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Senior year grades

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by honeypot, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. honeypot

    honeypot Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2006
    Since you send your AMCAS application at the end of junior year, how much do senior year grades matter?

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  3. Robizzle

    Robizzle 1K Member 2+ Year Member

    May 28, 2006
    Boston & NYC
    C's and above are usually okay. There are documented cases of acceptances being taken back due to poor academic behavior... But you have to do REAL bad in order for that to happen, probably. Just aim for B-'s if you can I'd say.

    And if you ever get waitlisted and want to send in a neat update, some nice grades always help.
  4. Wanna_B_Scutty

    Wanna_B_Scutty MS1 2+ Year Member

    Mar 30, 2006
    I would say "B-"s and above. Some places make you write an essay about "what went wrong" if you get Cs.

    Beware of letting anything slip below your usual best effort until you have your acceptance in hand, though. It would suck if you slacked off under the assumption that you'd get in this cycle, only to finish the year without an acceptance and a string of lousy senior year grades. :eek:
  5. Tired Pigeon

    Tired Pigeon 7+ Year Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Don't slack off until you've gotten a firm acceptance. What if for some crazy reason you don't get in this cycle :eek: -- you'd have to apply next year with a worse GPA. Not a good scenario.

    Once you get your acceptance, read the terms carefully -- many are predicated upon 'satisfactory completion' of your current coursework, and I imagine the definition of 'satisfactory' varies by school.
  6. CagedBird

    CagedBird Don't Worry, Be Happy 2+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2006
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  7. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    Most places have a rule about not getting any grades below a C in remaining coursework. Apply early and try to get things wrapped up before spring.
  8. khadija

    khadija Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    try to get B's and A's. graduating with onors is cool.
  9. TleilaxuMD

    TleilaxuMD Banned Banned

    Feb 18, 2007
    You just need c's. But if you are waitlisted it would probably be better to have A/B to get off that waitlist. If you are already accepted....relax and get C's.:thumbup:
  10. Falco2525

    Falco2525 5+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2006
    how do you know that you are okay if you have c's?
  11. Kfire326

    Kfire326 7+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    most acceptances are contingent on you getting at least a C in all your remaining coursework...
  12. TleilaxuMD

    TleilaxuMD Banned Banned

    Feb 18, 2007
    In the acceptance letter it says "to matriculate you need to demonstrate a continued regard for academics"..or something to that effect....which loosley translated (and confirmed by the admiss commt) is equated to getting all C's.
  13. HawaiiHereICome

    HawaiiHereICome 2+ Year Member

    Feb 17, 2007
    Look Behind You
    You've worked so hard to have a competitive Med school GPA.

    Why would you slack off now?
  14. TleilaxuMD

    TleilaxuMD Banned Banned

    Feb 18, 2007
    What do you need it now for? It doesnt go on your diploma.....residencies dont ask you to list it......and certainly your med school classmates dont care. The last point probably applies directly to something you would do.
  15. DE12MD

    DE12MD Member 2+ Year Member

    Aug 14, 2006
    Technically your grades prob wont matter (at least that's what I told myself), but I still tried to do well and managed to get a 4.0 my final semester. I sent letters of interest to both the schools I was waiting to hear from and included that information and I got in to both of them. I don't know if the grades made a difference, but I know they didn't hurt...
  16. HumbleMD

    HumbleMD hmmmm... 7+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    East Coast
    A good first semester of Senior year makes a great reason to update schools with a letter. The funny thing is you've been working so hard (hopefully) that I found it's actually difficult to cut back into a B semester. Now second semester senior year doesn't matter for anything, ever, I hear just don't get too many C's.
  17. Psyche Estrelle

    Psyche Estrelle Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles Physician 7+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    A lot of us whose senior year grades have gone down aren't slacking off at all. The combination of all the extracurricular activities that have gathered in all four years plus med school interviews (which force having to miss class, having to do/take makeups, etc) plus honors/thesis projects plus anything that might happen from circumstance (i.e. family or personal problems) can contribute to senior year grades dipping as well. I can definitely say that all four things I mentioned are true with me... I just hope I get in... *anxious*
  18. Disinence2

    Disinence2 Emergency Medicine Physician 7+ Year Member

    Aug 11, 2006
    Interviews are devistating for GPA

    Expecialy when flights get canceled/delayed and you end up missing LOTS of class...

    luckly i was able to get 3 of my interviews out of the way during christmas vacation. I couldn't imagine trying to do all of them during school.

    Im also taking 21 units of the hardest upper division science classes at my school.
  19. HumbleMD

    HumbleMD hmmmm... 7+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    East Coast
    Don't quite know how it happenned (taking 2 upper science clases, and some others), but I had 9 interviews during the semester and it was my best semester GPA yet! My theory is that when you're out of town that often, you become super organized and disciplined (however this current semester...)
  20. Kfire326

    Kfire326 7+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    Trying to graduate magna cum laude/summa cum laude/phi beta kappa. That'll at least end up on a CV one day.
  21. HumbleMD

    HumbleMD hmmmm... 7+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    East Coast
    Meh, most schools decide on phi beta kappa before final grades are in. And GPA's are robust enough at this point that a Magna Cum Laude GPA could swallow a few Bs

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