First-Year Nursing Admission

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a direct entry program. This means that there isn’t a separate application for nursing students, and you are admitted directly to the nursing program when you’re admitted to USF. If you are admitted to a different major, you cannot later transfer into the nursing program.

Admission is highly competitive, so review the information below carefully, as there’s a lot to learn! If you have any questions, we invite you to connect with your admission counselor.

Eligibility and Prerequisites

To be considered for admission, please first review our What We Look For page, which includes academic requirements for all first-year applicants.

In addition to those academic requirements, nursing applicants should also have the following courses completed or in progress with a grade of B or better:

  1. Chemistry* (If you are taking Chemistry your senior year, you should apply Regular Decision so we can see your first semester grade).
  2. Biology or Physics* (Only one of these courses needs to be completed. It will not increase your chances of being admitted if you have completed both).

*Taking the Advanced Placement (AP) version of this course will fulfill this requirement.

As a reminder, SAT/ACT test scores are not required for admission to USF. You will not be penalized if you don’t submit your scores, and you will be considered for admission and merit scholarships just the same as students who do submit scores.

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How to Apply

Ready to apply? Follow the steps below:

Common Application

Submit the Common Application with the non-refundable application fee by the application deadline.

In the application, select your academic program as “Nursing.” You will be allowed to select an alternate major that you’d like to be considered for if you aren’t admitted to nursing. If you are admitted to another major, you cannot switch into the nursing program while at USF.

Personal Statement and Short Answer Questions

In addition to the personal statement and the USF short answer question. Nursing majors are also asked to respond to the following prompt in 200 words: What will be your responsibility to others as a Jesuit-educated, BSN professional nurse?

Supplemental Materials

  • High School Transcript: Showing grades from 9th through 11th grade. For students applying to the spring 2022 or fall 2022 term, we will accept unofficial transcripts as long as they are in PDF format and clearly show your full name, your school's name, your courses, and your grades. Unreadable or illegible PDF documents will not be accepted. If you are admitted to USF and you choose to enroll, you’ll be asked to provide your official final transcript.
  • (Optional) SAT or ACT scores: USF does not require students to submit standardized test scores when applying for undergraduate admission. Learn more about our Test Optional policy.
  • (Optional) Letter of Recommendation: A letter of recommendation is not required for admission. You may still submit one if you’d like, but we will consider all applications on equal grounds, regardless of whether you’ve submitted a letter or not.

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Admission Statistics

As a highly selective program, we have far more applicants than spaces available each term. While there is no specific formula to guaranteeing admission, here are admission statistics from past years:

Past Years Admission Statistic
Term Applications Offered Admission Admit Rate Average GPA* Average SAT**
Fall 2021 2,434 512 21.04% 3.99 1375
Fall 2020 2,086 487 23.35% 3.93 1349
Fall 2019 2,454 582 22.87% 3.91 1332
Fall 2018 2,148 532 22.72% 3.93 1333

* Internally-calculated GPA of core courses

** As mentioned, test scores are not required for admission to USF. The average test scores for fall 2020 and 2021 represent the scores of students who opted to include scores in their application. For the fall 2021 entering class, 79% of admitted nursing students were admitted without test scores.

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Dates and Deadlines

The application opens in August each year. We review all applications at the deadline. You do not get priority for submitting early, so we recommend carefully working through your application rather than rushing. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed but will be offered consideration for the following term.

First-Year Nursing
Fall Early Action/Early Decision Dates
Deadline to apply November 1
All transcripts and materials must be received by November 19
Decision notification Mid-December
Reply/deposit date (Early Decision) February 1
Reply/deposit date (Early Action) May 1
Fall Regular Decision Dates
Deadline to apply January 15
All transcripts and materials must be received by February 11
Decision notification BEGINS Mid-March
Reply/deposit date May 1

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