Direct Entry Programs- How hard to get in? - page 6

Thanks for all of your responses to all of my previous posts. As you probably assume, I'm evaluating all of my options including ADN, BSN, and Direct-Entry MSN. The direct entry programs look... Read More

  1. by   smile123
    Quote from seahorse
    I just got the response to my application to the Generic Masters in Nursing at San Francisco State and I've been wait listed. I feel so bad.

    I applied to UCSF too, was interviewed and am now waiting for their response. I feel like the first rejection is a bad sign. https://allnurses.com/forums/
    crying2
    Hi Seahorse,
    Please don't feel bad. One friend of mine had gotten rejected from USD and UCSF, but she got accepted at Hopkins and Columbia. So now she's going to Columbia! But Columbia didn't give out acceptances until just last week, so she was thinking all these early rejections were bad signs. They are not!

    The fact you got an interview at UCSF means you DO have a 50/50 chance of getting in! UCSF weighs life experience very heavily - in fact, they weigh health care life experience very heavily! What background do you have? How did you think you did on the interview? Did you feel confident? Were you on top of your game?

    UCSF doesn't give out acceptances until after March 1st; so there are a lot of people who send in deposits to keep their slots at other schools that they already heard from and are waiting for UCSF. Once those letters go out, there will be a lot of shifting going on. People will drop their slots for other schools and the people on the waitlist will move up. It's like dominos - one can effect the rest. So please don't give up!
    P.S. Where else have you applied? And have you thought about applying for just the RN program at a CC? It's better to apply to several schools instead of 1 or 2 to increase your odds of getting in.

    Smile123
  2. by   olijam
    Hello everyone, I've been reading these threads for the past month waiting to hear if anyone had been accepted to UCSF and finally decided to post. I interviewed on 1/21 at UCSF and felt that I did well. We were told we would know by 3/1 if we were in or not. UCSF is the only school I applied to because of it's reputation and the fact that I live in SF. I have a 3.8 GPA, but average GRE scores, maybe even below. I've worked in healthcare for over 10 years, since I was 17. I think this is a major factor. From my interview with a faculty member, it seems they want a student that knows what a nurse is and does and will not be surprised and discouraged when they start the program. I think they are looking for genuine candidates not just bright! Let me tell you, I felt a little discouraged after hearing everyone's background(i.e. Ivy league degree, research in foreign countries, Master's in this and that), but after the interview I felt at home. I'm checking the mail everyday looking for that UCSF logo. Good luck and congrats to everyone! Feel free to send me a message. Thanks.....

    Quote from smile123
    Hi Seahorse,
    Please don't feel bad. One friend of mine had gotten rejected from USD and UCSF, but she got accepted at Hopkins and Columbia. So now she's going to Columbia! But Columbia didn't give out acceptances until just last week, so she was thinking all these early rejections were bad signs. They are not!

    The fact you got an interview at UCSF means you DO have a 50/50 chance of getting in! UCSF weighs life experience very heavily - in fact, they weigh health care life experience very heavily! What background do you have? How did you think you did on the interview? Did you feel confident? Were you on top of your game?

    UCSF doesn't give out acceptances until after March 1st; so there are a lot of people who send in deposits to keep their slots at other schools that they already heard from and are waiting for UCSF. Once those letters go out, there will be a lot of shifting going on. People will drop their slots for other schools and the people on the waitlist will move up. It's like dominos - one can effect the rest. So please don't give up!
    P.S. Where else have you applied? And have you thought about applying for just the RN program at a CC? It's better to apply to several schools instead of 1 or 2 to increase your odds of getting in.

    Smile123
  3. by   Gennaver
    Quote from seahorse
    I just got the response to my application to the Generic Masters in Nursing at San Francisco State and I've been wait listed. I feel so bad.

    I applied to UCSF too, was interviewed and am now waiting for their response. I feel like the first rejection is a bad sign. https://allnurses.com/forums/
    crying2
    Hello seahorse,
    I hope you have read all the wonderful responses. Great advice, please don't give up. As Jess said, you were not rejected! As another posted mentioned, waitlists have a way of shifting by the time the program starts and also, as you said you are waiting for another program too!

    It reads like there is more in your favor. Truly though, I am starting to understand the worry though, there is a lot on the line, (at least it feels like it!)

    I finally got my application packet complete and in the mail today for University of Illinois in Chicago. My fingers are super crossed over here.

