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    dont go crazy on me WHat are my chances

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    i know i messed up big time in my undergrad. i am just looking for some opinions on my chances into mua or any other advice on any other schools that i might have a chance at.
    my undergrad gpa is around 2.3 because of me not taking school seriously at the time and prioritizing work over school(bad idea) . i have taken all the pre med required courses with C's or better. Mcat i also took while i was doing my undergrad without studying for it at all. my mcat score was a 18. it has been 2 years since i finished my undergrad and i have been working since in a completely different field and i have made good money but my desire to go to med school keeps pulling me back. sometimes just money isn't satisfying. now that i feel like i have matured alot more and will take my studies seriously. so Now i am finally ready to apply and take the next step. i heard some good things about mua but even if theres any other schools that you guys recommend for my grades plz let me know.

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    With that GPA and MCAT score, I doubt you would even get accepted to MUA's Pre-med program but that's about the only way you could get into MUA. But since I don't go there I can't be sure so don't rely on my words too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shahcity View Post
    i know i messed up big time in my undergrad. i am just looking for some opinions on my chances into mua or any other advice on any other schools that i might have a chance at.
    my undergrad gpa is around 2.3 because of me not taking school seriously at the time and prioritizing work over school(bad idea) . i have taken all the pre med required courses with C's or better. Mcat i also took while i was doing my undergrad without studying for it at all. my mcat score was a 18. it has been 2 years since i finished my undergrad and i have been working since in a completely different field and i have made good money but my desire to go to med school keeps pulling me back. sometimes just money isn't satisfying. now that i feel like i have matured alot more and will take my studies seriously. so Now i am finally ready to apply and take the next step. i heard some good things about mua but even if theres any other schools that you guys recommend for my grades plz let me know.
    First of all you need to learn to write proper English. No texting here please...it's annoying.

    Second, with the low GPA and MCAT you'll need to show the admissions committee (at any good school) that you can make it. To do that you'll need to rewrite the MCAT and/or take some additional science classes and perform great in those classes. Doing this you'll show them that you can succeed outside of the circumstances that you listed.

    Good luck!
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    Try joining one of the MS in Life Science programs that prepares you for medical school and then take the MCAT again. I know University of South Florida has very good program where you study the basic science courses for 1 year and you get to master some of the subjects that are taught in med school. It will also give you strong foundation to get into med school. Trust me, I am an average student like many other and with lot of handwork and determination we can make wonders. Don't be discouraged. Focus on your strengths. The fact you took MCAT and scored 18 proves you have determination to succeed. Give serious consideration for MS in Life Sciences program that you can use as the foundation for strengthening your basic sciences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summer2013 View Post
    Try joining one of the MS in Life Science programs that prepares you for medical school and then take the MCAT again. I know University of South Florida has very good program where you study the basic science courses for 1 year and you get to master some of the subjects that are taught in med school. It will also give you strong foundation to get into med school. Trust me, I am an average student like many other and with lot of handwork and determination we can make wonders. Don't be discouraged. Focus on your strengths. The fact you took MCAT and scored 18 proves you have determination to succeed. Give serious consideration for MS in Life Sciences program that you can use as the foundation for strengthening your basic sciences.
    Am I missing something here?

    Anyways, I'd rather you do what Siheg is recommending and apply to some other 2nd tier schools like AUA, UMHS, St. Eustatius, St. James, etc.
    Try to get at least the average (25) on your MCAT and raise your GPA closer to 2.5 and then apply to those schools. You will most likely be admitted to their post-bac programs and depending on your performance there, you could get admitted to their MD program. Not all is lost but with your stats right now, I doubt you could even get into their postbac programs. That's why I suggest you improve your scores and then apply.

    Good Luck

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    I graduated MUA in 2010. At the time I applied, I'm fairly sure that if you had the funding, you could get admitted, at worst to the pre-med program with your stats. Pretty sure that the climate back then was they needed income, and that's understandable. All Carib schools have higher drop out rates than U.S. based schools, because their admissions criteria are, obviously, less stringent. So they would let you try. I remember posts here of people with those stats getting in, but maybe it was to pre-med, which would be a good idea anyway. Their attitude was that it's on your dime, if you think you can make it. It would be good if some current MUA students could comment here because it may have changed to where their acceptance is lower, since they are clearly higher rated than in 2006 when I applied.

    I would contend that medical school is very hard, and it's a crazy long road, until you are done with residency, and it can be hard all the time in residency also. This is all assuming that you were only trying maybe 1/2 to 2/3 in undergrad to get 2.3? Medical school is obviously hard.

    And I disagree with having to have perfect grammar and punctuation, and spelling to post here. I'm here to communicate, not to prove my English skills.
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    I agree with SPODAT.

    You can get in.....but you may need to prove yourself by retaking the mcat or doing another year of undergrad. You don't want to test the waters at medical school and failing. If you fail at a off shore medical school and they dismiss you (which they do), you can always transfer to another lesser known medical school, but then your medical education starts looking like a joke and you may not get into residency anywhere.

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