Wait listed, but not excited!

  1. This thread was origninally posted in the NC forum, but I decided to re-post here.

    Yesterday I found out I have been wait listed for the Spring(2007) . I feel somewhat excited, but honestly I don't know how to feel?!!?!? The letter began with "Congratualtions"--you've accepted for spring 07 as wait list status. I guess this is bittersweet because right now all the clinical spaces are filled, and if one comes open then I will be notified. They are hoping to notifiy everyone by Dec. 22, but we could find out as late as January 8th(the first day of classes). I am feeling somewhat discouraged because I am not sure if there will be a spot for me. I called the school to inquire about the waitlist status and I was told that they will have a better idea of who is going to do what in a couple of weeks. The director told me that people aren't ranked on the waiting list, they just take the most qualified people from the list as spots open up. Is this fair? Would we even be on the wait list if we weren't qualified in some way?? We have to respond in writing if we want to accept our wait list status, and I have already done that. They only had 42 spots, and there are about 20 some people on the waiting list. I am trying to remain hopeful, but I also need to know how to prepare myself incase a space opens up. So I guess I am looking for some advice/reassurance. What should I do to prepare ??? Also has anyone been wait listed and actually been offered a spot? Thanks for letting me vent.....
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  3. by   MBARNBSN
    I do not like the idea that you are not ranked because you do not know if you are number 8 or number 20. However, I have read on here last year, last summer, and this past spring semester that people on wait lists of at LEAST 20 were all accepted.

    In addition all of the alternates at my school were accepted (alternates' list of 10)! The alternates in my school all were accepted because a few declined but most did not return his/her letter of intent on time!!

    Moreover, people within my group who did accept might drop because he/she does not have the money to purchase supplies, textbooks, etc. Not to mention a few complained that he/she cannot give up full-time jobs. Basically, the list is endless regarding the number of reasons people will drop or be dropped. So if I were you, I would prepare as I had a spot.

    Talk to the admissions people and ask them what the deadlines and requirements will be for you after January 8th if you are given a spot. This way you can start to prepare now. There is no time to sulk, when your spot is given to you, you need to be prepared to accept! Good luck. :spin:
  4. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from MBA2BRN
    I do not like the idea that you are not ranked because you do not know if you are number 8 or number 20. However, I have read on here last year, last summer, and this past spring semester that people on wait lists of at LEAST 20 were all accepted.

    In addition all of the alternates at my school were accepted (alternates' list of 10)! The alternates in my school all were accepted because a few declined but most did not return his/her letter of intent on time!!

    Moreover, people within my group who did accept might drop because he/she does not have the money to purchase supplies, textbooks, etc. Not to mention a few complained that he/she cannot give up full-time jobs. Basically, the list is endless regarding the number of reasons people will drop or be dropped. So if I were you, I would prepare as I had a spot.

    Talk to the admissions people and ask them what the deadlines and requirements will be for you after January 8th if you are given a spot. This way you can start to prepare now. There is no time to sulk, when your spot is given to you, you need to be prepared to accept! Good luck. :spin:
    I totally agree with this. Wait lists should be ranked.
  5. by   CityKat
    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.
  6. by   Epona
    Also... make sure you have your financial aid or money ready. Something to think about. I know you may not know until the bitter end, but be thinking about that SHOULD you get in. Hang tough and best of luck!

    I am starting in Jan. 2007 and financial aid and loans have been most challenging.

    Best to you! E


    :hatparty:
  7. by   iToniai
    Good luck, but I would start looking at other schools.
    Last edit by iToniai on Dec 21, '10
  8. by   Achoo!
    I was #18 on the list and got in. The class only took 24. The waiting list for our school is so long that many gave up, went into different schools or programs. Good thing for me
  9. by   Spoiled1
    Thanks everyone for the replies....

    The school I am wait-listed at is not a university program; it's a hospital based program, but it does offer bsn completion. I went by the school today to drop off financial aid forms, and my letter stating that I will accept my wait list status. I agree with the other posters, I am preparing as if I am going to have a spot. Even if I can't start in the Spring, then my application will be good for the Fall.

    Since it's close to the holidays, etc I am hoping people will drop, not send in their deposits ,or not send in their letter stating they accept wait list status (this was required). Sad huh? LOL. I feel really bad for wishing some one else give up a position so I can be offered one. I am not giving up yet! Also I am applying to two other schools which don't start until August. Thanks again everyone.

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