I've just completed my first year of university (I know, it's pretty early for me to be worrying about med school, but the earlier the better eh?) and I obtained a GPA of 4.29 out of 4.3. I wasn't really part of any extracurricular activities (besides church involvement), but the fact that I had a girlfriend all through the school year took up a lot of my time. I'm also planning on doing some volunteer work this summer. I was wondering if I would be better off to focus on being a well rounded person, rather than simply focus on high grades. I've heard that volunteering plays a huge role in getting into med school, and yet, most students strive to attain ultra high GPAs. I'm also a bit worried about attending a much larger university next year. My first year of studies took place at the University of Moncton (Moncton being an intellectual backwater, located in New-Brunswick, Canada). This is a fairly small university (about 6000 students), most of whom don't have very high educational ambitions. Therefore, my question is as follows: do students coming from small, disreputable universities have a hard time getting into med school, or doing well at larger, distinguished universities in general (as in a bachelor's degree)?