Hi all, I just stumbled upon this forum tonight and am most impressed by all the advice, tips and (for the most part) constructive criticisms given by many of you. So with that in mind I would like to ask for some of your gracious words of wisdom. I am 27 yrs old, married with two kids and have decided on a career as an Osteopath. My previous work experinces up to this point have been remedial, unfulfilling positions in the hospitality and retail industries. During my early years I went to college on and off for about 5 years while only completing the equivalent credit hours of a freshman. My grades were mediocre, an overall GPA 3.2 and science GPA 3.0 (terrible, yes I know). My sporadic college commitment and performance was due in large part to family and financial issues. Now that those issues have been resolved and I've grown up a bit and decided what I want to do, I have returned to school with great determination and fairly good results. My overall GPA now is a 3.45 and science GPA 3.75. I will be entering my senior year this upcoming fall. As far as my relevant extra curricular experiences go, I have about a month's hospital volunteering experience, a years experience as a physical therapy rehab aide (with patient care experience), I am currently participating in a NSF funded summer research/internship program at UCDavis, and I do believe I have secured adequate letters of recomendation from a DO as well as faculty. That's all good and dandy, where my concerns lie are as follows: 1. My GPA is a reflection of community college coursework, although I now attend one of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges in the west, The Evergreen State College (not that it means much). The Evergreen transcript will not reflect a GPA because there are no grades at Evergreen, it is strictly evaluation only. So my GPA is "what it is" from the community college. Will the community college GPA be looked down upon? 2. I know I have some research/volunteer experience, is it adequate enough to be regarded as competitve? 3. I have not yet taken the MCAT, but am slated to attempt it this AUG, should I even bother applying for the year 2000 entering class? (Assuming I do well on the exam) If any one could please respond with any kind of advice I would be most appreciative.