1st time applicant, 21 y/o female, NY
Cornell, Iowa State, Michigan State, Kansas, Ohio, Virginia-Maryland
Cornell, Kansas (still a viable applicant, but they doubted there'd be anymore interviews), Ohio (one of the last groups w/o an interview to be rejected), Virginia-Maryland
: Iowa State (#52), Michigan (in the middle)
: Iowa State!!!
B.S. 2011 Biochemistry, Minor in Psychology
Verbal-530 Quant-660 AW 4.0
I went to a small public state school that was supposed to be equivalent to Cornell in academic difficulty, but substantially cheaper and a better learning environment for a country kid like me
I think Iowa was one of the few schools that took into account how difficult my classes were. If you are in a similar situation I highly recommend you apply to schools that look at this, (Its only 5% at Cornell and Michigan doesnt take this into consideration, not sure about the others I applied to).
Overall: 3.39 (includes 20 credits of A's at a community college in h.s.), (GPA just at four year undergrad was 3.27ish at time of application)
Last 30 credits: 3.57
Science courses: 3.31
(All as calculated by Iowa)
Veterinary & Animal Experience:
250 hours-cow vet (helped w/ embryo flushings/ freezing, drew blood)
~2000 hours small animal vet (shadowing and worked as tech/receptionist)
~200 hours alpaca farm,
I also have thousands of hours from working on my farm at home, but I was mislead by my college adviser and was told none of that counted w/o letters of recommendation (Michigan said otherwise at my file review). I did have my farrier write a letter and had ~800 hours from that.
DAR Good Citizen of the year 2007
Maintain landscaping and flowers in town square/ my church for like 8 yrs
Rake leaves for local town people at college w/ my cross-country team
(ran x-c & track freshman yr of college)
Kidney walk and food baskets w/ intervarsity Christian fellowship last 2 years
Worked for family greenhouse landscaping business since 7th grade (I didn't emphasize this enough though--file review)
Receptionist/ vet assistant last 4 years
DVM-small animal vet
DVM-mixed animal vet (Iowa graduate!!)
DVM-large animal, mostly dairy vet
God truly blessed me by allowing me to get into vet school this year. I learned from the 2 file reviews that I didn't emphasize a lot of the things that make me unique (family landscaping business, hours from working on my farm). I was told you are NOT supposed to spend to much of your personal statement talking about animals, but rather emphasize what sets you apart. I think my supplemental essays and also the interview at Iowa helped bring out/ draw attention to some of the stuff I left out. I cried after one file review (no interviews done at that school) and was told I had sold myself short in my PS, so dont do that
! I recommend you start the application asap and have at least 10 people read it! They may think of experiences that you have forgotten. I hope my stats give someone else some hope! I think my letters and animal experience, as well as the heavy course loads of upperlevel sciences were my strength. I'm SO excited to go to Iowa State and I definitely think it is the perfect school for me
. Everything always works out the way it should
. Feel free to PM me with any questions.