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This is one of the main sources I used when researching everything about nursing programs in Southern California. I have spent hours here and with my recent endeavors I wanted to leave something helpful here. I see many mixed reviews on WCU because it's for profit and SO expensive. Which, yes compared to ADN to BSN routes there is a huge price difference.. but do not let this deter you. 

I will be attending WCU-Orange County starting in April as a BSN student. I've had a tough time getting into ADN and ABSN programs in my area. I have a previous Bachelors degree, and finished all pre-requisites that I can do prior to entering. Completing all of this dropped my cost from $136,240 to approx. $88k. This price still scared me- until I looked at programs like NYU for over 100k also. Now, I did not get to walk in and start this nursing program. They still consider test scores and GPA etc, and you can still be denied from this program.

Due to having issues obtaining a private loan to cover what I didn't receive on FAFSA, I mentioned the Scholarship WCU offers. Which is now paying close to half my yearly tuition due to my points calculated for eligibility. This is not something my financial aid advisor openly brought to my attention, so do your research! You will also be required to apply to several other Scholarships, which your financial aid advisor will walk you through during your meeting.

Overall, I've had a great experience with WCU so far. Immediately my admissions advisor was in touch, followed with the registrar figuring out class transfers and proposed schedules and my financial aid advisor. Each and everyone has been very attentive and I am only sad I had't taken this leap sooner. 

I do have a friend attending LA campus in January and it sounds like she has not had the same experience. It may be different because of conditional/unconditional acceptances... but Orange County has been wonderful. If you are hesitant, take a visit and talk to advisors and see where it gets you. Be persistent to get what is yours and you may end up in a great spot! Don't let the judgement of others scare you off, decide what's best for yourself- do your research!

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That’s great to hear! I’ll also be starting in April 2020 at the OC campus :) 

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Hi, 

I wanted to know what is the next step after speaking with your financial advisor, info session, sending transcripts? How do you know if youre accepted and if your prereq transferred? Do you need to apply to loans asap or can you wait before classes start?

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