Yes, this sounds much like my school. 400 qualified people applied, 70 were given spots, and 23 ended up graduating. I did it by reading every page, going to every review session/open office sessions, working hard to figure out what was important to the individual teacher, never once letting my guard down(always be early, always do everything as perfectly as possible, and kept my head down and mouth shut), and basically feeling like I was on my own the entire time. I skipped my pinning because I was so angry that they required the teachers to pin you, as I felt they did not deserve to do that. It was a frustrating and stressful few years, that's for sure. Good luck.