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Poor freshman year GPA w/ upward trend - can I still get into medical school?


New Member
Apr 18, 2020
  1. Pre-Medical
I received a 3.3 gpa my freshman year, due to a few factors (Very much including my naive freshman self). As of the end of my sophomore year, I now have a 3.61 cumulative gpa. I am hoping to continue this upward (3.9-4.0 gpa/term) trend with a 3.7 cumulative gpa at the end of the my junior year, before applying to medical school.

I'm looking to score a 515+ on the MCAT, and my ecs include nonclinical volunteering through the crisis textline, leadership in a club, shadowing, an internship at a rehab clinic, tutoring during my freshman year, research assistance in a lab (Trajectory to co-author on this paper as well), and learning how to administer iCBT to moderately depressed/anxious students (Actual application of this knowledge will be continued through respective organization next year). During my junior year I plan to get more involved in clinical volunteer work.

My question is, do I still have a decent chance at getting into a medical school next year? I will be applying to a wide range of MD programs, not just top schools. What about my chances of getting into more prestigious schools like USC Keck medical or UCSF?

Thank you!


Full Member
2+ Year Member
Apr 12, 2018
  1. Pre-Medical
Your GPA as it now is won't keep you out of anywhere but the top schools; a 3.7 won't keep you out of Harvard, although if you want to gun high I'd suggest a gap year to get your senior year on your transcripts and apply with a higher GPA and more ECs.
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