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Hi guys. I'm an incoming undergraduate senior at a SUNY.  I had a very rough start freshman year and ended up with low GPA. As I just finished my junior year, I currently have a 3.24 GPA and a 2.9 science GPA (if I calculated correctly). This is mainly due to getting a C and C+ in general chem I and II and B- in both orgo I and II. After speaking to my advisors, I've decided to not retake those courses and instead focus on doing well in high level science courses. However, I believe that I will need to do more to stand out among the other bright students who will be applying to PA schools. I am planning on taking gaps years working as CNA after graduation (planning on getting certified this summer). But besides that, I would also like to boost my GPA. I was wondering if I should do a post-bacc program or if I should just take many science courses at a community college. I looked at some classes offered in post-bacc program, and they are very similar to courses I've taken in my undergrad years, therefore I'm not sure if it's worth it to spend so much money in a post-bacc program.

My top PA school choices include CUNY school of medicine, Touro College, Stony Brook University...these colleges accept minimum pre-req grades C. 

Thank you so much, any advice will help!

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On 6/9/2020 at 12:02 PM, KellyYe said:

Hi guys. I'm an incoming undergraduate senior at a SUNY.  I had a very rough start freshman year and ended up with low GPA. As I just finished my junior year, I currently have a 3.24 GPA and a 2.9 science GPA (if I calculated correctly). This is mainly due to getting a C and C+ in general chem I and II and B- in both orgo I and II. After speaking to my advisors, I've decided to not retake those courses and instead focus on doing well in high level science courses. However, I believe that I will need to do more to stand out among the other bright students who will be applying to PA schools. I am planning on taking gaps years working as CNA after graduation (planning on getting certified this summer). But besides that, I would also like to boost my GPA. I was wondering if I should do a post-bacc program or if I should just take many science courses at a community college. I looked at some classes offered in post-bacc program, and they are very similar to courses I've taken in my undergrad years, therefore I'm not sure if it's worth it to spend so much money in a post-bacc program.

My top PA school choices include CUNY school of medicine, Touro College, Stony Brook University...these colleges accept minimum pre-req grades C. 

Thank you so much, any advice will help!

Hi! 

I did my post-bacc at hofstra in hempstead NY. Honestly, the quality of education there isn't that good. It didn't really even give me the grades I needed. I felt that it was harder than my undergrad from UC irvine/UCLA based on how caca the professors were. So, I would say, rule that out as an local option if possible.  I finished my "extra' prereq classes online at Doane University. Depending on the program, you'd have to look, some will take online science courses. Doane is a popular one. Doing science classes online has its own challenges, but I can tell you that I got better grades than my post-bacc, which is really dissapointing for how much I paid!

You need to do all you can to get that 2.9 up, though. I started out as that for my science GPA and I was getting slam roasted by every academic advisor. Your science should be about a 3.3 to be competitive for most programs! I spend this last year taking random sciences to bring it up to a 3.4 near 3.5! Legit 6 sciences classes at once.

 

If you have any more questions about hofstra's post bac, lmk! 

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