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Med School GPA Cutoffs

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by poohbear12345, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. poohbear12345

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    So in general schools and their websites seem to say, "we dont have a cutoff". But ive talked certain former members of ad coms and theyve told me that they do have a auto cutoff screening for GPA, MCAT etc... I'm sure its different at every school, some have cut offs some do not.

    2 questions
    1. Why don't schools just come out and admit they have cut-offs and let applicants know what they are?

    2. If a school says on their webpage "You can get accepted into our school with a GPA below (3.3, 3.4, 3. whatever) if everything else is strong," are they really just subtly telling you their cutoff?
     
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    1) they want your app fees

    2) not necessarily
     
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    Secondary fees, and you never know, there might be an applicant in the 2.0 range with something absolutely stellar about them that warrants admittance.
     
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    1) There are so many variables that come in to play that having a cutoff eliminates those few amazing (and lucky!) applicants who get in with a less-than-stellar GPA.
    2) Maybe not a cutoff persay but a GPA that, if you fall below it, will make it much more difficult to receive an interview.

    Don't let the perfect applicants on SDN give you a false idea of the "average" applicant. For example, the acceptance rate for a candidate with a 3.00-3.19 GPA and a 30-32 MCAT is a 28%. While it's not necessarily a good chance, ~1 out of 4 applicants are still getting in meaning that those cutoff GPA's don't exist for every school.
     
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    drnjbmd is a long-time SDN member and blogger. She says her medical school screens for GPA first. People that don't make the initial screen are given a second look though if "something" stands out. http://drnjbmd.wordpress.com
     
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    Different gpa's for different minority groups. There no simple answer for this question. And no, I'm not trolling.
     
  8. KLycos

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    There are some schools that plainly admit they have grade cutoffs. Just check more websites.
     
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    I know of a school (yeah, yeah, n=1) that most definitely has a strict cutoff in looking at your application, but doesn't mention it anywhere on their websites and is more than happy to take your secondary fee. And I know for a fact that no matter how outstanding the rest of your application is, if you are below the cutoff your application will never be seen by real people.
     
  10. ceasefire

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    Care to reveal this school?
     
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    I'd rather not because I'm kind of tight with admissions (which I've also learned does NOT mean you will get in so I'm not even applying with my sub-par scores). It's a Manhattan school, so that narrows it down to only 4.
     
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    Columbia. Called it.
     
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    They may also say they have no cut-off to encourage URMs to apply - just saying...I don't mean any disrespect. Kind of like the disclaimer for job postings as equal opportunity employers, and when they encourage minorities to apply, may be along the same line of thought.
     
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    I hope it's not NYU for cGPA purposes. I just spent a long-ass time on that secondary, I would hate for my app to not be considered due to a cutoff.
     
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    There may be certain situations when someone with a low GPA may be competitive, due to some unique or outstanding quality, or someone powerful pulling strings for them. Not having a discrete advertised cutoff for GPA allows this to happen without the school being accused of breaking its own rules. In reality, there are certain numbers for GPA and MCAT, beneath which your app cannot be considered. Medical schools want to know they aren't wasting 2 years educating you when there is little chance you're able to pass the Step 1 and become fit to be set loose in a hospital. If you stress about your "stats", know that medical schools stress 100 times as much about their Step 1 pass rates and the prestige of their students' residencies.
     
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    including URMs, Olympic athletes, non-trads, someone who grew up homeless, published poets, and the list goes on an on....
     
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    Because it's more money for the AAMC/schools.
     
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    No.
     
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    NYU: they have a 3.4 cutoff for MD, PhD, so I imagine they have a cut-off for MD-only, too
     
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    A friend of mine applied to NYU and was rejected on the basis that "any MCAT subsection score below 10 will most likely lead to a rejection." No other reasons were provided when he asked about the rejection.
     
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    That seems kind of harsh. So that would mean that a B13, P12, and V9 would get rejected? bummer.... I know a guy who got a 34 like that.
     

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