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by nghi nghi (New) New Pre-Student

hi everyone,

I'm in the second semester of the pre-nursing program at community college. I plan to transfer to Rutgers next year. My GPA right now is 3.3. I'd like to retake Chemistry 1 and psychology and I had B for those classes. Should I do that? my school allows me to retake classes, but I don't know if it will affect my transcript and my application.


Are you looking at their accelerated Nursing program? If so you are in the right range for the prerequisite grades. I don't think retaking is necessary. They want minimum C in their non-science pre-reqs and a minimum of B in science pre-reqs. On their sample pre-reqs page they encourage students with grades not meeting minimums to retake classes so I don't think they'd look down on someone wanting to improve their application. I'm considering Rutgers too but I have to retake A&P2. Retakes and their grades show up on transcripts but shouldn't affect the application.

@Gwenny yes, I am. I've heard about how competitive the Rutgers nursing program is. Somebody has a 3.6 GPA and they're in wait-listed. that's why I want to retake them to enhance my grades. I think retaking non-science class is fine but not sure with science courses. On Rutgers's website, they said that retaking science pre-reqs will be considered in the application review. that's what I'm wondering right now. do you know that if we need to submit SAT score, essay,...? I asked some advisors in my school and they just tell me to complete all pre-reqs, not talk about it at all.

If you read on the website that retaking of courses would be considered in the application review, that is probably a negative connotation. A person who got an A the first time around would be ahead of a person who had to retake the course to get that A the second time around. However, I would speak to someone in the nursing department who can give you a definite answer. You also must consider that if you retake a course in which you originally received a B, you are not guaranteed an A. You don't want to shoot yourself in the foot. Don't retake the courses unless the payoff is there.