Direct Entry Programs- How hard to get in? - page 5

Thanks for all of your responses to all of my previous posts. As you probably assume, I'm evaluating all of my options including ADN, BSN, and Direct-Entry MSN. The direct entry programs look... Read More

  1. by   Myethpio
    The ones I know offhand are all in southern CA, I believe there are 5. There is Western University in Pomona, the one at San Diego Univ, Loma Linda university, CSULA, and Azusa, which is where I'll be.

    As far as accelerated BSN's, I know of 2, which is CSULB and Mt St Marys down here. Both were strict as far as bachelor Gpa's... my problem was that back when I got my bachelor's it was mediocre, but my post grad work really high...


    do you know which you are taking?
  2. by   Jess RN
    Quote from bruinlaura
    I got an acceptance letter from columbia today!! I can't believe this is actually real. all the late nights working on those apps and nights spent praying finally paid off. thank you everyone for all your kind words and support the past few months. best wishes to everyone still waiting.

    Yay yay yay! Congrats to you- you're on your way! :hatparty:

    -Jess
  3. by   pancake
    Quote from bruinlaura
    I got an acceptance letter from columbia today!! I can't believe this is actually real. all the late nights working on those apps and nights spent praying finally paid off. thank you everyone for all your kind words and support the past few months. best wishes to everyone still waiting.
    Congratulations BruinLaura!!!!! I'm so happy for you.
  4. by   Jess RN
    Hi all-

    I went to an infosession at BC tonight and here are some things I learned about their Direct Entry program:

    -Last year they had 310 applicants for 32 seats. The dean said it broke her heart to sign 120 of the rejection letters she had to send out.

    -Most accepted applicants had GRE scores in the 600s for verbal and math and 5 or above on the analytical writing.

    -Apparently they weight the GRE really heavilly at BC- because it is the common measure among all applicants- it is used to determine any scholorships or grants given and you are notified of those in your acceptance letter.

    -They do not accept based on specialty- they accept the applicants they think are most likely to succeed in the program.


    That's all for now- I'm going to MGH's info session later on in the month and I'll report back on what they say there too. I'm thinking I don't have a snowball's chance with either program- but we'll have to wait and see!

    -Jess
    Last edit by Jess RN on Feb 8, '05 : Reason: spelling :P
  5. by   ChrisA
    I'm still waiting to hear back from UCSF. I was a finalist, and to echo the sentiments posted here, a lot of what got me the interview seemed to be volunteer experience.

    Now, the big question is, if I'm accepted, I ask if I can defer for a year, since I'm starting to stress about the move to SF from Seattle. My wife is a high school teacher, and she'd be done around the same time I'd be starting at UCSF. So that means we'd move down to SF seperately, which would be incredibly stressful. Eeek!
  6. by   smile123
    Quote from ChrisA
    I'm still waiting to hear back from UCSF. I was a finalist, and to echo the sentiments posted here, a lot of what got me the interview seemed to be volunteer experience.

    Now, the big question is, if I'm accepted, I ask if I can defer for a year, since I'm starting to stress about the move to SF from Seattle. My wife is a high school teacher, and she'd be done around the same time I'd be starting at UCSF. So that means we'd move down to SF separately, which would be incredibly stressful. Eeek!
    Congrats to getting to the interview stage at UCSF! You now stand a 50/50 chance of getting in. Usually, they don't allow deferrals. It's so competitive, I'm not sure if you would have to reapply all over again. They only have so many slots open to reserve for the master's portion, so that's the reason they are so strict about MEPN declaring a focus area upon application. I have heard of arrangements where people stop out for a year AFTER the 1st MEPN year, but I haven't heard about deferrals for the first year.

    You'll really like it in SF. I lived in Seattle and moved down to the SF Bay Area. You'll have better weather and be in the middle of a great city! Seattle is only a couple of hours away by plane, so it won't be that bad if you have to be separated from your wife.

    I guess the best thing to do is wait for your letter March 1st and see what the fates have in store. Good luck!

    Smile123
  7. by   elizabells
    Quote from bruinlaura
    I got an acceptance letter from columbia today!! I can't believe this is actually real. all the late nights working on those apps and nights spent praying finally paid off. thank you everyone for all your kind words and support the past few months. best wishes to everyone still waiting.
    Hey Laura! I'm going to Columbia too. Are you going to the visiting day in March? I screamed like a beauty queen when I opened that deceptively thin envelope and saw what it was, especially after getting rejected from both Penn & UCSF..

