Hi. I am applying to PA school soon and am worried about my GPA from college. I worked through college and lived at home to help my family so my grades aren’t perfect. I went to an online info session for one of the local schools recently and everyone there seemed like they all have great grades. I don’t want to waste my application fee. How good do my grades need to be to get in?
You are not alone in your fear about grades. PA school is really competitive and GPA is one area where schools can clear the playing field a little, so to speak. That said, one of the best things about the profession is that it values communication skills and emotional intelligence as much as GPA. Your undergrad experience demonstrates a lot of tenacity, compassion, and ability to multitask well – all skills that are valued as a PA. Tell that story in your essays so the application committee can get a good sense of who you are as a person. In general, GPA needs to be at least 3.0 to be considered. If you are not quite there, reach out and we can connect you to a mentor who can help you problem solve around boosting that 3-digit number to where it needs to be.
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