Explaining Low GPA - page 3

Hi, I'm having a bit of trouble not getting into Nursing Schools due to my undergraduate GPA being a horrible 2.23. Back then I was very depressed and suffered from anxiety because of personal... Read More

  1. by   jr1991
    Quote from TerryL428
    Why are some of these people assuming that everyone has the ability to get approved for a $90K loan? Are you nuts? Don't listen to some of these negative people. I am currently in a similar situation. My undergraduate GPA is a 2.75 and most of the nursing programs where I live require a minimum GPA of 3.0 (even community colleges), and the accelerated programs require even higher. There are a couple that allow a 2.8 or higher, with an emphasis on the latter because there are still many people applying with GPAs much higher. So I'm having trouble getting in as well. I'm just continuing to take classes to boost my GPA as much a possible. I think the issue is that you did well in the prerequisites, but your CUMULATIVE GPA is not high enough for entry. I would suggest going to admissions advisors in different schools, let them look over your transcript, tell them about your circumstance, and see what advice they can give you about boosting your cumulative GPA. Was your undergraduate GPA at a different school than where you improved your GPA? If so, is it possible for you to take a couple classes as a non-matriculated student at your previous school... This may boost your previous GPA a bit.
    Well I see your from New York, not sure about where you're from, try applying to D'Youville University in Buffalo there minimum GPA is a 2.5, its also a free and simple application so its worth a shot! Like you noted its not my prerequisite GPA is fine but my cumulative is hindering me with sucks. I spoke with admissions to a school today and they said if my remainder prerequisites were fine theres a chance I could get in (i previously applied but my prerequisites for that school were not done). They also wanted me to retake 2 prerequisites over again due to them not transferring and I got a 4.0 *fingers crossed that I get in* My improved GPA is at a different school from where I got my degree so I could take easy classes. Thank you so much for your post and advice!
  2. by   Neo Soldier
    Quote from CanadianAbroad
    Stop the pity me behavior. You got into schools and you have turned them down. You have options. Stop acting as if you don't. If you want it bad enough, take out a loan and pay for school on redo your few prerequisite classes. There are many out there who have
    Never been given opportunities like you have thus far.
    You're not only insensitive but telling someone to take out a 90k loan to go to a private school sounds rather foolish. That's just bad financial advice.
    Are you going to help him pay off that huge debt if he does go there?
    Why don't you read the full story before you reply.

    I hope you're not a nurse in real life, your attitude is terrible.
  3. by   jr1991
    I'll gladly take a sponsor if that person wants to pay the 90k tuition.
  4. by   CanadianAbroad
    I am not insensitive here. I just see this post as what it is...attention seeking and complaining. This person has had options and still has options. Acting as if they don't, is ridiculous. Upgrade your marks for your pre reqs and apply again. Try the LPN route first and do the bridge program to your RN. This individual is acting as if they are a victim here and they are not. If this person wants it bad enough, they will find options to reach their end goal. Would I do Chamberlain, no. Why, because it doesn't have a good reputation.

    I am a student who worked as a nurse for years, got into an accident and stopped nursing. I am doing my program over due to being an immigrant and will be done in July. I have literally done two nursing programs now because I wanted it bad enough. I just can't sit back and watch someone complain about their options as if they have none and act as if they are a victim. My advice, either retake your prereqs again or do the LPN route for a year and then transfer over to your RN. If you find the right program, you will have classes transfer over and not have to take very many. But please, stop acting like a victim when you are the one who put yourself in this situation with your low gpa. Fix the gpa and you will become a nurse like you want to.
  5. by   jr1991
    Quote from CanadianAbroad
    I am not insensitive here. I just see this post as what it is...attention seeking and complaining. This person has had options and still has options. Acting as if they don't, is ridiculous. Upgrade your marks for your pre reqs and apply again. Try the LPN route first and do the bridge program to your RN. This individual is acting as if they are a victim here and they are not. If this person wants it bad enough, they will find options to reach their end goal. Would I do Chamberlain, no. Why, because it doesn't have a good reputation.

