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VERY low prereq with decent GPA, good MCAT Question

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by ROME83, Jun 25, 2012.

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  1. ROME83


    Jun 25, 2012
    'm new to this whole thing, and I'm really trying to see if going forward with applying is even worth it. I really screwed up my first two years of undergrad (spring both times) and ended up with some terrible grades in the prereqs, with a C in Calc and Orgo II and a C+ in both Gen Chem I and second semester of calc. I got really good grades in everything else and took a ton of classes, so my cum. gpa is 3.5 and my science is 3.38 (I took like 20 courses that count for science GPA).

    It's just frustrating because I know I can do the work. I got a 35 mcat 12B 10P 13V and have great EC's with leadership, good clinicals and worked in a lab for 2.5 years. My Junior year GPA was 3.6, and my senior year GPA was 3.7. I'm now working at the hospital at my university. I was extremely sick during the last part of my sophomore spring and ended up bombing both exams in prereqs (they were on the same day) and my school pretty much left me out to dry because my illness wasn't "debilitating" (I wasn't in the hospital).

    I'm trying to decide if it is worth going ahead with the process even with the bad prereq grades. I don't want to be stuck applying and not getting in year after year, but I really see myself heading in that direction. If anyone has been in a similar situation or has any advice I would really appreciate the input. I really just want to go to one of my state school's, preferably ETSU
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  3. Ironmandoc


    May 30, 2012
    Miami, FL
    Your low GPAs will keep you out of a lot of programs, however your MCAT does make up for it a little bit. I think you are out of reach of top 20 programs, but definitely not out of the game. If I were you, I'd apply to all of my state schools as well as lower-mid tier schools that are OOS friendly.

    Good luck!
  4. mcm628

    mcm628 Lorenzo Von Matterhorn 2+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2010
  5. poopsicle

    poopsicle 2+ Year Member

    Sep 13, 2011
    Well if you do apply, I know that admission committees do take note of upward trend. But if you still do not feel confident with your GPA you could do a post bac program to boost your GPA. But sick mcat, especially your verbal.
  6. ROME83


    Jun 25, 2012
    Thanks for the input, I'm planning on retaking orgo and at least one math class at my state university the summer before I end up applying again, which should help my case somewhat. I just really worry about being rejected out of hand because of the poor prereqs. I'm also wondering if an SMP like Georgetown or Cinci would be of any value. I really don't want to do that unless I have to because of the cost, but if that was the only way then I would be open to that route. Thoughts?
  7. ROME83


    Jun 25, 2012
    Anybody? I'm really trying to figure out if I should do an SMP type program or just retake some prereqs and upper science courses at my state university. I'm going todo whatever it takes to ace them this time, but if an SMP woud do more for methan just imprve my undergrad gpa then I would rather go that route. The only issue is the cost, which isn't a dealbreaker, but I'd rather not pay for the SMP if there's a better way. I just really don't have a clear idea of where to go from here
  8. Goro

    Goro Account on Hold Account on Hold 7+ Year Member

    Concur strongly here, and want to add that you're solid for any DO school. Good luck!

  9. 411309

    411309 zzzz

    Jul 17, 2011
    +1, apply. 35 mcat? if you apply wisely and early and arent super picky ill bet you get in somewhere as long as your other factors are fine.
  10. DolFAN

    DolFAN 7+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    This HAS to be a troll

    3.5 gpa and 35 MCAT and you're worried? You are everything I hate about SDN
  11. ben kenobi

    ben kenobi 5+ Year Member

    May 24, 2012
    Chill out. It's easy to come on sdn and get intimidated by people saying you have to have a mid 30's MCAT and a 3.8 to even have a decent chance. Those are the people you should get upset at.

    And to the OP, as long as you have taken upper level coursework in the prereq subjects and done well I'm sure you will be fine. Like someone else said, your MCAT proves you are smart, you will just need to prove to the adcoms that you are motivated/not lazy. Your upward trend speaks a lot toward that.
  12. Haislip

    Haislip Hot to Trot 7+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2010
    Adventure Time
    Yeah SDN is full of neurotic gunners. Average is considered laughable to some on here. You are fine kid

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