dweji16

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So, random question.

I know a lot of people do formal postbaccs to raise their stats.

Is it possible to do an informal postbacc? And example would be like taking upper-div science classes an colleges that offer them to non-univ students. Would this work as well, or does it have to be a formal post-bacc?
 

TheMan21

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So, random question.

I know a lot of people do formal postbaccs to raise their stats.

Is it possible to do an informal postbacc? And example would be like taking upper-div science classes an colleges that offer them to non-univ students. Would this work as well, or does it have to be a formal post-bacc?
I did that. Didn't want to pay for whole post-bac when I all I wanted was to take 5 upper level bio courses. It will still factor into your sGPA on AMCAS, it will be fine.
 

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All undergraduate courses are factored into your undergrad GPA on amcas regardless of whether you are earning a degree or simply taking the course for graded credit. And the courses that you take don't necessarily all need to be super upper level courses. A couple easier science courses will also have the same effect, but by all means if you like the challenge, go for it.

-senior medical student - matched / admissions committee interviewer
 

dweji16

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Hmm.. okay.

So, I guess I should be specific to make sure this is okay.
I live in LA so was thinking of doing some courses at Cal State LA.. they have some upper div courses such as Molecular Genetics, Biochem etc.

They also do have a formal certificat post-bacc, but I really do not want to go through the whole application process and do not really need the advising of the MCAT course. So I just want to take some upper div classes to prove that I can do well. Figured this is cheaper.


Would this be okay?
 

tremulousNeedle

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Why wouldn't it be ok?
 

dweji16

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Why wouldn't it be ok?
Mainly concerned that schools prefer formal postbaccs through a certificate/master's program as opposed to an independent informal postbacc.

If thats not an issue.... I'm happy hee he:D
 

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A formal or DIY post-bacc program is ultimately a personal choice (including factors such as costs, location, convenience, etc.). You will find many examples of people who have had great success choosing either route.

Best of luck.