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    shine098 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Hope to join AUA...

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    What are those BIO courses? BIO 310 and 339. Are the BIO TR repeat of those BIO you failed. These are not impressive GPA's. The D and F in science classes maybe a problem.

    You may need to take some other science courses such as Biochem, molecular bio, etc to boost your application. Good Luck
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    No one on this forum is on the admission committee. Just go ahead and apply now and see what they say. Since AUA is a new school, they will mroe than likely tell you what they think you need to do, if you're not accepted into the med school program. Oh and with your credit score you'll have no problem getting a loan by yourself.

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    I doubt you can get in with that GPA. Also you need to have at least a C in all science classes. I would hold off on the MCAT until your life is situated.
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    I would strongly recommend you finishing your degree. You have some very good grades, but you also have some very bad grades - nothing you don't already know. As one of the posters said, take some other upper-level science classes if not done so already, such as biochem, immunology, parasitology, mammalogy, food microbiology, histology, eukaryotic molecular genetics, endocrinology, etc. If you go to a state school, you usually have a lot of upper-level bio classes to your disposal. Take a lot of upper level sciences, do very good in those, and then you have something to say and show to the AUA interviewer.

    When I first went to college over a decade ago my grades were far from perfect. Well, I decided to get another college degree four years ago, and at the same time completely started new with my grades/GPA. I got nearly all A's in the four years I was in college for my last degree. Although my grades from my first degree were not averaged into my new(er) GPA, the grades were still present on my transcript. Yes, I do have a new degree with mostly A's, but I was able to show that I changed and was willing to work hard.

    My point is that you still have that chance. You have 90 hours, which means you have between another 20 and 30 hours to go before fulfilling your degree requirements. Make the last of your classes count.

    One thing my research mentor told me years ago is:

    You can go to prison, have a felony on your record, and that is quite bad. But if you received an F in a college course, that too will stay with you the rest of your life. Yes, when you go for a job interview, the possible employer will be concerned about you having a felony charge, but they will be far more concerned about an F on your college transcript.

    I strongly recommend you complete your college degree, and do very well in the classes at the same time. Then apply, and I see your chances being quite good.

    Just one more year, so do not get ahead of yourself. Finish undergrad.

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    If you haven't repeated the courses you got D/F in then that's the first thing you need to do asap. Once you have, then you can apply to AUA after taking the MCAT. Your science GPA will go up quite a bit if your school replaces grades as will your overall GPA (which needs improvement). Even with your current grades you probably have a shot at other schools like Windsor and St. Eustatius but if I were in your place, I'd retake those classes that you have an outstanding D/F grade in, finish your bachelors and then apply to AUA. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwpegues View Post
    One thing my research mentor told me years ago is:

    You can go to prison, have a felony on your record, and that is quite bad. But if you received an F in a college course, that too will stay with you the rest of your life. Yes, when you go for a job interview, the possible employer will be concerned about you having a felony charge, but they will be far more concerned about an F on your college transcript.
    This has not been my experience in my 20 years of employment prior to coming to AUA. I flew jets for the military, worked at General Electric, a dotcom, and for the White House Advance Team, and I've never had one person ask me about my lackluster undergrad performance during an interview or any other time. Not saying it can't happen, but my employers were not the least bit concerned about it. Just another point-of-view to consider. But rest assured you will have to defend your GPA during an admissions interview. Academia is a whole other ball of wax.

    Do stay and finish your degree. Sage advice from dwpeques. That way you always have the degree to fall back on.

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    advanced bio classes are better. Good Luck

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    jgilbert63, i was kinda referring to academia. many a people get d's and f's in college and they do not have to explain such grades a lot of the time, just as you explained. grades are not the end of the world. i do agree with you, but i was really trying to make a point in respect to studying on the graduate level. sorry about my mistake in explanation. was trying to make a point but yes, i think an undergrad degree is very important.

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