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To clarify, you are looking at aggregated data over 3 cycles (2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016). From the AAMC data you provided: "The table below displays the acceptance rates at different MCAT and GPA levels for applicants and accepted applicants from 2013-2014 through 2015-2016. The frequencies are combined totals of all three years."

And yeah AAMC data = MD applicants.

It's indeed surprising that the fraction of applicants with sub-3.0 GPA getting accepted over the last 3 years is high. Perhaps due to mission-based schools, URMs, upward trends, lucky states as possible factors.
 
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To clarify, you are looking at aggregated data over 3 cycles (2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016). From the AAMC data you provided: "The table below displays the acceptance rates at different MCAT and GPA levels for applicants and accepted applicants from 2013-2014 through 2015-2016. The frequencies are combined totals of all three years."

And yeah AAMC data = MD applicants.

It's indeed surprising that the fraction of applicants with sub-3.0 GPA getting accepted over the last 3 years is high. Perhaps due to mission-based schools, URMs, upward trends, lucky states as possible factors.
Thats only about 325-350 a year (1.5% approx). Having dealt with anywhere form 100-200 nontrads a year, about 1/2 of which had "grade baggage" from pervious work, it doesnt seem large to me.
 

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I suspect that many of those are people who reinvented themselves either by a strong finish on UG years 3-4, and/or strong post-bac/SMP work.



Just out of curiosity, I'm looking at MCAT/GPA data of applicants/acceptees for the last few years. Does this include only MD applicants, or are DOs factored in as well? I'm pretty surprised to see that over 1000 people were accepted with a below-3.0 GPA.

https://www.aamc.org/download/321508/data/factstablea23.pdf