Improving my chances?

  1. Hi everyone. I've been lurking on allnurses for a while and I have really learned a ton from all of the experienced folk out there. I'm finally returning to school after waiting for my kiddies to get a bit older (now they are 8, 6 and 4). My question is this. I have three semesters of pre-req's still BEORE nursing school. Our school here is very competitive (250 or so apps and 50 admissions). I'm wondering if anyone can give me advice on how to improve my chances of admission (besides the obvious good grades). I'm 30 now and I don't know if this works for or against me, but I'd like to do what I can so I hopefully only have to apply once instead of 2 or 3 times. Thanks in advance
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  3. by   Achoo!
    I think it depends on the school. At my CC, it doesn't matter what your grades are ( as long as it is C or better), you are all put in the lottery. I have another degree, am an older returning student, have a 4.0 and none of it matters. I am still on a loooong waiting list.

    I know for scholarships, they look at extracirricular activities, I am not sure about applications for colleges. You may want to see if you can volunteer at your kids school maybe once a week for a few hours,help out at church, volunteer at the local goodwill, or something like that.
    I'm sure others will have some better ideas. Good luck!
  4. by   vanadium71
    Hi, I would definitely wait until all of your pre-reqs are out of the way. I think they like it if you only have Nursing to focus on. I just got accepted this fall into ADN program and all I have is the Nursing left.
  5. by   michellemybelle
    If you have the time, I think volunteering at your local hospital would be to your benefit, not only for nursing school applications, but also just for yourself. Its a great way to get to know the hospital environment and a good way to interact with others. There's usually several different departments to choose from. I've volunteered for two years and absolutely love it!
  6. by   manna
    Check with your school and see what they base admissions on. For example, at my school GPA and ACT scores are the only factors considered for admissions. So... if your school is similar, spending tons of hours volunteering (while definately worthy on its own merit) wouldn't help gain admission to the nursing program. Your school will have its own policies and admitting system, so its best to check with your advisor and find out what means they suggest.

    Good luck!