Accepted into 3 schools. Need help deciding.

  1. Hi everyone! I got confirmation today that I was accepted into my school of choice (JHU) here are my options:


    Johns Hopkins University- Nursing BSN (2years)
    University of San Francisco - BSN (3 years)
    Cal State, Sacramento - BSN (3 years)

    JHU starts in the Fall of next year, but is a shorter program. They are also more expensive. I am going next sem (Spring '07) to Sac State regardless, but I just don't know whether I should continue or transfer to JHU in the Fall. I did not count on getting accepted to JHU because of my GPA (3.4), but I guess my essays and letters of rec. did the rest. Now I have to choose to either stay at Sac State or go to JHU and pay WAAY more. I will not be going to USF, its more expensive and it takes longer. Any help, advice, or comments is welcomed and appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    -Ray
    Last edit by rayfocker on Dec 14, '06 : Reason: grammar
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   arciedee
    As I posted in another thread, none of us can decide for you where you should go. However, one thing I wondered when reading your post is whether you are going to Sacramento State this spring for nursing or just to finish up pre-reqs? Because if you want to go to JHU I would just sit out the spring and save the money for JHU... unless you KNOW that JHU will transfer those courses. Is it possible to defer admissions to the other two schools for a semester so you have more time to think about it?

    One thing to consider with JHU is that it is a shorter program, so while more expensive you will be out in the workforce sooner and earning a salary sooner. That may offset some of the cost. Another thing to consider is where you want to be geographically since you're looking at opposite coasts. Good luck with your decision and congratulations!
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Congratulations on gaining acceptance into three wonderful BSN programs. You made a remarkable accomplishment, because many people only dream of being accepted to three programs.

    I would complete the degree entirely at Sacramento State since you can be hired virtually anywhere with a BSN on your resume without spending the enormous tuition and fees on prestigious schools. I have always had an admiration for the California State University system due to their sheer size, affordability, and quality. Good luck!
  5. by   rayfocker
    I'm starting Sac State actual Nursing in Spring '07. JHU doesnt start until Fall '07. This means that I have a couple of months to decide whether to stay or transfer. As far as equivalents...I am not sure if they will be credited at JHU.
  6. by   arciedee
    If you're starting nursing at Sacramento State I'd just stay there, then. Otherwise it's kind of a waste of money if you're going to have to take essentially the same classes your first semester at JHU.
  7. by   medhead
    I know which I'd choose, but that's irrelevant All have great programs! What is your heart telling you? I mean there are pros and cons to any of the choices, but I'd be willing to bet that you are already leaning more toward one than the other (even a teeny tiny bit)...

    Congratulations on having choices... your hard work has definitely paid off!
  8. by   jda1977
    I am currently going to Sac State and am going to be applying in Spring for Fall 07. Can I ask what your spot was and how many points and gpa, etc. Sorry to be nosey, dont want to be rude but havent ever gotten the opportunity to ask a acceptee. Thanks, Joshua
  9. by   smile123
    Quote from rayfocker
    I'm starting Sac State actual Nursing in Spring '07. JHU doesnt start until Fall '07. This means that I have a couple of months to decide whether to stay or transfer. As far as equivalents...I am not sure if they will be credited at JHU.
    Typically, most schools do not accept other nursing school credits from other schools. I would say stay at Sac State and pay the lower tuition; it's better value for your money. If you do decide to go to Hopkins: Ask is you might be eligible for JHU's accel'd program which start in Jun '07. (However, you have to have a Bachelor's in another field to do the accel'd program.) What is your situation? Good luck.
  10. by   rayfocker
    Joshua,

    The point cutoff this sem was at 66. It is this semester that they've had the most applicants EVER. I got in with 68 points so I barely made it. I do look forward to going in as a transfer. GOod luck! and maybe I'll see you on campus.


    -Ray



    Quote from jda1977
    I am currently going to Sac State and am going to be applying in Spring for Fall 07. Can I ask what your spot was and how many points and gpa, etc. Sorry to be nosey, dont want to be rude but havent ever gotten the opportunity to ask a acceptee. Thanks, Joshua
  11. by   suzanne4
    If you have been happy where you are, stay there. Do you know for a fact that you will be happy with your other choice? There is no guarantee, but higher tuition and living expenses, that is for sure.

    And do you like snow and cold weather? You will definitely be getting that if you move out east.
  12. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Oh my gosh, BOO HOO HOO, what ever are you going to do?? Just kidding, I am just so use to every one crying about wait-lists and GPA requirements and how unfair every thing is. Not that I don't do my own whinny from time to time...usually about the same teacher. . But way to go for you, some really good ones. OK I would first Scratch Sacramento off your list and I know people that go there, and one that graduated from there (like my mom) and it is not that great. Better than my school, and not that Sac State is not good, but look at the two other ones. I would love to go to UCSF, and pray to be there one day becoming a CNM. However, if you are into any kind of research and are interested in seeing "rayfocker" other than on here go to Hopkins. Its a toss up.

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