Having a low grade point average comes back to haunt you when it is time to apply get into a nursing school. Admissions administrators tend to take a dim view of low marks, and they generally award the available places to those whose have the best scores. Although this is the general rule, if you put some work into supplementing your application for nursing school, there is a chance that you might be able to get in, even though your marks are poor.

Prepare your case. Make a list of the reasons why your grade point average is so low. Be honest. If it was because you were too lazy to study, admit it. Once you identify the problem, you can begin to address it.

Get some health care experience before you apply. Volunteer at the local hospital or work with the Red Cross. Ask the agency if they would be willing to write a letter to support your application for nursing school.

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Get your doctor to write you a letter if your grade point average dropped because you were ill. Verification from your doctor and transcripts of earlier good grades may be enough to sway the decision in your favor.

Make an appointment to see the administrator in charge of admissions. Arrive with a list of carefully prepared reasons of why your marks are bad. Explain the situation in a clear, rational way.

Demonstrate that you are doing something about the problem. Go to the local community college and see if they are offering any upgrading programs. Check to see if the local library has any self-help study resources.

Write a letter about why your grade point average is low to accompany your application. State the reasons clearly and then follow up with what you are doing about it.

Persuade the administrator that you are serious about nursing school. It can help if you are able to something like: "I checked with the resource people at the nursing school and was told they offer special tutorials to help students with low marks. Pending acceptance, I have put my name on the list."

About the Author

Jody Hanson began writing professionally in 1992 to help finance her second around-the-world trip. In addition to her academic books, she has written for "International Living," the "Sydney Courier" and the "Australian Woman's Forum." Hanson holds a Ph.D. in adult education from Greenwich University.