    Good luck!!
    Gen
  4. by   ChrisA
    It's just waiting, now, for UCSF to get back to me one way or another. I think if I don't go this year I'll try to do a year's training in Clinical Pastoral Education (which is essentially training as a hospital chaplain) if I can get in (all the seminaries over in Berkeley probably take up the slots) and then apply again. As an out of state student, UCSF is going to be, possibly, financially unfeasible for me this year. Anyway, plan for the worst, hope for the best. I do wish everyone the best of luck and the highest of spirits!
  5. by   pancake
    Thank you all so much! What a wonderful surprise to come home from school and find so much support. It means a lot to me and I really appreciate it. I was so down in the dumps, and kind of feeling like I wasn't good enough . . . it's easy to forget just how insanely competitive it can be getting into any nursing school.

    It was so reassuring to hear that other people got rejection notices, only to later get accepted elsewhere. I'm applying to community colleges just in case, although they can be tough too.

    Although I rarely post, I've been reading everyone's experiences, and I think you're all such great people. I wish you all the best. Thanks.
  6. by   Jupiter
    Hi, Seahorse!
    Just wanted to say that I agree w/ everyone else...don't give up! Every school is so different w/ their admissions criteria. Also, waitlists definitely DO shift often! That is *awesome* that you got an interview w/ UCSF - you must be a terrific applicant. From everything I've heard about them, it sounds like the specialty you're applying for can have a lot to do with it. If I had know then what I know now, I definitely would have applied to more than 1 school...

    As for SF State, I also heard that you cannot get financial aid (Federal loans for grad school) in the first year of the program, so you have to come up w/ the $ through private loans, etc. - so maybe you wouldn't want to go there anyway! (I read that in an old newspaper article- you might want to double-check to see if that is still accurate)
    Anyway - good luck w/ UC! March 1 is getting closer...
  7. by   elizabells
    Quote from seahorse
    Thank you all so much! What a wonderful surprise to come home from school and find so much support. It means a lot to me and I really appreciate it. I was so down in the dumps, and kind of feeling like I wasn't good enough . . . it's easy to forget just how insanely competitive it can be getting into any nursing school.

    It was so reassuring to hear that other people got rejection notices, only to later get accepted elsewhere. I'm applying to community colleges just in case, although they can be tough too.

    Although I rarely post, I've been reading everyone's experiences, and I think you're all such great people. I wish you all the best. Thanks.
    One more word of encouragement: Like others, I got rejected from UCSF and UPenn, was making plans to look at community college programs, and BAM, there came the acceptance from Columbia. I think that where we are, at the level of even thinking of applying to these programs, that it's not about numbers anymore, especially if you got an interview. We're all good enough and smart enough (and gosh darnit, people like us!), it's just that there are all these other factors, like how many people applied for your specialty track. So keep the faith, darlin! And let us know how it turns out.
  8. by   smile123
    Here's news about Johns Hopkins! They are still taking applications for their accelerated programs. So it's worth a shot to get them in!!

    (from a Johns Hopkins email I got on 2/15/05)

    The New Year has been a very, very busy one receiving and reviewing applications for the upcoming classes. For those of you looking for Baccalaureate and BS to MSN options, Accelerated and Traditional -- first and second degree options, we are still accepting applications. As a nursing leader, and in an effort to help with the nursing shortage, Hopkins is increasing the size of both incoming classes by 20 students each.
    http://www.son.jhmi.edu/admissions/d..._13_5month.pdf Check out this site to print off an application.

    Smile 123
  9. by   emy2005
    Hi everyone! I've been reading this thread for a while now and it's been really helping me get through this crazy admission process. I posted a while back, asking if anyone had heard yet from Columbia. It seems that people started receiving their decision letters about 10 days ago, and everyday that I checked my mailbox, I never saw a Columbia logo. I gave up this past weekend and thought to myself, maybe it wasn't meant to be and I had started to prepare myself for the rejection letter. HOWEVER, I received an email yesterday from Columbia when I got home from a HORRIBLE microbiology midterm. I could not sleep all night and waited to call the admissions office this morning. It turns out, they had the wrong address on my file and I was actually accepted! They are sending out my acceptance letter again today and I cannot wait to finally see it in writing! Although I thought I didn't get in to Columbia, all of the postings that I have been reading have been so supportive and helpful. It's helped me to try and stay positive and I wish everyone all the best!
  10. by   smile123
    Quote from emy2005
    I posted a while back, asking if anyone had heard yet from Columbia. It seems that people started receiving their decision letters about 10 days ago, and everyday that I checked my mailbox, I never saw a Columbia logo. I gave up this past weekend and thought to myself, maybe it wasn't meant to be and I had started to prepare myself for the rejection letter. HOWEVER, I received an email yesterday from Columbia when I got home from a HORRIBLE microbiology midterm. I could not sleep all night and waited to call the admissions office this morning. It turns out, they had the wrong address on my file and I was actually accepted! They are sending out my acceptance letter again today and I cannot wait to finally see it in writing! Although I thought I didn't get in to Columbia, all of the postings that I have been reading have been so supportive and helpful. It's helped me to try and stay positive and I wish everyone all the best!
    Congratulations Emy2005! :hatparty:

