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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by elvingomez, May 6, 2004.
just wondering if people with an F sometime in college got in... if so, what was it in?
You should re-take any Fs in science classes, but I don't know about others. Of course you will need to pass all graduation requirements, so you will have to take those over. A general rule is to show you can get back on the horse that you fell off of.
i re took my only F in freshmen year and replaced it with an A. I have had great grades since, but i am a senior now in my last quarter, and claculus isn't looking good right now.....
Let's just say that a better question for me might be what didn't I get an "F" in!! "D"'s and "F" in Chemistry classes followed years later by an MS in Chemsitry. Go Figure
You CAN turn it around but it helps to put some distance between the "F" and your application to med school! And yes, I did retake the classes (as an undergraduate chemistry major) both for grad school and medical school admission!
gomez: two c's in a row here for calc I & II. better luck to you...but it can be overcome
had 1 F in Eukaryotic cell bio, didnt feel bad, at least 10 of us had to retake it, and dept had to change 1 of the profs Retook it, did ok, passed, and hey i made it in
F in physics II, re-took it and got a D!!!! I also have a couple of C's. but the rest are A's.
I had a decent physical science MCAT score and pointed to it saying i had a good handle on the material. Also explained some issues that contributed to my awful grades...
I'm in at UVa (in-state) and Tufts.
one caveat is that I went to MIT...
I had an F in Freshman year physics. I had plenty of other bad grades, but that was the only F I remember.
yup, if you show an upward trend in your GPA
I'm applying this year too. I'm kind of worried about the F in my first college class (Calc during the summer before freshman year). However, I've gotten only one B and otherwise all my other grades are fine. *crosses fingers*
I'll be applying next application cycle with an W, and 3 withdraws At this point in my life, I'm not honestly not caring about those grades anymore... I was really ill, school was stupid and it wasn't like I was slacking off.
Wow. Maybe this is a personal flaw, but I practically had a siezure and then went into depression when I got my B in Physics I. I guess because I know how competitive it is, I try so hard to make things perfect. However, I am learning on the boards and with the physicians I work with that schools are not looking for perfect scores; they're looking for the perfect doctor. But with the F? That's a tough one. I knew someone who was rejected because he had a 3.0GPA...no F's.
The average GPA for matriculants is around a 3.5.
What was their MCAT?
That means I have NO chance
No, i got 19 allo interviews with a 3.1. Its more than just your GPA.
Incidentally I flunked calculus my 1st semester, and got a D+ the following semester, and i made it out in one piece. There is almost always a way to make it up.
I understand where you're coming from. When I got my F--actually when I went to the dean and she refused to back me (background--missed 2 bio exams because I was in the ER, had a B in the tough class that I had spent so much time studying for, but I was never allowed to make up the exams... nor withdraw from the course...), I was in tears. On the phone with the dean I sobbed--I don't know if it was the F or the attitude I got. But when grades were available and I saw that F there, knowing it would be there forever, my heart sunk. That was around 6pm, and by midnight I got over it. I was a perfectionist, but finally learned there was SO much I couldn't control--and this was one of them. That made me feel a lot better, knowing I tried really hard and was successful until I fell ill and my reason for failing was out of my hands, not my fault at all.
There exist people with 4.0 who get rejected as well. Don't take this comment too much to heart because there is a lot of other information missing (no offense Notzfall) such as ECs, Volunteer work, communication skills at interview, personal statement, ...........
You can make up for screw ups, ESPECIALLY if they're old. I have more than one F but they're from 7-9 years ago. They will be factored into my GPA but I have hope and am applying.
Gosh I hope so... i have several from 92-93. I was such a moron the first time around!! There are a few classes that i don't remember EVER going to... don't remember signing up for them for THAT matter. So, i managed to replace my math grades with an A and a B+, replacing psych with an A (how the HELL one manages to flunk psych 101 is beyond me). So... all i can say is, even with all those old BAD grades, i'm up to a 3.5... surely that will be considered.