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    GPA Calculation

    They look at the GPA, not a percentage.
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    GPA Calculation

    You want a GPA. Convert each alphabetical grade that will be included with the OMSAS table and calculate the mean for these converted grades to get the GPA.
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    GPA Calculation

    https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/medicine/undergraduate/future_students/admission/gpa__mcat_minimums.html "GPA is calculated using the OMSAS Conversion Scale"
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    Lifestyle

    I haven’t lived in Sault Ste. Marie or North Bay, but I love Thunder Bay! I’ve lived here for just over a year and I really like it here. If you like the outdoors, there are tons of really beautiful hikes. Lots of local events going on regularly and really delicious local food. Would definitely recommend!
  5. Awesome! Thank you so much. I will definitely get in touch with them to plan out the special year.
  6. I wanted this to be brief, but I know it won't be. I am hopeful that I may be able to meet the requirements but I would like to confirm my understanding of the policies/clarify these with my particular situation. It's a bit complicated so I will try my best to explain. I completed (graduated from) a 4 yr BSc. degree in 3 years by taking courses over the summers and an overload of courses in my final year (6 courses per semester instead of 5). My GPA in each first and second year (September-April) would not be sufficient (they are below 3.7). I also had one semester with only 4 courses (rather than 5) in my second year. My only potential qualifying year would be my last year. That being said, I do not have two years that meet the 3.7 cut-offs but I would complete an additional "special year" should I be eligible. Here are my dilemmas/reasons why I might not qualify for the special year: My final year (September-April, full-time) MIGHT be good enough depending on whether or not they look at all of the courses taken that year. If they look at all 12 courses taken that year, I fall short with a 3.6 GPA but if they look at the best 10 courses, I would have a 3.8 GPA. Out of those 10 courses, 7 would be third and fourth-year courses, which should be good for the 3/5 rule. On their website it says: "When students take more than 5 full courses during any September to April academic year, the five best full or equivalent courses will be used in the calculation of GPA admission cutoffs." However, I don't know if that rule still applies for students if that would be the only year that qualifies the student prior to the "special-year". I'm also unsure if they would still look at my weighted GPA because I had a semester that was not full-time (second year, not the year they would be looking at). They stated on their website that: "Students who complete a degree with a year amounting to less than a full course load cannot have that year counted toward the GPA requirement." My understanding is that it's okay if you have taken some part-time studies but they will not be used for GPA calculation. Which means I would be okay in this case. Finally, I am not sure if I actually qualify to take a "special-year" due to the fact that I completed a masters degree after my undergrad. I never took any additional undergraduate courses after I graduated but I am afraid that having taken a masters degree may disqualify me from having the option of a special year. Recap of potential disqualifiers: 1. My only qualifying year won't qualify if they look at all my courses that year rather than the best 10. 2. I took one semester of part-time studies outside of the qualifying year. 3. I completed a graduate degree after my undergrad. If you are still reading this, you are amazing. Thank you for your time and input. I will eventually contact the admissions office to clarify as well but I wanted to see if anyone else might have some insight first. I will provide an update once I hear from them in case this helps anyone else.
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    Very Low GPA

    As long as you are up for a long journey, it is definitely still possible for you to improve your chances for medicine. Did you study full-time during your undergraduate studies? Is there an upward trend at all or any years where your GPA is above 3.7? This could potentially open up a few options for you aside from a second undergraduate degree (i.e. an additional year of studies outside of undergrad). Otherwise, a second undergraduate degree would be your best shot. I would highly suggest picking something that interests you and that could provide you with a Plan B. Even as a competitive applicant, this does not guarantee you will be admitted. Make sure the program you choose is one you know you could do well in. Thinking about what aspects attract you to medicine in the first place and what other careers include those would be a good start. Please take the time to carefully consider options and make sure you are ready to undertake further studies before you do so. Look into the different admissions policies regarding second degrees as this varies between schools. Best of luck!
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