How important is an upward trend for medical school acceptance?

livelovelaugh1227

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I have an overall 3.74 GPA, science GPA of 3.9. I started out freshman and sophomore year around a 3.85 overall and then had a really rough junior year (going from mostly a/a- to mostly b/b+, also got my only b- ever in undergrad). Finished up senior year a little better but never back to my stellar first two years. I know my stats are pretty strong but I am looking at top 15 medical school and I am worried that this downward trend is really going to hurt my chances. Any advice would help!
 

homeostatic2

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You're fine. Trends tend to be the deciding factor in people whose GPA would otherwise be a serious crutch. This won't make or break your application, and likely won't draw attention. Just be prepared to explain yourself in an interview, just in case someone does ask about it.
 
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ChrisMack390

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I think many schools will see a 3.9 sGPA and not really give a damn about the specifics.