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I am sure there are a bunch of us here with pretty low stats (either MCAT or GPA or both) who are now sitting twiddling our thumbs waiting for interview invites wondering if they will ever come. We are also probably in it for the long haul. Sooo, if there are any accepted/matriculated low stats friends out there who have a success story to brighten our spirits, I know I would love that.

(By low stats I would suggest <3.5 or <510, but even those aren't really that low. Use your own judgement. Or, if you had particularly low stats for your school, under bottom 10%)

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I met a girl at Stanford last year who told me she had a 2.85 gpa, engineering major from a top school. don't know her mcat or anything else, but she insisted that its about more than just the numbers.
Shortly after, I met a girl who told me she had a perfect gpa, a 100 percentile mcat, and was also a urm, a d1 athlete, and had insane ECs. So there's that too..
 

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I met a girl at Stanford last year who told me she had a 2.85 gpa, engineering major from a top school. don't know her mcat or anything else, but she insisted that its about more than just the numbers.
Shortly after, I met a girl who told me she had a perfect gpa, a 100 percentile mcat, and was also a urm, a d1 athlete, and had insane ECs. So there's that too..
lol @ more than just numbers...

Also, she probably did really well on the MCAT, or not; who knows... You should've asked her about her MCAT
 
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I am sure there are a bunch of us here with pretty low stats (either MCAT or GPA or both) who are now sitting twiddling our thumbs waiting for interview invites wondering if they will ever come. We are also probably in it for the long haul. Sooo, if there are any accepted/matriculated low stats friends out there who have a success story to brighten our spirits, I know I would love that.

(By low stats I would suggest <3.5 or <510, but even those aren't really that low. Use your own judgement. Or, if you had particularly low stats for your school, under bottom 10%)

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I just got an II from Creighton with a 3.94/507. Applied 7/29, II notification 8/7
 

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Implying that those people don't? Nice.
That's especially upsetting ( what the quoted user said) b/c URM and SES disadvantaged folks only get slack b/c they have to navigate greater barriers to make it to college , earn good grades, and score well on the MCAT to start with.
For example, someone who had to pay for living and school all out of pocket likely has to work a job outside of school, which would put a lower GPA into consideration.
Someone who is from a poor as hell school district wouldn't have as strong of educational background to do well on the MCAT ( which is why some schools in the south/midwest have very low MCAT medians-b/c people from those areas generally have lower MCAT scores) .
TL;DR: SES/URM folks have to work just as hard, if not harder, for those lower stats.



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I'll keep the positivity going instead. I personally know current medical students who are doing well and a few who had less than average MCATs and/or GPAs that did above average on STEP 1. :)
 
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I am sure there are a bunch of us here with pretty low stats (either MCAT or GPA or both) who are now sitting twiddling our thumbs waiting for interview invites wondering if they will ever come. We are also probably in it for the long haul. Sooo, if there are any accepted/matriculated low stats friends out there who have a success story to brighten our spirits, I know I would love that.

(By low stats I would suggest <3.5 or <510, but even those aren't really that low. Use your own judgement. Or, if you had particularly low stats for your school, under bottom 10%)

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A student with a 499 recently enrolled at a mid-tier NY school I know of. Nice fella; hell of an application. MCAT was abysmal, but he did have a stellar GPA and unique "ECs." He was a non-trad, NYPD high ranking officer for a number of years before enrolling in medical school.
 
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A student with a 499 recently enrolled at a mid-tier NY school I know of. Nice fella; hell of an application. MCAT was abysmal, but he did have a stellar GPA and unique "ECs." He was a non-trad, NYPD high ranking officer for a number of years before enrolling in medical school.
MSAR shows Duke accepting below 500 well within the bottom 10% of applicants. Heck, even my GPA fits with their stats (not that it means much). If I'm successful this round, I will certainly update this thread.
 

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I met a girl at Stanford last year who told me she had a 2.85 gpa, engineering major from a top school. don't know her mcat or anything else, but she insisted that its about more than just the numbers.
Shortly after, I met a girl who told me she had a perfect gpa, a 100 percentile mcat, and was also a urm, a d1 athlete, and had insane ECs. So there's that too..
When you see stories like this, it's because people reinvent themselves, and they are to be applauded. No med school is doing anyone any favors by admitting people who are at risk for failing out.
 

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I have a mentor who was admitted to an MD school with an MCAT barely in the 50th percentile. Nothing really exceptional, just a hard worker. They now operate a successful practice in a competitive subspecialty. It's been done by people before you so don't lose hope
 
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Some schools within a month, others over 3 months (tended to be the more competitive ones, top 20, t10 etc). I had a high mcat and a good story I believe, which helped overcome the gpa. Still was an uphill battle, got rejected by many, including lower tier schools, and waitlisted to a bunch.
Can I ask-what is your story?
 
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I don't mean to be a debbie downer or the bearer of bad news, but I REALLY want to express that applying with low stats or EC is a HUGE gamble. I don't recommend it because an application takes up an entire year and A LOT of money. It's doable as many people on here will tell you, but its not a guarantee by any means. Again, don't take this negatively! I'm celebrating in your achievements, I just don't want people who are about to apply thinking they can get the same end results because of a person getting in with similar stats.
 

