Undergraduate Admissions

Congratulations on making the decision to enter the healthcare field. Nursing is an ever-evolving profession and requires the best and brightest when it comes to critical thinking, leadership, and empathy. UC College of Nursing is committed to providing a best-model BSN education to our students. Below are the guidelines for you to take the next steps in making your dream to become a nurse leader a reality and becoming part of the Bearcat family.

Nursing students and the Bearcat

High School

All high school students will apply directly to the nursing major, where they will compete for Direct Admission into the BSN major. Applicants to the Nursing program will be holistically reviewed using criteria such as high school GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, a personal statement, an essay, letters of recommendation, extra-curricular activities, honors, award recognitions, leadership roles, work/volunteer experiences, etc. Nursing admission guidelines include:

  • Graduation from an accredited high school or preparatory school
  • Successful completion of 19 units of college-preparatory subjects:

English (4 units); College-Prep Math (4 units); Science (3 units), including 1 unit of Biology and 1 unit of Chemistry; Social Studies (3 units); Electives (5 units).  

Recommended: Foreign language, Anatomy & Physiology, upper-division Science courses, and Honors, AP, or PSEOP courses.

  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0, and a recommended minimum ACT score of 23 or an SAT score of 1070.
  • Completed UC application and official high school or preparatory school transcripts.

The early action deadline for students applying as freshman to the nursing major is December 1st of the high school student’s senior year. Applications may be accepted beyond that date and offers made based on program space availability. Please visit the University of Cincinnati’s Office of Admissions website for information regarding The Common Application and confirmation deadlines for freshmen.

Direct admission freshmen will have a guaranteed spot into the sophomore year of the UC BSN program, provided that they earn a minimum 3.0 GPA by the end of their freshmen-year, while also successfully completing the first-year nursing courses with a minimum "C" grade.

Multiple Mini Interviews

We believe that the success of our programs depends on our ability to recruit the most capable candidates – not only academically, but also personally.

In the fall of 2017, the College of Nursing will start assessing selected candidates using Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) – a research-based interviewing process that identifies non-cognitive indicators linked to future job performance. The process has been used by several medical schools throughout the country, including UC College of Medicine.  

Not all candidates will be invited to join the MMI process – some applicants will be offered immediate admission, while others will be immediately denied admission.  Those who are invited to participate in the (optional) interviews will have the opportunity to increase their competitiveness and learn more about their fit with the college's BSN program.

Sophomore Admission

Admission to the sophomore year for transfer and transition students is competitive based on quantitative and qualitative data. Typically, there are twice as many applicants than there are clinical seats available for the sophomore year.


Students wishing to transfer from an external institution to UC’s BSN program are highly encouraged to speak to or meet with a nursing academic advisor prior to transferring. Because we receive more applications than we have clinical spaces available, transfer students will be required to compete for placement into the sophomore year.

The competitive process into the sophomore year occurs once per year, and is based upon quantitative and qualitative criteria. Transfer students must apply to and be accepted to the University of Cincinnati as a transfer student prior to completing the College of Nursing BSN application early each Spring Semester. Transfers should apply for the Exploratory Studies program when completing the UC Online Apply transfer application (see Apply Now).

In order to be eligible to complete the BSN application, transfer students must complete the first-year Nursing courses (excluding the Success in College and Nursing course and the Introduction to Professional Nursing course) by the end of the Spring Semester in which they are applying. Transfers must have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA to complete the BSN application; however, a competitive GPA for admission is well above that.

Transfer students may enroll in courses at UC prior to applying to the BSN program, or after being accepted to the BSN program. Please see the UC Office of Admissions website for final transfer application and confirmation deadlines.

BSN Application Criteria

  1. All applicants must have applied to and been admitted to UC as a transfer student.
  2. Submit BSN application to the College of Nursing by the posted deadline (early Spring).
  3. Have final transcripts from outside institutions sent to UC’s Office of Admissions by the posted deadline.
  4. Applicants must have completed the First-Year Nursing Curriculum, or be in their final term of those specific classes.
  5. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 to apply.
  6. Admission is very competitive, as we receive more applications than we have clinical spaces available; therefore, admission is not guaranteed by meeting these criteria.
  7. The GPA from the First-Year Nursing Curriculum will be considered, as well as other qualitative characteristics like a pre-admissions essay.


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