So I'm a non-trad student attending Reed College. Reed is known as a decent school, and is great for the Graduate school circuit. They also claim to be good for med school admission, but here's the kicker: There is no grade inflation at Reed. Most exams in the professor's words are designed so that scoring above a 70-80 is impossible without outside knowledge of material. Reed says they send a letter explaining the lack of grade inflation to med schools, but the fact that the average GPA at Reed is a 3.2 has me quaking in my boots. Reed requires Jr. Oral Qualifying exams, and a senior thesis. I am hoping to complete my thesis in neuroscience, and am currently a licensed EMT-Basic, who will work this summer.
A lot of threads on here bash people with a <3.5 GPA and I'm wondering, what about people who attend schools without grade inflation? Is an original thesis, EMT work, scribe work, good interview, and a great MCAT score enough to make up for a 3.0-3.2 GPA? (After Reed I'm confident I can do well on the MCAT, classes here are brutal) I'm really worried and feeling like I should transfer again to a state school where the classes would be easier, but it seems counterintuitive in a way, because I like being challenged. But I don't want my application thrown out just because my school doesn't inflate grades. Do I stand a chance? Has anyone out there been in this position? I don't have a B average at *InsertGenericPartySchool*. Will med schools pay any attention to this? I keep getting such conflicting info from alumni and people!