USF vs UMD

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    Hey everyone my name is Ms. Bryant and I am currently making a very heavy decision...recently I was accepted into the following schools Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California, and I am waiting to hear back from University of Maryland and Pace University...my plan is to study for an accelerated BSN since I already hold a BSN in Pre Physical Therapy...concerning Fairleigh Dickinson I was unable to attend because they do not allow 2 year BSN students to stay on campus...it was a crushing blow because that was my first pick of school because it was convenient to my family in NJ and MD and near NYC for social fun....based on the reviews about Pace University that I have read I have now become skeptical of attending their nursing program...applying to NYU and Columbia were out of the question because they were entirely too pricey and I had grown tired of taking and studying for standardized tests...

    My question is based on your personal information or experience what would you recommend...to give a little more background the nursing program i applied to is located at Shady Grove Campus and is much less expensive than attending and staying on campus in Baltimore or College Park...it would also save me a large amount of money...on the other hand I would like to move out and have a new experience for the next 2 to 3 years while living in San Francisco

    What advice would you give in attending either program based on reputation

    TIA
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    Hello,
    I live in the Bay Area and if expense is a concern USF is not the place. SFO is a great place to live in but also expensive. USF has a good reputation but it would not be my first choice for undergrad.
    Nscorpiored likes this.
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    Quote from RoeH
    Hello,
    I live in the Bay Area and if expense is a concern USF is not the place. SFO is a great place to live in but also expensive. USF has a good reputation but it would not be my first choice for undergrad.
    Can you elaborate as to why you wouldn't choose USF for your choice for undergrad. Expense isn't so much a problem if I were to get into my local school that would still be some expense...seeing as though nursing school isn't cheap no matter what...my plan is to have my scholarship and grants lined up....are you saying their nursing school isn't the best to attend since I am only doing my last years there to acheive my BSN
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    I'd go with UMB...I go there now and it is top 7 in the nation for nursing schools...highly recommend!
    Nscorpiored likes this.
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    Quote from JStollRN
    I'd go with UMB...I go there now and it is top 7 in the nation for nursing schools...highly recommend!
    Thanks can you tell me how the program is...the one I applied to is at Shady Grove Campus and I am waiting to hear back from them...I am banking on USF as a secondary because I would prefer to stay on the East Coast near my immediate family but am tired of living at home...how are the teachers and the program

    When will you be finished

    Would you change anything about the program

    Do you attend the one at Shady Grove Campus or Baltimore
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    I currently go to UMD at Baltimore. I would say that my education there has been pretty good, but I have not gone to any other nursing school. I graduate in about a month from now. Would I change anything about the school? I would try and do away with a lot of these little assignments that ask of us. Asides from that, I do not have any complaints. You would have plenty of clinical placements to choose from and the professors will do what they can to give you the experiences you seek. I would imagine that rent would be a lot cheaper around the Bmore campus than Shady Grove.
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    Quote from shamus
    I currently go to UMD at Baltimore. I would say that my education there has been pretty good, but I have not gone to any other nursing school. I graduate in about a month from now. Would I change anything about the school? I would try and do away with a lot of these little assignments that ask of us. Asides from that, I do not have any complaints. You would have plenty of clinical placements to choose from and the professors will do what they can to give you the experiences you seek. I would imagine that rent would be a lot cheaper around the Bmore campus than Shady Grove.
    Thank you very much for your insight...the only reason why I chose the Shady Grove campus is because I can stay at home with my family and not have to rent...it is less than a 20 minute drive from my house and is much cheaper than relocating to the Baltimore area...it sounds promising if you ask me if I do get in I will consider it over USF for financial reasons...guess family has to put up with me for another 18 months or so
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    I am doing the online RN-BSN program...I, like yourself, already held a previous B.S. degree in another field. I went to Howard Community college after my first degree and completed their accelerated nursing program in 13 months to become a RN. So now that I have been working at a RN, I am taking classes part-time at UMB online. So I am technically a Baltimore campus student, but all my classes are online. I am not 100 percent sure what the differences are between classes from my program to the traditional BSN program. I only have to take 10 classes to get the BSN. I am about to finish my first two, so it will be a couple years before I finish...no rush though!

    I agree with the previous poster that UMB has a lot of little assignments and GROUP assignments that suck a lot, but I feel like they'd be in any program.

    Good luck hearing from UMB! They take forever to give people decisions by the way!
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    Quote from JStollRN
    I am doing the online RN-BSN program...I, like yourself, already held a previous B.S. degree in another field. I went to Howard Community college after my first degree and completed their accelerated nursing program in 13 months to become a RN. So now that I have been working at a RN, I am taking classes part-time at UMB online. So I am technically a Baltimore campus student, but all my classes are online. I am not 100 percent sure what the differences are between classes from my program to the traditional BSN program. I only have to take 10 classes to get the BSN. I am about to finish my first two, so it will be a couple years before I finish...no rush though!

    I agree with the previous poster that UMB has a lot of little assignments and GROUP assignments that suck a lot, but I feel like they'd be in any program.

    Good luck hearing from UMB! They take forever to give people decisions by the way!
    Yes they do take forever I am about to send in my USF non refundable tuition and housing deposits because if I wait any longer I may not get anything...it really irks me because if I do get in I cant' get that money back and if I wait too late I could be screwing myself over...well I will just have to take a loss on that then...as for the small assignments my mother had to do that and the group work...she did her Master's degree online and it took several years to do it because life usually got in the way ...so I expect there to be assignments that are trivial just like when I had to take classes for my first BSN it was just ridiculous...but thanks for the info because if I do get in I can save a large amount of money


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