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    Decisions to attend SGU

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    I was wondering why people decided to attend SGU? Are there many students who attend there as there FIRST choice (instead of a US school)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chibry
    I was wondering why people decided to attend SGU? Are there many students who attend there as there FIRST choice (instead of a US school)?
    There are definitely a few americans who attend SGU as their first choice. I know at least a few personally. But honestly, myself included, it was SGU or years and years of applying in the states with the probability of never getting in. I applied for 2 years via VMCAS before applying down here. This is definitely the situation for most americans in the SGU vet school.

    From what I hear, this is more often the first choice for Brit's and maybe Canadians because of an even greater demand of vet schools in those places. I think there are only 3 or 4 vet schools in the UK and about the same in Canada.

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    first choice?

    Generally, students who are American and live in the United States apply to schools in the U.S. first, especially if they live in a state that has a vet school. However, the fact that SGU vet students generally get more hands on animal experience than students in U.S. vet schools do, pay a lower tuition than if they had to pay out-of state tuition, and they have been doing as well or better than their U.S. counterparts on the North American Licensing Exam (NAVLE), you can see why SGU is such a popular choice in becoming a DVM.




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    I was wondering why people decided to attend SGU? Are there many students who attend there as there FIRST choice (instead of a US school)?
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    Thanks for your candid responses. I am probably going to apply to my state school because of cost but I really have my heart set on SGU. I read, however, that for Ross the total cost of attending is over $200,000 when factoring in living expenses and everything else. This is an estimate that the school provides on their website. Is this pretty comparable to SGU? Any ideas?

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    The tuition for the vet school at SGU averages to be a little over $25,000 per year. It's cheaper the first three years, and then the fourth year we pay whatever school you go to their out-of-state cost so it goes up for the fourth year. But for the four years all together you are looking at a little over $100,000 in tuition. We then estimate the living expenses to be about $15,000 per year. For a break down of the tuition by terms, refer to our website.
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    I worked at a veterinary teaching hospital for three years and we always had Ross students come through during their internships. Great group and they were always well-liked amongst the staff and students. It was talking to the Ross students that I became interested at looking at Caribbean schools in the first place. After doing a ton of research on both schools (Ross and SGU) I would have gone either or honestly, but I had an easier time dealing with SGU's admissions. Every person I talked/e-mailed was very pleasant and helpful. Now I am heading to SGU in a month for Term 1 and am beyond ecstatic!
    As for choosing a Caribbean school in the first place, I have a Bachelors and Masters from Virginia Tech and my best chance of getting into a state school would be....*drumroll*.....going to the vet school at Virginia Tech. Getting three degrees from one location is rather taboo so I started looking out of the country. That is when I started talking to the Ross students and learned more about what the West Indies has to offer! Hope this helps!

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    I just finished my first term at SGU and I found the school to have filled my expectations quite fine. I also didn't bother applying to any US schools simply b/c I felt that it would be a waste of time/money. I do have a question I'd like to ask though...

    My question to Jeffery is about the NAVLE pass scores...during a SAVVMA meeting this last term the Dean of the Vet school stated that our NAVLE pass scores were LOWER than the US vet schools and that it was an issue because
    A) The fact that many SGU students do enter with lower overall GPAs that that generally corresponded to how well students do on their NAVLE
    B) Many of the best students in each incoming class (the top 10%) do eventually end up transferring back to a US school which also decrease the overall pass rate for that class...
    C) Currenlty there are very few, if any, DES reviews or any review session for the current students that are geared towards studying for the NAVLE

    So...why would you say that our pass rates are as high if not higher than US counterparts? I'm not trying to bash the SGU vet school, as I've said, I feel that the SGU vet school has met all of my expectations and I am so far satisfied with the education I am getting, but I am rather confused as to the discrepancy of our pass scores for the NAVLE.

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    SGU is a great school and would have been my first choice if I did not get accepted by an accredited AVMA school. Luckily, I just got my acceptance package from the University of Edinburgh yesterday and I am excited about the prospect of studying veterinary medicine in Scotland. I am still waiting to see if U. of Missouri will accept me...which may take a month.

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