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Nursing Schools - advice and recommendations please!!

Aurora23Aurora23 86 replies14 threads Junior Member
Hi everyone!
I’m a current junior in high school and am looking into nursing schools! I live in Ohio so I’m mainly looking at schools in the state but I am interested in a few that are not. I just need some help on whether or not you guys think I could get into these schools and if you have any more recommendations for me! Also ideally I’m looking for a big school atmosphere (preferably with undergrad enrollment above 10,000)

Stats:
GPA: unweighted: 4.0 weighted: 4.4
ACT: 30 (E-33, R-36, M-26, S-25) I’m studying really hard and retaking it in February and I’m sure I can get it up to a 32/33
APs: 2 so far, 3 by graduation
Numerous honors and dual credit
Extra curricular: class officer fr. year, 6th grade camp counselor jr and sr year, freshman mentor jr -maybe sr year-, student council sr year, NHS, volunteering with historical society (however no medical volunteering)

Schools:
Safeties: Kent st, mt. Union
Target: Miami u, Xavier, Ohio U, u of Alabama (however Alabama is a bit far)
Reach: UMich, NYU

Any insight would really help!! Thanks!

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  • cypresspatcypresspat 535 replies11 threads Member
    I am in Ohio also and very familiar with nursing schools here for my work. You are a strong candidate anywhere, especially if you move that ACT up a bit. Nursing qualifies for the Ohio First scholarships (mostly state, but some private colleges too). You should be shooting for that.

    The only hole I see is exposure to the medical world. At a minimum, you need to do a solid job shadow with a nurse. Important that you are sure you won’t faint at the sight of blood (not kidding, this happens). Also nursing slots are precious, so they want to be sure that applicants really want to be a nurse. So anything you can do to show you are making a very informed decision is wise. Volunteering of course is good.

    Also, nursing school is tough, but you are clearly a strong student. That being said, ensure you have some rigorous science courses your senior year. The math often derails nursing students; aim high and do well in your math course. Same for bio, chemistry and physics. If you’ve had all three, including labs, by your senior year you will be a stand out candidate. Where you go to college is less important that where you train for your clinicals, so let’s get you into the most cost effective, hospital-linked nursing school!
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  • arkymommyarkymommy 68 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I think you have a nice list started. Your GPA and ACT currently are very good even now for a lot of the schools you have applied to (except your reaches which are wild cards for any student). The number of AP courses are slightly low for a lot of the upper end schools but they will likely be fine for your target and safeties. (4-6 APs is a number I have heard quoted) But again, don't stress yourself if this will make it too much for you. UM is very, very competitive from a Nursing standpoint.

    The biggest thing you need to decide is if you want to target Direct Admit Nursing programs. Some on your list are Direct Admit (meaning they admit you directly into the school as a Freshman vs having to reapply your sophomore year in college). My D is a Senior in HS and we started out prioritizing geography over Direct Admit Nursing and have had to scramble the beginning of her Sr year to make a new list. Some of your schools are Direct Admit and others are not.

    Big school adds that are Direct Admit (but also Midwest) are Univ of Cincy, Purdue, Univ of KY. Not sure where else you want to go geography wise but Clemson would also be a good choice but slightly smaller maybe than you are looking for. But definitely a good atmosphere.

    Check out the Direct Admit list on CC and also the 2024 Nursing forums. You'll get a really good feel of what is out there and where others are applying / accepted.

    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/nursing-major/1994851-list-of-direct-entry-from-high-school-bsn-nursing-programs.html#latest

    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/nursing-major/2139280-class-of-2024-nursing-admissions.html

    Good luck!
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  • Aurora23Aurora23 86 replies14 threads Junior Member
    Okay thank you both so much!! It really helps!
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  • Aurora23Aurora23 86 replies14 threads Junior Member
    Hi everybody, Does anyone else have any insight?
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  • gfost16gfost16 2 replies1 threads New Member
    I was accepted Early Action to UMich.
    Stats:
    ACT - 30
    SAT - 1340
    Weighted GPA: 4.145
    6 AP classes
    Activities: Cross Country, Track, Youth Group, SADD, Leadership Concurrence, Model United Nations, Spanish Honor Society, United Way, Special Olympics, Team Captain, etc
    *I have not volunteered in any medical location*
    I am taking a class that is Health Science specific and have done two job shadowing experiences in Labor and Delivery and Orthopedic Surgery Unit.

