What do you call the medical student that finished last in his graduating class?
That is a joke that I heard from my grandfather and even though it is a little goofy, it is true. Not all of us are great at school. Perhaps you try hard but just never feel confident that you get it, maybe you get it but you don’t test well, maybe you have a distracting semester that really makes your GPA bottom out. Whatever the case may be for you, the reason you are reading this is because you want to know what to do when your GPA is lower than you feel it needs to be.
Before I get into anything too deep here I want to preface by saying that you need to find out what the school that you are applying to considers low. Every school is different, so what you may think is low, the school may consider within their accepted range.
So if you have grades that are a little lower than you would like them to be, take a look at these three options to consider when applying to medical school with a low GPA.
A postbac program could be the right choice for you if you need to take some required science classes or you are looking to demonstrate that you can perform well in advanced science classes. If you choose to go this route, please remember that all of your previous courses will still need to be reported in your GPA.
Special Master’s Degree Programs
This is a nice way for those students who just aren’t confident in their grades to get into their favorite medical school yet. Not only will you be given the opportunity to get your GPA where you would like it to be, but some of these programs have been known to get their students interviews at the medical school.
Take Some Time Off
The average age of students entering medical school is now 24. This means that there are plenty of students applying into their late 20’s. Medical schools won’t shy away from you because of your age, in fact they tend to love more mature students. This can show them that you took some time and really learned from your previous mistakes. Also, the added time off will help you go out and find opportunities to create a more competitive application.
Since this one won’t really help you out with your GPA, I am separating it from the others. Your personal statement will go a long way in helping forward your candidacy if you have a lower GPA.
Your personal statement will give you complete control over what your potential school sees. A compelling personal statement may help you get the chance even if your GPA isn’t as good as it needs to be.
If you have fallen behind and are looking to get your grades back to where you want them to be, try out my Save My GPA course designed to help you improve those low grades of yours.
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