Hi all! I am going into my senior year in college, and thinking about applying to medical school is hitting me like a truck. I am super nervous, but I am ready to continue upping my chances.

So I am going to take one gap year, and I do not take the MCAT until January 2017. However, my practice exams have been consistently in the 508-515 range. So I am anticipating getting around this. I know these scores are not representative, but please assume I get a 511 on my MCAT.

I messed up my first two years of college and made poor decisions so I had a 3.39 cgpa and around a 3.2-3.3 sgpa. I took most of my pre-medical classes then. My junior year I had two 4.0 semesters taking mainly psychology classes because that is my major. I am heading into senior year with a 3.58 cgpa and 3.3ish sgpa. I only have one more science class which I intend on getting an A in. I also hope to increase my gpa to its limit with my last year which is only around a 3.62-3.64 (assuming I get 3.9-4.0 semester, which I intend on doing and I know I can get because my classes at about the same as my junior year). I also do not have space for any more science class, which I would take.

I know this is not representative but assuming:
cGPA - 3.62
sGPA - 3.4

My ECs are good I believe. I have been with 4 labs total:
1 for 8 months
1 for a summer (4 months)
1 for 2 semesters of college
1 since my freshman year (3 years)
1 freshman research grant
1 presentation at undergraduate conference and won an award
1 presentation at medical research conference (youngest to present, and the only undergraduate student - rest were MD + PhD)
First author for 2 current papers
Author on another paper
Author of a chapter in a medical book (pending)
100+ volunteer hours at hospital
200+ hours for humanitarian (street outreach)
I created my own not for profit
Several grants for the NPO

Race - Asian

I also am going to apply to A LOT of medical schools 20+.

I really hope my scores will be okay. I am most worried about that. Can anyone give me tips? How competitive am I? How are my chances?

Anything would help.

Thank you in advance!!
 

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Your MCAT is going to be very important - it's impossible to tell you without seeing your MCAT score. A 511 along with a ~3.6 is a little below average for MD, but very strong for DO. What state are you from?
 
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I am from New York.

Do you think my upward trend will help? EC helps? Thank you so much for the reply.

Your MCAT is going to be very important - it's impossible to tell you without seeing your MCAT score. A 511 along with a ~3.6 is a little below average for MD, but very strong for DO. What state are you from?
 

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New york has a lot of schools but also a ton of applicants, so it's not a "lucky" state unfortunately. It could be worse though - you could be from California.

The upward trend and ECs will help, but not totally outweigh by any means. I think you should wait until you have your MCAT and then ask again.