    I am a student who worked as a nurse for years, got into an accident and stopped nursing. I am doing my program over due to being an immigrant and will be done in July. I have literally done two nursing programs now because I wanted it bad enough. I just can't sit back and watch someone complain about their options as if they have none and act as if they are a victim. My advice, either retake your prereqs again or do the LPN route for a year and then transfer over to your RN. If you find the right program, you will have classes transfer over and not have to take very many. But please, stop acting like a victim when you are the one who put yourself in this situation with your low gpa. Fix the gpa and you will become a nurse like you want to.
    You know what I'm going to dismiss your comment altogether because you are insensitive. You yourself wouldn't go to Chamberlain for the reputation but you're advising me to go? What sense does that make. & FOR THE LAST TIME I am not acting like a victim or want a pity party. I simply asked how could I write my personal statement WITHOUT sounding like I'm not the blame. I take full responsibility for my undergraduate GPA but there were things that I couldn't predict happening to me or my family (like multiple deaths and illnesses) during my undergrad career so therefore my grades suffer. Would you like me tell you the number of funerals I've attended between 2012-2015? If you must know my closest cousin was shot to death due to mistaken identity while visiting family in Georgia & theres more to that story if you really must know. There are plenty of people who have had crappy GPAs due to things happening to them and they still turned out to be doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc. & if you read threads they explain it via their personal statement. My prerequisite GPA is 3.0 (and that was BEFORE I retook some classes after graduating). The issue isn't with my prerequisite GPA its my cumulative GPA that is hindering me. SO if you are going to keep calling me a victim when I am not is when I start getting ticked off and that's not what I will tolerate.

    I will repeat this for you I TAKE 100% RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY UNDERGRADUATE GPA THE PROOF IS IN MY POST BACC GRADES. Sue me for asking a public forum on how to explain my GPA without it sounding poor me or feel bad for me because XYZ.
  6. by   nalie2
    My cumulative GPA was about 3.25 and I got rejected by all of the BSN programs I applied for in California. That GPA was not competitive enough so I applied for ADN programs and I was accepted. During the semester I had off because I did not get into a BSN program (and did not apply to any ADNs my first time applying) I volunteered at an ER which increased my chances of getting into a nursing program . Sometimes your first plan does not work out and you just gotta keep working at it. I wouldn't pay $90k at Chamberlain, but I would definitely retake prereqs to get into a community college RN program. It will take more time, but you will save money in the long run.

    Take it from me who has ZERO school debt. My ADN program was ~$10k but I was offered a job at the hospital I did clinicals who offers tuition forgiveness. Maybe you won't be as lucky as I was, but I mention my story so you can see that sometimes your plans don't work out like you want them but eventually it will work out. Good luck.
  7. by   TerryL428
    Great story!!! @nalie2
  8. by   jr1991
    Quote from nalie2
    My cumulative GPA was about 3.25 and I got rejected by all of the BSN programs I applied for in California. That GPA was not competitive enough so I applied for ADN programs and I was accepted. During the semester I had off because I did not get into a BSN program (and did not apply to any ADNs my first time applying) I volunteered at an ER which increased my chances of getting into a nursing program . Sometimes your first plan does not work out and you just gotta keep working at it. I wouldn't pay $90k at Chamberlain, but I would definitely retake prereqs to get into a community college RN program. It will take more time, but you will save money in the long run.

    Take it from me who has ZERO school debt. My ADN program was ~$10k but I was offered a job at the hospital I did clinicals who offers tuition forgiveness. Maybe you won't be as lucky as I was, but I mention my story so you can see that sometimes your plans don't work out like you want them but eventually it will work out. Good luck.
    Great story! & thank you for the advice. I spoke an advisor from Gwynedd Mercy earlier this week she stated my application improved a lot since I applied last year & there this is possibility I could get accepted based on how well I've been doing academically in the recent years. I've also applied to work on research with some doctor's in New York so maybe that'll help me get accepted. I'm also still waiting for the final verdict for my credits at my local CC if I need to retake all of my classes or not. I'm hopeful it goes in my favor but if it doesn't the program is only $7k total.
  9. by   Jordanmedical
    I'm in a slighty similar situation and wanted to see if you heard anything from the community college? Or if you got in elsewhere?
  10. by   jr1991
    I was accepted into the Community College program but I'm waiting to hear about having to retake my prereqs or not. I was also accepted into Chamberlain University but thats $90K & that is my last option tbh.
  11. by   Jordanmedical
    That gives me hope as my pre req GPA is like 2.8 and higher than my cumulative. I have to check to see what it is for my bs in psych because I took coursework after that and did not do to well and it lowered my cumulative but that was 7 years ago.
  12. by   idave19
    Where are you applying?? There are some ABSN programs that only look at your pre-req gpa and they don't care about your undergrad gpa at all. Second there are some schools that prefer a 3.0 but do not require it ?? Which schools are you applying to ?
  13. by   Jordanmedical
    I'm applying to SCC and UCF (got my undergad there) in the spring. Hoping SCC since it's more affordable and I am maxed out on federal loans

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