Rutgers ABSN - GPA Requirements - page 3

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Hi all, Yesterday I attended Rutgers informational session and guests were told that unlike other nursing schools in NJ and elsewhere, they heavily look at one's academic record to determine admittance. They also relayed that... Read More


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    Hello. I checked the website, and it does seem there is another application if you attended Rutgers before. (which is what I thought I heard at the Newark info session) I am not sure if you get preference or not.

    From: http://admissions.rutgers.edu/ApplyN...TheBasics.aspx
    Returning To Rutgers? If you were previously enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at any campus of Rutgers University and wish to return to take undergraduate courses for either degree or non-degree study, please use the Re-Enrollment Application.
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    I'm currently in the RU ABSN program and can attest to the program requirements. While they cannot advertise preference for RU grads, it is known that this is the case. As it was explained to me, the college of nursing can confirm that the candidate has succeeded in completing the rigors and high standards of a Rutgers degree. In their eyes, this is a major a highlight in your application and reflects your ability to succeed in a VERY intense program.

    Previous RU students (if you've taken any course in Rutgers or completed a degree) completes a different application, called "Re-enrollment Application." It does have a section for a personal statement, which is where I mentioned my work in the health field and other qualifications. I was told that GPA lower than 3.0 are not even considered. My cumulative GPA in my previous degree (Exercise Science) was 3.6. I believe Challenge exams are no longer being offered, so that means that all pre-reqs must be completed before the program starts.

    Now, if someone who has a science degree from an Ivy league, (but GPA is 3.3) may not necessarily be over or under a Rutgers grad. They do consider other factors.

    Let me know if you have other questions about the program.
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    Quote from heron21
    I'm currently in the RU ABSN program and can attest to the program requirements. While they cannot advertise preference for RU grads, it is known that this is the case. As it was explained to me, the college of nursing can confirm that the candidate has succeeded in completing the rigors and high standards of a Rutgers degree. In their eyes, this is a major a highlight in your application and reflects your ability to succeed in a VERY intense program.

    Previous RU students (if you've taken any course in Rutgers or completed a degree) completes a different application, called "Re-enrollment Application." It does have a section for a personal statement, which is where I mentioned my work in the health field and other qualifications. I was told that GPA lower than 3.0 are not even considered. My cumulative GPA in my previous degree (Exercise Science) was 3.6. I believe Challenge exams are no longer being offered, so that means that all pre-reqs must be completed before the program starts.

    Now, if someone who has a science degree from an Ivy league, (but GPA is 3.3) may not necessarily be over or under a Rutgers grad. They do consider other factors.

    Let me know if you have other questions about the program.
    Are you a Rutgers alum?
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    Hello, Just logged on to see how others applying are doing with their esssay. I am writing it now in the 2 hours I have my kids with the babysitter. I was wondering if the essay that is part of the undergrad application is the only essay we have to write? Also I see nothing about letters of recommendation, is that required? Maybe after I submit I will see it?

    If anyone knows, please let me know. As far as challenge courses I believe there is one that will still be allowed. It is a course only offered at Rutgers.

    Thanks!
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    Rutgers does not request letters of recommendation. They go entirely on grades.
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    Quote from onedayitllbeme
    I was wondering if the essay that is part of the undergrad application is the only essay we have to write?
    Weird. Rutgers representatives said they didn't require essays as part of their application. Perhaps the essay requirement is just standard for all undergrad applications but does not apply to their ABSN program?
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    Quote from chiasmus100
    Rutgers does not request letters of recommendation. They go entirely on grades.
    Same with essays, no? Now I'm not sure if I should be writing one. They specifically said they solely look at grades. No essays and no LORs.
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    Hi, I meant the regular Rutgers Essay on the application. It isn't required, but I'd hope if it would be read in cases where the admission was borderline but I can't say for sure.
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    I know when I applied to undergrad at Rutgers the essay was used for eligibility in scholarships. Even if they do not look at it I think if they see you wrote it, it will look better than skipping it. But again I don't know if admissions even sees it. Also I looked at older posts, do you think notifications will be in March or April? Hopefully sooner!!


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