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Cal Poly Engineering into Pre-med

notmuch200notmuch200 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
edited April 2011 in Careers in Medicine
Will med schools around the nation including Harvard Medical School and Stanford Medical School know that a 3.3+ GPA is a very strong GPA at Cal Poly? Or will they see that 3.3 GPA and pass over for someone with a 4.0 GPA from a less rigorous university?

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Replies to: Cal Poly Engineering into Pre-med

  • ickglueickglue Posts: 283Registered User Junior Member
    Cal Poly is a very solid engineering school. The university's academic is rigorous and challenging.

    The issue is that there are Cal Poly Engineering students with 3.8+ GPA applying to Med schools as well. Not to mention there are 3.8+ GPA MIT/Princeton/Stanford and other tier 1 engineering graduates applying to Med schools.

    The medical schools you mentioned, Stanford and Harvard, have med school acceptance rate hovering around 2-3%. To stand a chance of getting in to either you need to be an ABSOLUTE academic star at your undergraduate, along with great school/social services record, outstanding recommendations, top top MCAT score, great in-person admission interview, and a great hook on why you want to be in medicine.

    A 3.3+ GPA at Cal Poly is respectable, but unfortunately (not to be harsh or discourage you), you were not the rock star within CP. Thus, it might be a long shot at the aforementioned institutions for medicine.
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