Well, it definitely is competitive, although there is a big difference between 159 and 259! I wish I knew what it was- either you would have almost a 50% chance of getting in vs less than a 30% chance, big difference! If you find out the real number from your interview, would you post it here? Also, she did say that 100 of us would begin the program in the summer but that 25 of the spots are already secured to some people (i guess from last year?).
I also know which specialty I want but U or Rochester doesn't have it, so I figured I'd try and just get the BSN first and then i'll have many more options for MSN programs later. Can you get accepted into the accelerated BSN without getting into the combined BSN/MSN option or will they not even consider you? Would you do the BSN only if that was the case or would you go somewhere else? Where else are you applying if you don't mind me asking?
I would guess that the people who already have advanced degrees have a better shot but there are also other factors that could play a part- like past medical experience, what your prior degree is in, what your grades were like, and other life experience, jobs you've had since graduating, and volunteer experience.
Well, again, good luck with everything!