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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by cruton9, Dec 25, 2011.
What is your home state (which I ask to see how lenient any in-state schools might be for you)?
Do you have any As in upper-level Bio and Biochem (to prove your capability in med school-like coursework)?
Have you considered taking additional postbac classes in upper-level Bio and Biochem to raise your BCPM GPA?
1) Alas, then there are no lenient in-state schools for you.
2) Yes, if California "rules" allow it.
3) If you take additional undergrad coursework, it is listed under a separate designation named "Postbac" on the AMCAS application (right below senior year grades), but it is included in the cumulative undergrad GPA calculation the same as if you had taken a fifth year of college.
1) Generally, i would say, aim for the acceptee averages of 3.67cGPA/3.61BCPM. But another year of full time A-grades wouldn't get you there. Fortunately, it isn't just about the numbers, it's also about trend. Since your GPA took a dive, adcomms need convincing that you are capable of consistent excellent work. Ideally, I'd like to see two more terms of 3.7+ (higher is better), but maybe one more term would do. What is the highest your BCPM could reasonably go to by June 2012? What about by June 2013?
2) Recall that these graphs are based on cGPA and MCAT alone, and do not not take BCPM into account. Of course you have a chance, especially if your ECs are stellar, since your MCAT score is strong. But your chance will be far better with another term of straight As in science on the transcript, folowed by perhaps a fall (2012) update of more similar postbac grades.