No offense taken! Honestly I didn't think I had a chance in h*** at getting in. Strangely enough I was not accepted to Shelton State Community College's ASN program but was accepted at UAB. Every school has some different method for making their decisions. I honestly would prefer to go to UA's nursing school
in Tuscaloosa because I live in Tuscaloosa, and I am not looking forward to the drive to B'ham everyday, but I couldn't take the chance of not getting in at Alabama either. They say they take 96 students on a strict GPA criteria in which the average GPA is between a 3.6-3.8. I honestly think those numbers are BS, based on a few friends who are currently in the program and knowing the type of student they were. In a perfect world, I think all programs would have the same acceptance criteria, and I really think all should require a face to face interview. I also have somewhat mixed emotions on programs like UAB that explicitly tell candidates that all honor students at UAB that wish to apply to UAB SON are automatically accepted granted that they maintain the proper grades. I don't think its fair to hinder a non-UAB student's chances just because they went somewhere else but wish to pursue their RN at a better program such as UAB. I don't know if I would reconsider not choosing a program based on someone elses acceptance situation though (mine for example - because they may have some different factors for 2nd degree students, who knows), especially when it is such a well known and respected program. I didn't mean to sound like I was bragging in my first post, just merely wanted to share a different perspective to those questioning whether or not they should even bother applying. As I previously stated, I had already convinced myself I would not be accepted, but applied regardless. There is no harm in it, just a few dollars worth of transcript requests. I realized after writing it that it may have come across in that way. I should have used some emoticons!