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University of St. Francis vs. NIU nursing program

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So, I am hoping for some input by fellow illinoisians. I recently transferred from Augustana College to NIU in order to enroll in the nurisng program. However, I am really dissatisfied by the state school atmosphere, feeling like just another face and not really having that one-on-one time with the professors, so I also applied to University of St. Francis in Joliet. Although, acceptance into the nursing program is not guaranteed yet (I have a few more pre-reqs to complete), does anyone know how the two programs compare to one another? The tuition at the private school is of course more expensive, but I would rather take out more loans and have an enjoyable college experience than be miserable for the next few years. Apart of me says that if I get accepted into the NIU nursing program that things will get better, the class sizes will be smaller and the students will be more academically focusd, so should I stick it out or apply elsewhere? If anyone has attended either program or heard anything, I would be extremely appreciative of the feedback : )

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I didn't go to nursing school in IL, so I can't help you there, but I did my undergrad degree at Augustana ('99). =) I just wanted to post because it's not often that I see someone mention Augie. I did nursing school through a 2nd degree program (my degree from Augie is a BA in Spanish, so not exactly pre- nursing).

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That's actually really funny that you say that, because I had already finished my third year at Augie and everyone tried to tell me to finish and graduate, then go onto get my second bsn in nursing. I was so worried about whether or not I would be eligible for any financial aid considering I would be a 2nd degree student, that I transferred to NIU. BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER! Now, I just wish I would have taken out the extra loans and stayed at Augie : (

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On 10/18/2010 at 4:45 AM, NIUnurs2be said:

That's actually really funny that you say that, because I had already finished my third year at Augie and everyone tried to tell me to finish and graduate, then go onto get my second BSN in nursing. I was so worried about whether or not I would be eligible for any financial aid considering I would be a 2nd degree student, that I transferred to NIU. BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER! Now, I just wish I would have taken out the extra loans and stayed at Augie : (

Hi, I’m searching for options to do Accelerated BSN and found Augustana University. Seeing your post, I found that you really enjoyed the experience there? How was it? Is it good university with nursing? Are you able to share some wonderful experience there? Thank you a lot!!

On 10/18/2010 at 4:42 AM, 0402 said:

I didn't go to nursing school in IL, so I can't help you there, but I did my undergrad degree at Augustana ('99). 😃 I just wanted to post because it's not often that I see someone mention Augie. I did nursing school through a 2nd degree program (my degree from Augie is a BA in Spanish, so not exactly pre- nursing).

How was your experience at Angie? Good? I’m planning to do a second Bachelor in nursing there. Thank you

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