Nursing

Admissions

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing students demonstrate academic excellence and possess characteristics required of nurse leaders. Learn more about our requirements and the application process.

Application Deadlines

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Deadlines
  Date
Direct-entry admission Dec. 1
Second-year admission (transfer and transition students)
Feb. 28

High school students apply directly to the nursing major and compete for direct admission to the program. The college evaluates applications with a holistic criteria that considers high school grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, a personal statement, an essay, recommendation letters, honors, awards, leadership roles, volunteer and work experiences, and more.

Requirements for Admission

  • Graduation from an accredited high school or preparatory school
  • Completion of 19 units in these college-preparatory subjects: English (4 units), math (4 units), science (3 including 1 biology and 1 chemistry unit with at least a B grade), social studies (3 units) and electives (5 units). (Foreign language, anatomy & physiology, upper-division science courses, and honors, advanced placement or dual-enrollment courses are recommended.)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 and recommended minimum ACT score of 23 or SAT score of 1070
  • Completed application and submission of high school or preparatory school transcripts

Important Note

The UC College of Nursing is committed to student success and, although we review applicants using a holistic admission process, test scores remain an important piece of information for our Direct-Admit BSN program.

To be considered for direct admission into the BSN program, applicants need to submit their ACT or SAT scores to the University of Cincinnati by Dec. 1, 2020. Applicants need to select Nursing as their first major choice and Interdisciplinary Nursing Preparation in the College of Arts and Sciences as their second choice on the Common Application.

Applicants who do not have their ACT or SAT scores can still pursue nursing at UC by applying to Interdisciplinary Nursing Preparation (INP) as their first major choice on the Common Application. Students at the INP program take the same first-year courses as Direct-Admit BSN students and can apply to join the UC College of Nursing BSN program as sophomores.

Application Deadlines

The early acceptance deadline is Dec. 1 of high school students' senior year. Applications are not accepted beyond that date. As a recommendation, students who want to be considered only for a nursing degree track should choose, "Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Nursing Preparation" as their second choice for a major and "Exploratory Studies" as their third choice.

Offers are made based on space availability. Visit the Office of Admissions' Undergraduate section for information on The Common Application and deadlines.

Multiple Mini Interviews

The college assesses 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.

Due to COVID-19, MMI will be completed virtually through our partner Kira Talent. Applicants selected for an interview will receive an email invitation and must complete the recorded, one-way video interview within a certain period of time.

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 program.

Transfer & Transition Student Admissions Information Session | Nov. 30, 4 - 5 p.m.

The college opens itself to applications from transfer students from external institutions once a year in the spring. Because the number of applicants for sophomore admission frequently exceeds available clinical space, the process is highly competitive.

Requirements for Admission

  • Admission to UC as a transfer student
  • Completed College of Nursing application (including an essay and HESI A2 exam scores) and submission of transcripts from outside institutions (sent to UC Office of Admissions)
  • Completed (or in the final term of) first-year required nursing curriculum (excluding Success in College and Nursing and Introduction to Professional Nursing)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission.

Application Deadlines

The application for sophomore admission opens Feb. 1 and closes Feb. 28 each year for fall semester start. It is followed by an essay and exam component. Sessions for this part of the application take place in March.

Transfer students should apply to UC in the "Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Nursing Preparation" or "Exploratory Studies" programs prior to applying for admission to the College of Nursing. Visit the UC Office of Admissions Transfer Students page for more information and deadlines.

Students who want to transfer from an external institution are highly encouraged to speak to or meet with a College of Nursing a College of Nursing admissions counselor or a UC transfer advisor. To preview how your courses may transfer to UC, use the Transfer Equivalency Database.

Transition students are currently enrolled at the University of Cincinnati in a different college, or at UC Blue Ash or UC Clermont. The college opens itself to applications from transition students once a year in the spring. Because the number of applicants for sophomore admission frequently exceeds available clinical space, the process is highly competitive.

Requirements for Admission

  • Completed College of Nursing application
  • Completed (or in the final term of) first-year required nursing curriculum (excluding Success in College and Nursing and Introduction to Professional Nursing)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission.

Application Deadlines

The application for sophomore admission opens Feb. 1 and closes Feb. 28 each year for fall semester start. It is followed by an essay and exam component. Sessions for this part of the application take place in March.

Visit the UC Office of Admissions Center for Pathways Advising and Student Success page for more information and deadlines. Students looking to transition to the College of Nursing are highly encouraged to speak to or meet with an academic advisor.

Changes to Transcript Requirements for Sophomore Admission due to COVID-19

UC College of Nursing has chosen to maintain the traditional grading process, rather than offer a Pass/Fail option for Spring 2020 courses. Those taking courses this semester who plan to apply for sophomore admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program should choose one of two options:

  1. If you have the option to choose between a letter grade or P/F on your transcript, choose to have your letter grade posted; or
  2. If you attend a college or university that has chosen not to list the letter grade you earned on your transcript, you will be required to submit a letter from your professor that provides the letter grade you earned in the course required for admissions. We recommend you communicate this need with your faculty now so they are prepared to provide this letter for you at the end of the term.