Hi guys, im really curious, i just applied to Penn state online RN-BSN program. I never thought i would want to further my education, so back in nursing school, i never really cared much about my grades, but now i am thinking of going back and just recently applied to Penn state, im freaked out that my GPA might not be good enough, im curious about those that have been accepted into this program in the past, if you could please share what the average gpa was, or what your exact gpa is, that would be great. Thanks all.
Feb 27, '12
I think you really need to narrow the GPA range in your poll. There is a HUGE difference between a GPA of 3.5 and 4.0 when it comes to acceptance at programs like UPenn. Someone with a 3.5 has some chance at acceptance, but below that is probably unlikely.
Admissions committees look at much, much more than grades. They do not have some exact GPA cut-off where you are accepted/ rejected. Instead, they look at your grades to get an idea of they type of student you are, then look at the 'big picture' of your application: what your resume includes, your application letter (looking for content as well as writing quality), and what you've accomplised in your field as well as your personal goals and motivations.
I'm not saying not to apply if your GPA is below a 3.5, but if it is that low you really should take some rigorous courses and get A's in those classes to prove that you are academically capable. You should also consider that most other applicants have very strong resumes. Very few mediocre students apply to schools like UPenn, Yale, or Harvard. Applicants know they don't have a chance unless their grades are great and they have a really strong background, so your competition at a school like UPenn is really intense. You're putting yourself against people with 3.9's who spent a couple years in the Peace Corp and started their own non-profit organization at age 17. Make your application stand out from the others by writing an excellent application letter and getting really strong references. And, think about what makes you unique and highlight those positive qualities about yourself and how your strong points will make you an asset to the UPenn community and to the profession of nursing.
Jun 10, '12
I applied to Penn State RN-BSN world campus, and am wondering the same thing. I have a 3.3 GPA, and pretty nervous about whether or not I'll be accepted. Could anyone else who was admitted share their stats?