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

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Oallostavros, Aug 7, 2002.

  1. Oallostavros

    Oallostavros Member 7+ Year Member

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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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  3. Explosivo

    Explosivo blah! 7+ Year Member

    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. :)

    Good Luck !
     
  4. lola

    lola Bovine Member 7+ Year Member

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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
     
  5. Darth Vader

    Darth Vader Banned Banned

    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).
     
  6. GATC

    GATC Member 7+ Year Member

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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!!!
     
  7. longhorn

    longhorn Banned Banned

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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.
     
  8. Jumpu

    Jumpu Tiger Mom/Physiatrist 10+ Year Member

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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.:)
     
  9. T.A.M

    T.A.M Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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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.
     
  10. Adcadet

    Adcadet Long way from Gate 27 10+ Year Member

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

    oldman Senior Citizen 10+ Year Member

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

    Lady MD Member 7+ Year Member

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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 !
     
  13. deejayshakur

    deejayshakur Member 10+ Year Member

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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?
     
  14. Oallostavros

    Oallostavros Member 7+ Year Member

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    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.
     
  15. wolferman

    wolferman Member? 10+ Year Member

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    One would hope that they'd be so curious about the discrepancy that they'd invite you for an interview. :D
     
  16. Nirvana

    Nirvana Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    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
     

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