I am new to this site (joined today, but have been searching forums for quite some time) and I am very confident that someone will be able to help me.I plan on applying to Thomas Jefferson's FACT program in either 2013 or 2014 (depending on how prerequisite classes go in terms of getting classes to fit work schedule, how much money I save, etc) and I have some questions and concerns. I graduated from Holy Family University in 2007 with a BA in psychology and a 2.83 cumulative GPA. Not very competitive, I know, but HFU has a different grading scale as most schools (94-100 is an A or 4.0, 90-93 is a B+ or 3.5, etc). So I'm assuming my GPA is possibly equivalent to an 85- 87%, with very strong grades in courses pertaining to my major. No failures. I have already taken A&P 1 and 2 and chem 1 at CCP in 2010 with B+ in all of them. I plan on doing much better in my next science courses as I do not have two jobs to worry about. I also have only about $3100 left on my AES loans. So on to my questions!! Finally lol
First of all, I know I have to take the GRE since I do not meet the 3.2 GPA requirement. Would even a competitive score be enough to trump my less-than-desirable GPA?
Additionally, will my science prerequisite grades from CCP up my cumulative GPA, do they look at them separately, or do they look mostly at the science prerequisites?
I have read great reviews on the FACT program itself on this website, but HORRIBLE reviews on the university itself. The dean is miserable, unforgiving, and not helpful at all; some of the professors are cranky, washed-up, and uninformed; the program is way too rushed; and the financial aid department is a mess...impossible to get the loans you need on time, then don't give you the information you need to pay them off properly. And heaven forbid you move after the program before you need to pay the loans off, that the billing department did not send bills to new/fowarding addresses or make any effort to contact the student until their loans go into collections, therefore ruining that students credit. Can anyone disprove these rumors of the school and loan department?
I have some more questions as well, but pertaining more to closer to application time. Plus I think I've said enough, lol... I just don't want to take the biochemistry prerequisite (in lieu of chem 2 because of certain reasons) because the other accelerated programs in the area do not require that class and I do not want to waste my time or money taking it, studying for GRE, paying for GRE etc if I do not even stand a chance of getting in or receiving a loan. Sorry for the novel and probably not making sense, I just want to get all the info I need before starting this long process. I hope someone can help!!!! Thank you!!!