I recently finished my application "journey" and have a few things I would like to share to those who are prospective DE applicants.Though I applied to nine schools, I ultimately was only offered admission to three. I originally applied to the University of Southern Maine, Yale, Penn, Boston College, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Simmons, University of Hawaii, Marquette, and Seattle University. Out of those, I was offered admission to Boston College (ranked #31 in nursing by US News), MGH (#64), and Marquette (#44). However, I was rejected from Penn (#1), Yale (#7), University of Hawaii (#99), Seattle University (#127), and University of Southern Maine (#127). I withdrew my application from Simmons (#127) after there were some complications with it. What I am trying to show with these rankings is that each school has its own set of criteria that they base their admissions decisions upon, and it is really hard to figure out where you will be accepted and denied. It also depends on the strength of their admissions pool. My recommendation is to cough up the money and apply to schools across the board, since you can't really predict how an admissions committee is going to work.I have been following forums on allnurses.com, and these have proven to be a great resource. By reading the previous year's threads, I was able to gauge the strength of admissions pools, as well as when I should hear back from the colleges by (a lot of admissions committees say vague things like, "you will hear by the end of March"). I would highly recommend reading through these forums to do a little extra research.Lastly, here is a link to a list of direct-entry MSN programs accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. This list isn't exhaustive, but it proved very helpful for me when I was trying to figure out where to apply.If you are reading this and in the midst of applications/research, feel free to message me with questions. I am writing a blog about my DE NP school experience if you would like the link to it. And good luck to you!