Gaining entrance into medical school can be a stressful and strenuous process. Your GPA is generally important when considering which medical programs to apply to, but it’s not quite as cut and dry as you might think. If you have a lower GPA than is standard for an application, take a look at some of these tips and tricks on how to get accepted into the medical school of your dreams.
Does Having a Low GPA Mean Medical School Will Never Happen?
Absolutely not! Thankfully, many other facts are taken into consideration such as extracurriculars, personal statements, and more. Schools will analyze every facet of your GPA to understand where you’re coming from. Your GPA is not black and white, and schools understand that at this point. It’s also important to remember that many “low” GPAs are based on perspective. What may be considered “low” for one school may work for another, so make sure to compare requirements per each program.
Four Ways to Compensate for a Low GPA
Ace Your Remaining Classes
If you still have time left in your undergraduate program, you have time to raise your GPA. By focusing on the finish line and putting all your effort into your studies, you can get your GPA back on track and show that you worked hard for it. You can also use these more recent grades on your statement to explain your previously low GPA and how you’ve dedicated time to raise that score. If you have the option, try to take all science and medical-related classes for this step, since this will show a proactive step towards medical school.
Consider Taking the MCAT
The Medical College Admission Test, or “MCAT,” can prove you’re ready for the heavy academic load that comes with medical school. While this test can be notoriously difficult to ace, a solid MCAT score (generally a 507 or above) can make up for a typically low GPA. Don’t be afraid to take the test more than once because medical schools will consider your upward trend. For further resources, The Princeton Review has several well-respected MCAT preparation courses at varying price points.
Take Formal Post-Baccalaureate Programs
A post-baccalaureate program, or “post-bacc,” is a program specifically for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and are interested in a health professions career. These structured programs can act as an “academic record enhancer” and bolster your resume. Many universities offer both online and in-person post-bacc programs, so research programs in your area and find one that’s right for you.
Be Honest and Explain Your GPA in Your Application
This one is a little self-explanatory, but honesty is the best policy. If you had genuine and unforeseen circumstances while in school, be honest and explain in your application. If courses in the liberal arts tended to drag down your GPA, contrast that with your scores in science-based courses. Be prepared to give explanations and try to showcase an upward trend in your studies.
What About AUSOMA?
AUSOMA understands that great doctors and great med students come in all shapes and sizes. While AUSOMA does require you to have a 3.0 to apply for the four-year med program, we also take your personal statement and other records into account for review. Unlike some universities, we don’t require an MCAT score for acceptance, and our simple and streamlined application process takes away some of the typical stress of the medical school entrance system.
Here at AUSOMA, you’ll immerse yourself in our competitive, accelerated curriculum to achieve your clinical goals. That’s why we’ll always put you first and make sure you’re getting the experience and personal attention that you need. Our wonderful staff is also here to help you take care of any problems before you step foot onto our campus.