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Would someone please give me advice on my stats/chances at pharmacy school?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by lychee719, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. lychee719

    lychee719 Accepted Pharmacy Student 5+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    Hi everyone!
    I'm applying to pharmacy school for 2009 and I was wondering if you guys could give me an idea of my standing.
    I am applying to
    1. UCSF
    2. UCSD
    3. UOP
    4. USN
    5. Touro
    6. Western
    7. Oregon State

    I went to UCSD and my GPA is 3.66, but I got all B's in my organic chemistry courses. I think my science GPA is ~3.5. Also, I got a D in the final calculus course the first time I took it, but replaced it with an A. I have two W's and I took an average of 12 units per quarter because I was also working in a cell biology lab (4 years). I have been volunteering at a pharmacy since September 2007 and my only other EC is that I have volunteered at a cat shelter for 9 years. I am really stressing out because of the W's and the bad o-chem grades, so much that I'm having insomnia =P So I'd appreciate any input on my standing and chances to get into these schools.
    Thanks so much!!
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  3. lychee719

    lychee719 Accepted Pharmacy Student 5+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    Anyone? I don't know how much my lack of EC activities will affect me >.<
  4. shehsheh

    shehsheh 2+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2007

    Don't worry about the W's they shouldn't affect you at all. I think I had 2 or 3 W's... pharmcas ignores the W's... so they don't work against you. B's in O-chem are not bad at all... and the D shouldn't affect you either because you retook it and got an A. However, pharmcas will calculate your D into your GPA BUT on your supplemental applications you can show your higher grade and not the D... in fact most of the schools that I had applied to last year had a section in their supplemental that allowed me to show which courses I retook and they would recalculate my GPA by taking out the lower grade.

    Both of your GPAs are pretty good.. your lab work is great, awesome that you have volunteered in a pharmacy. And the cat shelter shows that you are involved in your community.

    Depending on how you do on your interviews, you should get into most of the schools that you applied to just based on your stats.... but KNOW that your stats are not everything!..... I've known a lot of people with amazing stats that looked great on paper but didn't get in because they didn't do well on their interview. Make sure you are prepared when the time comes.
  5. lychee719

    lychee719 Accepted Pharmacy Student 5+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    Thanks for the reply! =D
    That sucks that they include the "D" in the GPA, even though UCSD did not :(
    Is it really bad that I blush a lot when intimidated, no matter how hard I try to control it? >.<
  6. lessotto

    lessotto Battling senioritis 24/7 2+ Year Member

    Jan 18, 2008
    I blush a lot myself. After 3 interviews of blushing, stressing out, barely breathing, shaking, and giving answers that do not make any sense,,,,, I came in PREPARED for my last interview and did great. You need to be confident - then you will feel like on top of your game during an interview..... thus no blushing
  7. DoctorRx1986

    DoctorRx1986 10+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2008

    Lol, I laughed at how you gave out answers that made no sense at all. That's pretty funny. :laugh: What kind of answers would those be? Would you care to provide a question the interviewers asked and a non-sense response you gave? :)
  8. medicalCPA

    medicalCPA PhD to be Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    In lab
    You didn't ask me the above question, but at one interview I was asked "If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?" My first answer was, "My teeth!"

    Not good.

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