I'll defiantly keep y'all updated on Ross.
I am living on campus first semester, coming home for 2 weeks, and bringing my dog back in September.
I choose Ross over SGU because Ross is closer, more established, their accelerated program, and it can be financed through Stafford loans (which is a big help for me, poor student with bad credit).
I know tons of people that went to Ross and they all said they loved it. One friend at SGU said she wouldn't do it all over again. One kid who just transfered out of SGU hated it. I really think any school is what you make of it. I didn't let a few student's opinions sway mine.
I am an extremely motivated individual, who has done more on the animal welfare field already than some vets will do in a lifetime. I have a crappy family that never gave me a dime, so I always had to balance school and work. It's not easy. I have a mortgage to pay, and school has often had to take a back burner. I'm very bright but I am often bored with classes... and my grades have suffered. Next option would have been to get a masters, but since CSU just increased tuition for the master's program and plenty of super-qualified students with masters were denied admission to vet school this year, I didn't want to waste my money and get denied again next year.
With the arrogance of the staff and the low case load CSU has been seeing (my instate school), I didn't want to bend over backwards to get in. They have been sending students home early for months now due to low case loads (may have something to do with a new equine clinic opening out east, and locals finally have choices....). I know a few people currently enrolled, and they are not happy (to say the least). In state tuition is a great deal (relatively speaking). OOS tuition will cost as much as Ross will.
I spoke with a friend who's OOS at CSU about going to Ross. He said, it is all what you make of it. You will only be as good as you want to be. He told me, without hesitation, to head out to Ross. A professor encouraged me to go rather than to spend a few more years trying to grab the attention of CSU's adcoms (interesting enough, I always seem to grab the attention of the fly on the wall here...)
I LOVE the idea of being able to go anywhere for my clinics. I'm hoping to head out east to Cornell or Penn, where I can see a ton of cases in the fields I am interested in.