I was accepted to GBCC for this fall also, but I did not apply to Manchester because I will be commuting from Saco, Maine! Manchester is simply too far and moving is not something I really want to do. I wish I could help you, but I'm afraid I know nothing about Manchester and to be quite frank don't know all that much about GBCC aside from their pass rates. I am graduating in May with my B.S. in Health Sciences and a minor in Holistic Health from the University of Southern Maine, which was not my plan but that's how it has ended up.
I applied to the Options Program for Non-Nursing Bacheloriate holders to become an FNP, but did not get in. When there are 110 applicants for 24 slots even a 3.429 is not good enough. I applied to an accelerated BSN with USM, same deal: 24 slots and I didn't get in. I also applied to their regular BSN program, but they take their sweet time making the decission and I will not hear anything until April which is when the deadline is at GBCC. So I've decided I don't need to collect Bachelor's degrees and twice the student loan debt to be a good RN and I've made my tuition deposit at GBCC. If schedueling is part of your dilema, the Fall Course Catalog is out, but the director of Nursing says specific clinical sites have not been determined. Orientation at GBCC is on May 15th at 9am.
As for the grads of a specific program entering Master's programs, bear in mind that many people going through community college often have small children, which might prolong their efforts in seeking a further degree or perhaps some students aspire to enter a Master's program some day but would like gain a solid clinical experience base before applying. Trust me applying to a Nursing Master's program is very stressful and pretty intimidating. Also keep in mind that every school looks at different things. A friend of mine from USM has a similair GPA as me, has a job as a CNA in Portland, has a previous B.S. degree, and she has applied but not been accepted 3 times to USM nursing. When she spoke with advising about what she could do to help her chances of getting in, she was told she did not have enough volunteer hours on her resume!!! BSN and MSN schools
are entirely different animals... can't tell I'm ready to return to community college can you? In other words, someone could have been an outstanding student, but didn't get in because of a lack of volunteer hours! I would love to volunteer someday, but first I need to be able to pay my own bills before I can help others! Much like many of you, if I have a little free time, I should be studying, working, or cleaning my messy house!
Whatever it is that you decide, I'm sure it will work out! Try not to agonize or stress too much, take a deep breath and a few steps back to give it a little time to simmer in your mind. The answer will probably come when you least expect it! If I had to guess I'd say I think both places probably have fairly equal quality programs and either program you choose will be what you make of it. A college can only do so much, the rest is up to us lucky students who were accepted! :-) If anyone hears of a GBCC student commuting from southern, Maine send them my way I want to carpool!