Don't worry about not getting into those schools. They are very competitive with GPA. Just because you have a great grade point average doesn't mean you will be a great nurse. They should test common sense! lol Half the girls have no clue what they get themselves into. SM works with the same hospitals for clinicals as they do! People just don't know much about it cause it is such a small private school and very expensive and what not. Which will only work to our advantage. Having such a small class could be helpful. But then again they don't accept many people. I believe no matter what school you go to as long as it is accredited you will make out of it what you can and learn the same things as every other school. I don't think its just a learning experience but also a growing experience. You can't learn to be passionate or caring. You determine how good of a nurse you are. Not your school.
Just remember that and stay positive.