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# Gpa Calculation

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Hello,

Can someone tell me if Dal rounds your gpa to the nearest 10th from each year before calculating the average or is it just rounded after?

For example, say I have a 3.88 one year and 3.97 the next year. Would the calculation be

1. (3.88+3.97) /2= 3.925 which is then rounded to 3.9

2. (3.9+4.0)/2=3.95 which is then rounded to 4.0

Thanks!

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If I remember correctly, it's the second example you posted "(3.9+4.0)/2=3.95 which is then rounded to 4.0"

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Yup, I believe every individual year is first rounded, then the average rounded.

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• 2 weeks later...

Does Dal look @ best two or last two years?

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Does Dal look @ best two or last two years?

They look at your last 2. If you've graduated (as in, you have 4 completed years at the time of application) you can choose to have them look at your best 3 years.

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And in both cases they would round as shown above? In my case would it be as follows:

Y2 - 3.75

Y3 - 3.73

Y4 - 3.65 (11 courses) or 3.85 (Top 10) -- don't know if it matters for Dal

Y5 - 3.82

Best 3:

3.75 --> 3.8

3.73 --> 3.7

3.82 --> 3.8

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Avg: 3.77 --> 3.8

Is that right?

Also does an OOP have a chance with this GPA? My ECs are on the strong side I think. Sorry for the questions. I just recently started looking at Dal as an option.

Thank you for the help!

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That seems consistent with their rounding and "best three years" as described on their website.

Look through the interview invites to see, but I might remember seeing a 3.8 in the OOP invites. Is your MCAT high? It would likely need to be higher in order to compensate. And while your ECs may be strong, keep in mind that OOP invites are super competitive, so the EC bar is quite high. Check out the invites thread.

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That seems consistent with their rounding and "best three years" as described on their website.

Look through the interview invites to see, but I might remember seeing a 3.8 in the OOP invites. Is your MCAT high? It would likely need to be higher in order to compensate. And while your ECs may be strong, keep in mind that OOP invites are super competitive, so the EC bar is quite high. Check out the invites thread.

Dal actually places a huge value on EC's and the essay and a lot less on MCAT and GPA. I strongly believe meeting the minimum GPA and MCAT for the OOP standards is all you need so long as you impress them in your EC's and essay.
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• 2 months later...

Just a heads up.. under the best 2 years option I had an average gpa of 3.9 one year, and the next year I had an average gpa of 4.0. My resulting average for the two years (3.95) was rounded down to 3.9 for me on the transcript assessment page.

Can anyone else confirm that this is normal?

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I'm still in school. So only my 2nd and 3rd year GPA is counted.
I did good in one year but terrible on the other (i.e. 3.25).
Does this mean that my GPA gets rounded to 3.3 for that specific year?

Please let me know. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Just a heads up.. under the best 2 years option I had an average gpa of 3.9 one year, and the next year I had an average gpa of 4.0. My resulting average for the two years (3.95) was rounded down to 3.9 for me on the transcript assessment page.

Can anyone else confirm that this is normal?

Think each year is rounded only to confirm that you meet the minimum GPA requirement for that year. I'm pretty sure the resulting GPA is your two years (or three) combined and then rounded.

Ex: 3.87 + 3.99 = 3.93 -> 3.9

If they were to use the rounded per year GPA, and then round again for your overall GPA, most people would have a gpa that was 3.X5 which would then be rounded up to the higher GPA, which wouldn't really make much sense.

I'm still in school. So only my 2nd and 3rd year GPA is counted.

I did good in one year but terrible on the other (i.e. 3.25).

Does this mean that my GPA gets rounded to 3.3 for that specific year?

Please let me know. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Although you may want to check with the admissions office, I think you're fine (as long as your IP). Since they use rounded GPA, your GPA will round up to 3.3 which meets the cut (unless your GPA is actually something like 3.249 which in that case it would round down). The application will also calculate your GPA for you so it should tell you whether it considers that year 3.3 or not.

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• 4 months later...

Hi,

Just a quick question regarding the gpa and Dal Med. Is it true that you have to apply a few times to actually get in?

Also, what sort of chances do I have to land an interview at least after I complete my MBA?

Stats:

Nursing degree gpa out of 4.0

Year 1 - 3.10

Year 2 - 3.0

Year 3 - 2.74

Year 4 - 2.86

MBA gpa out of 4.3

4.23

Currently enrolled in second year sitting at 4.3/4.3

RN experience over 5 years.

Volunteering for last 15 years

Healthcare management experience - less than 1 year

Age - 34

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I really think you should contact them. On the surface they say a 3.3/4 in each year, and masters can count for a max of 1 year, but I have no idea if they make exceptions to this so I would ask the office. At worst, you might need to do another year of undergrad courses

Residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island:

Minimum of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in each year assessed.

The calculation of your GPA consists of the two consecutive most senior years of baccalaureate degree being submitted. A full course load of five full courses in each year is a requirement. If the degree program has been completed, the best three years out of four years of full time study could also be considered.

