Hi friends. I am a rising senior with a 2.5 GPA. I go to a top 10 university and there are several reasons its low. 1) A nine month long battle at Title IX 2) an autoimmune disease that manifested from the stress brought about by #1 and 3) the death of 2 friends and hospitalizations of 3 more. I don't like to make excuses, but the impact of those things in tandem made it difficult to perform academically.
This past quarter, I received a 3.2 even with a pandemic and a "weed-out" class for my major and I anticipate the upward trend will continue based on the classes I have selected. I have a GRE and MCAT in the 90th percentile, 3 years of research under my belt, several leadership positions, 2 research awards, as well as several professional certifications under my belt. Many programs state that they will not consider applicants under a 3.0 and I was wondering if that held true regardless of circumstance or improvement.
Do you suggest I only apply to programs that accept a 2.5? Do I apply to some that are more on par with my test scores but require a 3.0? Will programs overlook my GPA due to my strength in other areas, or will I need to speak on my experiences in undergrad?