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May we ALL get in with 51 points! I wonder how long we will have to accept a seat if offered a position. Does anyone know??? My reason is that I wonder if it's even really possible to apply to both programs with the dates being so close... I'm thinking we may have a month to decide if accepted to Santa Fe, and the deadline for UF's program is Dec 15th. I was thinking about putting my UF application in soon, but there's an application fee and it doesn't look like you can really apply to both and choose one over the other. It is a safety measure if I am declined a seat, though... It's possible to not even get accepted to any program at all. Any thoughts?
I am in a very similar situation. I have applied to the ASN and it is my first choice. Sadly, I only have 46 points. I graduated Cum Laude from UF, but because Santa Fe uses ALL college courses to calculate GPA, including my naive freshman year, my overall GPA is lower than I expected.
I am also going to apply to UF's ABSN program if I do not get accepted at Santa Fe.
How many positions they offer is market dependent. I have heard that they spring semester is less competitive because there are typically less applicants. People have said that 51 is the minimum, but that is not true from what advising told me. You may see my other post in this feed for more details.
If you get accepted and the ASN is your first choice, why would you hesitate to accept?
The UF ABSN application is due Dec. 1
and they do not typically release decisions until mid spring. Due to the timing, you are right, there is not really a way to choose one over the other. It would be a risk to decline acceptance to the ASN program because UF will not release decisions until after the ASN program begins.
I have considered that I could start the ASN program and leave the program if accepted to the UF program, but I would feel guilty to do that and it would be a waste of money.
Soo... All of that to say that I am in the same situation and my plan is to wait for Santa Fe decisions. If I do not get accepted, then I will apply to the UF program because we will still have almost 2 months to complete the application process after Santa Fe decisions are released.
Why is the ASN program your preference? I am a bit torn about which program is my preference because I have heard that Santa Fe's program is better, but local hospitals require that you get your BSN within 2 years after starting. So, if I don't do the ABSN program, I will probably have to spend more time in school.
Any thoughts? Do you know anything about the starting salary difference between nurses with ASNs vs. BSNs?