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Should I apply this cycle/do I stand a chance?

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Hello! I know this post is stereotypical and repetitive and I apologize, but feedback would be very appreciative 🙂 Stats are below, should I apply this cycle? Or wait till next year? I’m currently on my first gap year. 

 

cGPA: 3.7, sGPA 3.6 bio major with minirs in psych and chem, in 3 national honor societies (psych, bio, chem), academic award in my major, Dean’s list every semester

 

Presented original research at 2 colleges

 

By mid march I will have about 1000 PCE hours as an EMT

 

I also started a per diem HCE job as a patient sitter in the ED. 

 

GRE is between 295-299 (can’t remember exact number), thinking of retaking

 

If it helps, during college I have about 120 hours as a volunteer crew member for my school’s EMS unit

 

If I’m forgetting something, let me know! Again thanks so much, I know how annoying these posts can be sometimes and I appreciate you taking the time to read this 🙂 have an awesome day! 

 

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Everything looks spot on except your GRE. You need to at least get a 300; I'd recommend a re-take. Otherwise, you know this, you SHOULD apply this cycle! 

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You've got a good shot this cycle.

Definitely retake your GRE. No reason to apply with a sub 300 score and limit your program choices if you think you can do better. I recommend the Magoosh online subscription for studying. 

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