Stony Brook Accelerated BSN Class of 2014 - page 12

I'm surprised a thread for the upcoming class of 2014 has not been created yet (or has it). Well here it is!!! Good luck to all :p... Read More

  1. by   PacoUSA
    Quote from Esme12
    Many factors other than GPA and standings go into choosing participants to a program...that is why they have personal interviews.
    Just to clarify: Stony Brook does not conduct personal interviews. All decisions are made solely on what's submitted on paper (or digitally if you will, since the application process is online). As an alumnus and twice-an-applicant of this nursing program, I can tell you that personal statements and recommendation letters go a long way in letting the admissions committee know who they should and should not admit into the program. And looking at the students who were admitted into my class and the class that is completing the program right now (who I have had the pleasure to meet and advise on my free time since last summer), the Stony Brook admissions committee knows what they are doing. They don't aim to admit a class full of 4.0 GPAs, they aim to admit diverse students from diverse backgrounds that hold promise to become great nurses and benefit from a great program. Since no interviews are conducted, you have to sell yourself strong through your essays and recommendations (in the latter, you don't have control over what they say, but you do have control in who you use).

    No comment on the delta post that Esme edited ... just glad that it was diffused. We don't need negativity on this thread.

    Chichi: Celebrate your success, don't question it. Stony Brook recognizes something special in you, so embrace that. Not all good nurses had 4.0's.

    Quote from Delancey123
    Similarly, Paco you are amazing! Your posts on here are actually therapeutic. They helped me lay to rest a multitude of questions racing throughout my mind that others had already asked (yes, I have read all 80-90 pages of threads between this and the previous). Giving someone a little peace of mind is worth a lot.
    Thanks Delancey! It's my pleasure to help out, I know what this process is like, and I want to do anything possible to make it easier for people ... I'm rooting for you and others on the alternate list!

    Which begs the question asked: waitlist meaning good chance for the 2-year? Unfortunately, there is no way to tell. I have seen people get in or denied regardless of waitlist to the ABSN. However, the good news is that quite a few students do get in from the waitlist eventually. I think there were at least 10 students in my class that got in from waitlist.
    Last edit by PacoUSA on Jan 9, '13
  2. by   lb88
    Hi everyone!

    New to the board. Found out the other day that I've been accepted to the 1 year program. Couldn't be more excited! Does anyone know what the tuition is for a NYS resident? I tried contacting SBU but no one can give me a straight answer! I look forward to meeting all those accepted in the summer... Get ready for the craziness!!!
  3. by   charkoal
    thanks for all the helpful info!!! i will keep my fingers crossed... (hopefully they won't be crossed for monthes... ) *special thank you for Paco-RN, your info has always been so helpful, I can tell you make an excellent nurse just on you helping complete strangers with this whole crazy process!
  4. by   djp2469
    This may seem corny to some, but I thought I'd share. On my commute home tonight I was feeling down on myself, wondering what I could have done to get a "Yes" from Stony Brook instead of a "Maybe." I logged into Pandora as I always do, and I was nearly knocked out of my seat when Cher's "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" came on streaming.

    So for all those not accepted to Stony Brook, or those waitlisted like me, or even those accepted to the program (who might be depressed about something else! lol), I offer up these lyrics, because it's hard to feel sad when listening to Cher.

    Feeling broken
    Barely holding on
    But there's just something so strong
    Somewhere inside me
    And I am down but I'll get up again
    Don't count me out just yet

    I've been brought down to my knees
    And I've been pushed way past the point of breaking
    But I can take it
    I'll be back
    Back on my feet
    This is far from over
    You haven't seen the last of me.
  5. by   marmaduke
    Hi, I have been reading the thread from time to time as I was working on my application but only just signed up for an allnurses account, so this is my first post!

    Just found out on Monday that I got into Stony Brook's 1-yr program! I'm excited, and I agree, thanks Paco-RN for your info/advice on what the program is like!
    I had a few more questions though:
    I have been trying to get in touch with people at both the nursing school and the Stony Brook Bursar's office to tell me how much the program would cost for out-of-state students, and no one seems to know the answer! It's really frustrating! I looked up on the Bursar's web site how much it should be each semester, but they only publish tuition up to 12 credits/semester (which is like $10,000/semester for out-of-state) and I think for the program it will cost more b/c we take more than 12 credits a semester...I talked to someone at the Bursar's office (who didn't seem to know what they were talking about) and they said out-of-state is charged $750/credit, and looking at the program's website, we take 69 credits throughout the course of the program, which would mean $750*69= ~$51,000? That's way higher than Paco-RN's $28,000 figure (which I hope is correct). Anyone else get a straight answer on this? I tried emailing the nursing school afterward and they just told me to talk to the Bursar's office....ugh. I will try again today.

    Also, I was wondering if any current students could give an opinion on how well they think the program prepared them to become a nurse, and how well it is regarded...I also found out I was admitted to UPitt's accelerated program on Monday and I am trying to decide between Stony Brook and Pitt...Pitt is ranked a lot higher on US News's nursing grad school rankings, but both of these are undergrad ABSN programs so I wasn't sure if this was relevant or mattered in the long run, as I would eventually like to go to grad school.

    Also another question- where are most of the clinical sites for Stony Brook's program? Stony Brook University Hospital? And were there enough clinical hours? (It looks like there are 820, which seems like a good amount).

    And how is Stony Brook to live in? I'm from New England and currently living in Germany, so want to know what to it like living in NYC or more suburban?

    Thanks to anyone who might be able to answer any of these questions! I know there are a lot! And congrats to everyone who got accepted, and I hope waitlisted people get offers soon!
  6. by   HopefulSRNA1234
    Congrats on getting excepted, Marmaduke!

