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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by einey, Feb 14, 2002.
Numbers only tell half the story though. I'd like to think that at least for me, my teaching, my health experiences in college, recommendations, and essays played a big role. I didn't do the PostBac or Masters Program. Hope this helps,
3.8 gpa/ 34S - no post-bacc or masters, just 3rd time applicant, graduated in 1999 and have been working ever since!
My GPA is : 3.45
MCAT : 27
I know my scores are very low, but I have volunteered at various clinics, homeless ctrs, researched, and worked under a doctor as a medical assistant for over 2 years. Hope this helps.
Can you guys tell me what you think about Finch? I've been offered an interview. The website is very good, offers a lot of info about the school and program, but I've not found any *opinions* from students. What did/do you guys think of the school in general?
was the interview invite via snail mail or email? thanks!
CityIvy: I got my interview invite via snail mail.
me too I think. It came a while ago.
Just got rejected from there today.
Me too. I just sent in a packet of new information yesterday. I'm going to call them and see if I cant have my file re-reviewed. It's worth a shot.
My stats are all over this board.
papers, posters, conference talk, volunteer work, usual ECs.
my understanding is that what factors the most heavily, by a long shot, for students in finch's masters program is their masters GPA. the program is for people with low undergrad stats so the assumption is that everyone in it is 'equal' in that they all have poor undergrad records. it's their masters GPA that gets them in and from what i've heard, everything else matters much, much less.
i know a guy at finch. he's miserable... hey, i've never been there and i didn't apply (chicago -- too cold for me), this is just what he told me. they work you hard there man. work you 24/7... sure people are gonna say all med schools will work you hard, but there it is extreme -- according to him.
just a heads up <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
Finch must be rejection-happy this week - just got mine today.
3.72 30 mcat, decent leadership clinicals research, just applied. don't waste your time on finch. very dreary, very expensive, and if you have gotten a few interviews/acceptances elsewhere...then stay home.
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by einey:
<strong>Sandflea, do you know what is considered a low GPA for FINCH? 3.1 3.0 or 2.9 2.8? If they mostly consider the grad GPA, then which GPA do they use when they comput their average
accepted GPA's of 3.4. They must use the previous undergrad GPA's don't you think?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">low grad GPA or low undergrad GPA? either way, i have no idea. from what i understand, yes, they do use only undergrad GPAs to compute their 'average accepted' stats (like most, if not all, schools do), regardless of what your grad GPA is. that's just the reality of how med schools make their choices--grad GPAs often aren't weighed as heavily as undergrad GPAs. supposedly finch fills a third of their class with people from their own masters program. since this program is specifically for people who need to improve upon their undergrad records, it's in turn filled with people with low undergrad stats that would otherwise make them uncompetive in applying to med school. since following the completion of this masters program, finch admits some of these students into their med school, presumably what made the difference for these students is their grad GPA. from what i gather, the average accepted stats (again, undergrad) for people admitted the traditional way are pretty similar to what many other schools look for, around a 3.5 and a 30 on the MCAT. this is all i know about the school. some schools average your grad GPA with your undergrad GPA and evaluate you based on this composite GPA, but my impression is that few schools do this and i have no idea if finch is one of them.
Add another rejection to the list. I just received it yesterday. (my first one.) <img border="0" alt="[Pissy]" title="" src="graemlins/pissy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" />
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I just recieved my 1st rejection without interview from Finch yesterday. Overall 3.2, 2.96 science, 3.6 all others....9's on MCAT, and a Q on sample...bummer!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
If anyone is interested, I also got my rejection letter (last Friday) from Finch.
btw, i had a 4.0 gpa and 27 mcat and still got rejected (not even an interview) -- oh well.
Although I would love to get in anywhere (including Finch), I too haven't heard many positive things about Finch. The campus is isolated in a dreary suburb 45 minutes north of Chicago by car. From what I hear, their clinical training is very poor, with no primary teaching hospital. I'm not sure if what matthew0126 said isn't a bit overboard, but I have friends who go there and it does seem like Finch really works their students.
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by rxfudd:
<strong>Finch must be rejection-happy this week - just got mine today.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">poor rxfudd,
Cheer up! You are in line for better places anyway .
When I called they said by the end of feb they are making their final interview decisions. So I think we should see a lot more thin letters coming from finch.
I was accepted into Finch in early January, but I was not impressed with the campus at all and declined (3.5 GPA, 30+ MCAT) The location is far from Chicago. There are no teaching hospitals in the area. My tour guide told me that everyone who got into Finch only attended because it's the only school they got into. She also said she disliked the curriculum. I don't think she should be allowed to give a tour again. Bad PR for the school.
I am on the waitlist at finch (preinterview) and when i called they said that I can hear from them anytime between now and June. Do they really make final interview decisions in Feb? Why did the lady tell me that I can still hear all the way till june? This whole process is so frustrating.