Applying to MN-Twin Cities

  1. I am currently a pre-nursing student at UW-Milwaukee. I am about to apply to nursing school and I am considering applying to MN-Twin Cities. Can anyone tell me what the ranking differences are between these two schools, the hiring percentage after graduation, and the overall quality of the programs. Lately I have been hearing some negative feedback from Milwaukee and I am now leaning towards the cities. However, I am not sure that I would be as competitive as other applicants for the program since it is much harder to get into the twin cities than it is at Milwaukee. My overall GPA is about a 3.3 and nursing GPA is a 3.5(ish). I have 300+ hours of volunteer work in a free clinic as well as being a member of AmericCorps Vista along with volunteer work in a hospital, and other little volunteer activities. I do not have my CNA or any health/nursing related jobs in the past. I have mostly just been working as a nanny for the past 2 years. I have also studied abroad in Hong Kong for a semester and I am dyslexic. Please give me any feedback as to whether or not I am up to par for MN nursing program. I hear that about 500 people apply while they only accept about 120 applicants.

    What did other people have for their applications? Does MN require an interview to be accepted (BSN program)? I need all the help I can get! I would be applying with the next month.

    All suggestions are welcome!
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  3. by   futurerninspire
    The long and short of it is that the schools are jam packed in the Twin Cities; most with extensive waiting lists. I hear that some are having luck at St Kates with little to no waiting or perhaps at other private schools where tuition may be a little bit higher. It sounds like you've accomplished so much! Congrats! It sounds like we have a ton of fabulous people interested in this profession and a serious shortage of educators! It will be tough to meet the nursing shortage demands but I have faith we'll be seeing expansion in enrollment opportunities soon! You might check into online baccalaureate programs for a BSN if you're really itching to get on with it. That way you can do college from home and do clinicals in your home town or wherever you choose.

    go get 'em!