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So I may get a C in Organic Chemistry, what are my chances?

Discussion in 'Pre-Veterinary' started by Samarsanderz, May 14, 2014.

  1. Samarsanderz


    May 14, 2014
    So I am taking Organic Chemistry for the first time, and the semester is nearly over but I feel like I am most probably going to get a C in it. I have never gotten lower than a B in my life (my friends call me the C-virgin) o_O

    I am so worried that this will knock down my chances of getting into a vet school. I have a 3.67 cumulative GPA but it looks like its probably going to get knocked down to a 3.59 GPA.

    My top choice for vet school is UC Davis but at this point frankly anything is good. My science GPA before this incredibly tough semester was a 3.8 but now it might be a bit lower like probably a 3.6
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  3. epivetlove

    epivetlove Texas A&M c/o 2018! 2+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2013
    One C will not keep you from being accepted to vet school. You'll find that many amazing applicants on this forum got in with a C or 2 (or worse). If you're just now taking OChem, then you probably have several other pre-reqs (and other courses) to complete, so just shake it off and keep plugging away. You'll be fine. :)
  4. LetItSnow

    LetItSnow Skipping the light fandango Veterinarian 7+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2011
    Plymouth, MN, USA
    OH NOEZ! A C!

    Ok. Sorry. I'm not trying to mock yer pain, because I know it's probably disappointing to get a C.

    But seriously, it's one grade. Relax. Look forward, not backward. Don't make excuses for it being an "incredibly tough semester" because that's a crappy excuse. Figure out why you got a C and do what it takes to do better.

    But for down the road, yes, you can get in with a C in organic chemistry. I mean, a 3.67 is probably somewhere around the mean pre-req gpa for many/most vet schools. It's certainly going to be well within the mid 50th percentile.

    Go look at UCDavis's web site. The c/o 2017 GPA averages were: 3.69 (cumulative), 3.69 (science pre-req), and 3.81 (last 45). Looks to me like you're more or less on track. Just quit getting C's.
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  5. allygator13

    allygator13 SGU/UTK c/o 2018! 2+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2014
    On a slightly different note, if your professor curves at all you may get a pleasant surprise. I thought for sure I'd get a C in orgo 1 and ended up with a B thanks to the class curve.
  6. CloudlessNights

    CloudlessNights Tufts c/o 2017! 5+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2009
    Slow down there! I had 4 C's on my transcript (in Gen Chem 1/2, Orgo 2, and Genetics), and I was accepted with a 3.5 cumulative GPA to three schools (after being wait listed at all of them) on my first application cycle. Don't worry about it, move on, and kick ass in your remaining classes.
  7. Trilt

    Trilt love doc + puppy snuggler extraordinaire Veterinarian Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    I got a C in organic chemistry. Lots of Bs elsewhere, too. Still had a very respectable GPA and got in. Don't stress, but make sure you analyze and fix whatever made you get that lower grade so it doesn't become a pattern. :)
  8. Lissarae06

    Lissarae06 Insert Veterinarian Badge Here 7+ Year Member

    I got a C in organic I and II. I'm now a vet.
  9. dyachei

    dyachei vet robot pirate zombie Administrator Veterinarian 10+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2007
    same here
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  10. SocialStigma

    SocialStigma OVC c/o 2015 7+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2009
    Midwest, US
    My only C in undergrad was also in organic chem. It was the reason why I joined SDN actually, I was freaking out that it would ruin my chances of getting into vet school. Everyone reassured me that one C wouldn't have a huge impact and they were right, I still got in. Don't worry OP, as long as it's not the beginning of a downward trend, you're going to be fine!
  11. hbr1704

    hbr1704 2+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2013
    I got a c+/c in organic chem. I got in. Actually at one of my interviews they asked me about what was one of your toughest classes (and one of the interviewers said you can't say organic chem because that's hard for nearly everyone).

    Also, I did a lot better in biochem than in organic chemistry which I believe demonstrated to the admissions people that organic chem was a fluke (or something like that).
  12. WelshCob

    WelshCob Florida c/o 2017 5+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    I got a C in Orgo 1 and Bio 2
  13. jmo1012

    jmo1012 SGU (NCSU) c/o 2015! Veterinarian 5+ Year Member

    Mar 18, 2011
    Under the Sea
    I definitely had lots of Cs and Bs on my undergrad transcript and I'm about to start clinics in a few weeks. Also, it might look like your GPA is taking a hard hit at the moment, but I bet when you rack up a bunch more credit hours, it will barely make a dent, if at all.
  14. OH Bunny Girl

    OH Bunny Girl Ohio State 2016 5+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    I got C in Cell Biology, then retook it (with a different/better professor) and got a B+. If you don't feel comfortable with the material, you can retake it. Many schools will average grades of classes that are repeated.
  15. LetItSnow

    LetItSnow Skipping the light fandango Veterinarian 7+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2011
    Plymouth, MN, USA
    I heard you can't get into vet school without a 4.5 GPA and 10 letters of recommendation, including one from the president and another from the president's dog.
  16. WildZoo

    WildZoo Illegal in all 50 Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2013
    The doll factory
    But LIS, I only have a 4.49 :(
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  17. LetItSnow

    LetItSnow Skipping the light fandango Veterinarian 7+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2011
    Plymouth, MN, USA
    It's that A+ you got a year ago - not good enough. You need straight A+++'s. Find a new career, WZ. Soz.
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  18. heylodeb

    heylodeb Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Intern 7+ Year Member

    Oct 22, 2009
    C's in OChem (plus first anxiety attack and stomach ulcers....wish I was kidding) and Gen Chem II.

    One year till graduation from vet school - and surprise surprise, I still haven't used ANY OF THAT CRAP!.... *grumbles under her breath and crawls back into bed*
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  19. DVMDream

    DVMDream Don't disturb the snowflakes Veterinarian 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2009
    The Dragon School
    I was able to get the letter from the president's dog... I hope the adcoms know how to read in pawprint.
  20. CanHardlyWait

    CanHardlyWait VMRCVM c/o 2016 2+ Year Member

    I got, gulp, a D in organic chem 2 and thus had to retake it for vet school prereq purposes. Still got in to vet school on my first application round. You'll be fine.
  21. that redhead

    that redhead Veterinarian 7+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2010
    I don't even want to say what my transcript looked like. Started from the bottom now I'm here, though, so all those pre-reqs can bite my fourth year behind.
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  22. StartingoverVet

    StartingoverVet Flight Instructor for hire Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Neither here nor there.
    I was gonna make a joke about getting a LOR from Socks, the clinton's cat, but then checked and found out it died 5 years ago. Sad.

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