NYU ABSN program... feeling a little discouraged

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by lotsofsunshine (New) New

I emailed the program basically listing everything i've done and my awful undergrad gpa of 2.9 but that I have a grad school (masters in public health) gpa of 3.4. And this is what they emailed back to me...

"Ideal applicants for the15-Month Accelerated BS Program have cumulative undergraduate GPAs that are above a 3.0 and prerequisite grades that are A's and B's. However, it is also important to know that NYU does a holistic review of each application. We look at more than your grades."

I know she said that she looks at more than just grades but I still feel like I wouldn't be able to get in b/c of my UG GPA. I'm applying for the spring semester for 2012 so that I can finish Anatomy and Psychology pre-reqs and I figured it was probably not as competitive as the September semester. Anyways, I was just wondering if there were any applicants who were

On another note, does anyone know of any site that would give me some ideas or help me to write my personal statement. I'm never any good at those! It sounds nice in my head but not so much on paper... Any advice would help me a lot. Thanks :)

washcaps

43 Posts

Hey Sunshine,

That sounds like a really generic response they probably have to tell everyone. I wouldn't get too discouraged. You obviously were impressive enough to get an MPH, which I would hope, counts more than undergrad. The application isn't difficult to do (just a tad annoying for those of us who finished high school a long time ago!). Why not just pay the $70 to apply when you're ready and see if you get in? Better than always wondering if you were good enough.

As for the essay, this is something I struggled with for a bit. I've always found writing an outline first can take the scariness out of it. Mine went: 1) personal story that described me, 2) work or other experience, 3) Why I want to go to xxxx school. Try that and see what comes out! Hope this helps, best of luck.

marinoh

81 Posts

Hi sunshine,

Well i did apply for the spring 2011 term, with an undergraduate GPA 0f 3.01, and masters in Molecular & cell biology with 3.64 GPA, and have worked in the health care industry for the last 8yrs, as a physician back home and as a medical assistant in the US. And currently working on an NIH funded research on HIV/AIDS in pediatrics age group.

But with all this background, I got a rejection letter from them. But the only thing I can tie to that, is that at the time of application, I was taking classes in developmental Pschy and Nutrition ( Fall 2010), otherwise I really cant figure out why I got rejected.

SO my advice to you, is to try your luck, dont get discouraged, but dont put your eggs in one basket. Apply to other programs, and try to finish your prerequisite on time if you have any outstding. I got acceptance letter into Quinnipiac university in connecticut, but with them, I had all there pre req ready prior to application. you may wanna try applying to that sch, the only sad thing is its pretty expensive and not Ivy league. lol!!!

Anyway, I wish you good luck!!!

Sad to say, with the current market, it really won't matter what Ivy League you went to when it comes to obtaining a job.....

DoGoodThenGo

4,120 Posts

I emailed the program basically listing everything i've done and my awful undergrad gpa of 2.9 but that I have a grad school (masters in public health) gpa of 3.4. And this is what they emailed back to me...

"Ideal applicants for the15-Month Accelerated BS Program have cumulative undergraduate GPAs that are above a 3.0 and prerequisite grades that are A's and B's. However, it is also important to know that NYU does a holistic review of each application. We look at more than your grades."

I know she said that she looks at more than just grades but I still feel like I wouldn't be able to get in b/c of my UG GPA. I'm applying for the spring semester for 2012 so that I can finish Anatomy and Psychology pre-reqs and I figured it was probably not as competitive as the September semester. Anyways, I was just wondering if there were any applicants who were

On another note, does anyone know of any site that would give me some ideas or help me to write my personal statement. I'm never any good at those! It sounds nice in my head but not so much on paper... Any advice would help me a lot. Thanks :)

Accelerated BSN programs can be *very* demanding academically. The response sounds like a generic one sent in response to what sort of students the program finds not only are admitted, but retained, graduate and pass the boards. NYU's undergradute nursing program is known to be very challenging, with heavy emphasis on theory/academics.

You are correct in assuming that in the absence of a personal interview, your personal statement/essay is the best shot of shining. Do not dwell so much upon your past, but how you will be a great NYU student and future nurse. They already know about your grades from transcripts. If there are reasons for your "low" GPA, spell them out but don't whine, blame others and so forth. The past is the past and you are trying to focus on the future.

If you style, grammer and otherwise command of English isn't "A" level, submitt your final draft to someone to "edit" and or otherwise clean things up. This does not mean hire someone to write the thing, as some of *you* must come through.

Best of luck,

DGTG

abvincent1

50 Posts

Lots of Sunshine, let me give you some advice from someone probably a little older than yourself, if you want to be a nurse, then nothing will stop you; if you aren't certain whether you want to be a nurse, then obstacles will stop you. Obstacles such as a random letter telling you why you "may not" qualify. Instead of immediately convincing yourself that you won't get in, think of all the things you have that make you a great candidate. From there, write the best personal statement you can. The personal statement is the area where you tell them why they deserve you, not why you would be so lucky to get in. If you want to go to NYU, then tell them why they would be lucky to have you instead of inquiring about why you would be lucky to get in.

That said I am applying as well. Though it is a long shot as I live on the other side of the country where I own my house, etc. But thought I would give a shot any way and see what happens. Any one familiar with the male:female ratio of NYU's program? As I search for programs the ones I instantly eliminate are the ones with one maybe two men out of a hundred females. Integration of minorities, and in this case men, is paramount to my decisions.

In addition, any one know about the letter of recommendation requirement? They don't provide a reference format but they want 1-2 letters? I am curious how others approached this?

marinoh

81 Posts

abvincent1,

I am just curious to know why you instantly eliminate the programs with Integration of minorities, does that mean they are not good program. Regarding the letter of recommedations, It really doesn't have a specific requirement format.

abvincent1

50 Posts

Perhaps I wasn't clear, I do NOT remove programs with large quantities of minority (exactly the opposite, they are the first ones on my list), I eliminate programs that do not have enough men. I do not want to be one male in a class of 100 females. Why? Because I suspect I will face gender issues in clinicals that females won't (e.g. OB). I would like a classmate who understands and can talk with me about his experience as well in clinicals. Kind of like helping each other through the program. I WANT minority, not just gender, but race, religion, every aspect, but the diversity of those are less important to me than the number of males in my class---simply because I am a male. Hope that clarifies it better

marinoh

81 Posts

Okay I got you now, actually my brother had same concern as you before going to nursing school 8yrs ago at WSU, Kansas. But he was able to get over that eventually, blc there will be more estrogen anyway. Wish you good luck!!!

allycat707

21 Posts

Hey, I know this posted years ago, but do you get in with a GPA below 3.0?

I got accepted into this program 2 years ago with the same GPA and A's in all the pre-reqs. Don't worry if this doesn't work out, something else will. NYU costs a lot, just saying...