Wrote my last post in another thread before you posted the new thread...so to your questions.
1. The GPA cutoff in the past for traditional had been around 3.3 - 3.4, but that was degree GPA, not cumulative. Call the nursing office, ask the secretary...she's very nice.
2. The course load is tough at first, but gets better as you go along. Plus, it's a family oriented atmosphere, as in the nursing students are like family, so there's a GREAT support system.
3. I graduated with someone from NOLA. They ended up getting an apartment in BR. BUT, I also graduated with a bunch from Covington who regularly made the drive to BR, which is close to the same drive as from NOLA. Your first semester is almost daily, but it is gradually reduced as you progress through the program. My last semester, I had 1 day on campus, and 2 days in the hospital. Oh, and they use hospitals in BR, Hammond, and the North Shore areas, so you can get a clinical closer to home.
Hope this helps, and good luck!