An applicant's undergraduate academic performance is evaluated very closely during the admissions procedure. The grade point average for the 2017 entering class was 3.56. If your grade point average is below the 3.0 range, we recommend that you work on improving your grade point average. We also encourage applicants to include multiple terms with 15-18 academic hours per term.
A student's recent course work is stressed more so than what was completed during the Freshman year. We are more concerned about what your current capabilities are than what you did three or four years ago.
The specific course work completed is also an important factor during the selection process. Strong results in the upper level biology course work is a plus during the admissions procedure. If a student does not have a biology major, we recommend completing additional courses in biology above the minimum prerequisites, such as:
- Cell Biology
Another important item is whether or not the applicant is on a degree track. Less than ten percent of an entering class will not have a bachelor's degree at the time of enrollment. Applicants who will not have a degree finished by enrollment should at least be on a degree track, and should also be aware of exactly how many courses, and of what type, are needed to finish the degree. By maintaining a degree track, a student applying with three years of course work who is not accepted could apply the next year with a degree and would probably be a more competitive candidate.
If an applicant has completed a majority of the prerequisite courses at the Junior College level, the grade point average at the four year institution should be comparable. At least one full year should be completed at the four year College or University level.