Major: Bio Undergrad: 4th year (21 years old) GPA: 3.49 EC and stuff (not much): one semester of volunteering in the hospital (2006) 2006 - present: on the Executive Board for a volunteering group here in my university; we volunteer in the community with organizations in the city (soap kitchens, homeless shelters, planting trees..~ 100 hours. 2 semesters of undergraduate research in biotechnology. 2 awards for commitment to community through service (was nominated by fellow students). member of Association of Microbio Students and Red Cross. In the first two years of undergrad, I got a couple of Cs. I took too many classes and at the same time I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.. so thus, lack of caring and lack of studying contributed to my bad grades. So far, I've completed 32 classes (counting the labs). Despite getting A in organic chemistry I, which I took my freshman year, I got a C in orgoII and microbio next semester. I've gotten a total of 5 Cs (two of which are from general education requirement classes). My last 10 classes were As (junior year in college). Half of which were upper level science courses such as biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, immunology and analytical chemistry. This is a couple of my options: Option 1: Take one class during Winter 2009 (cancer biology) and study/prep for the MCAT and volunteer in the hospital. I hear that it's best to apply early, so I want to take early MCAT like in May. But I won't have enough time to study for it if I'll be a full time student again. With this, I will graduate in Winter 2010. Disadvantage: I will be applying with low GPA (which will raise to at least 3.5 after spring/summer 2009 and fall 2009 semesters). Option 2: Be a full time student in Winter 2009 and study for the MCAT during the summer to take it in late August. I will have to take a class or two during the summer semester though to graduate. Disadvantage: I will be applying late!!! Advantage: I will have time to raise my GPA and build my EC (volunteer in the hospital) Should I then apply to graduate school for a year or take upper level courses as an undergrad? Like I said, my grades are really bad the first two years in college (Bs and Cs), but it has gone up since then. What are your suggestions? Any feedback is much appreciated. I guess what I'm trying to figure out is how to make my application stronger by the time that I apply. Since I got Cs in the early science courses, I will need to re learn all of that material, so that's why I need a lot of time to prep for the MCAT. Also, I was thinking of retaking orgoII and microbio to raise my GPA automatically. Would that be a good idea? Or would it not benetif me a lot since they would average the two grades anyways and since I've gotten As in other upper level science courses. I'm hoping to go to Wayne State University (MD).