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by nghi nghi (New) New Pre-Student

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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.

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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.

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by nghi New Pre-Student

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@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.

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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.

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@nghi I emailed Rutgers Admissions last year asking about specific course transfers from my first bachelors and questions about pre-reqs. They directed me to the second degree page and told me to check transfer ability through the njtransfer website. They didn't mention anything about essays or SAT scores. So I'm assuming, if it's not on the website, it's not part of the application.

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I ended up sending in an online form with questions to Rutgers Admissions/Nursing Department last night to be sure. It's good to have input from them directly and they responded this morning. Their answer to me was "There are SAT or essay requirements and retaking courses will not hurt your chances."

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