It seems *all* CUNY nursing programs are tightening things up. I attended the College of Staten Island, which now requires the NLN exam along with other changes.
Have said this before, and it is often over looked, but if one graduates from a NYC high school, you are entitled to attend CUNY. The only thing that makes a difference is one's high school average; you need 80, IIRC to attened a four year college (City, Hunter, Brooklyn, etc), everyone else goes to a community college. This means pre-nursing at CUNY is pretty much open to everyone, regardless of if they can handle the work or not.
Given the history of New York's City Universtiy system, changes for admission not only to the colleges, but particular programs is viewed under a microscope.
The sad reality is that many NYC high school students graduate without strong math, science, english and a few other skills that are becoming more important than ever in nursing programs.
Problem for CUNY nursing progams is they must keep up a high NCLEX passing rate (which not all always did), and as we see else where in nursing programs, this often means dropping "poor" performing students in favor of those near or at the top.
Another problem is, again there are so few undergrad RN nursing programs left in Manhattan, much less BSN schools. Off the top of my head can only name Hunter/Bellevue,Beth Israel, BMCC, and perhaps a few others.
Gone are: Saint Vincent's, Flower and Fifth, Lenox Hill, City College, Columbia University (undergrad,still has nursing graduate programs), to name a few.