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What’s a good GPA/MCAT combo for acceptance to medical school—3.7/511?

By | May 9th, 2017|AMCAS Application, MCAT Prep|

A GPA MCAT combo of 3.7/32 will give you a 75% chance of at least one acceptance. But there's a lot of anecdotal evidence that with lower numbers on both fronts (a 3.6/30) you could still get through with great ECs, LORs, and an excellent personal interview!

Writing a personal statement: these are big DON’Ts!

By | May 9th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

Here are some suggestions: avoid generalities, maintain a good tone, don't get political, and don't revisit grades or test scores.

How important is my science GPA vs cumulative GPA to medical schools?

By | March 13th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

Your science GPA (sGPA), or BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics and math) score is going to be critical to your application, for obvious reasons. Here are some ways to calculate, and raise yours.

Non-science major as a pre med: is there an advantage or disadvantage?

By | November 29th, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

Medical schools will take an extra long look at someone who is well-rounded, in addition to having good grades. You don’t have to choose a non-science major as a pre med to be well-rounded. There are various ways to spice up your application, and a non-science major is only one option for diversifying your application. [...]

Are there med schools with minimum GPA requirements, and if I don’t meet it, will they automatically reject me?

By | March 16th, 2016|Medical School|

But while med schools love good numbers, but they're also looking for a package deal: an applicant who's well-rounded, with stellar references, a "balanced" MCAT score, good EC's, and a successful personal interview.

Does going to an Ivy League undergrad school guarantee me acceptance to medical school?

By | January 5th, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

Here's what really matters: your GPA (3.6 or above), your science GPA (3.4 or above), your MCAT (31 or above), your extracurriculars (ECs), letters of recommendation, research opportunities and valuable shadowing experiences—oh, and of course, whether or not your mom or dad is a huge benefactor at your chosen school! (Kidding on that last one...but it doesn't hurt!) The scores above trend pretty high, and are what you'd need to have top-notch prospects of acceptance to a top-tier school.

Will a DUI keep me from attending medical school?

By | January 2nd, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

This may be a question you should ask yourself before getting into any car, ever, after drinking. However, and fortunately, one DUI or misdemeanor charge will most likely be ignored by most medical schools. That said, a pattern of behavior demonstrated by more than one offense would be looked at more seriously. Adcoms are real people! [...]