteer hours as well as about 600 clinical hours, research experience in Behavioral Neuroscience, among other activities. My issue here is that my MCAT is competitive for very good schools (maybe IVY leagues?) However, my GPA is not. What are my chances here, and should I even bother applying to those top schools? Input is much appreciated.
 

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Many schools value the last two-three years over the whole thing, and also value rising trends. Do you have research? Without it, I'd write off the powerhouses, but in the best case scenario, I recommend:


Harvard OR Yale

U Colorado
U VM
U AZ (maybe)
Jefferson
UCSF
UCLA
U Toledo
U Cincy
Miami
Albert Einstein
Rochester
Tulane
Loyola
Emory
BU
USC/Keck
Mayo OR Case
Pitt OR Northwestern
NYU OR Sinai
Vanderbilt OR Columbia OR Cornell
Duke
Hofstra
Your state school


I am not published, but I have been doing research for about a year now in Behavioral Neuroscience, i dont know if that makes a difference.
 

dguirg95

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Many schools value the last two-three years over the whole thing, and also value rising trends. Do you have research? Without it, I'd write off the powerhouses, but in the best case scenario, I recommend:


Harvard OR Yale

U Colorado
U VM
U AZ (maybe)
Jefferson
UCSF
UCLA
U Toledo
U Cincy
Miami
Albert Einstein
Rochester
Tulane
Loyola
Emory
BU
USC/Keck
Mayo OR Case
Pitt OR Northwestern
NYU OR Sinai
Vanderbilt OR Columbia OR Cornell
Duke
Hofstra
Your state school


Also, I am from NY, so I have a few options in terms of State Schools
 
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