What GPA should I shoot for?
As you know, medical school is very competitive, so you should aim for the highest GPA you can! A 3.5 would be a generally acceptable target, however, many schools have an average GPA for accepted students in the 3.6 - 3.7 range. A GPA of 3.0 would be the absolute minimum for any chance of being accepted into a U.S. Medical School. As with prerequisite coursework, the GPA range also varies school to school. Information including average GPA for applicants and accepted students can also be found in the MSAR book from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Medical schools will break down your GPA into Science (BCPM - Bio, Chem, Phys, Math), AO (all Other) and Overall (Combined BCPM & AO). The AO GPA would be expected to be a tad higher than BCPM, based on the difficulty level of the science courses. Again, a high science GPA is a must!
Average MCAT/GPA for matriculated US Medical Students by School