Aug 19, 2015
Hello. This question is sort of unnecessary I suppose because I should be aiming for the highest score. I have a 3.4 cGPA and a 3.2 sGPA which is of course not very good for medical school. I have about 300 hours of clinical volunteering, 100 hours of nonclinical volunteering, not extraordinary but good potential recommendations, and 50 hours of shadowing. I've held two jobs as well although they were not related to the medical field but rather for financial purposes.

I know many people do suggest taking a gap year for various purposes if someone's GPA is low. My family's financial status isn't the most stable which is not something that is a disadvantage to me but just something I need to also consider. I did mess up me freshman year which is the reason for the GPA being so low.

I guess my true question would be: should I continue in my attempt for medical college? More than me, my parents have sacrificed a lot but there's no room for me to get sentimental and emotional since that won't bring in results in reality. I'd appreciate any advice/help. Please consider that I can't very well do Post-bacc or take an extra year of college. Medical school is where I want to be but I also want to be realistic before it's too late. Thank you.


7+ Year Member
Jun 10, 2010
Somewhere west of St. Louis
Fix the GPA before taking MCAT.

Consider either a post-bac or SMP, or do grade replacement for DO schools.


The Immaculate Catch
2+ Year Member
Jun 29, 2015
Medical Student
Well if GPA repair is out of the question/difficult then you're gonna have to gun for the 528 to be competitive at MD schools.

Realistically I think you have a shot if you get 515+.

As is well covered on this forum a 3.4/3.2 can mean very different things at different schools, ranging from nbd to being lethal. So check your school's historical stats.


2+ Year Member
May 5, 2015
Your GPA is competitive for DO schools. If you can't afford to do GPA repair and want to be a physician that is the best route to take. For DO's 60th+ percentile on the MCAT and you can be competitive.