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Hi all,
Last week I had a long discussion with my o-chem teacher about applying to vet schools and she noted that I should open my mind to schools that weren't in my state (I'm in California). I was doing some research and I am very intrigued by the University of Edinburgh, but am having a difficult time finding what GPA they usually accept. I came across this information for US applicants: "a minimum grade point average of 3.4, with more than 3.0 in science courses which have been completed" (http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/applications-admissions/entry-requirements/usa). Anyways, I was hoping someone may know some information about this school :)
Thanks
 

DogTyred

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Yup, 3.4 is correct. There is also a 4 year graduate entry program (GEP) for people that have a relevant first degree. I will be attending this fall and am very excited about it. Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll try to answer them or find someone who can.
 

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Good for you to open your mind up to other options..... i got accepted to the 5 yr program with a GPA less than 3.4 and i know others as well. I got a conditional offer for the 4yr program, but decided the 5yr was better for me. My point is, that I think they tend to look at the big picture perhaps a little more than US schools (according to all hearsay) :)

It's a great school (i'm slightly biased) and there are quite a few of us here on SDN either already going, or headed over this fall.

Good Luck!
 
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Thanks!
If you don't mind me asking what were your GPAs?
Right now I have a 3.5 and am at a Junior College transferring to UC Davis (undergrad) for the fall *accepted already :). I am leaning towards applying next year, do you know if they require a bachelors degree? I have 3 years of experience at a Veterinary Hospital and 350-400 hours at a boarding facility. Any other recommendations?
 
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I'm heading to Edinburgh this fall too! :) I have an unconditional acceptance that is about to firm for the 4 year Graduate Entry Programme (same program as DogTyred.

My GPA currently is 3.41, but at the time of application, it was about 3.36, I believe. I have no idea if they even look at science or last 45 credit GPAs. My science GPA is around 3.5 and last 45 units is around 3.6 at the time of application (though it's gone up since then).

I don't think they require a bachelors, but I'm not sure. One of the key points I remember, though, when Dr. Corcoran spoke at Cal Poly about the University of Edinburgh (around February of 2009) was that if you're not accepted the first time, chances are you won't be accepted the second time either. At the time, I was the only person in the room who had applied to vet school. I don't know if that is totally true or not, but I applied anyways and got in.

I'm also from California and Davis was, at one point, my first and only choice. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
 

SoBeVet

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Hey Howister,

No you do not need a bachelors to get into Edinburgh. The 4-year program is for students that already have a relevant bachelors and that has a 3.4 GPA. Without a bachelors, you can be admitted into the 5 year program which is for non-traditional students, personal choice, students who don't have a bachelors, students below 3.4, and UK students that just graduated high school. Remember that in the UK there is no such thing as "undergraduate". They go directly into their career specialty straight out of high school.

I do know a student that is 19 years old, only did 2 years of undergrad in NY, and is finishing his 1st year of the 5 year program.

I myself am going into the 5 year program even though I'm 24 years old. My GPA was slightly below 3.4 and they still gave me the chance to get into vet school. Like what flyhi mentioned, the UK schools, I've noticed, look at the big picture and not solely on your GPA. GRE scores don't matter at all which is a big plus!

If you have anymore questions, there are a bunch of us that going in the Fall but also make sure to check out Glasgow, Dublin, and London! All are great schools as well!
 

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Ditto what SoBe and Chili said. I had around a 3.23 UG, but did really well in my sciences and took a fair amount of upper level courses. I also played 3 collegiate sports at the time. While my degree is over 15 years old, they initially offered me the 5 yr program. I deferred a year and inquired about the 4yr. They offered me the ability to change to the 4 year if i took two classes and received a B or better. I completed physics and got an A. Midway through Biochem, i realized the 5 year was a better fit, even though i had a solid B in the class. I have a ton of life experience in two other careers, but not much vet experience at all. UK schools are good for me in that sense (and others without thousands of hours) because they require EMS (extramural studies) which is all animal husbandry and then moves into clinical. This is above and beyond your classwork and is not required in the US. Because the UK students do essentially enter after high school (although it is different), they do not typically have much experience prior to entering.

Without knowing anything about you, your numbers sound competitive and I would encourage you to do more research on all of the UK and Australian schools. I have been over-the-top pleased with U of E and how they have handled everything up to this point. I am also in communication with some first and second years over there and they all seem to absolutely love it.

I wish my advisor had been more knowledgeable at the time i was graduating college. He told me I basically had to have a 4.0 to get in. It seems more and more US students are headed overseas and we have a great class already from SDN :love:
 

mht2k3

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Hey, I know this is an old topic, but was wondering if anyone lately has been accepted to Edinburgh with less than 3.4?

I'm a non traditional student (received a degree in math and computer science, but with a low GPA (3.0) in 2003). I've taken all of my science pre-reqs in the past few years and have a 3.95 for all of my prereqs. so my science GPA and last 45 are very high but my cumulative because of my past degree put me below a 3.4

I emailed them and it sounds like they are saying unless i take a "2 year pre-vet programme" then they will have to count my last bachelors degree and if i dont have a cumulative of >3.4 i wont be considered, but it seems based off this topic that some people have actually got accepted with below a 3.4 cGPA.

Anyways just curious of recent students experiences or if I shouldn't waste my time/money applying.
 
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Hey, I know this is an old topic, but was wondering if anyone lately has been accepted to Edinburgh with less than 3.4?

I'm a non traditional student (received a degree in math and computer science, but with a low GPA (3.0) in 2003). I've taken all of my science pre-reqs in the past few years and have a 3.95 for all of my prereqs. so my science GPA and last 45 are very high but my cumulative because of my past degree put me below a 3.4

I emailed them and it sounds like they are saying unless i take a "2 year pre-vet programme" then they will have to count my last bachelors degree and if i dont have a cumulative of >3.4 i wont be considered, but it seems based off this topic that some people have actually got accepted with below a 3.4 cGPA.

Anyways just curious of recent students experiences or if I shouldn't waste my time/money applying.
Hi mht2k3, I am in a very similar position as you! Wondering if you were ever able to get to the bottom of this? I am also hearing from Edinburgh that below a 3.4 overall GPA is not considered, but people on here have said theres a possibility?
 

mht2k3

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Hi mht2k3, I am in a very similar position as you! Wondering if you were ever able to get to the bottom of this? I am also hearing from Edinburgh that below a 3.4 overall GPA is not considered, but people on here have said theres a possibility?
They finally got back to me and told me that situations like this would still be considered but will most likely only be considered for their 5 year program and not the 4 year "accelerated" program. I've heard from others though that sometimes when you get accepted into the 5 year program you have the option of deferring for a year, taking a few upper level bio courses during that time in which you need to get above a B and then entering their 4-year program.