Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average gpa at your school?

In recent years, incoming freshmen have averaged 3.7 in science and 3.7 overall.

I went to an exclusive school. Does that increase my chances of being accepted?

It is far more important how you did in your studies than where you went to school. Attending a well-known, big-name school does not confer any significant advantage.

Can I take all of my premed courses at a junior college near my home?

Most admissions committees feel that there are differences between junior college and senior college courses. The LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport will accept junior college courses but much prefers that the premed courses be taken at the senior college level. Perhaps a more important question to ask yourself is how these courses are going to prepare you for the MCAT and to survive in medical school.

I have been out of school for some time and some of my premed courses such as chemistry were taken 10 years ago. Will you accept those credits?

Yes. We will accept them, but this is something that any admissions committee is going to look at very carefully when making a decision. Better questions to ask yourself are: 1) Will those 10-year old courses give me the current foundation in the sciences that I will need to survive medical school? And 2) Am I going to be prepared to take the MCAT with knowledge that is 10 years old?

My freshman GPA was low because I had the roommate from Hell. After that, my GPA steadily improved. Does the Committee look at trends in GPA's?

Yes. Everybody understands that unpleasant roommates, adjustment to college life, girl-friend/boy-friend problems, problems at home, and a myriad of other things can lead to a disastrous academic performance. Hopefully, it's a temporary problem. Be prepared to discuss any poor academic performance in your personal statement or in an interview.

OK, so I am a Louisiana resident and my undergraduate GPA is a 3.2. How high do I have to score on the MCAT to offset my low GPA and become a competitive applicant?

GPA's and MCAT scores do not offset one another. Both have predictive value for success in medical school, particularly in the first two years, which everyone seems to think are the hardest. Therefore, the Admissions Committee generally prefers students who have both good GPA's and good MCAT scores.

I did all of my undergraduate work in a foreign country. Will you accept those credits?

No. The only credits earned at foreign institutions that we accept are those earned while the applicant was studying abroad under the auspices of an accredited college or university located in North America. In that case, the credits earned abroad must be recognized by your home university and appear on your transcript.