Class of 2021! (accepted)
2+ Year Member
- May 12, 2016
Old anecdotes and schools' previous policies (and their previous interpretation of them) are generally not helpful to anyone currently applying.Call you local veterinarian, ask them if they know any colleagues who were accepted to vet school who were below the cut off.
Alternatively, we can start a thread asking if anyone was accepted to vet school below the cut offs.
I believe there were quite a few "violations" in the thread I posted.
Lastly, I pose the question back to you, have you read my posts at all?
Yes, I've read all your posts and the thread you linked to. There is no evidence of anyone being admitted below cut-offs. (In fact in that thread, there are a few instances of people being immediately rejected for being below a cut-off, including for being below a necessary GPA by only 0.02!) Many schools post the GPA range of accepted students, and I've never seen one with a GPA below a cut-off. Additionally, there are yearly threads (the "Successful Applicants" threads) where people post their GPAs/GRE scores/experience hours/etc. Many point out that they had lower than average stats, but there is absolutely no evidence of anyone being admitted when they are below a cut-off. This is despite literally hundreds of applicants posting their stats over the years. Again, please feel free to prove me wrong.
Some schools do not have cut-offs at all, and you'll certainly see applicants admitted with low GPAs. There is a difference between schools that post average or recommended stats and ones that have actual cut-offs. I'm not sure you understand that several schools have cut-offs and literally will not read your application if you are below them. At least one school does not read anyone's application and only makes interview invite decisions based on GPA/GRE.
We would be doing members a disservice if we did not point this out to those who post with low grades and scores. Applying is expensive and time-consuming. If someone really, really wants to apply despite not meeting eligibility requirements, that's up to them, but it would be foolish for us to not discourage it. But I think if you actually take the time to read through this thread, you'll see a lot more encouragement than discouragement. Yes, we point out where it might be best to not apply, but we also make recommendations based on the applicants' strengths. There are many posts and threads here with success stories and words of encouragement for people with lower stats (you've already found one!).
I understand that you simply want to encourage applicants and remind them that (at least for most schools) there's more to your application than your GPA. Absolutely feel free to continue doing that here- underdog success stories and cheerleading are always welcome. However, please make sure that your information is current and accurate, and that you're not needlessly criticizing people who donate their time to help others on here.