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How do medical school read GPA?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by ZhouMD, 05.16.14.

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  1. ZhouMD

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    I personally attent a tier-3 small private university for one year ( major in bio and GPA 4.0) and then transfer to a top 20 large private university (double major in biomedical engineering and bio, cGPA 3.4). So I know it is way easier to get good grade in lower-ranked universities. But what does medical schools think? Please help.

    Thanks
     
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  3. BrawnsNBrain

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    I'm not an admissions member but I do not believe there is a 'conversion chart' that exists for each individual college/university with an 'inflation factor' i.e. easier to get an A in a community college than a state school. With that being said, unless you're going to a top ivy league school, I don't believe your 3.4gpa is suddenly going to look like a 3.9 in adcom's eyes (even if you did go to a top ivy that 3.4 wouldn't look like a 3.9 ha!)
     
  4. ZhouMD

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    I think you are right. I hoped I went to a community college and majored in ECON. :shrug:
     
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    The decline in grades will be noted as a negative. You're expected to do well no matter where you are. Prestige of a UG program is more of a reality in the minds of pre-meds than Adcoms. If you attend a feeder school, the med school knows of the quality of your program.

     
  6. ZhouMD

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    Thanks Goro. Do you think I can still increase my chance by scoring higher on mcat. I am taking in June, and i am among at 37
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    No matter what, you need to have your written submissions checked by a native English speaker.
    Your writing is a bit hard to follow!
     
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    A cGPA of 3.4 is still competitive, even if above avg. So, do well on MCAT and you'll be fine. Heed the learned gyngyn's advice very well. The MCAT is often lethal for ESL.

     

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