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GPA: what's needed?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by Kat58885, Feb 20, 2000.

  1. Kat58885

    Kat58885 New Member

    Feb 19, 2000
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    I was wondering what kind of GPA is needed for DOs--for general and for science averages. I fear my science average is lowering my general average, and wonder what others think about taking a year off after graduating to take more science courses and raise my GPA. So far I believe MD programs require 3.4 or above.

    Also, I realize C's are bad, but how do you think Admissions feels about students whose grades rise as they take more classes as undergrads?

    Thoughts? Answers?

  2. UHS2002

    UHS2002 Senior Member
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    Jan 11, 1999
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    Your question is on the vague side...how many C's are we talking about and, basically, what are your numbers?!

    Without knowing what your numbers are and what is your background any answer will be an incredible generalization. I would say that DO schools accept candidates with a science GPA which is about 0.2 below the average MD school, although there are a couple of MD schools that accept applicants with scores that would not even get them to an interview at a DO school. There are a lot more things to factor into the equation than just scores.

    Now, if we are talking about a 2.9/3.0 science GPA for DO admissions, you better have something else outstanding to make up for it, because you are going to be competing against so many better qualified candidates that, unless something really sticks out in your application, you are not going to make it.

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