    **I also have a discipline record for "drinking" at a school function, and was required to write an additional essay (but I was accepted everywhere I applied)**

    You should have no trouble getting in to a direct admit school! I
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  • caymusjordancaymusjordan 154 replies10 threads Junior Member
    @gfost16 - are you in-state for UofM?

    Were you admitted to the nursing program EA? When my son was admitted to UM he was first admitted EA to Michigan, Ross business school was announced a month or two later - not sure if it's the same for nursing?
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  • bigmacbethbigmacbeth 743 replies4 threads Member
    My D20 has very similar stats if you can get your ACT up to a 32/33. She was accepted to UofMinn, UDel, Case Western, Loyola-Chicago, Marquette, Quinnipiac, and Michigan State (Nurse Scholar is a direct admit program). All of these programs are direct admit. She did not want to apply to any program that was not direct admit. She also wanted a 'big school' experience, so many of her schools are large. She received large merit at all schools. She volunteered last summer at a hospital, but that was the only nursing-related EC she had. You are in good shape, just finish strong. You could also look at Purdue, but my D20 did not like that school so did not apply.
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  • gfost16gfost16 2 replies1 threads New Member
    Yes I am in-state. I was admitted EA to the nursing program specifically at UMich
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  • Aurora23Aurora23 86 replies14 threads Junior Member
    Thank you all so much! Umich is my dream school, unfortunately since I am out of state I doubt I'll be able to get enough scholarships to make it an option.
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  • FinalthreeFinalthree 160 replies18 threads Junior Member
    Miami of Ohio is very competitive. From nursing admissions:

    We received over 1200 applications to the nursing program for Fall 2020. I do not know how many students were admitted, but the average GPA of admitted students was 4.08 and the average ACT score was 30.2
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  • Aurora23Aurora23 86 replies14 threads Junior Member
    oh no!! for in-state Miami is my #1.. did you hear this directly from Miami? @Finalthree
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  • FinalthreeFinalthree 160 replies18 threads Junior Member
    @Aurora23 yes, directly from Miami. Your stats are def in the range though. I also think Xavier is a safety school for you. You would also get into UK as a pre-admit to nursing (they don’t do direct admit but have provisional admit based on high school). Their set up is wonderful with the hospital right on campus.
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  • arkymommyarkymommy 68 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @Aurora23 I woudn't give up hope for Miami! Their stats do appear to be high but as Finalthree said, you are in the range. I'm not sure how many spots Miami has in Nursing but schools always accept way more than their class size. Xavier as an example receives about 1000 applications and I think accepts around 800 for a class of 150. Miami may be much more competitive in terms of their Nursing class size vs number of applications but just know that they will always have a larger number of students that get admission offers vs the number of seats they actually have in the nursing program. The school will know from past year's what they typical "yield" is and give admission offers based on that yield %.
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  • Aurora23Aurora23 86 replies14 threads Junior Member
    Okay thank you both, I won't give up hope :)
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  • bearcatfanbearcatfan 1174 replies12 threads Senior Member
    @Aurora23 Not to bang the drum (yet again!) for my daughter's school, but you appear very competitive for the University of Cincinnati. It is a direct admit school. I would consider it a match based on what you presented. It was the first school to offer a BSN, and it's still pretty dang good ;-)

    Since you are in Ohio (as am I) you are likely aware that Kent State is not direct admit. While it's not particularly hard to get into Kent, it is competitive to get into the nursing program. I think I remember reading that Miami O's program is split between two campuses, but that might be old information.

    Make sure you understand their terminology. Some schools she considered we took off the list after realizing their definition of direct admit was not ours. One school, which shall remain nameless, seemed to play fast and loose with that definition and made me very uncomfortable to the point that we never even toured.

    What we did is look at schools in Ohio that were true direct admit, and come up with a list from there based on the program. Some were nixed immediately for one reason or another. Her final list was Cincinnati, Wright State, Otterbein, Xavier, Ohio Northern (a hidden gem in Ohio), Walsh University (her second choice) and Capital.

    With those stats, I would encourage you to also look at Case Western near Cleveland.
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  • GreenBeesGreenBees 11 replies0 threads New Member
    Miami of Ohio is new to nursing - which is why my DD passed over offer and generous merit. Liked the school, but nervous there was no nursing alumni for internships, jobs etc. She has friend in nursing program there though who is loving it!
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  • maya54maya54 2374 replies97 threads Senior Member
    One thing about Umich is that they were very clear that you do NOT need health care experience and that it is NOT a factor in admissions.
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