How does the Lottery work?

  1. Hi all! I'm a brand new Pre-nursing student and was wondering if you all could help me out. I'm starting my Pre-reqs in January in hopes that I can apply for the Nursing program within a year. I'm being told that it is a lottery admittance system at my school. How does that work? I'm assuming that we all get put in the barrel and are drawn at random. What I'm really wondering, though, is what happens if you don't get in the first time, or the second, or the third, and so on. Do you just get buried under all the new people or do you eventually make it onto a priority list? This is huge stresser for me because I'm going into this at 33 years old and I'd like to be an RN well before turning 40.
    Shaun
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Roxy5558
    The acceptance procedures vary from school to school. You should really meet with a counselor and they will be able to fill you in on all the details.
  4. by   phoenix72
    I'm trying to do just that but even our Health Sciences counselors are backed up. It's nearly impossible to get in and the regular counselors just direct me back to them. It's so frustrating. I have a feeling that it's just a precursor of things to come. I was wondering if anyone could share their own lottery experiences.
    Shaun
  5. by   cardiacRN2006
    I got into school via lottery. I've found that they don't tell you too much about the process. For my situation, I found that those who go in the very first semester tended to have a high GPA. Maybe it was a coincidence, but the majority of us who got right in had this in common.
  6. by   phoenix72
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    I got into school via lottery. I've found that they don't tell you too much about the process. For my situation, I found that those who go in the very first semester tended to have a high GPA. Maybe it was a coincidence, but the majority of us who got right in had this in common.
    That's very interesting. I'll have to keep that in mind. Luckily, I'm a perfectionist so I always try for the best grades anyway. I appreciate your insight.
    Shaun
  7. by   Roxy5558
    Yeah, I know how that goes...At my college we had 1 health science counselor and it was nearly impossible to get an appointment with him. Just be persistent and do well on your pre-reqs. Does your school have any informational meetings? I orginally met the health science counselor because our school has infomational meetings every monday regarding the health science programs.
  8. by   Irene joy
    At my school it's gpa and a lottery. The highest gpa gets put on the list and if there is like 40 people with a 3.75, then they get put in a lottery.
  9. by   phoenix72
    Quote from Roxy5558
    Yeah, I know how that goes...At my college we had 1 health science counselor and it was nearly impossible to get an appointment with him. Just be persistent and do well on your pre-reqs. Does your school have any informational meetings? I orginally met the health science counselor because our school has infomational meetings every monday regarding the health science programs.
    They have a Health Science: RN Program Orientation on Friday that I'm planning to attend. I believe we have them monthly here. I will be there with bells on!!!
    Shaun
  10. by   Roxy5558
    That's the best thing to do, especially when you can't get in to see a counselor. I learned everything I needed to know at the informational meeting. Good Luck!! It sounds like you're headed in the right direction.
  11. by   catzy5
    Quote from phoenix72
    They have a Health Science: RN Program Orientation on Friday that I'm planning to attend. I believe we have them monthly here. I will be there with bells on!!!
    Shaun

    we have those here too andthey are informative and also our only source of info, the department won't talk to you at all they just point you toward the workshops. So you might need to go more then once write down questions you might have and most importantly don't get discouraged! I think they try to weed alot of people out thru the hoops they make us jump.
  12. by   MB37
    At my school we are not allowed to talk to a nursing advisor/counselor/anyone from the CON until we first attend one of the info sessions or are admitted to the school. If you ask any questions, they tell you you have to go to the info thing first. Probably to weed out the "Can I get in with a 2.3 GPA if I have experience?" type questions when my school admits on a GPA basis only. At the one I went to there were only about 10 people there, so she was able to answer a lot of our individual questions. Good luck!

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