    That's a good point. Do check with the school to be sure they have the correct snail mail and email address for you! It's also worth calling the school to see if they have looked at your file and where they are in the process.

    What happened to me: I had turned in my application early and got interviewed in Nov; I was not early decision. Then I knew they were looking at the regular applications starting in January (they had to finish early decision by Dec 15th). I had already gotten accepted to one school and wanted to know where my application was with the 2nd one. I phoned the 2nd school the last week in January. They gave me the standard line, "It will be at the end of Feb, early March before you hear anything". But I persisted and told them about turning my application in early and the interview. Then they transferred to another woman who looked at my file. She said, "Your file looks excellent. You're admitted." Just like that! Over the phone!

    It saved me a lot of agony waiting and not knowing.

    So if you really want to know, you can always call and ask them to look at your file. Go past the gatekeeper and get to the decision maker, the person who can tell you the status of your application. What is the worst that can happen? They can tell you they still haven't made up their minds. OR they can tell you one way or the other whether you got in! Hopefully you did!

    Good luck to all! This is a nice support group for all of direct entry people!

    Smile123
  11. by   Jess RN
    Quote from emy2005
    Hi everyone! I've been reading this thread for a while now and it's been really helping me get through this crazy admission process. I posted a while back, asking if anyone had heard yet from Columbia. It seems that people started receiving their decision letters about 10 days ago, and everyday that I checked my mailbox, I never saw a Columbia logo. I gave up this past weekend and thought to myself, maybe it wasn't meant to be and I had started to prepare myself for the rejection letter. HOWEVER, I received an email yesterday from Columbia when I got home from a HORRIBLE microbiology midterm. I could not sleep all night and waited to call the admissions office this morning. It turns out, they had the wrong address on my file and I was actually accepted! They are sending out my acceptance letter again today and I cannot wait to finally see it in writing! Although I thought I didn't get in to Columbia, all of the postings that I have been reading have been so supportive and helpful. It's helped me to try and stay positive and I wish everyone all the best!



    Yay!!! Another acceptance- wooo hooo! :hatparty: Was Columbia your first choice? Where else have you applied?

    Congrats!!!!! :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty:
  12. by   pancake
    Wow! Congratulations to Emy, Elizabells, Bruinlaura, and good luck to everyone else. You're an inpiration!

    I'm obsessively checking my mail now, waiting for the results after being interviewed at UCSF. My hopes are up again after all of your wonderful posts and advice.

    Although I was wait listed at SF State, and don't know yet about UCSF, I just wanted to say to people that don't have 4.0's and incredible gpa's, that it's still possible to be considered. I'm not sure how my gpa was calculated, because I went to UC Santa Cruz when they gave narrative evaluations instead of grades, but I suspect they'd be interpreted somewhere between 3 and 3.5. Nothing spectacular. My GRE verbal and writing was pretty good, but math . . .

    Anyway, they still gave me a chance to interview. So I encourage anyone else who wants to be an NP or CNS to apply. Grades and GPA aren't the only things they look at. I applied to the Gerontological NP program, which isn't as impacted, so perhaps that's why they were more lenient with me. Then again, I have a friend who is at about my level gpa wise and gre wise she got an interview for pediatrics which is extremely competitive.

    Anyway, I'll keep you posted, and Good Luck to you all.
  13. by   elizabells
    " I'm not sure how my gpa was calculated, because I went to UC Santa Cruz when they gave narrative evaluations instead of grades, but I suspect they'd be interpreted somewhere between 3 and 3.5. "

    When did you graduate? I was a Slug too, graduated '03.

    Can we start a Columbia thread? That would be good, I think, for all of us to network a bit before we get there. Find out who's going to be at the visiting thing in March, etc. Mods? Can we do that?

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