Trying to Make a Smart Decision After Some Missteps

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    ecdaire
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    Hello everyone! I’m having a difficult time making some school-related decisions and wanted to get some additional opinions. Sorry that this is a long post. Thank you all in advance for any insights or advice you might have! 😊

    A little background information. I have a BA in psychology from a public university from 2014. I completed general biology 1 & 2, general chemistry 1 & 2, and general physics 1 at a not so great post-bacc from a private university that took a big chunk of my federal aggregate loan limit. I did well in those courses (3.75) but my GPA from my psychology degree was around a 2.75. Giving me a cumulative and science GPA of 3.3.

    I have been accepted to a private university to complete a second bachelors in biology with organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, and a research requirement with the possibility of summer research. It would be a 2 year program at minimum. The 4-yr university would require private loans of about 20K per year.

    The community college would essentially be free due to a tuition scholarship and my family said they would help cover any additional costs such as parking and textbooks. I would be able to take organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, and microbiology. I need to decide soon if I should complete the 2nd bachelors at a 4-yr university or go to a community college and do the DIY post-bacc.

    Should I do a free 1 year DIY post-bacc at a community college or a loan-heavy 2 year 2nd bachelors at a private university?

    AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND ANY ADVICE YOU HAVE TO OFFER!

    #268057

    englishprofessor
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    Depends. I’d spend some time looking at a GPA calculator online. Figure out where you think you realistically could be in 1 year with your cumulative GPA and science GPA (cGPA and sGPA) versus where you could be in 2 years. I suspect that one year could make you very competitive for D.O. programs and most likely a state school for M.D. programs, but you also will need to do well on the MCAT.

    Hope this is of some help.

    #268059

    ecdaire
    Participant

    I will look into the GPA effects! That’s a great place to start, thank you!

    #280375

    Team MSHQ
    Keymaster

    Hi! Thank you for your post! Dr. Gray covered your question on podcast Session 161! We hope we helped you answer your question of DIY post-bac versus a second bachelor’s degree! If you have other questions please feel free to post in the forum again!

    Thank you,
    Team MSHQ

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