Rutgers ABSN - GPA Requirements

  1. 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 for this upcoming admission cycle, applicants are required to have at least a 3.3 GPA in their undergraduate degree.

    I would love to hear from current or former Rutgers ABSN students/alum on the types of GPAs and majors they had that resulted in their admittance to the program. Seeing how the school does not require personal statements or letters or recommendation, I assume most acceptance applicants into the program had extremely good grades? Would anyone know if they weigh prerequisite classes any differently from courses taken in undergrad?
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   2bEsqtoRN
    Sorry mods, I posted in the wrong section. Can someone please relocate to the NJ Pre-Nursing Student forum?
  4. by   onedayitllbeme
    i thought they did? separate from application.. i am not in medical field so weighting on grades might help me, but doesn't seem fair to not look at whole package.
  5. by   2bEsqtoRN
    Quote from onedayitllbeme
    i thought they did? separate from application.. i am not in medical field so weighting on grades might help me, but doesn't seem fair to not look at whole package.
    Hey oneday,

    I agree and I even spoke to the representatives about this. Unfortunately they only look at grades. No personal statements, letter of recommendations or resumes are needed or reviewed.
  6. by   tnbutterfly
    Moved to NJ Nursing Programs Discussion forum.
  7. by   chiasmus100
    Did the Info Session state whether they favor Rutgers graduates in the application review?
  8. by   onedayitllbeme
    Yes, I think she said it was a different app even.
  9. by   chiasmus100
    Quote from onedayitllbeme
    Yes, I think she said it was a different app even.
    What do you mean by "a different app"? My question was if the absn programs favors RU graduates in the review?
  10. by   onedayitllbeme
    Yes they favor, it sounded like that to me.
  11. by   2bEsqtoRN
    Quote from chiasmus100
    Did the Info Session state whether they favor Rutgers graduates in the application review?
    Absolutely not. If any favoritism is shown it is towards applicants with high academic performances in all the prerequisites, moreso the hard sciences. So long as you graduated with a 3.3 GPA or higher, they didn't seem to care where you went for undergraduate.
  12. by   chiasmus100
    Quote from EsqtoRN
    Absolutely not. If any favoritism is shown it is towards applicants with high academic performances in all the prerequisites, moreso the hard sciences. So long as you graduated with a 3.3 GPA or higher, they didn't seem to care where you went for undergraduate.
    Ok, favoritism is defined as giving unfair preferential treatment to a group or person. Admittance based upon high GPA is not favoritism since GPA is a legitimate criteria for evaluating applicants therefore seeking high GPAs is not unfair.

    If they do not favor Rutgers grads why did the rep from RU nursing say they did and why does the poster before you say they stated they did at the information session.
  13. by   onedayitllbeme
    Hi, maybe I misunderstood. I wasn't listening that closely to the answer to that question as I am not a graduate. I thought she said something about filling a different application in certain cases, but I am definitely not sure. You can email and ask 'should former rutgers students apply in the same way?' that should give you some info without asking straight out if there is preference, or you can just ask straight out.
  14. by   2bEsqtoRN
    Quote from chiasmus100
    Ok, favoritism is defined as giving unfair preferential treatment to a group or person. Admittance based upon high GPA is not favoritism since GPA is a legitimate criteria for evaluating applicants therefore seeking high GPAs is not unfair.

    If they do not favor Rutgers grads why did the rep from RU nursing say they did and why does the poster before you say they stated they did at the information session.
    What RU rep said that they did?? Did you speak to an RU rep or are you relying on hearsay ?

    I can only speak on what I heard the day I attended the informational session on RU's ABSN program. Favoritism/preference is given to students with higher GPAs and strong grades (B or better) in the science classes. The end.

    And I neither need nor requested the definition of "favoritism". Rutgers, unlike other schools in the area SOLELY rely on GPA as criteria for evaluating an applicant, which, IMHO, should not be the only criterion in selecting applicants. Personal statements, work experience, and where you graduate from need not matter for Rutgers.

    I hope this clarifies things, and if it doesn't, consider contacting Rutgers for more information.

    You're very much welcomed.
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Oct 17, '12 : Reason: ToS--do not post names of school professors/staff

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