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- Jan 5, 2008
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Hey, Im relatively new to SDN, but I have a few questions to ask in regards to the application process. I graduated last may with a 3.6 gpa (3.5 science) and received a 36 mcat (12's on each section). My transcript shows an upward trend. However, im deeply concerned as to how adcoms will view my transcript : my first two yrs gpa was a 3.1 with 3 C+'s in Bio I, Economics I, and Calc II, as well as a C in calc I that I retook for an A-. I received an A- in Calc III to hopefully show adcoms Im not totally inept in mathematics. Since then, my gpa has gone up with A's in Orgo, Physics, and second semester Bio, and B, and B+ in Gen Chem I and II. The reason for those low grades freshman and sophomore year were due to extenuating circumstances in my household which included my father becoming terminally ill a month after he was laid off that resulted in me working to provide for my familys personal and private expenses, as well as my parents eviction from their home. Thus, with all this occurring, I was unable to focus on school. My question is how do adcoms view such situations in regards to my low marks in those classes? Furthermore, I am looking to apply to schools in the Northeast/New England area........what schools do you suggest I apply to given my stats? I have dreams of Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, among others but feel that those low grades would cause the adcoms to toss my app to the side or into the garbage.........any advice would be greatly appreciated and I am very sorry for such a long post.
Adcoms understand that things happen to us, outside of our control, which interfere with our studies. The same happened to me in general chem and physics (low marks). Please, do not worry about it, and PLEASE, do not let anyone convince you not to apply to any schools!
hey guys thanks for the very positive response. In my personal statement though, do you think I should specifically address these grades or just the circumstances? Furthermore, even though I had circumstances surrounding those grades, would adcoms at the more selective schools still use those grades against me? Or would they focus on the threads instead? Okay im done being a pest.
a few schools somewhat take institution into consideration, but for the most part it makes very little difference to adcoms. you won't be helped or hurt by going to NYUthanks for the responses guys... I really appreciate it. One final question that I have is do medical schools take into account the student's undergrad institution? If so, how would they view a school such as NYU for undergrad?