I was accepted to these three schools and I'm having a heck of a time deciding. I'm really not even considering La Salle at this point since it looks like I won't get an official acceptance/denial until after spring semester is over (I'm still finishing sciences). So it boils down to Widener and Drexel. Both have offered scholarships, and Widener's financial aid isn't too bad (some loans, but not ridiculous). I was only accepted to Drexel a few days ago so I haven't received my financial aid yet other than the scholarship. I'm supposed to register for classes at Widener in 2 1/2 weeks (so I'll have to send in my deposit). And I'll be starting there next month
so I have to make a decision!!!
I drove through Drexel's Hahnemann campus yesterday, and while I'll be taking the train (I'm right over bridge in NJ), it's so close to me! I had no idea. The campus isn't much of a campus, but I know that really doesn't matter. The area looks safer than Chester, considering I'll have to walk about three blocks.
My concerns about Drexel: how does this quarter system work? I know I have to go during the summer, but that would be next summer, correct? Are the classes/clinicals 4 or 5 days a week? I'm really worried about this exit exam as well..and the high required passing score.Has anyone heard of these co-ops actually hiring after graduation? Is it really as great as it sounds? I would think with the way things are right now, any experience would be great. Are the clinicals all at Hahnemann or local facilities?
I have a list here from Widener of nursing homes to chose from for the fall semester clinicals, and they're all out in Bucks county, Media, etc. Widener is already 25 miles for me, but the drive is easy..I just don't want to be treking all over the place two days a week in addition to class days (3 days). I have kid's schedules and I really can't be adding crazy travel time.
My husband has a friend who has worked at these hospitals (Hahnemann, Crozer) and says I'll get a more well-rounded experience at Crozer? She also said that the area around Drexel/Hahnemann is full of bums (but it really didn't look that bad..at least the area isn't all burnt out looking!)
I know it's really a personal decision, so I'm just talking through it (everyone at home is sick of hearing it). So...if any of you had to make this decision, what was the dealbreaker? Any big glaring NOs for me?
Apr 3, '12
Thank you for your response...you said a lot of what I had read during my (brief) research, and I agree that cost really has to be the deal breaker, especially with the availability of jobs as a new grad--it doesn't make sense. As of right now I haven't received my award package from Drexel besides the scholarship and chances are I won't know what aid I'm receiving until after I have to confirm with Widener.
I communicated with admissions at La Salle, and was told that they wouldn't be able to make a decision until this semester's grades are in, which won't be until the third week of May. I feel confident that I'll be accepted, but there are other reasons that led me to seriously consider looking elsewhere. That's great that you were given good aid at La Salle--are you going for the day program? I had applied for the evening program and was told there were no scholarships available for the Achieve program and I think being parttime I wasn't going to get as much aid anyway.
So after really thinking it over and comparing Widener and Drexel, it look like Widener is the path that I will be taking. I liked the school right way, back during the winter when I had my advising appointment. Everyone I have dealt with has been super nice and my impression so far is that they are very organized and hopefully the program will be equally well-run. I think I really just needed to explore every aspect of these schools so I felt confident with my choice.
So it looks like I really have to get moving on getting stuff done! I can't believe I'm starting in 40 days!
Good luck to you! And hey, you don't need to brag, be proud..I have bragging rights too: (3.829 so far)
but not a EFC of 0. Of course once we move on, RIP sweet GPAs
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