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3.8 cGPA from state school, 517 MCAT, low clinical experience

Asked 5 months ago by Guest (120 points)

I have a 3.8 GPA and 517 MCAT, but not much clinical experience. What schools could be realistic with this?

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Answered 5 months ago by mark-ER (6700 points)

Are you applying this cycle or next cycle?  What's the tier of your undergrad/major combination (some schools notoriously grade inflate, and some majors are harder than others)... that being said, for a middle-of-the road state school U, and a typical biology major those are reasonable stats that should get you into at least a middle-tier allopathic (MD) school -- so for most places, that means your state school, or mid-lower tier private school, perhaps with the right letters/personal statement/motivation even a top tier school (one caveat being california, which is notoriously more difficult).  

If you're applying for this cycle (to start in 2019), you are behind the ball -- apply NOW, as in TODAY, since most medical schools have rolling admissions and apply broadly to 25-35 schools, because you are so late.  If you are applying for the next cycle (2020), then you can improve your profile with clinical volunteering/research and could be more selective, applying to 3-5 top tier (top 20 USNWR) schools, 5-10 middle tier schools and 5 or so lower tier and in-state schools, for a total of about 15-18 schools.  Good luck.

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