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    stacy_de_lin is offline Member
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    Potential student with questions

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    Hi there. I am a recent graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Biology and after previously considering PA school, I now am considering applying to Ross University's MD program. I had a few questions that I hoped you all could answer....

    First, my GPA is about a 3.0 or 3.1, thanks to not knowing my career plans early on and not worrying too much about C's. However, I did bring it up drastically towards the end of my schooling. I work as an EMT now and have good letters of rec from professors and should be able to get a good one from an MD once I start shadowing soon. I take the MCAT in April and hope to apply for admission in Spring of 2005. I will be taking the Princeton Review course before taking the MCAT, and they usually guarantee around a 30 or more. I know it's not an exact science, but I was wondering if anyone could tell me what they think my chances might be of getting in. The only other school that I am considering is St. George's, but I hate their move to another island for the last two semesters and much prefer Ross' move to Miami, since I have family in the area. Anyone want to share if they had similar stats and if they got in? Also, if you don't get in your first time, are there chances of reapplying for the next semester?

    My next question is about affordability. Were I to get in, I would be totally dependent on loans and financial aid to attend. My husband and three dogs would be moving with me, and my understanding of the quarantine laws indicates that we have to have a place with some kind of small yard. Would I be able to get a small place like this, live in it and and eat three meals a day from just loans and aid? We think that if I get in for Spring 2005 we could have a little bit of money saved up, but that won't last us too long if I don't have good loans. Can anyone who attends please tell me if these loans were sufficient to live and attend school? If not, how much can you get, and how much do you need to have saved?

    Of course I have a million more questions, but have to get these out of the way first before I bother asking. Thanks so much for taking the time to help me!

    Stac'
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    answers... sort of...

    Well, admissions isn't an exact science either but I'll hazard a guess that you will have a good chance of getting in if you at least get near a 30 on the MCAT. You have a few things going for you. 1) You brought up your gpa, 2) you have good health care experience, 3) and I'm assuming you're going to do fine on the MCAT. I also had taken the Princeton Review course and thought it was awesome. I definitely needed it since it had been six years since I had seen some of those subjects.

    As far as finances go, I can't really help you there since I'm single and without pets. I'm sure there are others on this forum that can shed some light on this. Just keep in mind that St. George's is considerably more expensive than Ross.

    Best wishes on your pre-med journey.
    PGY-1 Emergency Medicine

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    sounds like

    you have a decent chance to get in depending on how your interview goes, but that is usually pretty easy.

    I think most students here have stats similar to yours. 2.9-3.5 mcats are not required or were not, i think this year they'll start asking for it.

    But most of the people i speak with who have taken the mcat have scored at or above the national mean.

    As for living here on financial aid; provided you get the alternative loan, which is credit based, you will be able to afford it just fine. The most expensive item here is housing. A small house will rent for about 700-1000 a month. As for the dog, i dont know the exact procedure, but it can't be that hard because i know people who have pets and bring them back and forth every semester.

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    Re: questions

    From my understanding of it, Ross is saying that MCAT scores are required but not considered, meaning that you have to submit them but they won't ignore your app if you have a bad score. However, I'm hoping a good score will help me say, "Hey, ignore my 3.0! Look over here at my good MCAT score!" Provided, of course, that I actually do well on the MCAT. My $1600 Princeton Review course had better pay off.

    I also didn't know that St. George's was considerably more expensive. Can anyone give me a very general iea of the difference in costs between Ross and St. Georges?

    Thanks again, everyone!

    Stac'
    stacy_de_lin@yahoo.com

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    tuition

    From my understanding, Ross tuition is around $100,000 whereas SGU is around $125,000. This does NOT include living expenses which approaches another $100,000 (depending on your lifestyle) no matter which school you attend.

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    Re: tuition

    So everyone here has been able to get the $100,000 for school plus $100,000 for living (give or take) with a combo of financial aid and loans? If so, that's very good news! Please let me know if this has been the case for you.

    And more wagers on my eligibility for admission would be appreciated!

    Stac'
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    mcat

    mcat is not required until sept 2004 class and thereafter. you will get in with a 3.0 gpa and EMT experience. i say, you will get in. i suggest you apply now for jan class (they will work on your application faster) defer for may and use the money for princeton for you airline tickets.
    md or bust
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    class

    Jan 04 class is full

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    Re: questions

    Quote Originally Posted by stacy_de_lin
    I also didn't know that St. George's was considerably more expensive. Can anyone give me a very general iea of the difference in costs between Ross and St. Georges?
    When I calculated it about a year or two ago, the difference was about $50,000. Someone else here says it's $25,000. So, I can't remember if I did the calculation for just tuition/fees or tuition/fees + living expenses. In any case, the difference would be easy to figure out since both schools should provide you with their costs.
    PGY-1 Emergency Medicine

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    Re: Jan 2004

    Well, I need to finish paying off some debt and save some money, as well as mentally prepare for a move out of the country, so I couldn't make the Jan 2004 class anyway. Besides, in some weird way I'm looking forward to taking the MCAT as a rite of passage. I know some day in the doctors' lounge I'll have to discuss my MCAT scores.

    However, thanks for the vote of confidence, "obadya"! It made me feel much better! Hopefully my chances will be strong when I apply next year!

    Stac'

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