Can anyone tell me a little bit about John's Hopkins nursing programs in regards to how difficult it is to get in. I've heard people compare it to ivy leagues so that is why I am asking. I am graduating in May with a bachelors degree in English. I plan on going to a community college for my nursing prereqs and then applying to schools in the Baltimore/ DC area.
Any thoughts would be helpful.
I would agree that JHU is comparable to an Ivy League in its name recognition. However, due to its cost I would assume that it may be a bit easier to get into then the other top notch nursing programs in the Balt/DC area (UMB, Towson, George Mason to name a few). In reality nearly every nursing program in MD is going to be difficult to get into and it really is on your shoulders to get a great GPA (I am sure you'll do great on the essay portion) and make yourself a competitive canidate.
I went to an open House at JHU, and at the time it was my number 1 choice. While I really liked the approach they took on nursing (that and not the name was the reason they were my first choice) I was a bit turned off on their sales pitch (at one time they explained why they were better than a local community college
). This, along with the costs made me take a serious look at UMB (my former #2) and I am glad I did. After going to UMB's open house it wouldnt have mattered if JHU was free, I was hooked. The facilities are great, the staff is amazing, and its ranked 7th in the Nation. In fact I like UMB so much that I didnt even apply to JHU as a back-up, its Maryland or bust for me.
Good luck in whatever route you take and remember to crush your pre-reqs.