Cole04, I understand your anticipation and really hope to see that "Congratulations" greeting in that letter this time around as well. I will keep everybody posted on my progress throughout this process. Having the sciences out of the way and with good grades is definately a bonus for everybody. I will venture to guess that most accepted applicants have the pre-reqs, of course, AND some co-reqs at least; not 100% on that assumption but I feel strong about that statement. As for recommendations, I am pretty sure, not 100% again, that the current ranking system by GPA is what they will use to rank applicants; regardless of a compelling letter. That would add a valuable dynamic in the application process though, I like the proactive approach pdxphotolover. All too often a person is "ranked" by a transcript when there is SO MUCH MORE to every individual that is extremely relevant and valued in a profession where caring for people and providing healthcare is your responsibility. Being smart is very important, don't get me wrong; but being personable, easy to work with, willing to learn everyday, able to demonstrate a great work ethic year after year and managing your life with great results is in many ways more impressive. I have worked in various positions for the past 20 years and will tell you that the smartest of the group is not necessarily the person you want looking out for your well being; honestly. Every now and then you meet people that are exceptional at both academics and communicating, along with some good old fashion work ethics and compassion; a transcript can only tell you that the potential for these qualities is there, not if it is. Having said all this, I hope these things are important to you and hope you get your well deserved opportunity to begin training as an RN; hard work does pay off and don't quit if the letter is not what you expected. You will get there, and be better off for the extra year of preparation and growth, trust me.