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average jhu students' gpa

suhstacysuhstacy Posts: 192Registered User Junior Member
edited October 2010 in Johns Hopkins University
This might not be accurate, but I read it somewhere that the average gpa for undergraduates is about 3.3. I guess the school administrators know that johns hopkins is pretty rigorous, but do you think it will count against me if I get like a 3.0 gpa and I'm trying to apply for a med school?
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  • YanksDolphinsYanksDolphins Posts: 1,038Registered User Senior Member
    I think the average GPA is a little lower, closer to 3.2. That said, the students here that apply to and expect to get into top medical schools still have very high GPA's (at least a 3.8 I would think).
  • WealthOfInformationWealthOfInformation Posts: 2,022Registered User Senior Member
    I think the reality is that if you want to be a doctor, then a 3.0 is not competitive from undergrad whether it's Harvard, Hopkins or the University of Idaho. You really need to be in the 3.5+ range no matter where you go.
  • dadwondersdadwonders Posts: 157Registered User Junior Member
    Loads of Med Schools in the world....It will not get you into a top program, but in a lot of the country and world Hopkins=Doctors. I am sure there are programs out there that will take you with your 3.0 GPA.
  • AnouchiAnouchi Posts: 207Registered User Junior Member
    ^besides, an average doesn't mean that you will be the average. Don't let a figure discourage you.
    Balance it with the fact that 93% of JHU students got into medical school, 100% in the fields of Biophysics, Public Health, and loads of other majors Hopkins is renown for.

    A little inspiration: Johns Hopkins Gazette | November 10, 2008

    "Paulucci, a gifted athlete who plays the fullback position, also earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team accolades. The Manalapan, N.J., native and biomedical engineering major sports a 4.0 GPA."
  • WealthOfInformationWealthOfInformation Posts: 2,022Registered User Senior Member
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news... but for Allopathic medical schools (MD), non-minority students with GPA's of 2.80-2.99 were accepted at a rate of 13.5% and only slightly higher for 3.0-3.19 were accepted at 19.2% which is very low.

    This chart may be helpful but basically makes the argument that it is VERY hard to get into a US MD program with 3.0 or lower. Osteopathic and Caribbean medical schools are another story however and easier to gain acceptance.

    http://www.aamc.org/data/facts/applicantmatriculant/table24-mcatgpagridall2007-09.pdf
  • suhstacysuhstacy Posts: 192Registered User Junior Member
    I was just wondering about this because I can't imagine how smart these people are, but the average is 3.2. So, that means that classes are VERY rigorous? :)

    I think this kind of relates to the question of "should I take a regular class and get an A or should I take AP and get a C or something." because 4.0 from another school might be better than a 3.0 from johns hopkins (even though, of course, the knowledge you gain might be worthwhile).
  • AnouchiAnouchi Posts: 207Registered User Junior Member
    Most college's average GPAs are 3.2-3.4, with the exception of some really grade inflated colleges
  • YanksDolphinsYanksDolphins Posts: 1,038Registered User Senior Member
    In terms of elite private universities, Hopkins is one of, if not THE lowest in terms of average GPA. Even MIT, Caltech, Chicago, and Cornell are in the 3.3's. Perhaps this isn't much of a factor, but at Hopkins, an A+ is the same GPA-wise as an A. But the work here is very rigorous and you're going to have to put in the work. That said, there's no reason you can't get a 3.5 or higher.
  • al6200al6200 Posts: 1,579Registered User Senior Member
    I think Hopkins GPA holds higher weight. I know of a guy who got into Harvard Law (where GPA is a big factor, and the median is like 3.9) with a 2.8 from Hopkins.
  • WealthOfInformationWealthOfInformation Posts: 2,022Registered User Senior Member
    Also, the rigor of the coursework at Hopkins leads students to higher MCAT scores ... I think the average is around the 80-85th %ile (31 MCAT) which is VERY good.
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