Out of more than 6,200 applicants to colleges of veterinary medicine across North America, 162 of the best and brightest made the cut to call themselves the Class of 2015 at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
There are 143 women and 19 men who will join the college, with 63 coming from beyond the Ohio borders. They ranged in age, upon acceptance, from 20 to 39.
Combined they have a grade-point average of 3.65 and GRE scores of 1192. Before being accepted, they have logged, on average, 1,702 veterinary experience hours and 4,935 hours of experience caring for animals.
Our class of 2015 comes from all walks of life. The class includes gardeners, a pilot, rock climber, a teacher of English Sign Language, a park ranger, a certified high-ropes instructor, a stilt-walker, and an investment analyst. There are artists in the group as well, including photographers and writers, and enough musicians to start a band.
The class is also civic minded, with members who volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, church youth groups and Bible School, local food pantries and nursing homes, Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, at wildlife rehabilitation facilities, and horse rescues.
They enjoy a wide range of sports, including biking, boxing, dancing, ice hockey, gymnastics, marksmanship, tennis, scuba diving, soccer, skiing, volleyball, Frisbee golf, and Pistol Club. They are valedictorians and National Merit finalists, and members of the National, Golden Key and Latin honor societies, and Mortar Board. Club membership include Biology Club, 4-H, FFA, and The National Society of Leadership and Success: Sigma Alpha Pi.
Please welcome the Class of 2015.