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Though this is the Pre-medical-MD forum, but I thought I'd share my story here anyway. This cycle, I got accepted to 2 DO schools (ATSU-KCOM and ARCOM). I attended 4 DO and 1 MD IIs, and turned down ~10-12 other DO IIs. I almost went Caribbean (SGU) because even though I had great GPAs (cGPA 3.72 sGPA 3.70), as an ESL student, I always thought my struggles in the MCAT (18, 487, 492, 500, 499) would keep me out. Now I'm just humble and grateful I got in a U.S. school and will do anything to not disappoint. I'm also from Haiti (extremely URM) and immigrated here after surviving the earthquake in 2010. Life keeps giving me lemons, and I just keep making lemonade .

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Good work...was this amcas gpa or transcript gpa? I ask because I have similar transcript grades but about a 2.9 in both sci and ao amcas and am retaking the mcat in August and turning in amcas/tmdsas app mid June. Hoping to have enough time to get my supplementals in at a decent time without hurting my study time for mcat. Is there a ton of emphasis on the amcas calculation, such as a possible cut off, or is it mainly trends and resiliency in that dept? Also are a lot of secondary apps beastly and time consuming? Anybody?
 

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ECs and interview skills count! If you want it bad enough and it isn’t TRULY out of reach it can be done. The stats for MD schools are easily available. I think I had roughly a 30% chance of getting into an MD, but I did.
 
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3.2 sGPA, 3.7 cGPA, 503 MCAT, non-trad, 4 II, 3 waitlists, 1 acceptance. Potentially could've had more acceptances, but I withdrew from the waitlists after my first acceptance in February because it was my top choice :) .
 

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I know this was from a while back, but I still want to address it.

First, that's unacceptable. URM have to work just as hard. Nothing can compensate for low GPA or MCAT and poor EC, if that's what you're implying. Your bitterness shows too much, take it down a notch.

Second, these are the population that most of us serves/ will be serving.

Third, I hope you don't reflect your lack of compassion anywhere near your applications. You're absurd.
You realize you're replying to a post that's almost a year old, correct?
 
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Idk if this counts as low stat because I did an SMP and did well in it but my undergrad GPA was 3.1 and science 2.8? I think. I only got accepted to one school though off the waitlist but still.
Congrats. Where did you do your smp?
 

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Reapplicant with 3.5cGPA/3.3sGPA.Took the MCAT four times with an average of 496, and a range of 490-500. Applied last year to 60 MD/DO schools. Rejected to all 60, with just one interview. This year, applied to 37 medical schools (MD only). Recieved 6 interviews, attended 5, and accepted to 2! It can be done;)
 
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Good work...was this amcas gpa or transcript gpa? I ask because I have similar transcript grades but about a 2.9 in both sci and ao amcas and am retaking the mcat in August and turning in amcas/tmdsas app mid June. Hoping to have enough time to get my supplementals in at a decent time without hurting my study time for mcat. Is there a ton of emphasis on the amcas calculation, such as a possible cut off, or is it mainly trends and resiliency in that dept? Also are a lot of secondary apps beastly and time consuming? Anybody?
In my experience applying last year, secondaries take up a huge amount of time and money. They will have you write at least one essay, but most had several smaller mini-essays (which seem easy, but take up so much mental energy to write properly). Plan to pay $60-110 per secondary app. It's all worth it if that interview invite comes through!
 

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Reapplicant with 3.5cGPA/3.3sGPA.Took the MCAT four times with an average of 496, and a range of 490-500. Applied last year to 60 MD/DO schools. Rejected to all 60, with just one interview. This year, applied to 37 medical schools (MD only). Recieved 6 interviews, attended 5, rejected from 1, silence from another, waitlists from 2, and acceptance to 1! It can be done;)
Now that is a great story! You should be applauded on your resilience. I have a similar story (lower GPA, higher MCAT) and have been previously rejected by about the same number of schools. (3 interviews, 1 waitlist). I am currently reapplying after completing an M.S. program and hoping for a similar outcome!
 
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Now that is a great story! You should be applauded on your resilience. I have a similar story (lower GPA, higher MCAT) and have been previously rejected by about the same number of schools. (3 interviews, 1 waitlist). I am currently reapplying after completing an M.S. program and hoping for a similar outcome!
Thanks so much! It’s been a choppy ride this year for sure. An M.S. will definitely boost your app, wishing you the best of luck mim rafiki!
 

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I had an unbalanced MCAT and debated not submitting, but I think that the GPA helped me out a bit.
Still... posting on “low stat success stories”, with a GPA above a 3.4 is kinda ridiculous... lol I mean I get that this is SDN where anything below a 3.9 is considered awful but seriously

Not whining. Good job on your success, but you were a pretty good applicant to begin with!
 

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Still... posting on “low stat success stories”, with a GPA above a 3.4 is kinda ridiculous... lol I mean I get that this is SDN where anything below a 3.9 is considered awful but seriously

Not whining. Good job on your success, but you were a pretty good applicant to begin with!
3.4 is below average for most MD schools, and sometimes needs in-state status, incredible ECs, excellent MCAT, and/or URM status to help alleviate its weight on the balance.

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