First of all it sound as if you don't like Case very much so I am wondering why you would even apply there if you feel they are so awful? Second, your facts are a bit off. I know numerous students that are well over 30 that are in school now and that were students there in the last few classes. I myself am 34, and I got in, and I hardly think I will be the old hag in the group. Also, a girl that is in the class that graduates this dec interviewed in Oct but got her letter in Feb. so there is still a 50/50 chance if you didnt get a no letter yet.
In another post there were comments made about big hospitals, and I have worked at both CCF in the heart unit as well as the sicu and some smaller hosp as agency, and there is a night and day difference between them. The acuity that CCF has is way above any others. High quality ICU with really sick pt will far out shine more years a community hospital that ships away those sick pt for the nurses at CCF or another large institution to care for. They are looking at the entire picture of the candidate, and of course they want people with a good GPA because they want students that will pass boards in the end!! Also, the person with one year experience at interview time will have over a year by the time school starts so keep that in mind as the comments are made about the less than a year applicants.