Well I think any nursing program can be hard to get in. Rush just changed their entrance to 3 times a year so that will help students chances and they omitted some of their requirements (they made it really easy as far as classes needed). I honestly have not heard of anyone not getting in that has tried but my circle is pretty limited. I do know that they look for certain qualities such as a drive to continue your education later and leadership traits. They really focus on critical thinking, patient advocacy, and leadership. They will not accept someone who just wants to be a nurse because nursing programs are all over. They also really strive for diverse cohorts. We have science, psychology, computers, and kinetics majors. We also have ages from 22-50 - I myself am 40! We have something like 11 men and pretty much every culture represented so its really well rounded.
Usually what happens if for some reason you can't get in your first try you can get wait listed and offered a spot for the following term but you still get in! Some of my cohort were wait listed and some applied 3 times but obviously they got in eventually.
The application process is tedious- they use nursing cas- but many programs do now.
For me the application process was smooth, the interview was really relaxed and the acceptance came within 2 weeks I think.
We have lost 2 people so far but that was because of their personal reasons other than that we are all still hanging in there.
It's a great opportunity and it can pave the way to go on and do great things later.....I think that as long as you have the gpa or the gre score anyone has a chance to get in : )