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    tiger909 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    thinking about JAG/should i do it?

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    i have a 2.6 sGPA and a 29P from UCLA, am i competitive

    also i dont think ill find 2/3 teachers to offer me a recommendation, what can i do about that..

    and how typical is it to return to the states for 4th year rotations?

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    Tiger909,

    1) Your MCAT score is definitely competitive, so no worries there.

    In my opinion, your sGPA is low (i want to emphasize the opinion part. I explained in a previous post how its hard for us to know what GPA they want). Your school will help you though, as I think UCLA was ranked 25th last year nationally. It isn't super exclusive, but it is definitely a top tier school. Is your overall GPA higher than your sGPA?

    Considering both MCAT and GPA, I would say that yes, you are competitve. You're MCAT score helps make up for the low GPA. I know people who were admitted with stats similar to yours this year.

    2) You need LORs. Are you still taking classes in undergrad? If so, try to make connections with some of your professors over the next few months. Stop by office hours, chat with them after class, etc. You still have some time.

    3) The large majority of my classmates in first year are planning on returning to America/Canada. I unfortunately do not know the stats of previous classes who have already graduated. I heard a rumor that 16 of 19 Americans were able to get residency matches in the USA last year, but I don't know if it's accurate. Hopefully someone else will post, and answer that question.

    - Dan

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    In regards to 4th year rotations, I was led to believe that the 16/19 stat was just for one particular rotation (Rochester I think). It was not the match rate of the class.

    In any case, the majority of 4th year students do complete rotations in North America for first few months of the school year. Some don't come back until January of the 4th year, while others come back earlier - usually because of regulations regarding weeks spent away from your home school (ie NY)

    IMO your GPA is rather on the low side, however your MCAT score should help your chances. In terms of whether you'll get in or not...you'll never know unless you apply! Oh yea and start making new friends and get those LORs
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    tiger909 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    can i retake mcat in march and apply so that i can try after completing ochem?

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    You want to retake the MCAT because you haven't taken ochem yet? Your MCAT score is strong already though. I don't think I understood your question.

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    yeah dan, i want to know if april is too late to apply? I'll be done with ochem by then and maybe can get a 32+ to help offset my gpa. or am i good enough already?

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    I am not Dan, but I would apply as early as possible, just because they tend to cap their incoming classes.... That said I am in a similar situation as far as having Ochem done. I live in BFE, and scheduling is horrible, so I've had to get creative.

    I've got the basics down for the MCAT which I am taking in January, but as far as being done with the class, I am probably going to call/email them and see what they say.

    I.E. if I could apply while enrolled, send the rest of my transcripts, and then send final ones upon admission or something. I have asked them questions like that before more or less, just to be nosy.... and I have found them to be nice, receptive, helpful, and reasonably flexible so long as you communicate with them.

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    While the website states that applications are accepted until sometime in June, last year the majority of interviews (Chicago and Toronto) were held sometime in April, and thus applicants invited for interview would have to have applied before then.

    Don't quote me on this stat, but I heard that about 85% of the class was determined after these interviews, therefore your chances diminish greatly the later you apply.
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    Tiger909,

    April is not late.

    The interviews in Canada were done in mid-April, while the Chicago interviews last year were done in late May. My interview was on May 21st. As long as you apply early enough so that you get a spot for an interview, you will be fine (about two/three weeks before i think?)

    Another option for you is to do what I did: I took the MCAT twice. Once in January, and again in April. I applied to Jag in March with my first MCAT score, and told them that I was retaking the MCAT and will submit my second score to them once I get it.

    As for whether or not you should retake the MCAT or not, that is a matter of opinion that will vary among those who are on this board. I highly recommend just calling the school office in Krakow, and asking them what they think. Their opinion will matter much more than mine.

    If you have any other questions, ask away.

    - Dan

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    tiger909 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    thank you guys.... Dan I cant find the right number for Krakow, do you know how I can reach it?

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