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School:
-Top 15 school
-projected graduation stats: 3.8 major gpa (Spanish Lit), 3.5 overall GPA, 3.15 science
-upward trend in grades
-science gpa bogged down by straight Cs in Organic Chemistry, and one C+ in Inorganic Chemistry



Other factors:
-Division 1 Varsity athlete
-Cuban-American
-leader of a medically related humanitarian aid trip to a foreign country for several years
-~50 hours physician shadowing
-clinical research in an emergency room
-Physics research (unpublished)
-Drug use research while studying abroad (unpublished)


I am currently a Junior and wondering if it's worth applying my senior year or to do a postbacc. I haven't taken the MCAT but have done well on standardized tests in the past so I hope to hit at the very least a 30.

Thanks!
 

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What's the % of people who get in from your undergrad? What did your premed adviser suggest?
 

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What's the % of people who get in from your undergrad? What did your premed adviser suggest?

I don't know the exact percentage, but I do know that it is relatively strong and is above 50%.

My adviser was pretty vague; she basically didn't give me an answer whether I should or should not.
 

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Take the mcat then decide, you seem reasonably competitive given URM status (I think) and do you have no volunteering besides the mission work?
 

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Okay, those Top 10 schools usually know roughly how competitive their applicants have to be stats-wise with pretty decent precision. I'd get these stats from your career services group and see how you compare. If you're in the range, sit for the MCAT and go for it. I'm not a good evaluator of ECs...

If not, I wouldn't take the MCAT or spend the money involved in an app cycle. Retake those low grade classes postbac. And then apply.
 
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Take the mcat then decide, you seem reasonably competitive given URM status (I think) and do you have no volunteering besides the mission work?


This summer I will be volunteering in a Latina pregnancy clinic, but I agree that I should add to the volunteering.
 
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