New pre-med, starting off cold with pre reqs in January. I will be a second semester junior at that time. As of now, I will be spending 5 years total in undergrad. However, I will have a jampacked credit load for the next 2.5 years, including summers. This leaves little time for shadowing, research, clinicial, etc. Would it be a better idea to A. Graduate in 5 years and apply--if not accepted anywhere, take a year off or B. Stay the sixth year, with no classes in summer and use those summers to do research, shadowing, etc. A sixth year would also allow me to take recommended classes I would not have room for in a 5 year plan, i.e., genetics, physiology, immunology?