Do you remember your GPA?

  1. It amazes me to read these posts from all the current students, who have GPAs of >3.75 and they're concerned about not getting in. I went to a 4 year college that accepted freshmen right into the nursing program and enjoyed those years. I was on the swim team and features editor of the newspaper, and although I did get good grades, they weren't great, and I didn't particularly care. I passed NCLEX my first time out and don't think my lack of a 4.0 has ever hurt me. Has it always been so difficult to win entrance into other types of programs?
  2. Poll: Your GPA is/was...

    • 3.75 and above

      48.39% 15
    • 3.5-3.75

      19.35% 6
    • 3.0-3.5

      29.03% 9
    • 2.5-3.0

      3.23% 1
    31 Votes
  3. 17 Comments

  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Where i came from in WVa, you were looking at a 2-3 year wait to get into that 4 year nursing program. GPA was considered.

    I think more of the concern for some has a lot to do with how many are competing for how many seats, and the wait lists, and not always the actual GPA.
  5. by   dianah
    I made straight A's in HS, but sadly not in college (I think I ended up with a 3.34). But in the real world, no one asks about your GPA if you have your RN. Too bad nursing schools are so, so competitive for entry; 4.0 GPA does NOT de facto a good RN make! We've all seen ("experienced") RNs who lack critical thinking skills and good old-fashioned common sense, or who have problems with prioritizing and/or organization . . .

    On the other hand, KUDOS to those who do make 4.0 in college and nursing school! I do tip my hat to you!!
    Last edit by dianah on Sep 4, '06
  6. by   suebird3
    I had alotta "B's", a few "A's", and one "C". I passed NCLEX, so I must have learned something....

  7. by   dianah
    Quote from suebird3
    I had alotta "B's", a few "A's", and one "C". I passed NCLEX, so I must have learned something....


  8. by   Reno1978
    Hehe, I am one of those nursing students who worked hard to get great grades in college because it is so competitive to get into a nursing program these days. I just started a week ago today in my nursing program, which admit 48 students based on GPA. Faculty mentioned during one of our classes that 127 people had applied!

    Of course, I know I worked harded with that goal in mind. If I went to college right out of high school, as opposed to waiting until 8 years later, I probably wouldn't have been so concerned about my grades.
  9. by   GooeyRN
    Most people had to wait a few years to get into the program I graduated from. Those with the highest GPA's AND most prereq's finished were the ones that got in. Those who were LPN's, Dental Hygenists or surgical techs with high GPA's and all prereqs finished got in with no problem, no wait. And you never knew if you were going to be accepted into the program until 1-3 months before the semester started. So if you wanted in, you had to have a high GPA and have all pre-reqs finished. Once you were in, you only had to maintain a C average.
  10. by   HeartsOpenWide
    For me, keeping up my GPA (3.55) was not just about getting into a nursing program. I knew once I got in that my grades would more than likely not be as high. In order to get into a Masters program you have to have at least a 3.0...I figured the higher the GPA I had before entering the nursing program, the better my chances of staying above a 3.0...although now that I am in it I am not sure how the heck I am going to do it. I guess periodical "I must be the dumbest student in class" is suppose to happen and, anyone who denies it has ever happened to them in arrogant and should just wait...IMO
  11. by   Roy Fokker
    My GPA is nothing to write home about. I think I graduated with a 3.0
    But I've never been a "good grades" guy - I suck at tests.

    It's always been an interesting paradox - in class or clinicals, I'm impossible to beat. I'll answer almost any question thrown my way or ask interesting questions of my own. I've always gotten great responses on my labs and clinicals.

    But tests....
  12. by   Tweety
    I too went to a program that didn't take your GPA into consideration because they took students straight from high school. It was on a first-come-first in line to get in. There was a waiting list.

    Nowadays with the long waiting lists, schools have went to a "pre-req" system and require high GPAs. I'm glad I missed that. Although I might not have had a problem. I finally graduated with a 3.8 from my ADN program. So far after 12 classes I have a 4.0. But I realize from my 3.8 that having a 3.8 didn't mean a hill of beans the last 15 years.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    It was a 4.0 in my associates' degree program prior to nursing school---and I carried a 4.0 in nursing school (barely, it was very difficult).

    And yes, in the selection process, the GPA mattered a lot....but it was weighted more equally with other things back then (9 years ago). NOW it seems to me, far, far too much emphasis is placed on the GPA of a given nursing school candidate. I think to weed out "bad" candidates, an oral and/or written interview would not be a bad idea. Not EVERYone who would be a terrific nurse carries a 4.0, nor should they have to! I know quite a few "C" students who are terrific, compassionate and intelligent people and would be huge assets to nursing and medicine.
  14. by   NursesRmofun
    I remember my GPA and would like to forget. LOL.
  15. by   Medic2RN
    I graduated college with a BA in psychology and had a GPA that I would not write home about. When I returned to the classroom for nursing, I felt like I had to 'make up' for the crappy grades I had received ages ago in order to continue on to graduate school. I guess I overcompensated because I managed a 4.0 all of my RN classes. Yeah! Now, I hope it helps me in the future!