I understand how you feel. I applied to my program last fall, to start in January of this year. I knew 20 other people that applied, and 2, other than myself that got in!
So once again I knew at least 25 people who applied again for admission this fall. Many of these were people who didn't get in the time before, and who had just been waiting. I only know one person in the new class, and she is someone who had applied for the first time.
Out of curiosity I asked one of the instructors how many people had applied. They said 185! For a program that accepts 30 people!!!!!!
The program says that they do admissions based upon a lottery system, with no thought or priority given to gpa, or admission letters. There is no interview. But I highly doubt that they tell the truth about that. I have seen a suspicious number of people with previous degrees. I see a amazing number of people who have already worked in healthcare as CNA's. I see a high number of adult students (of which I am one), and I see a lot of people who are highly motivated to get high grades. I think what they do is comb through the stacks of applications, choose those that they want based on applications and gpa, and then do a lottery for whatever spots are left.
This wouldn't bother me except they need to be up front about it. The way they are doing it now leaves no room for them to be regulated. Because they are not following their own rules, there is no way to hold them accountable for their decisions. It is not as if, by doing things the way they are that there is any higher of a retention rate in the classes. At the end of first semester we had already lost 1/3 of our class. Most of these are people who failed a class, and will have to petition to be added to the next, thereby taking up a spot that could be used by someone that is patiently waiting for the opportunity.
It would be better if they were to do several things. 1. Set out a set of standards for admission that do not allow those with C averages to think that they have a equal chance with those who get A's and B's---this just isn't fair. People are waiting months for a letter that they really don't have a shot at getting. Also, if people know that they need a 3.5 to get into a program they will work harder to get it. 2. Stick by the admission standards. When you play around with the rules, you often are disappointed with the results.
Don't get me wrong, I think that the program that I am in is great. The NCLEX pass rate is well over 80%. I feel extremely lucky to get in.
For those of you who have to wait to get into a program, I would suggest that you take whatever classes you can for general ed. If you are waiting to get into a ADN program, go ahead and get your associates in Health Science, or another related degree. The requirements are usually very close to the prereq's that you have already taken. This will also look good to your program because they will know that you don't have any other classes to take your time away from nursing work. You can also go into the division office and ask if there is anything that you can do to improve your chances. They may not tell you, but it can never hurt. Good luck. Do not give up. Know that you are not alone.:kiss :kiss