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Suppose someone has a 3.8 overall GPA is that good enough for top med schools? Places like Harvard and JHU say that the average GPA of people who matriculated is a 3.8, so are they referring to overall or science GPA? Also does it look bad if your science GPA is lower than your overall?

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SilverBandCry! said:
Suppose someone has a 3.8 overall GPA and a 3.7 science GPA, is that good enough for top med schools? Places like Harvard and JHU say that the average GPA of people who matriculated is a 3.8, so are they referring to overall or science GPA? Also does it look bad if your overall is higher than your science GPA?

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That is a competitive GPA. But remember, medical schools look at the whole package, including MCAT, Extra-curr, service, research, etc. Also, the stats are averages or means. So there are always students that fall above and below those values. And I think those values are overall (unless otherwise stated). Take a shot...and see what happens.
 
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That is a competitive GPA. But remember, medical schools look at the whole package, including MCAT, Extra-curr, service, research, etc. Also, the stats are averages or means. So there are always students that fall above and below those values. And I think those values are overall (unless otherwise stated). Take a shot...and see what happens.
Thanks! What MCAT do you think I should I aim for?
 
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You're GPA is fine. Just worry about the other stuff (ECs, recommendations, and of course, the MCAT).
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Thanks! What MCAT do you think I should I aim for?
For a top tier school? Highest Avg MCAT I've seen is 36, so I'd aim for somewhere in there. You should definitely aim for something above a 30.
 

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SilverBandCry! said:
Suppose someone has a 3.8 overall GPA and a 3.7 science GPA, is that good enough for top med schools? Places like Harvard and JHU say that the average GPA of people who matriculated is a 3.8, so are they referring to overall or science GPA? Also does it look bad if your science GPA is lower than your overall?

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I think you're fishing for compliments....
 

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Science average is typically lower than overall. A 3.8 is solid but if you're taking slack classes, med schools will notice this. MCAT is equally as important as your gpa, so you'll be needing to have a 33-36+ on your mcat if you're looking for the "top" med schools
 

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Suppose someone has a 3.8 overall GPA and a 3.7 science GPA, is that good enough for top med schools?
*whimpers
 

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SilverBandCry! said:
Thanks! What MCAT do you think I should I aim for?
Always aim for a 45. You won't get it, but that's what you shoot for.
 

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Dr.TobiasFünke said:
I think you're fishing for compliments....
Dude, give the kid a break. He has a 3.7 which is not that high above the average, did not state any ECs, and didn't boast a ridiculously high MCAT. Stop attacking people for asking appropriate questions :thumbdown: :mad:
 

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Dude, give the kid a break. He has a 3.7 which is not that high above the average, did not state any ECs, and didn't boast a ridiculously high MCAT. Stop attacking people for asking appropriate questions :thumbdown: :mad:
I agree with Tobi. Also, I did not view his comments about fishing as an attack. And I should know, I'm a fish.
 
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I wasn't fishing for compliments. I genuinely wanted to know. It's not as if I have a 4.0 GPA. And I admit that looking through mdapplicant profiles made me a little worried. Also, I am not a "he," I am a girl.
 

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SilverBandCry! said:
Suppose someone has a 3.8 overall GPA and a 3.7 science GPA, is that good enough for top med schools? Places like Harvard and JHU say that the average GPA of people who matriculated is a 3.8, so are they referring to overall or science GPA? Also does it look bad if your science GPA is lower than your overall?

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A 3.8 is right on target for the top schools; however, even with a 3.8 there is no guarantee for places like HMS or JH. A good GPA and MCAT will get your foot in the door but you need to differentiate yourself with stellar extracurricular, research, perhaps a publication or two in a meaningful peer journal, volunteer work and a great interview. These places receive close to 6000 highly qualified applicants for about 150 spots. If you have the numbers you need the other things to set you apart. Even with that, it’s still competitive. Your GPA is great… don’t worry about it.
 
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