I can sympathize with the decision you are making. I agree with what most of the other posters have said and I just wanted to add an angle that is often left out.
I went to a (very) rigorous BSN/RN program. We were all scared to death in those first days. And we responded by enouraging one another and determining that WE were going to get through the year TOGETHER. A bunch of strangers, standing in a room, with nothing in common but a goal.
We had some good teachers, some great teachers and some absolutely horrible teachers. Same goes for clinical instruction. When there were problems, we approached the teachers...or if that failed...the administration TOGETHER....
We continued to really root for one another, share our notes, form study groups, e-mail each other and next thing you know...we were all done and standing on stage together during our pinning! An amazing feeling. WE LOST NO-ONE. Not one single person left the program.
And the single most important thing in determining the direction that our class took was how we all bonded with EACH OTHER.
Now that we are graduated, the same feeling continues..... We formed study groups and attacked the NCLEX tohgether. And now....anytime a new grad job pops up in our area, an e-mail goes out alerting the entire cohort so that we can all apply. we compile interview questions and send them out etc. Yup...we are competing with each other...but at the same time, we cheer each time one of us gets employed....because we know that these people, who are now located in many of the best hospitals in our area can advocate for the rest of us, internally. And that is exactly what's happening. As a result...our cohort has an outstanding new hire percentage in one of the worst downturns in modern nursing history. And instead of fellow students...in the future...I will have COLLEAGUES all over this area...in many different departments and specialties that wouldn't hesitate to lend a hand as we progress in our careers.
And...the CHOICE to bond and look past any differences that (inevitably) might have divided us...turned what might have been a supremely difficult year into a great adventure that we can look back on fondly.
Think about what you can BRING to this program you speak of....not just what you can GET out of it...and the whole experience can change!!
I wish you the best of luck. I am a new nurse (employed!) and loving every minute of it.