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    turn_and_burn is offline Newbie 510 points
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    How many application cycles before applying to SGU?

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    Hello, pre-vets and veterinary students!

    I just recently got my rejection letter for the second year in a row to my state school. I am technically waitlisted but far enough down that it's highly unlikely I will be getting in this year.

    I've really been kicking it around, trying to decide how many more years I want to waste applying to my state school without ever getting in. Not getting in has only made me more determined than ever to become a DVM and I've done a lot of research and I think SGU has a wonderful program! Obviously though there are a few things holding me back so far, like the higher tuition and loan interest rates, not being accredited, and having to live so far away from my friends and family.

    Because I was able to get waitlisted this year, I'm thinking I might give it one more go here in the states, and simultaneously apply for SGU for 2009. Then again, I really REALLY want to get started on my degree!

    Just curious how many VMCAS application cycles you current SGU students went through before applying to SGU (if any)? Or if you are still in pre-vet, how many times do you think you would apply to a US school before applying to SGU (if any)? Sorry this poll is worded a little confusing, hope it makes sense!
    Last edited by turn_and_burn; 03-01-2008 at 08:02 PM. Reason: better clarity

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    Voted...2 years of VMCAS for me. It is probably pretty obvious from my posts that I was mostly happy with SGU...so no regrets.

    Many students are coming to SGU, getting good grades (I assume) and transferring mainly to Kansas State. From what I hear, they're taking quite a few. 2 in my class transferred to LSU, but this is more rare I think.

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    applying to vet school

    Obviously students would prefer to stay in the U.S. and get into their in-state school to save on tuition fees and be closer to family, but unfortunately that does not work out for everyone, simply due to the lack of seats available.

    I see many students apply over and over again to U.S. schools thinking it will save them money, but in the long run it is costing them more money by putting it off. Each extra year it takes a student to get into a vet school is a year off the total amount of years you will be practicing as a veterinarian. Two years of DVM income pretty much equals your complete tuition cost of vet school.

    Just food for thought.
    Jeffrey Bates
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    "I may only be one person, but I will be one person who makes a difference."

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    I applied to 4 US veterinary schools this past October, and upon rejection I decided to apply to SGU and the new AUA Vet school, which opened this January.

    I am really eager to start my veterinary education, so I decided not to waste my time and money on reapplying to US vet schools. I've read some great things about the Caribbean vet schools, so hopefully, I will be starting this August!

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    I applied to state schools as well as caribbean schools in october, which was smart because I didn't get into any of the state schools, but did get into St. Matthew's and St. George's in the Caribbean. I've decided to go to St. George's and I can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biogirl25 View Post
    I applied to 4 US veterinary schools this past October, and upon rejection I decided to apply to SGU and the new AUA Vet school, which opened this January.
    Would you choose SGU over AUA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybingo View Post
    Would you choose SGU over AUA?
    I've done quite a bit of research about AUA. Virginia Tech will only take about 5 students from AUA as of right now. This January, there were 10 students in the inaugural class. If I were to get into both schools, I would definitely chose St. George's over AUA. I wouldn't want to run the risk of not being able to transfer into the DVM program at Virginia.

    Since my last post I've also applied to Ross. St. George's is still my top choice. I haven't heard anyone say anything bad about SGU, and I've read a number of scary posts relating to crime at Ross on St. Kitts, which is why I didn't initially apply there. If I could choose the list would definitely be: 1) SGU 2) Ross, and 3) I don't know if I want to go to AUA anymore.

    I have interviews at all of the schools as of now... but I really have my heart set on St. George's!... My interview is tomorrow!!

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    Good luck!!

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    Good luck! Did you apply to St. Matthew's? That is a school on the Grand Cayman Island. I got in there also, but chose St. George because it's been around longer.

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    I didn't apply to St. Matthew's. I might still eventually, but since it is so new I decided to hold out on applying for now.

    I just got back from my interview for St. George's! I think it went decently. It was my first interview ever for anything, so I was pretty nervous. One of the things the interviewer brought up was that my GPA was slightly lower than the average, so if I am accepted, St. George's might put me through the "decelerated" program.
    As of now my GPA is a 2.95, but by the time I graduate it will be over a 3.0....

    Just wondering, what were your GPAs like? Did they mention this decelerated program to you? Hopefully if I get accepted, they see that my grades have been improving.

    My interviewer said I should be hearing back about their decision within 2-3 weeks.... *hopes hopes hopes*..
    Last edited by Biogirl25; 03-26-2010 at 02:58 PM.

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