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Holy Family University ABSN FAll 2021

Hey guys! This is for anyone applying to Holy Family ABSN 14-month cohort (second degree for non-nurses) for the Fall of 2021. It's a bit early but nows the time to ask questions and get to know each other, etc. Feel free to share anything on your mind !

Hi, and thanks for starting this thread! I recently happened upon Holy Family and am considering applying. I'm from NYC, but am willing to move. Just wondering what the area is like in terms of safety, affordable living, etc.

Also wondering what the avg GPA is for accepted students. It'd help knowing if I have a chance LOL!

4 minutes ago, DreamCatcher215 said:

Hi, and thanks for starting this thread! I recently happened upon Holy Family and am considering applying. I'm from NYC, but am willing to move. Just wondering what the area is like in terms of safety, affordable living, etc.

Also wondering what the avg GPA is for accepted students. It'd help knowing if I have a chance LOL!

Hi, I'm so excited about this whole process. I have the same questions as you. From what I do know from simply calling and speaking to Marie (the admissions officer), there are two campuses. The one that's the most popular is NE main, which is in downtown. I'm originally from NYC and moved to CT so I don't know the area either. I've gotten mixed reviews about which specific areas are better than others to rent in ( from Northern Liberties, Fairmount, etc). I've heard that at the end of the day its still Philadelphia so you have to have your wits about you, though you are from NYC so I'm sure you've mastered the art of looking over your shoulder by now LOL. BUT the cost of living is very "college-student" friendly. Youll be able to find apt as cheap at 500-as high as you'd like. The only issue is parking from what I've seen from past forums.

When I spoke to Marie she had stated that the average GPA for accepted students is 3.25. Obviously that fluctuates through the years but I called a few days ago and that what I was told. For the most part they want to see an upward trend honestly. It's really hard to tell what their looking for these days. What are your stats (if you don't mind sharing)?

38 minutes ago, boaf said:

Hi, I'm so excited about this whole process. I have the same questions as you. From what I do know from simply calling and speaking to Marie (the admissions officer), there are two campuses. The one that's the most popular is NE main, which is in downtown. I'm originally from NYC and moved to CT so I don't know the area either. I've gotten mixed reviews about which specific areas are better than others to rent in ( from Northern Liberties, Fairmount, etc). I've heard that at the end of the day its still Philadelphia so you have to have your wits about you, though you are from NYC so I'm sure you've mastered the art of looking over your shoulder by now LOL. BUT the cost of living is very "college-student" friendly. Youll be able to find apt as cheap at 500-as high as you'd like. The only issue is parking from what I've seen from past forums.

When I spoke to Marie she had stated that the average GPA for accepted students is 3.25. Obviously that fluctuates through the years but I called a few days ago and that what I was told. For the most part they want to see an upward trend honestly. It's really hard to tell what their looking for these days. What are your stats (if you don't mind sharing)?

WOW!! Thank you so much, this is incredibly helpful! I wasn't even aware there were two campuses. I was thinking of signing up for their information session on Aug. 19th to gain a little more insight into their program. And, yes, born and raised in NYC, so I learned to always keep an eye out (it's good to be observant!).

The cost of living sounds really doable. I would have to take out a personal loan to cover the cost of tuition, fees, living expenses and such, so there's much to think about.

As for my stats, I have a 3.5 in prereqs and a 3.5 from my Bachelors. The issue is that (being that I'm an older student) I have some academic stains on my record from when I was much younger. I'm hoping that doesn't tilt my application to the negative side. Have to try!

4 hours ago, DreamCatcher215 said:

As for my stats, I have a 3.5 in prereqs and a 3.5 from my Bachelors. The issue is that (being that I'm an older student) I have some academic stains on my record from when I was much younger. I'm hoping that doesn't tilt my application to the negative side. Have to try!

Of course No problem ! And you have amazing stats!

I know that Holy Family generally accepts 40 students to their cohorts. SO as long as you "meet" requirements that they're asking for then you are considered competitive. They take a holistic look at applicants and its not necessarily just a numbers game, at least for THIS particular ABSN program anyway. But if two individuals were to be put on the waitlist and let's say they each have the same GPA then it's going to boil down to experience or letters of rec (Tie-breakers essentially).

What other programs are you looking at applying to ?

On 8/14/2020 at 5:34 PM, boaf said:

Of course No problem ! And you have amazing stats!

I know that Holy Family generally accepts 40 students to their cohorts. SO as long as you "meet" requirements that they're asking for then you are considered competitive. They take a holistic look at applicants and its not necessarily just a numbers game, at least for THIS particular ABSN program anyway. But if two individuals were to be put on the waitlist and let's say they each have the same GPA then it's going to boil down to experience or letters of rec (Tie-breakers essentially).

What other programs are you looking at applying to ?

Thanks again. I'm looking to apply to some associate programs here in the city, Montefiore being one of them (it's a little outside the city actually).Not sure of where else yet.

On 8/17/2020 at 11:22 AM, DreamCatcher215 said:

Thanks again. I'm looking to apply to some associate programs here in the city, Montefiore being one of them (it's a little outside the city actually).Not sure of where else yet.

Ofc! Have you submitted yet

Yes! I just submitted my application this past Friday to Montefiore, but my letter of recommendation from my employer is still missing. Montefiore won't accept letters via email or third party platforms. Only via regular mail.

I'm so nervous now because I contacted this person a month ago requesting the letter, but the admissions office confirmed this morning they still haven't received it. So I emailed my employer this morning but haven't heard back on whether or not the letter was sent. And the deadline is this Friday. I'm thinking of asking another person, even though it's so last minute.

On 9/8/2020 at 12:10 PM, DreamCatcher215 said:

I'm thinking of asking another person, even though it's so last minute.

That is sooo frustrating !! what have you decided to do ?

19 hours ago, boaf said:

That is sooo frustrating !! what have you decided to do ?

I ended up getting another letter of reference and handed it in on time. The next day I got an email from my employer letting me know the letter was already sent. So, the school will get two letters now LOL. I’m okay with it. 

13 hours ago, DreamCatcher215 said:

I ended up getting another letter of reference and handed it in on time. The next day I got an email from my employer letting me know the letter was already sent. So, the school will get two letters now LOL. I’m okay with it. 

LOL ! has your application been officially completed? and what date did you submit

11 hours ago, boaf said:

LOL ! has your application been officially completed? and what date did you submit

I don’t know how to tell. I’d have to call. But it should have been considered complete either on Sept. 10th or 11th. I dropped off the extra letter of rec on Thursday morning (9/10). I’m hoping they collected it from the mailbox that afternoon. If not, they definitely collected it by the next morning (9/11). I think I’ll call to make sure. I’ve been way too nervous.  

HANANE

Specializes in nursing.

Hello everyone. I’m currently doing my last required class (nutrition). I applied to holy family university for 14 months cohort Spring 2021 , but they put me in waitlist and told me that there are few places open for 22 months program starting January 2020 so I applied for that instead. I m wondering if there are student who applied for the same program and how was it? 

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