Congrats to the new admits! I know its an exciting step.
For those still waiting, I have some advice. No news is good news. UTMB has done their admissions this way for a long time and while from the outside it seems absurbd, it works for them. There is method to their madness, I promise. Calling is not going to help anything, not even a little bit. Has anyone posted that they called and got an answer of yes or no??? Nope. Every one is told something different, simply depends on who answers the phone. Don't you think they are a little tired of fielding the same questions?? If anyone had a toddler, they can imagine what the SON goes through. They say what ever so they can get off the phone. I know it seems cruel, but they have jobs and are answering close to 100 calls EVERY DAY! When your applications were due, a new class was just starting and they were STILL admitting students. That's right, you can possibly be admitted all the up until COB on the FIRST DAY OF CLASS!! So the committee didn't even begin reviewing until the new class was situated. (September!)
Now, lets talk about the committee. It's not just a bunch of people that just do applications. It is the actual professors! They take home huge stacks on their evenings and weekends and read through applications, transcripts, and supportating statements. They do this on top of their own course coordinator and clinical responsibilities. It is a MASSIVE undertaking, especially when you realize how many applications they receive.
While it is not ideal to be accepted in December, the truth is that you may not be notified until January 3! I know students who began on day 2 and they've done just fine. The school knows you're a late notice they work with you. You won't be left hung to dry. So, instead of spending time fretting, spend time making decisions now. If you're accepted, will you go? If definitely yes, start scoping out apartments - look at them online. Get vaccinations. Whether you got to UTMB in January or another school later, you'll still have to have them. Get your CPR card - it's required for every nursing school. Then if its still a while before your accepted, you only need to finalize living, purchase scrubs (which you won't need until week 3 or 4 of class) and buy books. I'm sure classmates would share couches and books to help you out - people have in every other semester. People survive the wacko admission process and people have survived the last-minute notices. Want to know another secret? It doesn't change with admission - things will always be crazy and the ones who make it are the ones who just learn to roll. It is what it is. The #1 key to living through nursing school is F-L-E-X-I-B-I-L-I-T-Y!!!
I realize that it's easier said that done, but just try to take a deep breath and relax. Until you see a green check, or receive the
'no' via USPS, all the worrying and wondering, and frustration in the world isn't going to change anything or make a decision happen faster!
UTMB Mentoring Coordinator