Master's degree assessment

Transcripts will be assessed as follows:
ALL course grades from the master's program will count as one year's GPA, PLUS your 2 best consecutive full-time undergraduate years (which must include at least one senior year - year 3 and/or 4).

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Hi,

Just a quick question regarding the gpa and Dal Med. Is it true that you have to apply a few times to actually get in?

Also, what sort of chances do I have to land an interview at least after I complete my MBA?

Stats:

Nursing degree gpa out of 4.0

Year 1 - 3.10

Year 2 - 3.0

Year 3 - 2.74

Year 4 - 2.86

MBA gpa out of 4.3

4.23

Currently enrolled in second year sitting at 4.3/4.3

RN experience over 5 years.

Volunteering for last 15 years

Healthcare management experience - less than 1 year

Age - 34

I do not believe you meet the cutoff, regardless if you're IP or not. Your MBA will be counted as 1 year (not sure if they use just 1 of the 2 years, or average your 2 years and use that), but they will still look at your 2 best years of your Nursing degree. The minimum for IP out 4.0 is 3.3, and 3.7 for OOP.

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Thank you Sunny and Chels,

I am in province. Been living and working here in Truro for the last 8 years.

So bottom line is that I won't make the IP minimum gpa cut off? Is that a hard written set rule or there are flexibilities around it?

Thoughts?

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Thank you Sunny and Chels,

I am in province. Been living and working here in Truro for the last 8 years.

So bottom line is that I won't make the IP minimum gpa cut off? Is that a hard written set rule or there are flexibilities around it?

Thoughts?

As far as I know, which is exactly what is written on the website, is that it's a hard cutoff. They need to set a minimum, and 3.3 is what they chose. If you are hoping to be get around this you aren't going to get a truthful answer from anyone but the admissions office. But keep in mind, they receive hundreds of applications from people with grades well above the cutoffs, so it wouldn't necessarily be fair to waive them for one person only, and I would remain open to the idea of taking another year of courses

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Best get working on a 2nd degree after your MBA - even if they somehow didn't have a minimum, your grades simply would not be competitive enough.

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Sunny and Commons. thanks again!

It seems like that's the way to go. Might have to improve the undergrad marks. I will also look into UofC - I am considered in province there as well.

Thanks again!

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Just spoke to some one in the admission office; option 2 that the OP posted is how they will calculate our GPA

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• 2 weeks later...

I also have the same question. I currently converted my grades using the OMSAS scale. My third year average is 3.83 and my 4th year average is only 3.68. Am I still eligible for Dalhousie if I want to use my last two years? Does Dalhousie round each year assessed to the nearest tenth? Or do they actually round it at the very end (just my final GPA)?

Thanks guys!

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• 1 month later...

Im an OOP (Ontario) finishing up my fifth year.

512 MCAT
projected fifth year gpa 3.9 (98% sure it'll be 3.9)
4th 3.83
3rd 3.3

ECs are decent - Coaching, Tutoring, Hospital volunteer (100 hours in Paeds), Shadowing an othropedic surgeon (LOR given), Intramural Volleyball, Volunteer in a physiology lab for a semester, and a couple other day things here and there.

Does this label me as competitive for an OOP in general??
Would this be enough to get me interviews?

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Im an OOP (Ontario) finishing up my fifth year.

512 MCAT

projected fifth year gpa 3.9 (98% sure it'll be 3.9)

4th 3.83

3rd 3.3

ECs are decent - Coaching, Tutoring, Hospital volunteer (100 hours in Paeds), Shadowing an othropedic surgeon (LOR given), Intramural Volleyball, Volunteer in a physiology lab for a semester, and a couple other day things here and there.

Does this label me as competitive for an OOP in general??

Would this be enough to get me interviews?

Do you have any connection to the Maritimes? It's really a gamble without it-possible-but hard to predict it seems.

People get in it seems without one though!

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Im an OOP (Ontario) finishing up my fifth year.

512 MCAT

projected fifth year gpa 3.9 (98% sure it'll be 3.9)

4th 3.83

3rd 3.3

ECs are decent - Coaching, Tutoring, Hospital volunteer (100 hours in Paeds), Shadowing an othropedic surgeon (LOR given), Intramural Volleyball, Volunteer in a physiology lab for a semester, and a couple other day things here and there.

Does this label me as competitive for an OOP in general??

Would this be enough to get me interviews?

If in doubt apply. I have friends in the class with limited maritime connection who gained acceptance. You don't know until you apply.

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Im an OOP (Ontario) finishing up my fifth year.

512 MCAT

projected fifth year gpa 3.9 (98% sure it'll be 3.9)

4th 3.83

3rd 3.3

ECs are decent - Coaching, Tutoring, Hospital volunteer (100 hours in Paeds), Shadowing an othropedic surgeon (LOR given), Intramural Volleyball, Volunteer in a physiology lab for a semester, and a couple other day things here and there.

Does this label me as competitive for an OOP in general??

Would this be enough to get me interviews?

I didn't have a strong Maritime connection, so I'd say definitely apply.

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