Yeh, ya know..this is exactly what my state university back in California does. I made the wait list as well, but decided I wanted to start right now and I left the state and went through a private university. Granted the tuition is far more, but I am graduating in May
Is this school a state university? I think that makes all the difference actually. I know the sompetition to get into junior college and state unviersities is much higher than in private because the tuition is cheaper. Therefore, those programs can pick the "cream of the crop" in their eyes. For instance, being a minority and speaking more than one language for one of the programs back home, you are considered gold. Whereas, there might be someone like me who had a 3.5 when applying, isn't a minority and doesn't speak a second language fluently. The applicant next to me with a lower GPA got the spot because of those two criteria. Although I was waitlisted, they broke it down by what my grades in A & P and statistics were. They broke theirs down by a point system. Atleast, this is how it was back home. Even with the wait list, there was still not enough clinical space and I would have been in one semester later.
Another example was a local community college had only 30 spots ONE TIME per year. If you were a Marin county resident with proof of an electric bill or something, etc. You take precedence over anyone who is NOT from Marin county. Therefore, if you have 100 applications, with 30 of them being from Marin county and meeting the basic nursing school criteria, all of the spots are filled. Completely unfair, but the community college says it is about pulling from and helping the community out before anyone who isn't a member of the community. Understandable
For these crazy reasons, I left and moved to NYC and went private. The tuition is higher, but not everyone is competiting because not many people want to pay 20k per year for a nursing degree like I do.
Sorry, I went on a tangent.