ABSN at NJCU or UMDNJ - page 3

by chiasmus100 7,235 Views | 35 Comments

Hi Everyone, I am just wondering as to your thoughts between NJCU and UMDNJ? Rutgers is my first choice. Which of these schools has a better reputation in your opinion? I think I would go for NJCU because one would be done... Read More


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    Quote from chiasmus100
    Oh, you're not applying here. Mind if I ask where you are applying?
    I was initially going to stick to NJ schools but am looking to branch out - Duke (dream school), UNC Chapel Hill, Emory, U-Texas, to name a few.

    As you can see, I want out of the Mid-Atlantic region. I've grown tired of the East Coast, cold weather, etc. Better quality of life is located in the South, in my opinion, and your salary can go considerably further.

    But I digress. Best wishes with your applications.
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    Quote from Glad2baSN
    You are NOT a UMDNJ student, so don't give advise as if you know UMDNJ. The School of Nursing IS on the UMDNJ campus. UMDNJ is a big campus. You not applying to UMDNJ gives another student a chance to get in. Make sure when you one day become a nurse, if you do, you apply to hospitals in "good" neighborhoods so you can feel good about being a nurse.
    Looks like I've striked a nerve. I do not have to be a UMDNJ student to relay factual information on the surroundings of your school. Your own faculty/coordinator spoke of this reality. Oh, but what does she know, right? She isn't a UMDNJ student.

    And according to this map:

    http://sn.umdnj.edu/about/mapsdir/newarkmap.pdf

    The Stanley S. Bergen Building is not part of the central campus, nor does it have an aesthetically pleasing appearance. It's run down.
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    hi! you are so helpful with your comments. i was trying to put in an application for the summer admission but i havent raised much money yet for the program so am thinking about applying for the fall semester. i would be glad if you could give your honest opinion about the program... ie how difficult and time consuming is the program? upon acceptance, did you have to write an entrance exam? how difficult was the exam? and if i may ask, what was ur undergrad. gpa as well as science gpa...
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    Quote from cocanam
    hi! you are so helpful with your comments. i was trying to put in an application for the summer admission but i havent raised much money yet for the program so am thinking about applying for the fall semester. i would be glad if you could give your honest opinion about the program... ie how difficult and time consuming is the program? upon acceptance, did you have to write an entrance exam? how difficult was the exam? and if i may ask, what was ur undergrad. gpa as well as science gpa...
    Also are you a Rutgers alum (kidding!)
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    lol! nope.... am kind of new to this website and i think its interesting though. my comment was intended for someone else... my bad....
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    hi Glad2baSN! did you have to write an entrance exam upon acceptance ? if yes how difficult was it? can you give your honest opinion about the program.. is it doable? if i may ask, what was ur undergrad gpa as well as science gpa? thanks
    Last edit by cocanam on Jan 12, '12
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    Quote from 2bEsqtoRN
    Absolutely not. UMDNJ is in the heart of the ghetto. At the informational session we were advised to only park in certain areas as cars are frequently stolen in broad daylight. It's in an environment where you don't hang around after classes.

    I personally found Rutgers-Newark's nursing school to be far more aesthetically pleasing. It actually felt like I was part of a campus setting with coffee shops, etc. nearby. I just felt alot safer.

    am sorry 2bEsqtoRN, you are wrong about this whole rutgers/umdnj thing. rutgers, umdnj, njit and essex county college are located at the same place and i guess just 2 minutes drive from each other. cars are even stolen around rutgers at gun point so i am kind of lost as to what you're talking about. there is no difference though... rutgers is more beautiful but not 100 percent safer.
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    [QUOTE=chiasmus100;6045145]Also are you a Rutgers alum (kidding!)[/QUOTE

    are you still here chiasmus? lol.... i was thinking about rutgers but their prerequisites are crazy.. but with umdnj, i have only sociology that i would like to clep next month.. how far are you with yours?
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    2bEsqtoRN your comments about the city of Newark, Rutgers/UmdnJ is absoleutely false. Security issues are 100% the same. Also hope you realize the crime does in fact occur in any major city regardless of its location. Tri State area(NY,NJ,CT and down south (NC,GA,TX) plus orginial thread was about NJCU or UMDNJ... at the end of the day UMDNJ/RUTGERS and NJCU are all good schools but UMDNJ ABSN takes in more applicants.
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    Quote from niciki24
    2bEsqtoRN your comments about the city of Newark, Rutgers/UmdnJ is absoleutely false. Security issues are 100% the same. Also hope you realize the crime does in fact occur in any major city regardless of its location. Tri State area(NY,NJ,CT and down south (NC,GA,TX) plus orginial thread was about NJCU or UMDNJ... at the end of the day UMDNJ/RUTGERS and NJCU are all good schools but UMDNJ ABSN takes in more applicants.
    Never have I quantified the safety of Rutgers v.s. UMDNJ. 100% safer is completely far-fetched.

    To reiterate, I stated that *I* felt safer on the basis of surroundings. And I am fully aware that major cities have crime, but Newark, NJ is considered one of the most violent, crime-ridden cities in the US, making it considerably less safe than, lets say, a Chapel Hill, NC.

    As for your comment on all three being good schools, I think passage rate of the NCLEX determines quality, don't you? Rutgers NCLEX passage rate is 80%, NJCU's, 83% and UMDNJ's 90%. As much as Rutgers claim to be more selective than UMDNJ, their passage rate of the national exam doesn't reflect it.

    http://www.nj.gov/lps/ca/nursing/apps/NCLEX-RN.pdf


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