    As far as UCSF, I also didn't get an interview, with a 740v/670q/5a GRE and 3.4 gpa, with experience in health education. I think they must have a strong weight on prior direct care experience, as I know a girl who went to Cal and graduated with a 3.9 (don't know her gre's) and didn't get an interview either. Weird!
  8. by   bruinlaura
    Quote from elizabells
    Hey Laura! I'm going to Columbia too. Are you going to the visiting day in March? I screamed like a beauty queen when I opened that deceptively thin envelope and saw what it was, especially after getting rejected from both Penn & UCSF..

    As far as UCSF, I also didn't get an interview, with a 740v/670q/5a GRE and 3.4 gpa, with experience in health education. I think they must have a strong weight on prior direct care experience, as I know a girl who went to Cal and graduated with a 3.9 (don't know her gre's) and didn't get an interview either. Weird!
    Congrats!! I was practically in tears when I saw that thin envelope on the floor. When I opened it I screamed too and then misdialed my dads phone number to tell him. :chuckle I don't know if I'll be able to make the visiting day (I really want to go to it though) since I work on mondays, live in cali, and am already in sticker shock over the cost of the first year. I don't even have 10% of the cost in the bank yet. yikes!
  9. by   Jess RN
    Quote from elizabells
    Hey Laura! I'm going to Columbia too. Are you going to the visiting day in March? I screamed like a beauty queen when I opened that deceptively thin envelope and saw what it was, especially after getting rejected from both Penn & UCSF..

    As far as UCSF, I also didn't get an interview, with a 740v/670q/5a GRE and 3.4 gpa, with experience in health education. I think they must have a strong weight on prior direct care experience, as I know a girl who went to Cal and graduated with a 3.9 (don't know her gre's) and didn't get an interview either. Weird!
    Hey two for Columbia! Contrats to Elizabells and Burinlura!!!! Woo hooo!!!
    :hatparty:

    -Jess
  10. by   elizabells
    Quote from bruinlaura
    Congrats!! I was practically in tears when I saw that thin envelope on the floor. When I opened it I screamed too and then misdialed my dads phone number to tell him. :chuckle I don't know if I'll be able to make the visiting day (I really want to go to it though) since I work on mondays, live in cali, and am already in sticker shock over the cost of the first year. I don't even have 10% of the cost in the bank yet. yikes!
    You're doing better than me, pumpkin! :chuckle If you do decide to go, PM me and maybe we can get together for coffee or something. Otherwise, see you in June!!! :hatparty:
  11. by   pancake
    I just got the response to my application to the Generic Masters in Nursing at San Francisco State and I've been wait listed. I feel so bad.

    I applied to UCSF too, was interviewed and am now waiting for their response. I feel like the first rejection is a bad sign. http://allnurses.com/forums/
    crying2
  12. by   dream2nurse
    Hi Seahorse,

    Well if you did not get into SFSU then I KNOW I didn't! lol I did not even bother to apply to UCSF because I figured I had no chance. My GPA is only a 3.3.

    You may be suprised... you could very well get into UCSF. It is funny... a few years ago my best friend was applying to grad schools. She applied to about four or five schools, but her top choice we Cal. She ended up getting rejected from all the other schools, which were ranked much lower for her program, and got into Cal which was ranked the highest. I think it was her life experiences that got her in.

    From what I have read on this thread, is appears that UCSF does not take in students based just on their academic record and scores. Anyway my point is chin up, there is still hope.

    BTW, have you applied to any other schools? I am applying to five other JCs in the Bay Area! It is so much cheaper, and for me it would help me to be able to work part-time while going to school. Three schools are still accepting apps - EVC, Ohlone and CSM. You could still start nursing in the fall!

    Don't get too sad or discouraged... the lady has still yet to sing.
  13. by   Jess RN
    Quote from seahorse
    I just got the response to my application to the Generic Masters in Nursing at San Francisco State and I've been wait listed. I feel so bad.

    I applied to UCSF too, was interviewed and am now waiting for their response. I feel like the first rejection is a bad sign. http://allnurses.com/forums/
    crying2
    Hi Seahorse-

    Hang in there! I know it is dissapointing- but at least it's not a flat out rejection letter. I don't know if there is anything you can do to "lobby" yourself off the wait list- but I would sure try! Send letters to the dean in charge of the program, the dean or director of your specialty, call the coordinator in charge of the program to see how the wait-list process works. I would get your name known by as many people in the program as possible. It can't hurt and might help.

    As for UCSF- I read if you got an interview you have a 50/50 chance of getting in. Those are great odds for the #1 ranked program in the country!

    Sending good thoughts your way!!

    -Jess

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