I am a chemical engineering student (getting a minor in BME) at the Cooper Union, a small vocational school in Manhattan. For those not familiar with it, it is a free school with a harsh grading policy. Cooper has an excellent reputation in the NYC area, while few people outside of the tristate area have ever heard of it. While there are some easier classes, most of the courses do in fact curve to a C (and a few notorious ones sometimes have averages below that). As a result, I have a phenomenal science background with a not so great gpa. I took the MCATS and got a 35 no sweat (12,11,12) but my gpa is hovering around a 3.5 (and my science is like a 3.2, its kind of grey since which engineering courses constitute science is a little open to interpretation). I have also recieved 2 Cs to date (Orgo 1 and 2). I will have one semesters worth of volunteer experience, and a summer of shadowing. I have two research projects I started in the fall; one of which is completely self motivated and may have some promising results come the end of the year. My angle is neurology. I did my shadowing at the National Parkinsons Foundation(University of Miami, Im from Florida), and my research project will involve the study of cultured neural networks (with possible relevance to Deep Brain Stimulation). But as Ive already mentioned, I have a low gpa coupled with Cs in orgo (hoping the MCAt will offset that a little) and not all that much EC. I have one semester left, and I honestly cant see myself being able to pick up my grades that much (I might be able to get a 3.6). Our Dean has mentioned in the past that he sends out letters to medical schools explaining Cooper Union's rigorous grading policy, but I don't know how much that will help. So, lay it on me, what are the odds.