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Bummed out... didn't get in!

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Hey everyone, I just wanted to blow off some steam on here with some others taht might be able to relate. Today I just recieved my rejection letter from University of South Florida's BSN program for fall 03. I'm a transfer student from a community college about an hour south of USF. What I don't get is how I got rejected?! I had a 3.6 upon applying, with most of my pre reqs outta the way. Looks like my 2nd choice is going to have to count now, which is University of Central Florida, which I've heard is not a super program. Oh well, it always stinks when you get your hopes up only to get smashed!

Phillip

Philip,

I'm sorry you didn't get into your first choice school......

I'm holding out positive Central thoughts for you,

good luck,

Bevi

JudithL_in_NH

Specializes in School, Camp, Hospice, Critical Care.

Sorry for the disappointment, Phillip. :o But you've got that back-up plan, and that's what matters most right now.

Ya know, programs aren't always what folks make them out to be. I find here, there's a lot of "friendly" competition between nursing programs, and folks here or there tend to bad mouth one program vs another. Most of the badmouthing seems unfounded to me--I applied to three programs, and I would have been proud to attend any one of them.

It's all in what you make of it, and if you're motivated, I'm sure you'll succeed!

Best of luck to you!

I know you want to blow off steam....but if you are wondering why you didn't get in....

The school where I attend is big on GPA, pre-reqs, etc, but the thing that would set you apart as someone they want for their program is volunteer/health care experience. They want to know you truly have an interest in becoming a nurse, and that you have the skills to communicate and interact with people. Just a thought....hang in there!:)

I'm so sorry to hear that Phil...I wish you good luck with Central though. When do you find out about that?

JudithL_in_NH

Specializes in School, Camp, Hospice, Critical Care.

Another thought, Phillip . . .

You certainly have the right to call and ask where you "fell short" of their expectations.

I was rejected by one of the programs I applied to, and I did call to find out why (it was the one with the least rigorous entry requirements, so I was surprized I didn't make it in).

They claimed I hadn't completed enough pre-reqs and recommended I enter their general studies program. Oddly, I already have a BA, so I have nearly all the pre-reqs done. It turned out they had "overlooked" my college transcript which they *did* have in my admissions file and hadn't counted any of that work toward my admission. They were willing to re-review my file, though I had already been accepted at the program I really wanted to get into, so I deferred the second look.

So, admissions offices *can* make errors--and even if there is no error, it'll give you a clearer picture of how they made their decision.

USA987, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 20 years experience.

Sorry that you didn't get into the program that you wanted.

While you may have heard that Central's program "stinks", it may not be all that bad. Now that I'm graduating I have finally realized that what I've gotten out of my program is what I have CHOSEN to take. Does that make sense?

In any case, good luck and let us know what happens with Central.

Jennerizer, ASN, RN

Specializes in PCU, Critical Care, Observation. Has 13 years experience.

I'm in Florida too.....a graduate of Univ of Central Florida (business major back in 1991). The school is much improved. I have heard the reason that others are being turned down is because the priority for the universities is to accept those that are RN's via the ADN program. I'm currently in an ADN program & have already been told that once I finish this program, it is automatic acceptance into the BSN program at UCF.

If you don't get into UCF.....then I would suggest considering an ADN program if you can get into one. Either that or finish up with your pre-req's.......the programs are highly competitive & your GPA doesn't really matter if you still have pre-req's to take.

These programs have the nerve to be selective when hospitals are importing nurses from the Phillippines and Nigeria???

What's wrong w/ this picture??? :angryfire

Originally posted by PhilB

Hey everyone, I just wanted to blow off some steam on here with some others taht might be able to relate. Today I just recieved my rejection letter from University of South Florida's BSN program for fall 03. I'm a transfer student from a community college about an hour south of USF. What I don't get is how I got rejected?! I had a 3.6 upon applying, with most of my pre reqs outta the way. Looks like my 2nd choice is going to have to count now, which is University of Central Florida, which I've heard is not a super program. Oh well, it always stinks when you get your hopes up only to get smashed!

