If anyone out there is still checking this thread.....
I met with an advisor at the nursing school yesterday to discuss the specifics of why I was on the waiting list. After all the application points were added up, I wound up being 0.2 points away from the average point total of the accepted applicants. I had a total of 21.8 pts., people who were accepted had an average of 22 pts. So, I was --->this close<--- to making the cut, LOL. I have two B+ and one B in my "Area D" science series, and the only thing the advisor suggested would be to try to retake those classes to get A's. Those B's lowered my program GPA (3.68) a bit. She advised that a program GPA of 3.8 or better would make me more competitive. However, I wouldn't be able to retake those classes by Spring 2013, and the advisor said it was up to me to decide it would be worth it or not. The good news is that when the final grades come in for this past semester, I expect to get A's in two of pre-req classes, so that should bump up my program GPA. I also still have 3 pre-reqs to complete in summer, so if I do well in those, my GPA will be increased as well.
*Someone (not me) has already been accepted from the waiting list, so it does happen. But, a person was also added to the waiting list, so I'm still in the same spot as a few weeks ago - #4 for the ACE track.
*A few people (2, I think) who were accepted have not yet committed to the school, so the advisor will be following up with them. If they do not respond within a few days, then they will look to fill their spots with people on the waiting list.
*The waiting list is active up until the first day of the semester. Anything can happen, so some acceptees may decline/drop out at the last minute, and their spot would be filled by someone on the waiting list.
*The admissions rubric will be changed slightly starting in Spring 2013. Points will be assessed based on an applicant's volunteer activities - I did not ask for details about this (I'm sure they will be posted soon anyway), but if you know of someone who will be applying in the next year, tell them to do some volunteer work before applying! *If someone from the waiting list is accepted, the school will make several attempts to contact the student, via phone, email, and voice mail.
The rumor that the student is only given one chance to answer "the call" is not
*If you're on the waiting list and want to re-apply for the following semester, you DO NOT
have to submit a whole new application. You can go the the School of Nursing website and do an "Application Update". You do not have to re-submit your essay, short answers, or recommendation letters.
So, my advice to future applicants is the following:
-Try to have a program GPA of at least a 3.8 before applying.
-The more A's you have, the better!
-Volunteer. It couldn't hurt, and will definitely help you in your career, not just for applying to nursing school.
-Don't be afraid to talk to an advisor at the School of Nursing if you have questions. They are there to help, and can help you navigate your way through the annoying application process.
I'm still feeling good about my chances for getting in for Fall 2012. I will also do an application update for Spring 2013. I have 3 classes to take this summer, so I'm not going to waste time worrying about where exactly I am on the waiting list. Ultimately, the decision is in His hands. I'll still be a nurse someday!