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Hey there,

I am very glad to have found this forum today, and I am reaching out to you guys for some advice. I would like to know where you recommend I apply to post-bac programs...

I am a 2005 graduate from the University of Maryland, a 3.0 overall GPA, a degree in Business, and my SAT: 1170. I have been working for a year and have recently started volunteering at a local hospital, and I have very much enjoyed the experience thus far.

I would like to go to a school here in Maryland so I can live at home and save money. So far I have applied to Towson, and I hesitate to apply to Goucher because I know it is a highly selective program with few seats available. The only other option in Maryland is to do the Science in the Evening program at the University of Maryland, but I want to do a one year program.

Other schools near by are Bryn Mawr in PA and Rider in NJ. I also read here in the FAQ thread that there are programs up north that pretty much accept everyone who applies (SUNY Hunter?) any more info on those? I wanted to ask if anyone knows what the lowest GPA possible is in order to get into Bryn Mawr, I see they only take in 75 students each year...

I am nervous because I prematurely submitted my Towson application without putting enough effort into my essay I think. I pray it suffices.:(

I really appreciate any help! :thumbup: thx
 

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UPenn and Drexel also have programs in Philadelphia. I am in the Penn program and the pre-health program is very challenging, but doable if you are focused. Most people take two years to complete if they don't have the basic sciences and there a number of nice linkage options. It is also a little less competitive for admission than Goucher or Bryn Mawr.
 
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Thanks for the info Lshapley, I am filling out the app for Drexel now. It is an Evening Post-Bac premed program, so I guess that would allow me to have time to work, in order to pay for a place to live in PA. I am hesitant about the UPenn application (this is it, correct? http://www.sas.upenn.edu/CGS/postbac/premed/application.php ) it is 70 dollar application fee! jeez louise...

A big thank you Zagaza, very kind of you ! :)
 

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It is 70 dollar application fee! jeez louise...

Wait till you start paying the fees for med school applications!!!

Penn's program is in the evening too, but I would be leary about working full time during the day and taking classes at night. It is not impossible, but it will certainly make it harder if you are having to take your basic sciences for the first time. A full load (say Bio, Gen Chem and Physics) would be the equivalent of a full time job. I would say that this is about 50 hours a week including labs. I am only working one day a week with a full course load. Just my two cents.
 

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Johns Hopkins has a great postbac, but its also very small and the deadline has passed for this year, if you planned to start in the summer. Check the AAMC website, there's a list of postbacs.
 

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I ended up getting a rejection letter from Towson post bac yesterday, I am pretty disheartened by it. Anyone have any other advice on methods to accomplish the classes I need? :(

I think I was denied because of my C in Calculus, and C in Accounting...
 

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I ended up getting a rejection letter from Towson post bac yesterday, I am pretty disheartened by it. Anyone have any other advice on methods to accomplish the classes I need? :(

I think I was denied because of my C in Calculus, and C in Accounting...

Sorry to hear about Towson. That sucks.

You can always do an informal post bac at U of Maryland or some other convenient, non community college, school. You won't have the access to advising that you would get at a post bac, but it is doable. Many other people proceed this way to save money and in order not to move to someplace less convenient.
 

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You might have a shot at Columbia. I know that they take students with a 3.0. I'm not sure about the deadline though.
 
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