I just got accepted to Western's ABSN program for this January! I don't have a lot of personal feedback yet, but I can tell you the things I've heard and the experiences I've had so far.
I chose Western because of it's location, it's 100% NCLEX pass rate, and it's professors. I went to Western for my first undergrad and loved that the professors were available to meet with you individually, whereas larger universities where you are just a number. The ABSN program allows for the same number of clinical hours as with the traditional route, meaning you are in class all day, M-F with no holiday or seasonal breaks. It's a serious commitment, and I was told to not apply if you have any serious distractions that would keep you from diving into the strenuous workload for a whole year. I would suggest that you look over the materials on Western's Nursing website so you know what you're getting into. They also have advising sessions starting here pretty soon where you can come and learn about the program and ask questions. They will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the program in that session.
I cannot speak for other people but I had been told through people on this site that there was a lot of drama and that students are un-prepared once they graduate. I never could get a straight answer back as to what they meant from that either. I would have to say that like any other situation where you are spending so much time with the same people, you make friends and you make people mad occasionally. As far as being unprepared.. I'm not sure where that came from. Having a 100% NCLEX pass rate says a lot for me about the program, it's professors, and the course load. If students can go through a one-year program and pass the NCLEX, I feel that they are equally capable of doing their jobs once they get out.
Once I start the program in January, I would be more than happy to give to info as to how it's going, whether I enjoy it, and so-forth.
Happy Nursing School Hunting!