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    SGU, GPA, & Older

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    How does SGU view the "older" potential med student (40'-50's). Are many at that age sucsessful in gaining admittance? WHat's the average GPA of the most recent entering class? Is the undergrad GPA and MCAT the primary things they look at? Or are there other factors that are as strongly considered.
    Is there a minimum GPA and MCAT they will accept?
    I'm assuming I'd need to return to school and pickup Pre-med classes as it's been a number of years since I graduated. This would put me in my 50's. Will my age be a factor at that stage? I've always assumed that stateside schools wouldn't be favorable, even if I managed to nail a 3.4-3.5. ( not super high but good) with decent MCAT scores >28.0
    If SGU does not view the older, "nontraditional" premed favorably, then are there other schools that do?
    I welcome serious suggestion and comment
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    SGU looks at the overall picture. I remember in my class there were several "non-traditional" students who were older one or two might have been around 40-50 range. SGU will look at grades. MCAT. LOR. and work and life experiences. Apply and see what happens. Good luck. As far as GPA SGU accepts students from 3.0-4.0 and MCATs from 20 and up. These arent set in stone and depending on other aspects of your application they may give you a chance.

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    SGU, GPA, & Older

    Quote Originally Posted by R2
    How does SGU view the "older" potential med student (40'-50's). Are many at that age sucsessful in gaining admittance? WHat's the average GPA of the most recent entering class? Is the undergrad GPA and MCAT the primary things they look at? Or are there other factors that are as strongly considered.
    Is there a minimum GPA and MCAT they will accept?
    I'm assuming I'd need to return to school and pickup Pre-med classes as it's been a number of years since I graduated. This would put me in my 50's. Will my age be a factor at that stage? I've always assumed that stateside schools wouldn't be favorable, even if I managed to nail a 3.4-3.5. ( not super high but good) with decent MCAT scores >28.0
    If SGU does not view the older, "nontraditional" premed favorably, then are there other schools that do?
    I welcome serious suggestion and comment
    R2
    NIm is basically right. Age at some point is an issue, but there are always folks in their 40's around. And certainly some have gone in their 50's and 60's.
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    Advice re SGU

    Thanks for your input. Your advice lines up pretty well with what I've been thinking regarding GPA's, class work, etc
    I've considered re-taking many, (if not all), of the Pre-med classes. I spoke with a Pre-med counselor at a local college who said I may not have to repeat all of it, just some of the more advanced classes such as Organic chem.
    But it seems to me, with a transcript as old as mine, an admissions committee would want some good fresh work to look at. Not just see a couple things repeated. I've also heard that with some schools, there is a time limit as to how old grades and undergrad class work can be before they will no longer consider it. That could be either good or bad depending on you perspective, and the school your trying to get into. Bad from the standpoint of time and money spent trying to get ready to go to med school. Good if it means that they'll only be looking at recent, (and hopefully much better) academic work. Especially if your MCAT scores are decent. You may have a bettter chance of admission.

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