Phillip

Phil, the sentence I see staring at me is that you have most of your prereqs done. I, too, was looking at USF in TAmpa (I live in Bradenton), but I was pretty much told that you need to have all of their prereqs done. I'm waiting to get into the community colleges ADN program but I still have A&P2 and micro to finish.

I would suggest that you make sure that you have all of your prereqs done by the end of FAll 2003. I have no doubt that you will get in in FAll 2004.

Kris

Originally posted by kc_jellybean

These programs have the nerve to be selective when hospitals are importing nurses from the Phillippines and Nigeria???

What's wrong w/ this picture??? :angryfire

I don't believe the schools are necessarily being selective, but because of not having the faculty many programs have to have smaller classes. It stands to reason that those students that have completed all of their prereqs get in before those who haven't. What needs to be done is that some kind of funding is needed to increase class size. Until nursing instructors are paid are reasonable salary, most will chose to work bedside rather than in a school setting. Hospitals, IMHO, don't necessarily want to hire outside as it is more work for them, but nurses are needed and they will do what they need to in order to be staffed.

Kris

Well I went to central today to get somethings cleared up there today, and it turns out I have fallen short there as well. They told me that I am too low since the cut off was 3.6! I have a 3.57 right now. Just icing on the cake I guess. I must say this has been a real blow to me as I thought with my gpa I'd be plenty qualified to get into a program. As far as my pre req's go, I am pretty much done. Finishing this spring semester, I have all of my pre req's complete, except A&P 2, which I am taking summer A. What kind of options will I have for next fall? I will have my AA in health sciences, and no more classes to take. Any advice?

Phillip

I'm sorry Philip, what a drag!:o Hang in there! Maybe you can transfer back later. Heather

Well phil .. im sorry this happened to you.. but im sure you had fun at central anyways :kiss

Originally posted by 2banurse

I don't believe the schools are necessarily being selective, but because of not having the faculty many programs have to have smaller classes. It stands to reason that those students that have completed all of their prereqs get in before those who haven't. What needs to be done is that some kind of funding is needed to increase class size. Until nursing instructors are paid are reasonable salary, most will chose to work bedside rather than in a school setting. Hospitals, IMHO, don't necessarily want to hire outside as it is more work for them, but nurses are needed and they will do what they need to in order to be staffed.

Kris

You forgot to mention clinical space too. Even if a school were to get more funding to hire teachers they can't increase the class size unless hospitals give them those clinical spots. At least that is what the director of the nursing program at my school says.

I could understand how my school could be selective when there are only 20 spots and well over 100 people applying for those spots. I'm still anxiously awaiting my acceptance/rejection letter.

Will the BSN be your 2nd Bachelor's degree?

UF has just announced an accelerated BSN program for those who already have non-nursing degrees. And, from what I have read, they only require 3 pre-req's: Anat, Phys, and Micro! :D

Originally posted by Cynthiann

You forgot to mention clinical space too. Even if a school were to get more funding to hire teachers they can't increase the class size unless hospitals give them those clinical spots. At least that is what the director of the nursing program at my school says.

I could understand how my school could be selective when there are only 20 spots and well over 100 people applying for those spots. I'm still anxiously awaiting my acceptance/rejection letter.

That is true for many schools I guess, but within this area of Florida, I don't believe that to be true. For our school, it is primarily a faculty shortage.

Kris

Hey everyone, I just wanted to blow off some steam on here with some others taht might be able to relate. Today I just recieved my rejection letter from University of South Florida's BSN program for fall 03. I'm a transfer student from a community college about an hour south of USF. What I don't get is how I got rejected?! I had a 3.6 upon applying, with most of my pre reqs outta the way. Looks like my 2nd choice is going to have to count now, which is University of Central Florida, which I've heard is not a super program. Oh well, it always stinks when you get your hopes up only to get smashed!

Phillip

It suxs how it's hard to get into nursing school.

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