My adviser could have mis-communicated with me, so don't take this as a set in stone answer as to how the college of nursing ranks the applicants. I'll reiterate. When I sat down with her to discuss my GPA as I was applying, she told me the total amount of points that you can earn when applying for the program is 8. So they take your science GPA and overall GPA and convert those into points (I'm not sure what formula they use), and then if you have extra considerations (3/4 sciences taken here, 30+ hours here, previous degree, 9+ hours of honors college credit, active in ROTC, partnered with a hospital if you're applying for AP-BSN), then you get a few extra points added. When I had that meeting with her, my science GPA was a 3.5 and my overall was somewhere around a 3.4, and I had 2 considerations. That being said, my adviser told me I had 6.9 points out of 8 possible. I'll explain further.
This is only my interpretation of how the points relate to how people get accepted, denied, or waitlisted. None of these calculations are from a CON flyer or words from an adviser. This is just my own estimation!
Say that your science GPA is a 3.75 and your overall is a 3.8. Let's say you get 5 points for that (using whatever formula the CON uses to compute that). Let's also say you don't have any of the considerations...maybe you transferred in from a community college and don't have the hours here or the sciences here, whatever the case may be. Based on your GPA, you'd have 5/8 points at application.
Say that another student has a science GPA of 3.5 and an overall of 3.4, but they have 2 extra considerations (again, not sure how many points per considerations...let's just say for this explanation it's a point per consideration). They took their sciences here and have 30+ hours here as well. Let's say they get 4 points for their GPA, and 2 points for their considerations. They now have 6/8 points.
As you can see, this puts the second student higher up on the list than the first student. It's unfortunate that sometimes people who are transferring in with much higher GPA's are put further down the list than people who have a little bit lower GPA's but have those considerations, but that's just how it is.
Again, I want to reiterate that none of those calculations are actual formulas...just my interpretations.