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Would it be possible for me to get into medical school if I start out undergrad at a community college?

I was accepted to several respectable undergrad schools that I applied to, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, my family's financial situation has changed this year. If I attended my local community college (I would also be a part of their honor program, which guarantees that my credits will transfer to 50+ universities and they will work with any others I am interested in to see what will transfer.), I would be able to complete my first two years of undergrad debt-free. However, I'm worried that when the time comes to apply to medical schools, they would look down on me for this. Considering the competitiveness of medical school admissions, would this be worth it? #medicine #pre-med


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Richard’s Answer

This is a great way to save money! The admissions committee will understand that the community college to 4-year university track is appropriate for many students.

Study hard and take your community college classes seriously. 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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Paul’s Answer

While I am not in the medical field myself, I know for a fact that plenty of students start off in community college, transfer to a 4-yr program, and then go on to great schools to further their education either in business, medical, or law. BUT you have to maintain a very high GPA to be taken seriously. Therefore, in my opinion, it is not impossible to do but you have to understand that you will have to be very diligent in your studies. You want the admissions department at the medical school to overlook the fact that you started off at community college and instead focus primarily on what you did while you were in school.


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Estelle’s Answer

Of course! My son spent his first year of college at a community college then went to a larger university. He is graduating from medical school this month. Community college is a great way to step into college courses and prepare for the work and course loads. You can save money an focus on making great grades.

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Rachel’s Answer

Absolutely. Many students supplement their degrees with classes from a community college, even if they do not exclusively attend a CC for the first two years. It is a great way to get a great education for less money.

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Andredell’s Answer

Absolutely! You could have an opportunity probably to save money and strengthen your grades. As long as your GPA and MCAT scores are strong, honestly I don't see where that is a hindrance. Best of luck to you!


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