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I have enough AP credits to graduate a semester early. I'm thinking about graduating early as it would save me $22,000. Does anyone know what medical schools think of graduating early?
 

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I have enough AP credits to graduate a semester early. I'm thinking about graduating early as it would save me $22,000. Does anyone know what medical schools think of graduating early?
They care about you graduating early about as much as I care about the ant I killed a few minutes ago.
 

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I have enough AP credits to graduate a semester early. I'm thinking about graduating early as it would save me $22,000. Does anyone know what medical schools think of graduating early?

I was in the same boat as you. I could've graduated earlier, but my pre-med advisor told me some med schools don't like it. For me though, it definitely wasn't an additional $22,000. I think it all depends on what you do after graduating early though. If you play XBOX in your pajamas, not a good thing. If you volunteer at a hospital, do research, etc., a good thing. You may want to call individual schools though and ask them personally. That would be the best advice.
 
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I graduated a year early. I had the option to graduate early and I didn't have the money for an additional year. If med schools have a problem with it, then I wouldn't want to be a part of that program anyways. If it saves you $22k, I say do it. If you have the grades/scores, activities, etc, you will be fine for med school.
 

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Fine graduate early. But take the year off and travel. Apply for a Rhodes, Marshall, Gates Scholarship-- study abroad. Learn a language, an instrument....Do something interesting-- learn more about the world and the way things work in that time instead of going straight into medical school.

There are too many docs out there who are striaght out of undergrad and have real trouble relating to patients. Don't be one of them. Have a life. It will make you a better candidate anyway.
 

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A year or a semester? If it's just a semester, it should be fine because it will be after you have interviewed at lots of places. I have a friend who graduated a semester early with a bio degree, and she already had an acceptance before the end of the fall semester.
 

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I would recommend taking a year off before you apply. That will give you something unique to talk about. Even if it is only you working at the NIH, or fill in the blank hospital as a lab tech. Go travel before you have an interview. Go work in the third world.
 

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Graduate early. I'm pretty sure med schools don't care. In fact, if you use the semester or year or whatever to do meaningful stuff, then it's better than staying in school possibly. Several of my friends finished a semester early and then did stuff (ER tech, research). They were more than fine.
 

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sentrosi said:
Graduate early. I'm pretty sure med schools don't care. In fact, if you use the semester or year or whatever to do meaningful stuff, then it's better than staying in school possibly. Several of my friends finished a semester early and then did stuff (ER tech, research). They were more than fine.
In addition to what sentrosi said, I would take a semester off just to relax (of course, you should do something with your time....volunteer, go abroad whatever) because it will make you a bit different and it will certainly give you some well-needed relaxation time.
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i graduated early just to save money and it come up only once...at Mayo, I said I was done with my program and was ready to leave, my interviewer agreed that when you are done you are done, period. No problems. I got my first acceptance to med school in october. won't hurt you....
 

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premd said:
I have enough AP credits to graduate a semester early. I'm thinking about graduating early as it would save me $22,000. Does anyone know what medical schools think of graduating early?
Doesn't matter unless you finish early and sit on your ass for a semester. Just be sure to have a reason to explain it on secondaries and interviews.
 

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i decided to graduate a whole year early from uconn because ever since my freshmen year i've been taking 18-20 credits/semester. this past school year i sat down with my advisor and figured out that with all of the extra coursework, i could graduate a whole year early (i'm not messing around with a minor or anything). so i'm doing it to get it over with. but i don't think med schools care one iota if you graduate a year early or sit out for 5. just make sure you sell yourself and stay competitive.
 

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AznDoc said:
i decided to graduate a whole year early from uconn because ever since my freshmen year i've been taking 18-20 credits/semester. this past school year i sat down with my advisor and figured out that with all of the extra coursework, i could graduate a whole year early (i'm not messing around with a minor or anything). so i'm doing it to get it over with. but i don't think med schools care one iota if you graduate a year early or sit out for 5. just make sure you sell yourself and stay competitive.
Yeah, I could *technically* graduate 1.5 years early (that's taking 15 credits each semester for the next three), but I'm just going to get out a year early. Most med schools just require that you have the prereqs and spent at least 3 years in undergrad. Some don't even require you to have a degree (but if you're going to go to school that long, might as well get one anyway).
 

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I graduated a year early and went straight to med school. But I was also part of a BS/MD program. I had alot of AP credits myself. I would caution you with that, as there are many schools that do not accept AP credit as a valid substitute, especially with reqs.
 

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Personally I recommend going full 4 years. If anything just do a minor. I'll end up with 140 credits instead of the normal 124. If you are graduating before the age of 21-22 I think that is a little too young. Schools do like maturity. So if you are applying at the age of 21 that would be fine. Anything less it's a little hard to believe you've done enough living.

(Average age of matrics is 24 after all).
 

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premd said:
I have enough AP credits to graduate a semester early. I'm thinking about graduating early as it would save me $22,000. Does anyone know what medical schools think of graduating early?

I was in this exact situation. At your interviews, they will ask you what you are doing with the free time. I told them I was going to go skiing and keep working in lab. And that is what I did (in that order). No one seemed to mind.

Do it. I did, splitting my time between ski slopes, lab, and college-sans-class.

Best semester ever. Also the cheapest- I took a trip to Vail, and it cost LESS than a week's worth of tuition. And that was the most expensive week of that semester by far.
 
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