I am curious to know which is better. To have an average GPA from a really good school, or to have an outstanding GPA from an easier school. I only ask because like most people, I have to accept a C (hopefully) in one of my classes, and I started to think if this was really fair.
I have aspirations to hopefully continue my education, but I dont want the person from the school that is way easier to get accepted over me because they had an easier system. I know nursing school is hard in general, but some programs seem to be much easier. I am in a hard program where usually only 30-50 % of the class graduate.
Having said all that, I wouldnt change schools for anything because I truly believe that it will benefit me in the long run, but sometimes it just doesnt seem fair to me lol. Anyone think differently or have anything to add?
I think it really depends. I personally would go for the excellent GPA from the less-challenging school.
Not everyone is going to look at a "C" and say, "oh, this person went to a really tough school, I bet they would get a higher grade at X school"....because that's just speculation. Who's to say that your grade was due to the challenging instructor/pace/setting, or that it was due to personal problems or poor study habits? The admissions committee of another institution can't really make that call.
Sure, I think nationally-recognized challenging schools might get someone more leeway when it comes to GPA (as long as it's still decent), but I definitely wouldn't count on it. Perceptions of other schools depends a lot on personal preference and can vary widely from place to place -- who's to say that the admissions committee of the school you're applying to will recognize it as a challenging program? It may be likely, but it won't be certain.
It will probably vary from admissions committee to admissions committee if/how they view a lower GPA from a more rigorous school - if you know where you'd like to apply or what kind of programs you're looking at, maybe call their advising department and ask what they would prefer to see?
Edited to add: what kind of further education are you planning? I think if you're planning for CRNA as opposed to NP, your chances might be different. I'm sure it will still vary from school to school, though.
Last edit by juliaann on Aug 10, '10
Aug 10, '10
I think it depends on what you consider a bad school. Just because standards are a little lower doesn't make the school a bad program. Most employers don't go through the trouble of researching nursing programs, they look at your GPA and go by that. There are some very good nursing programs that some peole have never heard of because they are very small programs. They're not going to take the time to try and find out about that school.
Think about people from out of state. They don't have time to look at what's got a lower retention rate, if it's accredited that's all they really care about.
Last edit by guiltysins on Aug 10, '10