I am at UAB right now, and my advisor told me that they are expecting to be able to give out 260 applications and there are only 110 spots.
According to her, when you apply for regular admission to the BSN program, you are one of three "classes" of students.
1. Transfer Student -- taken bulk of coursework at a school other than UAB
2. Native Student -- taken ALL of coursework at UAB
3. Second Degree Student -- already have a bachelor's degree in something else and desire to be a nurse
Native students are given first priority (probably b/c they have spent all of their money at UAB)
GPA is a huge factor when it comes to applying to any program. They assume that if you do really well in all of your pre-nursing classes, then you will more than likely be successful in the nursing program
The other huge factor is your Letter and volunteer or paid work hours.
There is a group of people that sit around and review each application and based on how the "pass out" applications, there is no guarantee that just b/c you have a good GPA and have done your work hours doesn't mean that you will get in the program.
None of us knows exactly what they are looking for, but we can sure try to write that perfect letter and have the 60 hours of work and have the best GPA we can get....
Good luck on trying to get in in spring!