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transcript sent to amcas before spring quarter grades? bad?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by bullishMD, May 16, 2007.

  1. bullishMD

    bullishMD Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    I was told by previous applicants that the transcript always holds up people applications and to get it in as early as possible. Therefore I submitted my transcript to amcas last week. They still have not verified it yet but it should happen soon. However, the problem is that I realized that everyone who told me this is on semester and my school is on quarter. Now my transcript is going to be received by amcas with grades only through winter quarter of my junior year. My spring quarter grades will probably make my gpa go up but not by much as it is already fairly high. So the question is are schools going to want to see these grades.
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  3. facewait

    facewait Member 2+ Year Member

    May 16, 2006
    What do you think? You will be compared to students who have sent in their spring grades. You will either need to send it to AMCAS or update each school individually. Either way it is truly in your best interest to do this. good luck
  4. Phoenix.

    Phoenix. Emdee Jaydee Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    Brutus: You mean you submitted your transcript request to your school last week right? You said you submitted your app to AMCAS last week and it should be verified soon, but from the AMCAS web site, it's not even possible to submit until June 5th:

    "Applicants will be able to submit their AMCAS application to the 2008 entering class on or about June 5, 2007. You will not be able to submit an application before that time."

    Just wanted to clarify that so that others don't get into a panic that they haven't submitted yet, and could have. Good luck.
  5. bullishMD

    bullishMD Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    yeah i meant transcript
  6. bullishMD

    bullishMD Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    I changed it now to transcript
  7. bullishMD

    bullishMD Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    does everyone agree with facewait
  8. nick_carraway

    nick_carraway 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    Absolutely not.

    First, you don't HAVE to send Spring grades before matriculation. You can go through the whole admissions process without your latest grades and give the final Spring grades to the med schools once you're accepted.

    Now, if you wanted to include your spring grades after you submitted AMCAS without them, then facewait is right and you will have to update each school individually. It's up to them whether or not they want to recalculate your GPA too.

    So, there are more nuances to think about. Will your Spring grades improve your GPA substantially? Will it get you past a psychological hurdle (e.g. 3.28 to 3.31)? Since med schools aren't obligated to update your GPA after they receive your app, then you should make sure Spring grades are on AMCAS in the first place.

    If you want to wait for your Spring grades, moreover, med schools don't look at applications until mid-July and so even on the quarter system, your latest grades will be available by then and you'll still be considered with all the applicants who submitted AMCAS on June 3rd.

    If your Spring GPA will remain relatively static or if your Spring GPA will hurt you, go ahead and submit your AMCAS without your latest quarter and you'll be fine.

    You're under no time pressure, so simply consider Spring's impact on your GPA.
  9. chaldobruin

    chaldobruin Member 5+ Year Member

    Nov 1, 2004
    If you have a 3.7+ I wouldn't bother sending in your spring grades yet... you can update schools on that later.

    For me, I had a 3.58 and my spring grades brought it up to a 3.61 (got a 4.0) so I waited until end of June to send the transcript. I was on the quarter system too. Didn't really hurt me at all I don't think.
  10. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Orange, CA
    One, they will not verify ANYTHING until June. Period. Lets get that clear right off the bat. Once you submit your application (can't until 6/5) they compare your transcripts to the info you entered - that is verification.

    Now that thats done, don't worry about it. If it won't impact your GPA significantly its not going to hurt you.

    Although you did rush it a bit. No reason to submit transcripts in May - June/July are fine.

    It will give you something to update schools with - which always helps because it forces them to look at your file again. Just leave it for now, later you can update schools as you see fit.
  11. blargh

    blargh Banned Banned

    Oct 24, 2006
    haha i already sent in my transcript (quarter system) because i have a feeling my grades are going to drop this quarter
  12. silverlining1

    silverlining1 7+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    I was thinking about doing this too because I think my GPA might drop a little bit this quarter, but I haven't taken much upper division bio and I'm taking 2 bio classes this quarter, so I wanted to show med schools that I can do a decent job.

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