Hello all, So heres my situation, Im applying at MD schools in Illinois and Im curious about my chances of getting into these schools. My MDApplicants link is below: http://www.mdapplicants.com/viewprofile.php?id=10922 Heres what Med Schools will see: GPA: 3.34 BCPM GPA: 3.61 MCAT: 27 M (BS10 PS9 VR8) Short List of Work Activities: -1.5 yrs Working as Crisis and Intervention Counselor -1 yr of Vice-President/Co-Founder of Boxing Club -1 Semester of Research in Psychology Department -1.5 years of Research in Psychology Department Done as directed, then independent research. Did independent study, wrote 34 page paper, presented at Undergraduate Research Symposium. Was offered job after project. -1 yr of Volunteer Leader in Free Health Clinic presenting health oriented topics to patients in waiting room. -Part-time job (~24 total hrs a week during school) as a supervisor where I acted as the manager on duty (did managerial tasks). -3 months Current as full-time Research Assistant developing Biomedical Diagnostic Equipment -Beginning to Volunteer in ER of Hospital and will begin shadowing this month. Now for what makes me so special (but I think schools may overlook this): -Ive spent a total of 5 and 1/2 years finishing my undergrad, finished with majors in Biology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and a minor in Chemistry -Though my GPA is 3.34, my GPA of the last 120 hours is 3.82 and of the last 60 hours is 3.88. -My BCPM maybe 3.61, but the last 120 hours is 3.89. -Essentially, I really screwed around the first year and a half, then started performing well in almost all my sciences (mostly As with occasional Bs). From this, I have a few questions. First, are my Work/Activities considered to be good or excellent in any way? Second, do you think schools will notice my upward trend in my grades? Or will they just notice the calculated GPA and BCPM GPA? Third, taking into account my work/activities, GPA, and MCAT scores, what do you think my chances are of getting into MD schools in Illinois (see the MDApplicants link for an exact list)? Finally, what do you suggest I do to better increase my chances? Im assuming answers will be to retake the MCAT, volunteer, or to shadow. The most obvious approach would be to retake the MCAT and score higher, but thats my score from the second time around. Though Ive done better on practice tests, Im weary in my ability to pull it higher. Thanks for reading my post and any comments or suggestions would be much appreciated.