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How would T20 med schools view this GPA trend (am I competitive or out of the running)? I am applying from UPenn as a CA resident with a 523 MCAT (130/132/130/131)

High School: 4.0 Cumulative (took a couple courses at a UC school in Global Health, will send transcript)
FR: 3.82 BCPM, 3.84 Cumulative
Soph (oof): 3.19 BCPM, 3.45 Cumulative
Junior: 3.67 BCPM, 3.77 Cumulative
Senior: 4.0 BCPM, 4.0 Cumulative
Post-Bacc: 4.0 BCPM, 4.0 Cumulative (took 4 upper level biology courses)

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How would T20 med schools view this GPA trend (am I competitive or out of the running)? I am applying from UPenn as a CA resident with a 523 MCAT (130/132/130/131)

High School: 4.0 Cumulative (took a couple courses at a UC school in Global Health, will send transcript)
FR: 3.82 BCPM, 3.84 Cumulative
Soph (oof): 3.19 BCPM, 3.45 Cumulative
Junior: 3.67 BCPM, 3.77 Cumulative
Senior: 4.0 BCPM, 4.0 Cumulative
Post-Bacc: 4.0 BCPM, 4.0 Cumulative (took 4 upper level biology courses)
Exactly what sort of positive affirmation are you seeking? You go to a great school and have a great MCAT, with a very decent, but not perfect, GPA. You don't have a "trend," you have a crappy sophomore year that you nicely recovered from. Of course you are competitive, but, given that people with 4.0s will be rejected from all of the T20s, nothing is guaranteed. Rest assured, however, that your stats will not be the reason you fail anywhere. Good luck!!!
 
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How would T20 med schools view this GPA trend (am I competitive or out of the running)? I am applying from UPenn as a CA resident with a 523 MCAT (130/132/130/131)

High School: 4.0 Cumulative (took a couple courses at a UC school in Global Health, will send transcript)
FR: 3.82 BCPM, 3.84 Cumulative
Soph (oof): 3.19 BCPM, 3.45 Cumulative
Junior: 3.67 BCPM, 3.77 Cumulative
Senior: 4.0 BCPM, 4.0 Cumulative
Post-Bacc: 4.0 BCPM, 4.0 Cumulative (took 4 upper level biology courses)
U-shaped trends are very common. What is your cGPA? sGPA?
 

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Exactly what sort of positive affirmation are you seeking? You go to a great school and have a great MCAT, with a very decent, but not perfect, GPA. You don't have a "trend," you have a crappy sophomore year that you nicely recovered from. Of course you are competitive, but, given that people with 4.0s will be rejected from all of the T20s, nothing is guaranteed. Rest assured, however, that your stats will not be the reason you fail anywhere. Good luck!!!
I appreciate that, I mostly am worried that my GPA would put me out of the running
 

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I appreciate that, I mostly am worried that my GPA would put me out of the running
Nah, everyone who doesn't have a 4.0 worries for the top schools. GPA/MCAT is a first level screen, and you pass. As I said, you have a great UG and an MCAT above everyone's median. Your GPA could be better, but it's good enough. Plenty of 4.0s will be rejected, and plenty of people with GPAs lower than yours will be successful. No need to worry about a very decent stat that you can't control. Focus on what you can control -- your PS, essays, etc. Good luck!!
 
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Lot of CA ORMs assume they need 3.8+ GPA to be competitive for T20s. May be that's the reason OP is worried.
You don't think a school like Penn has advising to set them straight, with stats to back it up? Also, isn't 3.79 close enough to 3.8 for even the most neurotic CA ORM coming from an Ivy?? By the way, while you and I do tend to keep going long after the party is over, did you notice OP withdrew the OP?? I'm pretty sure he's good now!! :)
 

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If the OP does not get into T20 will they forgo becoming a doctor? Unless that is the case then this discussion is utterly moot.
Presumably people's goal here is to become physicians and instead of worrying if they can get into a certain school, they should focus on the reality of their overall record, use the many resources from MSAR on, target appropriate schools and work towards those.

If someone is desiring to only go to T20, then I suggest they only apply to them. It is amazing how an unsuccessful cycle can change your perspective. And BTW, there is at least one applicant who gets into an MD school but maybe they think with the new MCAT score they can turn it down and try for a better school next year. And every year I get requests (usually from parents) to help little Johnnie or Jannie apply only to Harvard, Yale, Hopkins, Standford, Mayo, etc and only to be neurosurgeon, plastics, etc. And every year I have to tell them unless you are prepared to be a family practice doc in a midwest suburb, maybe you need to reconsider.
 
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You don't think a school like Penn has advising to set them straight, with stats to back it up? Also, isn't 3.79 close enough to 3.8 for even the most neurotic CA ORM coming from an Ivy?? By the way, while you and I do tend to keep going long after the party is over, did you notice OP withdrew the OP?? I'm pretty sure he's good now!! :)
I was focusing on sGPA :cool: I am giving company to you :)
 
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