Cheers, recieved email today informing me that I have been admitted into Rutgers Newark college of nursing for fall 2012. This is the regular program not the accelerated. I am Rutgers grad (2008) and in the interim went to Kean for about a year and this past year have been completing some prereqs at Rutgers and Essex County college. I applied as a school-school transfer student. I believe I will start at the sophmore level but I will double check that.
Now to those who are consdering applying to rutgers whether you are a rutgers student already, community college student, out of state student etc... and you are wondering "are my grades good enough, gpa etc... let me share what I have heard/know my own expereince
I am told that getting into Nursing program at Rutgers, whether out of highschool, transfer student etc... is competitve and with more and more people wanting to study nursing I am not that suprsied. Now if you check the Nursing Website it says you need a GPA of 3.3, if you get the actual paper brouchers about transfering into the Nursing program it says you need a 3.0 So clearly it is somewhere between 3.0 and 3.3 However upon talking to people who transfered into the Nursing program there gpa was about 3.7+ , I was told by them that Rutgers will not consider you if your gpa is less than 3.5 My gpa is 3.3 .... just 3.3 So if your gpa is not 3.7 and you feel despair, I would still apply anyway you never know.
So what got me in- my gpa isn't 3.7+ so there must be something else
-There is an essay portion of the application, I do feel like I wrote a strong essay
- I indidcated my passion. That I am taking the prereqs, I will continue to finish up the prereqs over the summer. Overall I indicated that I really wanted to be a nurse
- I currently volunteer at a hospital and I am a volunteer EMT-did that push the application into the yes catgory? I don't know but maybe
-Former student- Is there an edge for a rutgers grad returning back to school to pursue nursing? I don't think so, I believe rutgers does not give prefernce to what college you went to but something to throw out there
Like many of you applying to nursing school I am nervous as heck. My gpa is nowhere near the 3.7,3.8 etc... so my hopes for rutgers where not that high, but I did get in. Perhaps there is some truth to "gpa is not everything"
So what is the point of this post? To give hope, to simply keep applying. I did not put all my eggs in the rutgers basket I applied to many 4 year and 2 year programs. My grades in prereqs thus far- B's, nothing but B's I have not gotten an "A" in science since 2005. So hope, all I am saying to those out there who are not acing every prereqs and holding the 4.0 do not give up on nursing school, you have to try
Congrats! That was my alma mater. Assuming you still need to take Statictics to get your BSN, see if you can get Professor ***** - he was my savior for that class! (granted, that was quite a few moons ago - he may be on to bigger and better things!)
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just apply & see what happens. I got into the College of Nursing for Fall 2012
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