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Hello,

 

I graduated with a very low GPA due to nothing but poor study habits.  After retaking a few classes since graduating, I've raised my CASPA cGPA to 3.3 and sGPA to 3.1. Because this is still very low compared to the average accepted PA applicants, I expect to get a lot of rejections from many schools.

 

With Western U's grade replacement, my cGPA is 3.48, sGPA is 3.52, and pGPA is 3.56! This puts me around the average of the school's accepted applicant stats. My question is, will the grade replacement really put me on the same playing field as people who have CASPA GPAs of ~3.5, all else being equal? Will it prevent my application from being automatically discarded and help give me a shot at an interview? I have ~1100 as a Medical Assistant

 

Any feedback/advice/encouraging anecdotes would be appreciated. This school is my top choice -  I absolutely loved the environment during my visit and I know an awesome PA who graduated from here (the one I'm getting the letter from!). 

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Grade replacement helped me to get in Western. I think I had like 3 classes that I took over. All off my retakes were As if that matters. You just need to get to an interview and do your thing. They seem to look at the application as a whole. Just work on a stellar personal statement.

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You seem to be in the right track. I don't remember my GPAs but if I recall correctly, they were similar to yours, maybe slightly higher.

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Don't expect rejection! Be positive and put YOUR best app out there!

 

 

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I didn't get an interview the first time I applied to Western. I retook classes and was able to drive my GPAs much higher, got an interview the second time around and got in! I think your GPA's look great, and they will look at you on the same playing field. Just make sure you have a strong personal statement and a strong secondary application! You can message me if you have any further questions. Good luck! 

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I believe that your grades are right on point. The only thing that you could work on is more HCE hours ????

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Update for the curious: I got an interview invite! Huzzah!

 

(Also I never received confirmation on my recalculated GPA.)

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Update for the curious: I got an interview invite! Huzzah!

 

(Also I never received confirmation on my recalculated GPA.)

 

coffee,

 

CONGRATULATIONS! That is major news! It is always nice to read a success story like yours. You and I are in the same boat. My GPA in the first 2 years of undergrad was extremely low due to poor study habits. It took so much time, effort, and energy to raise it up, but it has all paid off, and I am a first-year student at WesternU now. Your recalculated GPA is definitely very competitive. You are one step closer to your goal. Good luck to you, practice running through some questions w/ your friends and family, and hopefully, I will see you around campus next year. Congrats again!

 

Best,

PrheePA

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Late update: unfortunately, I was (and still am) waitlisted. So I'm getting ready to re-apply this cycle and will definitely have to work on my interview skills. Thanks for all your encouragement!

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You may still get in. Don't give up hope. People will get accepted to other schools and withdraw. Some people have accepted and are just holding a place waiting for other shoes to fall. Keep hope alive!!

 

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SoCalPA, I was just accepted off the waitlist today!! Wow, I made this post nearly exactly a year ago. Ahhhhhhh I'm still in shock.

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Yes!!!!! I told ya you can do it. You won't regret all the hard work. Western is a great school. They will work your ass off but you'll be ready for the boards!!!!! Enjoy the summer

 

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