Where should people with a 3.3 GPA, 31 MCAT, and good ECs apply?

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Hey all,

I'm looking at a 3.3 GPA from Case Western Reserve University and a 31 MCAT, with good ECs, but not so spectacular letters of recommendation. Got any suggestions for schools?


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Apply to about 20+ schools especially your state schools and those schools outside your state that take a large proportion of their class from out of state. In addition their stats should be relatively close to yours. Include a few reach schools as well but not too many, maybe 3 or 4. Write an excellent personal statement and get your applications in as early as possible-especially the secondaries and the LORs. Then pray like hell. :)

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i agree with explosivo. plus you should add a couple of schools you REALLY want to attend even if you don't seem very competitive. if it's john's hopkins you may be wasting your money, but if it's a top 10-30 school, you might as well try. some schools to consider:

George Washington
Boston U
Medical College of Wisconsin
Albany
New York Medical College
Finch/Chicago med
Jefferson
Temple U
U Vermont
Saint Louis University
MCP Hahnemann
Penn State
 

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You should either apply to some DO schools or be prepared to spend a year off improving your application. You will need to apply to a higher then average number of schools (I would aim for 25 or so).
 

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I dont think he needs to apply to DO schools. I think that if you have a good personal statement and some good ECs, you will have no problems getting in. Don't sell yourself short. If you want to apply to top schools, you might as well. You only get one chance to go through this process and you dont want to look back and think what if. Go for it and good luck!!!
 

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The guy has a 31 on his MCAT he WILL get in somewhere. Don't listen to the person who said go to DO school. If your recs are bad you might wanna take a year off and work on them along with your ECs. BUT, I think you will get in this cycle.
 

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Gee I hope that's true. I'm kinda in the same boat. I have a 3.3 and a 33 on the MCAT. And I haven't apply to any DO schools.:)
 

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Your numbers place you slightly below the middle of the pack, but they are good enough for many MD and DO schools but not the Harvards, Penns and Johns Hopkins of the medical world. Just make sure you write some good personal statements and apply to several schools. You should get a few interviews. Be certain that you are prepared to give good answers about any weaknesses on your record.
 

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if those LORs aren't good, you can prolly kiss your chances goodbye. PM me and I'll explain.
 

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Originally posted by Oallostavros
Hey all,

I'm looking at a 3.3 GPA from Case Western Reserve University and a 31 MCAT, with good ECs, but not so spectacular letters of recommendation. Got any suggestions for schools?


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how come your LORS are not spectacular? why did you ask those people for them?
 

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Oallostavros,

I agree that you probably don't have to consider the DO route just yet. Here are some MD schools that you should try:

Alabama
Florida
Ohio State
Tufts
Tulane
Vanderbilt
Wake Forest
Wayne




And I also agree that you should try for some top schools like Harvards and Hopkins, just for the kick. You never know. :)

GOOD LUCK !
 

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what about a 3.3 and say, oh, a 40 mcat? just wanna know your thoughts... what would adcoms think about the mcat/gpa discrepancy?
 

Oallostavros

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Originally posted by oldman
how come your LORS are not spectacular? why did you ask those people for them?
I just assume that with only a 3.3, they can't be that good. I mean, they know me well and all, but I can see them saying much about someone with a 3.3.
 

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Originally posted by deejayshakur
what about a 3.3 and say, oh, a 40 mcat? just wanna know your thoughts... what would adcoms think about the mcat/gpa discrepancy?
One would hope that they'd be so curious about the discrepancy that they'd invite you for an interview. :D
 

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Originally posted by T.A.M
Your numbers place you slightly below the middle of the pack, but they are good enough for many MD and DO schools but not the Harvards, Penns and Johns Hopkins of the medical world.
I don't know about his background, but those stats are good enough for the Penns and Hopkins if he's a minority and if his recs aren't bad....

Oallostavros - Definitely apply to at least 20 schools. The schools that others suggested are good.

Also try...

Miami
MCP/Drexel
Cincinatti
Vermont