PLU ELMSN 2017 - page 9

Is anyone applying to the Pacific Lutheran University ELMSN program with me this year? There is a post last year about this program, so I figured I should start one for summer 2017!... Read More

  1. by   MSNhopeful
    Current ELMSN student here. I also have graduate fellowship and have access to denied applicants from a looooooooong times ago (3+ years ago). I was archiving these old applications and come across people who either were denied, accepted but then withdrew or chose another school, or just never finished their application. Let me know if you have any questions. I don't have a ton of information but I do have a general idea of how they rate you.
  2. by   sso94
    Hmmmm, Just a thought... Is their waitlist actually a form of rejection letter for those who have been interviewed? Did anyone actually get a rejection letter? I would like to remain positive and optimistic, but it is also important to create a backup plan. I have never applied to any type of graduate schools before, so please quote me on it. I did email the Admissions Coordinator, asking about how they manage their waitlist and how they process it a few days ago. However, I didn't receive a response.
  3. by   MSNhopeful
    Being waitlisted does not necessarily mean you are rejected. In the very beginning they weed out all applicants who do not meet minimum criteria. After that, they have a grading rubric with an actual numerical score that scores you on GPA, GRE, Recommendations, etc. So the 36 or so people with the top scores by rank will get admitted. The rest of applicants who did not score as high will be waitlisted because they are competitive but just got outscored. If someone doesn't respond or withdraws their application, then the next person with the next highest score after 36th place will get an invite.
  4. by   futurebsnmj
    Hi there MSNhopeful. I've just been reading posts here and didn't apply for ELMSN, but I did apply for PLU's BSN program. Out of curiosity, do they rate the BSN applicants the same way with a scoring rubric? (Minus the interviews and GRE scores, of course.)

    Also, are there a lot of people who are weeded out for not meeting minimum criteria or who choose other programs instead? I appreciate your help, because I may apply for their one of their grad school programs one day.
  5. by   MSNhopeful
    Hi bsnhopefulmj,

    With BSNs I'm not entirely sure to be honest, since I work in the grad admissions office. I would imagine there is a sort of rubric they use since there has to be objectivity in order to find out who is the most competitive. I think high school GPA would be important if it's a young student fresh out of high school. If you're not a first time bachelor student or you have experiences within healthcare they will consider that as well.

    As for weeding out, there were quite a handful of students who chose different schools such as SU, but I don't know the exact number. Some students don't even complete or follow up with their application. As for ELMs, minimum criteria in all areas is usually required to even be considered in the slightest. If you don't meet minimum criteria they do look at other areas of your application, but from what I've reviewed, it looks like bachelor's degree GPA is actually quite important. Now that they are doing interviews, I'm not sure how that will affect the point system they use. Hope that helps! Good luck with everything!
  6. by   Kocono
    Quote from MSNhopeful
    Current ELMSN student here. I also have graduate fellowship and have access to denied applicants from a looooooooong times ago (3+ years ago). I was archiving these old applications and come across people who either were denied, accepted but then withdrew or chose another school, or just never finished their application. Let me know if you have any questions. I don't have a ton of information but I do have a general idea of how they rate you.
    Hi MSNhopeful! I was wondering if you remembered roughly when PLU sent you any financial info. My husband and I are trying to set a budget for the next two years and anxiously awaiting that info to pop up in Banner.
  7. by   MSNhopeful
    Hi Kocono,

    I believe during orientation they can give you a more detailed look at the program costs. It looks like the total cost over 2 years is about $70,000. You can go to their website to find out more here Program Cost | Master of Science in Nursing | Pacific Lutheran University

    As for a term to term breakdown it varies depending on credit load. First year is $725/credit hour and each term is laid out like this (assuming there are no changes):

    Summer: 15 credits
    Fall: 14 credits
    J-term: 4 credits (no financial aid)
    Spring: 14 credits
    Summer: 8 credits

    I didn't apply for any scholarships so I'm not too sure about that, but for financial aid loans and such, I was notified on bannerweb around mid-April. You can contact the financial aid office if you're concerned, but usually it will be enough to cover the full 2 years and then some extra as well if you take the full amount offered.
  8. by   Kocono
    Thank you for getting back to me so quickly and with so much detail!

    I did see the cost breakdown on the website, it's super helpful. I was just trying to ballpark how much we should try to pay monthly to offset the interest on the loans. I'll keep an eye out for mid-April, I think it's easier to wait when you have an approximate date.
  9. by   CJ222
    Has anybody on either waitlist heard back yet? still waiting and losing hope. Also if yu did was it by email or just mailed to you? debating contacting the office again
  10. by   CJ222
    ANY NEWS??
  11. by   CJ222
    hey i know you already go in, but have you gotten any other followup info? just trying to gauge where they are in the whole process
  12. by   CJ222
    Quote from Kocono
    Thank you for getting back to me so quickly and with so much detail!

    I did see the cost breakdown on the website, it's super helpful. I was just trying to ballpark how much we should try to pay monthly to offset the interest on the loans. I'll keep an eye out for mid-April, I think it's easier to wait when you have an approximate date.
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  13. by   Kocono
    @CJ222

    Nothing. Radio silence.

    However, the few times I have contacted PLU with questions they have been super helpful and quick to respond.

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