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awful gpa

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:34 am
by massMD
I'll cut to the chase. My gpa is reeealy bad. 2.2. My mcat is decent at a 28, and I have 200 voulinteer hours. Another bonus is that I took a whole bunch (12 or so) 300-400 level bio classes. Do I have ANY hope of getting into any school? just applied to ross, auc, st matthews, saba, and mua.

Re: awful gpa

Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:58 pm
by maladdy85
Maybe. I got into saba January semester with a terrible GPA (2.2 cum, 2.7 science) and a decent MCAT (32O). However, I have 3 years of clinical experience, undergrad research with publication, good LORs from doctors and professors, and worked full time during undergrad. I was told by my interviewer that there is no way someone with my GPA would normally be accepted, but the rest of my application made them "curious" about me. So, do the best you can to make the rest of your application stellar and you never know, they may be curious about you too. Good luck!

Re: awful gpa

Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:29 pm
by AL_emt
How do you feel about doing a second bachelors or perhaps a decent post-bac (considering your MCAT)?

Re: awful gpa

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:05 am
by AphtaLyfe
AL_emt wrote:How do you feel about doing a second bachelors or perhaps a decent post-bac (considering your MCAT)?


There are post-bac programs that take people with 2.2 gpas?

Re: awful gpa

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:15 pm
by AL_emt
Post-bac doesn't necessarily have to mean a special "premed only" type of program. Any undergrad coursework taking after graduation is considered post-bac by AMCAS (as of this app cycle, which is when MY post-bac work went through). The two PB programs I did (which weren't for premed, but helped just the same) didn't even look at the GPA/MCAT (because they aren't "premed" programs); they just required admission to the University (which requires a 2.0 I believe to be unconditional). 1 year and 67 s/h later, my AMCAS cGPA is 3.9 and my sGPA is 4.0. So there you go.

Sure, a fancy med-school prep PB would be great, but you have to work with what you've got. If you can't do an SMP, do another short program (plenty of science programs/medical tech stuff do not require an MCAT or GPA above that required for normal admittance). To the OP, look around at your local institutions; the key to getting your GPA up is to do more undergrad coursework, and do it well. Period.