Well that sucks! (with the 60 per semester now). I did some looking and they changed it back in 10/2009. This apparently was due to the economy. They cut back on staff, therefore the class size was adjusted accordingly. Wish they would have sent out letters to those on the wait list that has applied before the change. The Lottery # you're assigned doesn't change. Think of it as an ID # for lottery purposes. The other # is adjusted (down) each time students apply and/or get accepted into the program. You should get a letter for each lottery so you know what your place "In Line" is. The first letter I recieved was 424, then 221, and now 111. With this last letter I was required to sign a "Letter of Intent"(which I thought was weird) to the program and take the HESI. I Don't know why the Letter of Intent?? It's not like I'm gonna go NFL, NBA, or MLB anytime soon. LOL!
I didn't apply to any other school because Mt Sac is the most convientent for me. I would have applied to other schools
but none of them are standardized. Each school requires some other prerequiset to their program. So I figured it would be a waste of time to go to different schools and finish what they required and be put on a wait list there too. Besides my current employer has a 20/40 program. I'll get to work part time 20 hr per week yet still get paid my full time wage and benefits.
I took the HESI exam today 2/9/2010 and passed. I actually did extremely well on it! I hope the other students did also.
Good luck to you!!