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Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by SClENCE, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. SClENCE

    SClENCE 2+ Year Member

    May 5, 2014
    From LA to the bay
    I'm not sure if I will get instantly rejected my most schools or receive interviews as my stats are all over the place.

    3.05 GPA with Degree in Biology and Chemistry minor

    I have one W on my application (Calc 2) and two retakes (D+ to a B in ochem 1 and a C+ to A in micro).
    I have a C in biochem 1 and 2, physics 1, A&P 2, vert zoology, and ochem 2

    A's in calc and all of the basic science/chem classes like ornithology, botany, cell bio, gen chem, etc. GenEds are all A's/B's

    My entire senior year of college I would have had a 4.0 if it wasn't for C's in biochem 1&2. Had a 4.0 my first semester of my freshman year. My sophomore year was TERRIBLE

    My PCAT:

    Verbal - 87
    RC - 86
    Chem - 93
    Bio - 79
    Quant - 72
    Comp - 90

    I am currently working 30+ hours a week as a pharmacy tech at CVS with 5 months experience

    I'm looking into applying to Ohio State and then several "lower tier" schools
    Do I fall within the competitive range? Am I a long shot? I know my GPA is below average for EVERY school while my PCAT is above competitive for EVERY school so i'm not sure what to expect
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2014
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  3. gwath


    Aug 21, 2014
    You sound really competitive. I wouldn't worry if I were you. You're definitely getting in somewhere.

    Your GPA is weak, but your PCAT balances that.
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  4. PharmDCandidate2014

    PharmDCandidate2014 Organ Donor

    Oct 24, 2014
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    You'll be fine.

    In-state schools tend to be more competitive: 3.0 GPA, 80 PCAT seem to be the norm there according to PharmCAS.
    For-profit/private schools are much more lax with academic requirements: 2.4 GPA, 50 PCAT is about the norm.

    Your CV is strong and has some good, quality experiential work there.

    Good luck!
  5. kaidou1412

    kaidou1412 2+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2012
    Durham, North Carolina
    ergh what? 2.4 GPA with 50 PCAT is norm? is this academic requirement for pharmacy tech?
  6. oldstock

    oldstock Banned Banned

    Mar 12, 2014
    if you look at past posts here in this forum, you might see that 10s-20s percentile on the PCAT and GPA like 2.0s do get in a lot of good places (e.g. U of Arizona)...

    from what I have seen, 3.os GPA is considered a "competitive" score now, so is 50 percentile on the PCAT.
  7. Digsbe

    Digsbe Pharmacist 5+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    I don't know of any school where the norm is a 2.4GPA and a 50 PCAT. That might be a minimum req for not having an app thrown out but I don't know of any school where that is the average. Heck, if you kept that kind of GPA in pharmacy school many programs would put you on academic probation.

    I go to a private school and our average is around ~3.3 with a 65+ PCAT. Average means that some are higher while others are lower, with a 3.05 I'd say you are probably still competitive in most programs. If your transcript shows wide GPA disparity you may want to be able to explain why certain semesters were a struggle. I had a year where my Ugrad GPA wasn't what I wanted because my grandmother was sick and passed away (dropped a calc class) and I was working ~20 hours a week.
  8. tbear15


    Oct 9, 2014
    A person with a 2.4 gpa & 90+ pcat OR >3.5 gpa& 50 pcat may get accepted into pharmacy school, but it's ridiculous and unbelievable if you say a 2.4 GPA & 50 PCAT is about the norm.
  9. SouthStudent31

    SouthStudent31 2+ Year Member

    Sep 10, 2014
    South Florida
    I have a 3.0 in my Sci/Math and have been through some abnormal hardship, I hope I do well enough on the PCAT to get in somewhere, I've spoken to some colleagues of mine and to some of their friends that pre-acceptance had lesser grades than I and a few with hardly any experience. also some of them had PCAT scores ranging from 50-70max soooo... even with all that I'm still nervous about getting in somewhere :annoyed: :cyclops::oops:
  10. Sgriz97


    Oct 7, 2014
    Your PCAT score is pretty strong, so that will balance out your GPA. You also have a decent amount of experience working in a pharmacy, which is good. I have no doubts that you will get in somewhere. Good luck!!!
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  11. SClENCE

    SClENCE 2+ Year Member

    May 5, 2014
    From LA to the bay
    Thanks for the replies. I'm not really sure what the one guy was talking about but obviously a 2.4 and 50 PCAT won't get you in anywhere.

    I was just asking about my stats - I'm pretty hopeful though I still need to get my LORs so I will probably not be able to apply until end of November when my PCAT is final and my LORs are in
  12. RxStudentatUB

    RxStudentatUB 2+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2014
    Pharmacy school isn't too competitive nowadays, so I like the OP's chances of getting in to a school, as long as applications are sent to more than one school.
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  13. bubblesoccer

    bubblesoccer 2+ Year Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    I'm also applying to Ohio State, it's my first choice and I'm worried I won't get an interview. my stats: 3.37 GPA and 76 PCAT (with a 95 on the chem section), I do have 2 years of pharm tech experience (which would be the only reason I would get in considering my stats aren't very competitive)... You would definitely get into NEOMED and other schools because your PCAT is very high. However, for OSU you never know, I heard of some students getting in with 2.8-3.0 GPA's so they must've had high PCAT scores like you.
  14. Mur7ay

    Mur7ay 2+ Year Member

    May 24, 2013
    Your stats are fine just apply to multiple school
  15. Mur7ay

    Mur7ay 2+ Year Member

    May 24, 2013

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