I’m choosing MD schools to apply to this coming application cycle and I’m looking for schools that are open to accepting those with low GPAs with gpa redemption/come-back stories and also those that look favorably upon non-traditional students. I graduated from a large state school back in 2008 with a dismal 2.70 gpa and 2.0 sgpa (F in Biology and Society). I just completed a part-time career-changer postbac for the past three years. I finished with a 3.65 GPA and a 31 MCAT in the postbac while taking all of the pre-med reqs for the first time. But my overall cgpa is still only 2.97 and my sgpa is now 3.38.
I have the other important aspects covered for my application - clinical and non-clinical volunteering, research and shadowing. Will address immaturity and lack of motivation in college in my personal statement. I believe I have stellar letters (don’t we all?) It’s just my GPA that stands out. Starting in August and during my application cycle I will be enrolled in an SMP program where I will take medical school classes alongside med students (a true SMP). However, the schools won’t be able to see my initial grades until late in the year and I will be relying mostly on my current application for getting me in.
I am prepared to submit my AMCAS on the first day it opens next month to ensure an early application. I believe I’ve done almost everything I can, within reason, for someone in my situation to get into medical school but I need help with perhaps the most crucial part of the cycle – making my list of schools to apply to. I want to apply to ~20 schools in the lower-middle tier range.
I’ve come across a few schools in my perusing that are accepting of low GPA/non-trad friendly schools but I need your help with adding to my list!!!
Here a few schools that I’m targeting (besides my state school and SMP host school) –
I think if you completed the SMP year with stellar grades and then applied to med school, you’d have significantly more options.