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VCU: BS/MD program - Class of 2014 applicants

Daksh3Daksh3 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
This thread is to discuss the results of this year's guaranteed applicants (post your questions, stats, and whether you made it.

For me:

I was wondering if anyone with experience knows whether I have a chance of getting in?

My stats are:
I am a Canadian citizen living in VA.
SAT: 2150 (770 Math, 690 CR & Writing)
SAT II: 770 Chemistry, 700 Math I
GPA: 3.85 WEIGHTED (but I improved: 3.5 freshman, 3.9 soph, 4.3 junior)
AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A , AP Computer Science AB, AP English Lang./ Comp. -> all 5s, except for 3 on AP Eng Lang.
Senior classes:
* AP Biology, AP Physics C, AP Calculus AB, & AP English Lit., Human Anatomy, Oracle 1, Government.

But, the thing is I haven't volunteered at all at a medical related place -> but was an animal caretaker at a State Park for 4 years.

& a bunch of clubs (and a med related non-profit's P.R. Director).
- I didn't get a chance to mention this in my application so...

Do you think I can make it ?

Also, does anyone know when one hears back from VCU for interviews?
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Replies to: VCU: BS/MD program - Class of 2014 applicants

  • Daksh3Daksh3 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    Come on guys - chance me for this program!
  • baller2010baller2010 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Yo im a student in this program and they value your extra curricular activites more than your scores. Your scores look good but i would recommend that you improve your SAT a little more maybe another 50 points. Your GPA is pretty solid but a 3.9 to 4.0 is more preferred. Overall, honestly your chances are very low because you have no medical related experience. This program wants students who extremely motivated and who have gained as much exposure as possible. However, its worth a shot to apply because you never kno :). Good Luck haha
  • schriztoschrizto Registered User Posts: 4,099 Senior Member
    What's your unweighted gpa? A 3.85 weighted gpa would be considered low for med programs because most applicants to these programs have above 4.0 weighted.

    The little clinical experience would hurt, too.
  • Daksh3Daksh3 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    Yeah that's what's been worrying me - I have around a 3.6-3.7 GPA (but I'm banking on the improvement, upward trend) ... man my chances look bleak (but I REALLY want to get in)

    Also, does anyone know when one hears back about interviews (hopefully if I explain that I couldn't get internships & med related experience based upon my Canadian citizenship that I might help)
  • emiratesfan01emiratesfan01 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    this program is not worth it

    I still am trying to understand the point of this program making students take upper-level science courses, beyond the minimal requirments needed for VCU medical school of one year of general biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics... with those upper level science courses (while any major is acceptable), it kinda forces students to become biology majors as those upper level science courses fulfill degree requirements

    There are MANY MANY MANY students who go through normal admissions having taken only the minimal science requirements and pursue a major of their interest... And honestly, med schools dont care about whether an applicant has done upper level science courses.. this is not like college admissions, where the course curriculum is also looked at... Med schools ONLY care about grades in general bio, chem, orgo, physics, MCAT, and EC's.... in fact, I believe non-science majors who have taken only a year of bio,chem, orgo, and physics and did well in MCAT get preference over science majors (who have done tons of upper-level science and math courses) because they are able to prove they are well-rounded students

    And this program defeats the ultimate purpose of guaranteed admission programs... to allow a student to explore his/her interest having all ready been admitted to med school... but this program essentially forces students to become bio majors :/

    Secondly, VCU med school is not a ranked med school. both UVA and EVMS are regarded better med schools in VA. UVA is nationally ranked.. EVMS has a smaller class size and has I believe slightly higher MCAT than VCU

    VCU undergrad is on the fourth tier of US News I think.

    Honestly, there are many many many better guaranteed admission programs than VCU... And if you can't get in those, I would take a higher ranked college than this guaranteed program and apply through regular admissions

    this program just doesnt appeal to me... I went through normal admissions in college and got into med school... and i only did a year of general bio,chem,orgo, and physics
    did well on MCAT
    had good amount of EC's

    and did not have trouble getting into med school... and I had nowhere as good high school stats as you guys did, so if you get into say Brown/Brown Med GO!! Or any ranked medical school program say. But VCU/MCV... I would recommend going to a good 4 year college over this program and applying through regular admissions

    I am saying this as a premed who has gone through college. I dont think high school seniors really know this, as they all just get attracted to this program because of all the horror stories they hear about how hard it is to get into medical school and this program gives you a guaranteed admission from day 1... if you do well people in college, and apply broadly, chances are you will get in...

    And BTW, what is the GPA requirement to stay in this program? Because with your stats you can get into really get into great colleges, and if you get a 3.3 + GPA assuming you did well on MCAT, you can apply to just zillions of med schools...

    that is my recommendation
  • Daksh3Daksh3 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    Rejected - I blame it on the curse of whoever starts the thread for VCU gets rejected (lol). But, I did except it. Only my dream school left now ...
  • jschmoe7jschmoe7 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Accepted for interview.
    SAT: 2310
    GPA: close to 4.0 dont know exactly UW, 4.36 W
    360 hours hospital volunteering
  • MedNerd77MedNerd77 Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    Yeah I applied to VCU, but I'm not entirely sure if I want to go to this program. It seems like there are a lot of better ones out there now that I think about it.

    jschmoe7- did you hear about your interview via e-mail or phone?
  • jschmoe7jschmoe7 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    I found out through email.
  • MedNerd77MedNerd77 Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    Yeah I got my email too... apparently I got it a while back but hadn't responded, and the lady called my house! I still don't know if I want to go for this interview.. it's not even in my top 6 choices.
  • ssusanssusan Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    to: emiratesfan01
    Sorry to bother, but I really wanted to know if you can give me more information about applying to med school.
    I am planning to go to VCU as an undergraduate student (sophomore) and majoring in biology. I heard most students major in biology to get into med school and not all of them make it.

    English is my 4th language and I started to learn it 3 years ago. I have been to 3 different universities before going to VCU. My GPA's from all colleges are 3.5, 3.3, and 4.0. I have not taken any SAT or other tests yet. I am planning to volunteer at local hospitals and so for, I have done research and clubs.

    Most students who have made to med school have 4.0 or above GPA's. You said if students who have 3.3 GPA they still have chance? Have you worked at hospital or did a lot of research to get into med school? Do you think it is too late for me to plan med school? I know most American students start planning med school when they are in high school.

    Thank you so much for your time.
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