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Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by Zzaziky, May 6, 2008.

  1. Zzaziky


    May 6, 2008
    Hi all,

    I'm new to this forum, so just stop in to say "Hi"

    My overall GPA is lower than 3.0, major in Biochemistry, but my last 2 years GPA is around 3.5 (will this help?) I have been thinking with that low GPA how can I get in Pharmacy school? I gave up for 2 years, but now I thinking do I want to go to pharmacy school.

    Beside the low gpa, I'm planning to be Pharmacy tech soon, volunteer, get good PCAT score n join pharmacy clubs. What else should I do to get in?

    Would you guys please give me some advices of whether I should go in this direction? bc the only thing that worry me is the low gpa. What should I do? Please, help!!!!

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  3. jspwinter

    jspwinter 2+ Year Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    Hi, if you dig through the forums a bit, all your answers will be readily available.
  4. AbsoluteEthanol

    AbsoluteEthanol PHARMACY STUD 2+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2008
    Southern California

    your overall GPA is important, but i think the Pre-Req GPA is even more important. so try to calculate your pre-req GPA, make sure to include any retaken classes, as PharmCas will be doing so! Based on that number you should figure out what PCAT score to aim for. i mean, you should always aim for the 99%, but you need to realistically analyze which PCAT score will give you a realistic chance to get accepted. apply broadly and early, don't spare money, the extra thousand dollars that you spend on applications will pale in comparison to what you may end up accomplishing!

    also, please take this the right way, as obviously i am trying to help you, try to brush up on your writing skills and vocabulary, those are very important sections on the PCAT, without doing well on those reading comp. and vocab sections getting in the 90s overall will be next to impossible

    good luck to ya!
  5. kattster

    kattster New Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Hi there,

    First of all, as mentioned in other threads, there are people out there who've gotten into pharmacy schools with below 3.0. The question is how much below 3.0 as a lot of schools set a minimum gpa requirement and it hovers around 2.75, 2.8, depends on the school so you should research that. If you're closer to around the 3.0 mark, I think you have as good a chance as anyone else. I have a 3.0 gpa and my gpa didn't hinder me from getting interviews/acceptances into five top 10 schools. GPA is not the end all be all of getting into pharmacy school. The upward trend in your grades is good and you should keep it up, rock the PCAT (My PCAT composite was 92), and make sure all aspects of your application are strong ie. extracurriculars, LOR's, and personal statement/essays. And apply early!!!! (for rolling admission schools that is b/c if you apply late with a 3.0 gpa, your app is more likely to be passed up for someone with a higher gpa so give yourself all the chances available to get into your dream pharmacy school. You can do it!

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