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i know its hard to judge someones application based upon just a internet post but im applying this june and wanted to see what people thought of my app so far.
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GPA- ~3.3, science-~3.3
MCAT-taking in april
extra's- played 2.5 years in San diego padres minor league system directly out of high schoo (didnt go to college for 3 years after graduating) D1A college football player, Varsity track and field coach at the high school level before starting college. Little bit of volunteer work at a 9/11 counsueling center, good amount of shawdoing.

will be applying to about 20-25 schools state schools arent the easiest to get into. studying my ass off to get around 35 on MCAT think that would really help me app. any suggestions.
 

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jackets5 said:
i know its hard to judge someones application based upon just a internet post but im applying this june and wanted to see what people thought of my app so far.
age-24
GPA- ~3.3, science-~3.3
MCAT-taking in april
extra's- played 2.5 years in San diego padres minor league system directly out of high schoo (didnt go to college for 3 years after graduating) D1A college football player, Varsity track and field coach at the high school level before starting college. Little bit of volunteer work at a 9/11 counsueling center, good amount of shawdoing.

will be applying to about 20-25 schools state schools arent the easiest to get into. studying my ass off to get around 35 on MCAT think that would really help me app. any suggestions.
ur application is incomplete without ur MCAT......its hard to tell ...however, you GPA's are below avgerage for most schools. DO schools would love you. To be competative at US schools you would need a 34+ MCAT score with your GPA.

good luck :luck:
 

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drguy22 said:
ur application is incomplete without ur MCAT......its hard to tell ...however, you GPA's are below avgerage for most schools. DO schools would love you. To be competative at US schools you would need a 34+ MCAT score with your GPA.

good luck :luck:
Please do a search for "What are my chances threads". You'll get some good answers there.
 

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drguy22 said:
ur application is incomplete without ur MCAT......its hard to tell ...however, you GPA's are below avgerage for most schools. DO schools would love you. To be competative at US schools you would need a 34+ MCAT score with your GPA.

good luck :luck:
I don't think you'd need a 34+ to be competitive at any Allo school... but that will vary depending on your definition of competitive.

Drguy is totally right that we can't tell anything (can tell less than usual and that's saying a lot) without your MCAT.

3.3/36 is decent anywhere, probably. You'd be nervous, but you're definitely a contender at many allo schools.

3.3/24 and you're one hurting unit.

So what does that tell you about what your priorities need to be right now?
 

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jackets5 said:
i know its hard to judge someones application based upon just a internet post but im applying this june and wanted to see what people thought of my app so far.
age-24
GPA- ~3.3, science-~3.3
MCAT-taking in april
extra's- played 2.5 years in San diego padres minor league system directly out of high schoo (didnt go to college for 3 years after graduating) D1A college football player, Varsity track and field coach at the high school level before starting college. Little bit of volunteer work at a 9/11 counsueling center, good amount of shawdoing.

will be applying to about 20-25 schools state schools arent the easiest to get into. studying my ass off to get around 35 on MCAT think that would really help me app. any suggestions.

It's good that you're taking the MCAT in April (as long as you're ready), because taking it in August (like I did) is really a detriment to your application. Was the shadowing you did quality? It seems to be more important the quality rather than the quantity of medical exposure. For example, did you see or do something that helped to affirm your interest in medicine and give you something compelling to say for your personal statement? You should probably start working on that soon too, it takes a long time to perfect it. Also, are you a California resident (like me)? :) It is extra fun that way! I don't think you need a 34+, probably shoot for 32 or so, but not less than 30. Also, getting better grades in the mean time is good too.

I'm sure that the admission committees will love that you did baseball for a while, they seem to favor candidates with a special talent or just a novelty of some sort because it helps you to stand out in the crowd. You may want to continue your shadowing or possibly check out research projects that are available to work on at your school for the coming year.

Although I'm no expert, I think if you do well on the MCAT, can show why exactly you want to go into medicine and apply early, you shouldn't have a problem getting in someplace (but not Johns Hopkins or UCSF). Of course if you're an under represented minority (URM) your chances go up significantly.

Good luck :luck:
 

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What state are you from? That has a significant impact on your acceptance as well.
 

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i applied with a similar application. my gpa's are both 3.3ish, i had a ton of extracurriculars (both healthcare and otherwise), strong letters of rec and a 35 mcat. i applied and was accepted through the early decision program at my state school.

one thing you've not said about your GPA is whether it's been consistantly 3.3ish, or if you've had any trends (started poorly and then did better, for example) If you have an upward trend, then you're in a little bit better shape than if always been a 3.3 student.

I'd say you really want to get a 32+ on the MCAT to feel comfortable with your application this cycle. [(gpa x 10) + mcat] > 64 is the rule of thumb for judging an application by numbers alone.

don't underestimate the importance of a strong personal statement and good letters of recommendation, either. both of those things can put a borderline applicant over the top.

good luck,
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i will be applying as a new york state resident. my GPA has stayed at 3.3 pretty much consitently. I was told the college football and minor league baseball would help my application stand out and the football would give me a little leeway with the GPA as long as the MCAT is good. the shawdowing experenice was real good and gave me a solid indicator as for my desire to go into the medical profession also will be getting a really good recomendation from the doctor.



stoic said:
i applied with a similar application. my gpa's are both 3.3ish, i had a ton of extracurriculars (both healthcare and otherwise), strong letters of rec and a 35 mcat. i applied and was accepted through the early decision program at my state school.

one thing you've not said about your GPA is whether it's been consistantly 3.3ish, or if you've had any trends (started poorly and then did better, for example) If you have an upward trend, then you're in a little bit better shape than if always been a 3.3 student.

I'd say you really want to get a 32+ on the MCAT to feel comfortable with your application this cycle. [(gpa x 10) + mcat] > 64 is the rule of thumb for judging an application by numbers alone.

don't underestimate the importance of a strong personal statement and good letters of recommendation, either. both of those things can put a borderline applicant over the top.

good luck,
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jackets5 said:
i will be applying as a new york state resident. my GPA has stayed at 3.3 pretty much consitently. I was told the college football and minor league baseball would help my application stand out and the football would give me a little leeway with the GPA as long as the MCAT is good. the shawdowing experenice was real good and gave me a solid indicator as for my desire to go into the medical profession also will be getting a really good recomendation from the doctor.
with all of your extracurriculars, I think you'll be ok as long as you do well on the mcat.

stick around on sdn throughout the mcat and application process. we'll be happy to answer any questions that come up.

peace,
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