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    Lancelot is offline Member 520 points
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    How hard to get 2.75 GPA?

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    Hi prospective student here. I'm concerned about the 2.75 GPA requirement in order to get&maintain the private loan. Is this a realistic GPA? I assume just getting 1 C will screw this up.

    Also, are you graded on a bell curve? If not by what method?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lancelot View Post
    Hi prospective student here. I'm concerned about the 2.75 GPA requirement in order to get&maintain the private loan. Is this a realistic GPA? I assume just getting 1 C will screw this up.

    Also, are you graded on a bell curve? If not by what method?

    Thanks.
    There is NO REASON you shouldn't be able to maintain a GPA higher than this. All you need to do is dedicate yourself to your studies and don't get caught up with the party scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lancelot View Post
    Hi prospective student here. I'm concerned about the 2.75 GPA requirement in order to get&maintain the private loan. Is this a realistic GPA? I assume just getting 1 C will screw this up.

    Also, are you graded on a bell curve? If not by what method?

    Thanks.
    You also have to look at the "weight" of each class, meaning how many credit hours each class is worth. Med 1 consists of : Anatomy which is worth 9 credit hours, Histo which is worth 5 hours, and DPS which is worth 3. An "A" in anatomy will be worth 'more' than an A in DPS.
    As for grading, it's up to each individual professor. Most will look at how the overall class does on each exam, and if most "missed" certain questions, or the class can prove there was more than one correct answer, those points will be given back. And the scale is clearly labeled for each class at the start of the semester (Anatomy used to be 80-100=A, 70-79=B and so on) so after adding in your exams, you should know what letter grade you're going to receive.

    And I agree with Bmoregirl that if you don't get caught up in partying etc, you shouldn't fail any class. However, it should be pointed out that roughly 30% of people fail anatomy each semester. And if you're on loans and fail anatomy, you're out due to the GPA requirement. Just gotta make sure you're not one of those 30%.

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    Oh one more thing. Fifth semester puts some students in a tight spot. You only get one grade so that ONE grade had to be an A or B. Most students fall into the C category during 5th because of their ICM shelf score. The shelf is 40% of your grade for the semester and it's not adjusted. So an 80 on the shelf only gets you 80% of the 40% towards your final grade. Make sure you keep up with your assignments in fifth so that you go into the shelf with an A, otherwise you're screwed.

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    students after 5th can bypass the GPA requirement with a passing step score. not sure if this is still the policy though
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    Thanks; this is really useful to know when decided whether to attend or not. That would be horrible to be out of money after 5th because of the shelf, especially when the cost of living gets higher from 6th on.

    How much a % of your grade is the shelf for the earlier basic sciences courses like Anatomy and Biochemistry?

    I'm actually deciding whether to transfer from Ross or not. Finishing up 1st at Ross and doing well, but its hellish here for many different reasons and second semester by all accounts gets worse. But the one good thing (maybe ONLY good thing) about Ross is the money situation with the title iv loans.

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    I would stay put at Ross.... the 2.75 GPA applies per semester NOT cumulative. So say you go into 5th with a 4.0 and then get a C. It doesn't matter that your cumulative is still very high, they only look at the previous semesters GPA. I have heard rumors that, in this type of situation, they will take your cumulative GPA into consideration. Tough it out at Ross, you'll be better off in the long run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwanabmd View Post
    students after 5th can bypass the GPA requirement with a passing step score. not sure if this is still the policy though

    I remember reading somewhere that this rule applied through 2009 but wasn't going to roll over into 2010. I believe it was on the aua website, but can't remember for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmoregirl View Post
    I remember reading somewhere that this rule applied through 2009 but wasn't going to roll over into 2010. I believe it was on the aua website, but can't remember for sure.
    I think it was posted here on value md.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmoregirl View Post
    I would stay put at Ross.... the 2.75 GPA applies per semester NOT cumulative. So say you go into 5th with a 4.0 and then get a C. It doesn't matter that your cumulative is still very high, they only look at the previous semesters GPA. I have heard rumors that, in this type of situation, they will take your cumulative GPA into consideration. Tough it out at Ross, you'll be better off in the long run.

    The 2.75 GPA requirement can be fulfilled as EITHER cumulative or by semester as per the CFO meeting in august 2009. The passing step score was not guaranteed to role over but it was stated that it "most likely" would be. You can call financial aid to verify all of this
    STEP 1 [X] STEP 2 [X] STEP 3[X] PGY - 1 [X] PGY-2 [*]

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