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Can I get into medical school with a 3.5 GPA?


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David’s Answer

Many medical schools require you to have at least a 3.0 minimum GPA to even consider applying to medical school. However, you probably need at least a 3.5 GPA to be competitive for most (if not all) medical schools. The average science GPA for MD matriculates is a little bit over 3.6 GPA. The B's won't really affect you, but you might be asked about that C+. A 3.5 GPA is still a good GPA, and coupled with a 3.9 GPA overall and that MCAT score, I think you would have a decent shot overall. Make sure all your science courses are above 3.5 GPA then you will be fine in applying for medical schools but don't forget once you are in the courses in medical school will not be as easy as in your undergraduate classes.

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Estelle’s Answer

A higher GPA gets you past the first set of cuts during the application process more easily. If you have a lower GPA, then you really need to shine on the MCAT, your personal statements, your letters of recommendation, and your personal achievements. You can definitely get into med school, but it is more challenging in the application process.

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Rachel’s Answer

Yes, there are students who gain admission to med school with a 3.5 GPA. However, this is significantly lower than the average GPA. You will need to do well on the MCAT, pursue volunteer opportunities, and show leadership.

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Richard’s Answer

You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.

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