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MD Apps Freaking Me Out. Is my GPA too low for top programs?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by gatawatago, May 14, 2014.

  1. gatawatago

    gatawatago 2+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2013
    Hey Guys,

    So I am at a top university (HYP) and my final cumulative GPA was just calculated, but I don't know if it's high enough to even consider applying to top places. I see very few people on MDapps getting into top schools with my GPA and MCAT (though I know its a super small sample size), but it's making me think whether or not I should even bother applying to top programs. Here is my GPA - I do have a strong upward trend over 4 years:

    Freshman year: 3.48
    Sophomore year: 3.59
    Junior year: 3.71
    Senior year: 3.92

    cGPA: 3.68
    sGPA: 3.63

    My MCAT is 37, balanced.

    What do you guys think? ECs are solid, LOR are pretty good. Let me know what you guys think. Any advice greatly appreciated.
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  3. unexpected_medicine


    May 9, 2014
    a guy i know got into U Kentucky MD/PhD with a 3.0 soo gl. Also people forgive freshman year more than senior year and your senior year is great.
  4. Mad Jack

    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2013
    4th Dimension
    Apply to all 20 of the top 20 and you should be fine IF you interview well.
  5. ANATOMYgirl22

    ANATOMYgirl22 2+ Year Member

    Oct 7, 2011
    Ann Arbor
    I don't think your gpa is so low that you wouldn't get looked at and I think your upward trend would help you. I'd say apply to as many top schools as you can afford if being at a top program is really important to you and just make sure you balance it with a good number of low-mid tier schools that you could still see yourself being happy at.

    It's also hard to say without EC specifics... if you have some really stellar and unique experiences the lower gpa might not matter as much.
  6. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Somewhere west of St. Louis
    Your GPAs are, well, avg for MD acceptees. Aim for medium tiers and you'll be fine.


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