Hi all! Long time lurker, first time poster, current GEPN here.
I wrote down (some of) the breakdown they gave us on interview day. This was for the 2015 admission cycle:
-I believe there were 498 applications (didn't write that down, but that sticks out in my mind)
-They interviewed about 200 people: 50 for Midwifery, 50 for FNP, 30 for PMHNP, and between 20 and 25 for the others (PNP, AG, Acute)
-Out of those 200, they planned to accept 130-140 in order to get a class of roughly 90-100 (since some people will turn down their admission offer to go to other schools). Our class was 85 entering, I believe. I was told by a professor that they expect this next class to be slightly larger, but I have NO idea if there are more or less applications this year, so take that tidbit with a grain of salt.
-Some specialties are more competitive than others, i.e. FNP and CNM/WH interview the most, but also have lower acceptance rates, generally.
They told us the *2014* entering class breakdown was ROUGHLY:
21 AG and Acute, 20 FNP, 18 CMN/WH, 15 PNP, 14 PMHNP
The way I calculated it, because I had nothing to do but worry, was that (last year) I had a 40% chance of getting an interview, and if I got an interview then I had about a 70-75% chance of getting in.
Numbers aren't tell-all, clearly, and every year and applicant pool are different. But if you're like me and just need to focus on some sort of arbitrary data to calm the nerves, I say hey, whatever works. :)
Also, my undergrad transcript was not stellar, but I had a 3.8 for my master's degree at a great school, and I asked 3 very special people to be my letter writers - people who knew me well academically and professionally, and who were impressive in some way (a state mental health board employee, retiring chair of a psychology department, and a nursing professor). My statement was very much about what drew me to this field, I started with an anecdote, and then made sure to hit all the points they asked us to hit. I also detailed *why* Yale (not just because it's Yale haha)
My GREs were not spectacular but I did not bomb them either. I included a supplemental document discussing my undergrad GPA and GRE scores and why I felt they did not reflect my aptitude as a student.
Finally, my interview was super informal. My interviewer had clearly READ EVERYTHING IN MY FILE, she was so prepared, so there was no "tell me about your background etc" questions. She got right down to it. Why Yale, why nursing, why psych. What concerns do I have...what do I perceive to be my challenges...what do I bring to the table. It was about 30 minutes and I left feeling great. Though I really had no idea that I got in, I'm a bad self-evaluator. Also, they really try to court you on interview day. They see it as us interviewing them as well, and everything about the entire admissions process was impressive. If you get an interview, and you leave interview day feeling like it's not the place for you, then it's not. Because holy smokes, when I left interview day, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else!!!
My best advice is to suspend all judgment about why or why not you get an interview, or why you may or may not get in. There are so many factors. You've submitted the application (congrats!) and now you just have to go about your work and academics, and whatever else you are doing knowing that you have something to contribute to this profession and that you will fulfill those goals one way or another. At Yale, at another school, in another admission cycle --- DON'T give up!
Hope this rambling post helps someone. I, too, am procrastinating from finals :) but am happy to answer any questions, especially after 12/16!!! And I'd like to be available ALL winter break to those who have questions during that very stressful time of waiting for an interview. I registered here and decided to write this post because these were the things I was worrying about last year and never signed up to ask someone :)
Best wishes to all!