Hi Hannah, I am a Goldfarb student. About to graduate next week!
I hate to say that those waiting list numbers do not look good. There will be a lot of movement, but don't count on starting before January 2015.
Upper division is definitely a better program than Accelerated. The school loves the Accelerated students and they are favored over us, but the UD program is better planned and I think you get a lot more out of it. Lots of students in UD also have degrees and chose not to do Accelerated.
Have you applied to other nursing programs
in St. Louis? In my class I think that very few students would recommend Goldfarb. We have had some great teachers and good hospital experiences. However that ought to be the minimum you should expect from a nursing school
. They say that all of the faculty have Ph.D.s or are working to get them. That is not true. The administration is poor. Students that should fail are pushed through. Bad teachers (not just someone I don't like, I mean truly can't teach) return over and over. Most of all when problems are brought to the attention of administration, they do nothing. Don't get me wrong, I am not 19 years old and I don't expect the world to jump when I crack the whip. But genuine issues have been brought to administration and students are put down or ignored. Cheating is tolerated or people get their wrist slapped.
They are so proud of the sim labs, but you spend hardly any time in them especially after second term. We asked over and over for more sim time to supplement weak areas that we had in clinicals, but we were turned down. They will tell you that they have a high NCLEX pass rate, but I know that last term's graduates (April 2013) had a pass rate less than 90%. Also, Lutheran School of Nursing, which is a diploma program, has an excellent pass rate for every class. The state makes all of that information available for public search, so check it out.
It's definitely worth it to get a BSN, so I wouldn't look at the community colleges or Lutheran for that reason. If you have applied and are accepted to SLU, Maryville, or UMSL I would go there first in a heartbeat. You will get the same education for the same cost (or less) and have a much better experience. Goldfarb is OK at best. People associate it with Barnes and it benefits from the name, but it is not the same product and it is not worth the long wait to start school if you have other options. I needed to go to Goldfarb for personal reasons that I won't go into.