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85 GPA for Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education?

Sally Rubenstone
Written by Sally Rubenstone | Oct. 5, 2010

Question: Is a 3.0 (85) average too low for the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education?

An 85 is the minimum GPA (for the first three years of high school) that Sophie Davis will consider. So if you achieved an 85, you will not be out of the running. However, many of your "competitor" applicants will have much higher grades, so the admission committee will be looking carefully at your application to see where your other strengths lie. In addition to your grades and test scores, the committee will also consider related circumstances ... e.g., Did you take the most rigorous classes offered? (a plus) Did your academic record rise in your junior year (another plus) or were your strongest grades in 9th and 10th? (a minus) How challenging is your high school in general? Were there family or personal circumstances that affected your academic performance? How have you demonstrated your commitment to a future in medicine?

The latter is extremely important at Sophie Davis since you will be jumping onto a direct track to a medical career, and this is not a place for the undecided or faint of heart! The admission folks will be seeking signs of your dedication to life as a doctor and your enthusiasm for working in underserved communities once you earn your M.D.

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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