I am a student at MATC (taking my pre-reqs) and planning on transferring to either UWM or Cardinal Stritch in Fall 2014. I was taking all of my general classes with UWM curriculum in mind, but now I am learning more about private colleges (Cardinal Stritch in particular) and am thinking which school will be best for me. If I go to UWM I will graduate 1 semester earlier, plus the tuition is 4000$ per year less in UWM compared to Cardinal Stritch (they offer several scholarships
and grants which will bring tuition down). On the other hand, Stritch offers immediate acceptance (no waitlist), and professor to student ratio is 1:14, which is awesome because my teachers will actually know my name, while at UWM they can have over 100 people in the same classroom. I am also volunteering at the hospital right now and when I asked nurses which school they think is the best, all of them agreed that private schools like Alverno, Stritch and Carroll will provide a higher level of education and nurses who come from these colleges are much more prepared for the job than students from UW-Milwaukee. Stritch's NCLEX passing rate is also higher - 93% compared to UWM's 89%. I want to ask your opinion if it is worth it to spend extra time and money to go to Stritch or should I just go to UWM as I planned before? If you attended either of these 2 institutions, I will appreciate your thoughts on the subject. Thanks
P.S. I have a high GPA, so I wasn't really worried about getting into UWM clinicals. However, I believe their competition is currently 1:4 and everything can happen, so no one can guarantee the acceptance first time around.
Dec 21, '13
Quote from melizerd
Well I'm done. I graduated with my ADN last week. I was accepted to uwm, stritch and matc before deciding which to go to because I was worried about being stuck on a waiting list as well. It is my first degree but I'm 31 and married with family etc. I still chose matc because of cost, time and reputation.
Many of is have interviews and job offers before graduation was even complete. MATC RNs are very well prepared
I'll be going on for my MSN in the next year or so and then we will see where I go. I think I'd like to teach when I'm tired of the floor.
Congratulations!! I will be at MATC downtown. I was also thinking about transferring to UW-Milwaukeefor my BSN. I know they focus on community care but I'm interested in community/public health.
I sure hope when I graduate in 2016 I have a a job offer or two! lol
Last edit by PrettyGurlLexi on Dec 21, '13
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