I too, have my heart set on University of Portland. The other schools
I applied to are both OCNE (MHCC and PCC), but I am anxiously waiting to hear back from UP over the next few weeks. I have read the older posts and it seems most people hear back around the first week of March.
My GPA is a 3.96 as well, and I also need to take my world religion classes. Did you apply for the Providence Scholarship
? For financial reasons I originally thought the only way I could go to UP would be with the scholarship, but at this point I'm not so sure. Being that the program is much shorter than OCNE it almost seems to be a wash financially. Almost.
For now I'm just crossing my fingers and toes I will get in, and then I will meet with financial aid and see what my options are.
As for your situation with having a few classes to finish, I think it will be ok. I've heard that they understand that students don't want to spend the money for classes that other schools don't require, but to be sure to get them finished before the program begins. Also, when I dropped my application off at Mt Hood the lady told me that applications seem to be on the low side this year. I'm hoping that is true for all the schools and while I realize I might be nuts, maybe it won't be quite as competitive this year. Ha! One can hope. Best of luck to you!