I am thinking about narrowing down the number of schools I am going to apply to so that I can avoid taking an extra semester of pre-reqs. The short list still includes my top three choices, University of Montana, Northern Arizona U, and Idaho State U. Some of the schools on this shorter list still 'highly recommend' courses that they don't consider requirements like microbiology, exercise physiology, and other upper devision sciences. My question is if I should plan on taking another semester (spring 16) to take some of these classes. Of course the grades will never factor in to this cycle of applications, but do you think that just taking these classes could make the difference for me? I know ultimately asking the schools is going to be the only way to know for sure, but I'd like to hear some ideas why this might or might not help my application to help me make this decision. My primary reasons for wanting to avoid this extra semester are to work full time and save money before starting a program in the fall, as well as wanting to enjoy one last winter season without a lot of extra stress of school. For some of these schools a summer class is inevitable (i.e. ISU requires exercise physiology, but my current school doesn't offer it.) I was going to avoid putting my own stats up here, but I feel like they might make a difference in this case. Soo. I have a BA in Environmental Studies from University of Montana and graduated with a 3.28 GPA. I have had a 4.0 since going back to school for pre-reqs, but its not bringing up my GPA very quickly. My GRE is v 162, q 152, and aw 5. I don't have many formal extra curricular activities since I am a non-traditional student. Some things I was thinking about including in this section though are certified snowboard instructor, Wilderness First Responder, avalanche level 2, snowboard coach, climber, and since going back to school I have also worked full time.