Columbia University ETP 2008 - page 15

So where are the potential 2008 Columbia ETPers at? I think a handful of regulars around here have Columbia on their list of apps, so heres a thread to get us through until notifications in Spring... Read More

  1. by   jbazoola
    " Any ETP applicants also considering Molloy college??"

    I was planning on applying to molloy and pace. Originally stonybrook was the most attractive to me because of the quick progression to RN and then the option to continue for a masters in a specialty. plus it was so much cheaper there. But they wouldn't accept my pre-reqs through distance learning credits. I had a very hard time trying to work my work schedule around the limited classes with seat openings at local community colleges.

    I like molloy. they work with mercy hospital I think. out on long island. and they made the process for applying relatively easy to understand. they have a combined degree bachelors and masters program. And pace also has one. they say they encourage students to take time off between the bsn and masters to work at a hospital and hopefully arrange tuition reimbursement. your considered accepted to the masters whenever you take it (i don't know if their is an outer limit on that). I'm not sure the same is true on molloy.

    I have tons of stuff on the other schools from doing research. I know that pace and molloy have June application deadlines. if anybody needs more info or even catalogs or other documents from the school pm me.
    Last edit by jbazoola on Feb 10, '08
  2. by   elizabells
    Quote from LovetoTravel2001
    Thanks for the info Kevn2bNP! That is really helpful. Do you (or does anyone else) know how the student housing works? Price, size, how they determine priority, when they notify you about it, move in date, etc... My husband and I are trying to figure out where we will be living once we move and whether we need to look into other options besides what Columbia has. Any advice from anyone would be appreciated.
    They start with the students who are coming from the farthest away and move inwards. I know one girl from South Dakota who wasn't going to get housing, but she was dx'ed with lupus shortly before school started and wouldn't have been able to manage a commute, so they found a room for her. She was the only person west of the Rockies to get housing in my year.

    This applies to the dorms in Bard Hall. Not 100% sure how the apartments for married couples are divvied up, but I imagine it's similar. I guess the rationale is that those coming from CA and such can't really come and apartment hunt before school starts.
  3. by   kevkev1986
    So I feel very disappointed with the way the Financial Aid Office at the Columbia SON is working.

    I'm sure all of us are aware that attending a highly regarded educational institution such as Columbia is not going to be anywhere cheap. Before I applied to this program, I spent a good hour talking on the phone with the director of the financial aid regarding financial assistance as an incoming ETP student.

    It is also stated on the FAQ part of the admissions page:

    Is financial aid available?
    Absolutely! The School of Nursing strives to provide students with sufficient resources to meet their needs and to distribute funds to eligible students in an equitable manner. Scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunities are available.


    However, things aren't quite working that way. I emailed the very same person late last week to confirm that things are the same as he promised before I decided to apply for this program. I just now received the answer to my questions; it was a one, short sentence that totally showed his carelessness about these prospective students:

    Hi, Sorry we do not offer scholarships.


    Oh well ... I know Yale is sending out decision letters this week, along with the financial aid offers that they may have to offer me. I'm just hoping for the best.

    Good luck, everybody!
  4. by   Asherah
    Quote from kevkev1986
    Hi, Sorry we do not offer scholarships.
    So the $30,000 former students said they've received during the 3-year split is no longer applicable? (as long as you remain full-time and continue through to the MSN portion)? As far as you can tell they do not grant any free money? That's just a tad off-putting.
  5. by   kevkev1986
    Quote from Asherah
    So the $30,000 former students said they've received during the 3-year split is no longer applicable? (as long as you remain full-time and continue through to the MSN portion)? As far as you can tell they do not grant any free money? That's just a tad off-putting.
    Asherah,

    That is seriously what his reply was. There's no explanation, not even a "thank you" or something. Just that, period.
  6. by   Asherah
    Quote from kevkev1986
    Asherah,

    That is seriously what his reply was. There's no explanation, not even a "thank you" or something. Just that, period.
    And this was the infamous Oscar? Perhaps Elizabells or a current ETP student can suggest some strategies for getting some more comprehensive information out of the Fin. Aid Office?? If this information is indeed true, I'm afraid they're going to have a fair amount of declining students on their hands.
  7. by   kevkev1986
    Quote from Asherah
    And this was the infamous Oscar? Perhaps Elizabells or a current ETP student can suggest some strategies for getting some more comprehensive information out of the Fin. Aid Office?? If this information is indeed true, I'm afraid they're going to have a fair amount of declining students on their hands.
    You bet you're right. It was him.

    I'm sure that they have expected a good amount of declining students, because they admit ~70% of the applicant pool each year.

    How disappointing ...
  8. by   smit1989
    Of the 3 times I emailed Oscar, asking him multiple questions per email and giving him lots of details, he has always answered with ONLY ONE sentence. You would think Columbia would be ashamed to have someone like this on staff. His job is to assist us with giving Columbia a small fortune, you would think he'd be more willing to help! If I choose not to go to Columbia, I will definitely email Judy or someone else to make our frustrations with Oscar apparent.
  9. by   traveler2000
    kevkev1986, did you receive your actual financial aid package yet from oscar via mail or email? If you haven't, maybe you should wait and see? I recently received mine and got the $20K in scholarships (the other $10K will come in the MSN portion). Good luck to you!
  10. by   coopsc1
    Quote from Scrubs Are Cool
    You are not alone scott

    I got the big rejection letter too. I was crushed. I really thought I was on top of my game.

    I was applying to anesthesia too.

    sigh.

    I dont know what to do now.
    Scrubs,

    Sorry to hear that you did not get in to either. I actually was accepted to two other schools and have decided to go to Loyola in Chicago. I don't know if I would have even accepted the spot if I would have been accepted to the ETP? The thought of picking up and moving to NYC in 2 months is pretty scary! I applied to the anesthesia specialty and I thought I was a good candidate. I did not do so hot on the GRE but I have an undergrad in Chem and a PharmD. I guess I wasn't what they were looking for. So, now I will have to complete an accelerated BSN and work for a year or two and reapply to anesthesia programs in Chicago. Did you have a backup plan?

    Congrats again to all.
    Scott
  11. by   kevkev1986
    Quote from traveler2000
    kevkev1986, did you receive your actual financial aid package yet from oscar via mail or email? If you haven't, maybe you should wait and see? I recently received mine and got the $20K in scholarships (the other $10K will come in the MSN portion). Good luck to you!
    This was via email. I'll still wait and see, though, before I make the decision. I'll probably wait until sometime early March until I hear from Yale and UCSF.
  12. by   Stef82
    Yikes Sorry to hear about the bad experiences you guys have been having with the financial aid office. I can't believe Oscar said they don't offer scholarships! I went to one of the info sessions last year and they made it clear that pretty much everyone would be getting that 30,000 scholarship. Hmm.

    Well, another day of waiting for the mail for me. It would be nice to get my admission/rejection letter today. One can only hope... I'm worn out from all the stressing out I did last week.
  13. by   Asherah
    Quote from Stef82
    Well, another day of waiting for the mail for me. It would be nice to get my admission/rejection letter today. One can only hope... I'm worn out from all the stressing out I did last week.
    You and me both, girl. I've already decided I'm taking a late lunch to drive home from work and check the stupid mail.

    Sheesh!

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