I am starting the BSN (trad) in the fall. I had a 3.5, a TEAS score in the 80s (overall score--not averaged against national or school averages), and had a strong recommendation letter from the director of a phd program at a major state school, out west. My school history is spotty. I've attended 5 colleges, have a number of withdrawals and a million credits with no degree. I think my letter and my essay got me in. Definatly shine in your essay. Don't write about anything boring or just list your achievements. I've been told that administrators literally just read the first 3 sentences and toss the boring/typical ones out, at that point. You need to be creative to keep their attention. They have thousands to read, each year. Hope to run I to a few of you, in a few months!!!!