    As far as tuition goes, students only pay for a max of 12 units. This is considered full time and students only pay the full time tuition rate. So it will be more than 28000 because tuition has been raised since Paco's days but not by much With all fees it ends up being closer to 33 ish (not including books, lab fees, etc) I think.
  7. by   jcpenny926
    Hey everyone and congrats to those who have been accepted so far! I just have a question if anyone has the answer that would be great! I haven't received any e-mails throughout the whole application process and haven't heard of my answer as well. Were there emails going out before Monday? I am just afraid there is something wrong with my email... Also do we get letters in the mail or is it just an email?? Thanks!
  8. by   Emer1234
    Hey Marmaduke, I'm going to try to tackle some of these questions but let me know if I miss any because there are a few. I am in the program right now, and I am paying the In-state tuition. (Usually they charge double for out of state, so that's a rule of thumbs to follow). So the summer (starting in July) counts as a semester and for the summer I paid $4,354. For the fall my bill was $3,824.75, and for the Spring I will be paying $3,779. Something to keep in mind is if you take their health insurance you will be paying a little over $700 per term (you have the right to waive this if you have your own insurance as long as you provide proof of insurance), so add another $2,100 and there you have your total cost for the program. Before I started I actually went to Bursars because I was also concerned with the cost for the program, but they seem to be more concerned with getting you to take loans so they try to include the cost of living for a year while unemployed such as rent, food, gas, etc. According to their calculations I would've been paying about $28,000 for the year so I was close to taking those loans, but then decided to do my own math it worked out better for me.

    As far as preparing to be a nurse personally I feel like I've had great exposure from my clinical experiences. I've seen a lot of things, and have yet to see the most interesting rotation (Med Surg) which we go over now in the Spring. Options for clinical placement include Stony Brook University Hospital (everyone will be there during the summer), for Psych they have the VA, Stony Brook (CPEP), Pilgrim Psych Center, a child psych center which I forget the name right now (sorry), and a few others. For Peds, OB, and Med Surg you also have a few other options to pick from including Long Island Jewish. There definitely are a lot of clinical hours. For every clinical rotation you're doing about 8 shifts of 12 hours (psych may be a little different), then there's capstone which Paco can probably tell you more about it since I have not gone through it yet, but I believe it is 12 shifts of 12 hrs.

    The living situation in Stony Brook I would say is not NYC urban, but things are pretty accessible. There's a mall about 5 mins from the SB campus (Smith Haven mall), there are a few bars nearby which always come in handy :-), and the town of Port Jefferson is about 15 minutes from Stony Brook and it is also pretty busy.

    This is all I have for now, hope I answer your questions. Good luck to you all!!
  9. by   lb88
    Thanks so much for the info regarding tuition! It puts my mind at ease a little! What a huge difference from the $90K NYU was going to charge me! I have been trying to get an answer from Stony Brook since Monday and no one seemed to know how much tuition was.

    Emer1234- how are you finding the courseload? I was nervous about possibly starting a 15 month program and now I'm REALLY nervous to be starting a 12 month program! Do you find you have ANY free time whatsoever?
  10. by   HopefulSRNA1234
    Quote from jcpenny926
    Hey everyone and congrats to those who have been accepted so far! I just have a question if anyone has the answer that would be great! I haven't received any e-mails throughout the whole application process and haven't heard of my answer as well. Were there emails going out before Monday? I am just afraid there is something wrong with my email... Also do we get letters in the mail or is it just an email?? Thanks!
    Yes, there was email in December that said decisions would be sent on January 7th and I received a few emails before then about my application being submitted, deadlines, etc. I'd definitely call the school if you haven't received anything. I didn't receive anything in the mail.
  11. by   Emer1234
    Quote from lb88
    Emer1234- how are you finding the courseload? I was nervous about possibly starting a 15 month program and now I'm REALLY nervous to be starting a 12 month program! Do you find you have ANY free time whatsoever?
    The load is heavy, not going to lie about that, and the worse part is that it gets harder before it gets any easier.. lol so pretty much it just gets harder (granted I still have the spring to go through, but last semester was TOUGH!!!). That being said, it is definitely doable if you apply yourself. Unfortunately my free time has been very limited as I also have to juggle my family (I'm married with 2 children) and live about 50 mins from campus. But I'm doing fairly well up until now (crossing my fingers)

    Just gotta keep in mind that a year flies by and come next year at this time you can be right back on this website giving advice to the class of 2015
  12. by   jcpenny926
    Thank you! I did call they said they would get back to me. I updated my profile to see if I would get an email from them and I did, so I am nervous something happened to my application. Just my luck lol.
  13. by   chele118
    Quote from Delancey123
    Chele, I had been awaiting SB's application decision for you just as much as my own. You have given so many people support throughout these threads, and I am so thankful for your posts! I know you will become a wonderful nurse, and I can't wait to hear about your acceptance for the 2-yr!
    I am floored by the thoughtful comments that have been made personally to me and to Paco. This forum has become a wonderful tool and sounding board to so many. Thank you for all of your kind words and support. I'm down, but not out! I am so thankful that I have a job I love and a very supportive husband. I am rethinking my options and I know that whatever happens in the future months/years will all be for the best. So many of you are going to make wonderful nurses!

    For those of you who made it to the alternate list, they do indeed take quite a few from the alternate list each year. So don't give up hope. For those who did not get accepted, don't despair, it just means that something better will be coming your way. For those who got accepted, congratulations and good luck, from what I hear, you're in for a crazy, wild, all-consuming, no-time-for-yourself ride! Enjoy!!!

    Stay positive, never give up and most of all, have fun and never give up hope!!

    Much love to you all!