honest advice needed!!

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  1. wonderguy2

    wonderguy2 Junior Member

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    Hi everyone. i am new here and need some perspectives on my chances for admission this year.
    Here's my background.
    my undergrad record has no consistent upward trend with a bunch of C's, 2D's, and a few A's and B's
    a. overall undergrad gpa =2.75
    b. undergrad science =2.48

    i took a year off and obtain a graduate degree with the following grades. (ucla)
    fall A+, A, A+
    winter A, A, A- ,A-
    Spring A+, A, A-

    Randomly took an extra 14 post-bac upper division/graduate science classes. (ucla) Here are my grades:
    summer A, A, A
    fall B+, B, A, A, A
    winter A , A, A, A
    spring A, A, A, A
    postbac gpa=3.88

    Took this april mcat: Here are the scores.
    Verbal: 13-15
    Physical 13
    Bio 14

    Please, I am writing this with sincerity. I would like your opinion on what my chances are at UC schools
    such as ucsf, ucla, ucla davis, and ucsd. I would love to stay at the UCs.
    also, this is my 1st time applying. do you think i will have a great chance at a top 50 school even though
    i messed up in undergrad? Thanks guys.
     
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  3. Doctora Foxy

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    Make sure you also apply to schools that are not ranked in the top 50 to cover your bases. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Good luck! Nice MCAT score! :)
     
  4. freakazoid

    freakazoid Guy Friend Extraordinaire

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    Good god man, that's a nice MCAT score.
    Wait, that's frickin' good.
    VR usually's the most heavily weighted.
    I wish I could help you, but I don't know.
    Just wanted to mention my admiration.
     
  5. relatively prime

    relatively prime post happy member

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    Wow, tough case. Your gpa really hurts, but that MCAT has got to get you in somewhere. I agree with Doctora Foxy, you need to apply to a lot of schools. I think that if you apply to enough schools you will get in, and probably to more than one place.

    As far as your chances of getting into UC schools, I have no idea. I'm not sure anyone could tell you with any certainty what your chances of getting into those schools are... unless they have insider information :)

    In another thread some people mentioned that they had called the medical schools they were applying to and just flat out asked them if their stats were ok. You might want to try this. Just call up a few schools and tell them your situation... see what they say...

    good luck :)
     
  6. Sweet Tea

    Sweet Tea Girl Next Door
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    I don't know about UC schools, but I think that with an MCAT score like that you should be able to get in if you apply to LOTS of schools.

    Big congrats on that MCAT score. What a way to recover from your undergrad GPA!!!!

    Best of luck!! :D
     
  7. jot

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    damn. awesome score. goodluck.
    -jot
     
  8. scootad.

    scootad. Senior Member

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    Why is your GPA so low? You'll need to have a good answer to that during interviews if you want to get admitted. If you come up with a good answer you'll have no problems.
     
  9. dlc

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    They always say that you could use your personal statement to discuss any weaknesses in your application. To me, I think that since your post-bacc grades are so good and your MCAT score is so good, it should be obvious that you have what it takes to tackle med school. But you have to show admissions committees that you have what it takes and why it wasn't so obvious during your undergrad years. Calling the schools sounds good to me because at least then you'll get an idea about what they are looking for.
    Dana
     
  10. wonderguy2

    wonderguy2 Junior Member

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    i called ucsf and ucsd to ask them what they think. the person at ucsd was so rude!!!
    BASICALLY, after i told ucsf about my #s, THEY PRETTY MUCH SAID **** OFF OR IN OTHER WORDS, DON'T BOTHER US.

    word of advice to everyone, don't mess up like i did. your undergrad grades means everything if you want to be a doctor.

    i hope someone would please give me a chance with my currents #s.

    this is depressing...
     
  11. Patiently Waiting

    Patiently Waiting Senior Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by wonderguy2:
    <strong>i called ucsf and ucsd to ask them what they think. the person at ucsd was so rude!!!
    BASICALLY, after i told ucsf about my #s, THEY PRETTY MUCH SAID **** OFF OR IN OTHER WORDS, DON'T BOTHER US.

    word of advice to everyone, don't mess up like i did. your undergrad grades means everything if you want to be a doctor.

    i hope someone would please give me a chance with my currents #s.

    this is depressing...</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Remember, people who answer the phone are not necessarily the Adcoms (actually, let me take it back, they are 90% NOT), so just ignore them. The whole application process is really random, but here is my $.02: you've proven yourself very capable academically since your undergrad graduation, so what would make your application stand out and the UC adcoms to overlook your mediocre undergrad GPAs would be to have a very very good PS(yes, this will be the key for you to get the secondaries out of them). Use the essay as the opportunity to "show" why/how you're well fit for medical profession (be sure to add how you can contribute to the field) Depending on the content and the tone of your essay, you can depict yourself as a very perservering, determined individual. The UCs really like people who have lots of diverse extracurricular activities. By no means, I am saying quantity that matters...its both the quality and quantity that will make your application stand out. Don't feel discouraged...you never know the outcome til you have tried. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> Be prepared to explain the low undergrad GPAs either on your secondaries or during interviews. Never start out with "I was unmotivated blah blah.." Come up with a good line or two.

    Feel free to send me PMs if you have any specific Qs.
     
  12. SMW

    SMW Grand Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by wonderguy2:
    <strong>this is depressing...</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Don't get depressed. With a well crafted application, you will get in somewhere! :) Just make sure to apply to lots of lower and/or unranked schools as well as the "reaches" (but don't neglect them either, because sometimes they are the ones most willing to look at the total package). And make sure your LOR's are great and your PS is a gem. Good luck. :)
     
  13. Jalby

    Jalby I fight crime at day when Batman are sleeping.

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    I think you would be a shoe in for a lot of schools depending on your interview. But I think you will be able to get into a couple of UC's with those scores and recent grades.
     
  14. relatively prime

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by wonderguy2:
    <strong>i called ucsf and ucsd to ask them what they think. the person at ucsd was so rude!!!
    BASICALLY, after i told ucsf about my #s, THEY PRETTY MUCH SAID **** OFF OR IN OTHER WORDS, DON'T BOTHER US.

    word of advice to everyone, don't mess up like i did. your undergrad grades means everything if you want to be a doctor.

    i hope someone would please give me a chance with my currents #s.

    this is depressing...</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Ok, so maybe the UCs don't want you... that doesn't mean there aren't a whole lot of other schools that would want you. You need to be willing to leave California if you really want to go to medical school.
     

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