What do you all think about DO schools favoring students who are older but have much lower averages? On one hand, you can see that older students bring a more diverse background to a class. With their extra life experiences they will definitely have an advantage to dealing with patients than the student who has just finished their BSc in biology. But on the other hand, shouldn't medical schools accept the students that they know can meet the academic challenges of the curriculum? Working as an EMT or as a Physician's assistant for 5 years will not help much while learning biochemistry or anatomy. Why not give the space to a younger student who performs well in school and has alot of volunteer and other health care related experience? I'm not saying that older students are automatically poorer students. Anybody who works hard can do well. But should they be favored during the admissions process?