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  1. neurol_oh_gee

    Yale GEPN 2016

    They look for why you want to become a nurse, not what have you done in the past that is related to nursing. It is a graduate entry program for non-nurses, that's the point! You'll be fine :)
  2. neurol_oh_gee

    Yale GEPN 2016

    Congrats everyone! I hear they changed the criteria for ranking recently, hence the drop. It's also not super accurate- it's something about people in the various school's administration offices replying to stock questions, and the number of replies can have an effect on ranking... (or at least that is how it was explained to me... who knows!) Last year, I put a lot of stock in the US News ranking system, then I got to YSN and realized it doesn't really mean anything. My advice is pick the program where you envision yourself. I honestly think incoming students are the only ones looking at those rankings. Employers are not. So do not worry about the ranking. NO one will care if you went to Yale vs. Penn vs. Vanderbilt vs Columbia - they are all great programs!! Congrats again!
  3. neurol_oh_gee

    Yale GEPN 2016

    Nothing official has been announced (to us, at least!) Last we heard, they are still working on it and having town hall meetings for us, to get current-student input
  4. neurol_oh_gee

    Yale GEPN 2016

    I realized that in my past post, I offered to give suggestions about what to do/see, but I haven't had much time myself to explore due to school! I can tell you guys that if you like Indian food, then Tikkaway is a MUST (it's like Chipotle, but Indian), or if you want a sit-down place, Thali (for meat eaters), or Thali Too (for veggies, or meat eaters who like vegetarian Indian food) are both excellent. I'm FINALLY going to take a Main Campus guided tour over break, so I can't speak to that, but I can say that I am looking forward to it because from what I have seen from the libraries etc down there, it's amazing. I am also looking forward to checking out some of the museums. If you want to get outside a little bit, and you have a car, I recommend driving up to East Rock Park (the view of the city is spectacular) --- the last mile or so of the road up there is closed for the winter, but I walked up it this weekend, and it was manageable (and chilly, but totally worth it). Wooster Square is really pretty, and it would be nice to walk around the square after you get pizza (that is definitely a thing here) If your interview is on a Saturday, but you happen be here all day the Friday prior, I recommend going down to Cedar St (where the med school is), getting Thai food (or any other kind of food) from the awesome food carts that line the street at lunch, going to the Harvey Cushing Center in the basement of the Med School Library at 333 Cedar (which, if you are interested in psych, brains, history, etc, is the coolest place ever --- I recommend taking the guided tour, Fridays at 11am or 2pm: Welcome to the Cushing Center | Medical Library), and then getting coffee at Blue State on Congress. Which brings me to... So far, here is the good COFFEE I have found in New Haven, ranked. (I'm a former career barista...I'm very picky about quality): - Coffee Pedaler (at intersection of State St / East St) - Fuel (208 Wooster St) - Blue State Coffee (3 locations: York St, Wall St, Congress St) - Willoughby's (2 locations: Church St, York St) In regard to another poster's question, I live in East Rock, and I like that it is near many of my classmates and close to downtown. I live right near one of the 91 on-ramps, so my commute to West Haven is SUPER easy. Close to 10 minutes (with no or minimal traffic), around 15-20 with traffic. I like to drive, so I usually drive some of my classmates, but there is also the shuttle that many people take.
  5. neurol_oh_gee

    Yale GEPN 2016

    My heart was in my throat for all you guys today! I remember how nerve-wracking today was last year. Congrats to those who got good news, and definitely chins-up for those with not great news. You are all going to have amazing experiences becoming nurses wherever you end up! I thought the same thing about in-person vs phone interviews, so I drove 12 hours to mine. That being said, I have heard of a bunch of people who got in via the phone!!! I think that's wonderful, that they really don't let that interfere with the decision. They understand it's not feasible for everyone to get there. I agree with @mammal though, about the information session. The whole experience of interviewing was so impressive and I learned so much about the program, the faculty, the vibe here, etc. Some other options, if you can't be there in person are a) that I think they do Skype instead of phone if you'd rather, and b) if my memory serves, last year MP compiled all the main points that were gone over in the info sessions and sent out a mass email for those who could not attend so they didn't miss anything. Because she's great like that. But I wonder if they could Skype that too........ (worth asking about?) A bunch of us will be in New Haven for most of winter break, so if you are coming from out of town and decide to make a weekend of it for your interview, please let me/us know if you need recommendations on restaurants, sights to see, etc :)
  6. neurol_oh_gee

    Yale GEPN 2016

    Yes, I believe that is generally the case (at least it is in my perception!) - midwifery and FNP get the most applicants and they interview the most, and accept fewer proportionate to the other specialties. The rest aren't AS competitive. But that's a relative term! And it really is the whole application, my classmates posting before me agree! Don't worry too much about the GRE, they know it's an indicator of how well you can take a standardized exam, not your aptitude as a nurse practitioner!
  7. neurol_oh_gee

    Yale GEPN 2016

    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!
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