BSN Program - Freshmen Applicants

The University of Michigan School of Nursing seeks to create a class of academically excellent, culturally diverse students who show a genuine, demonstrated interest in contributing to the changing world of healthcare. See below to guide you through the application process. 
 

Application Deadlines

  • The Common Application will be available August 1, 2016
  • Early Application Deadline: November 1, 2016
  • Regular Decision Deadline: February 1, 2017
 

Application Information

The Common Application is accessible online at www.commonapp.org.
 
Common Application Instructions: 
  1. Add the University of Michigan to your list of colleges
  2. Select Fall 2017 as term of choice
  3. Select the School of Nursing as your school of choice
 

Admission Requirements

A complete application for Freshman admission must include:
  • The Common Application Personal Essay
  • School Report
  • One Academic Teacher Evaluation
  • Official High School Transcript
    • Send transcript(s) directly to: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 1220 Student Activities Building, 515 East Jefferson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
  • Standardized Test Scores
    • Send test scores to the University of Michigan directly from the testing agency using the exam codes
    • SAT code: 1839
    • ACT code: 2062
  • Application fee of $75 or fee waiver
 
To be considered for the Traditional BSN Program, applicants are highly recommended to have completed the following credits: 
  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of math (including second-year algebra and geometry)
  • 4 units of science (including 2 units of lab science, one of which is chemistry)
  • 2 units of social science
  • 2 units of foreign language
  • Additional math and science courses are encouraged 
 
Transfer Credit Policy for Freshmen
If you have earned transfer credits during dual enrollment, enrollment in an early or middle college program, or through Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate testing, please review the School of Nursing Credit Policy for Freshmen to learn how your coursework or exam scores may be used to fulfill some credits in the Traditional BSN curriculum.
 

International Student Information

International students must submit scores from an English proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB). Helpful information for international applicants can be found on U-M's International Applicant page and through the International Center.
 
The University of Michigan requires evidence of full financial support before they will issue the documentation necessary for admitted students to apply for an International Travel visa. Therefore, prospective international students should carefully investigate financial aid opportunities during the application process. For more information on obtaining a visa and other details specific to international students, visit the International Center.

How Can I Make Myself a Competitive Applicant?

The admissions committee will perform a holistic review of your application. The School of Nursing looks for students who show solid academic strength (particularly within the natural sciences), sustained extracurricular involvement, and a genuine, demonstrated interest in the field of nursing.

Educational Background

  • Demonstrated strength and competency in the sciences, especially chemistry and biology;
  • Exposure to statistics. Statistics is part of the nursing curriculum at the sophomore level, but exposure to the subject during high school may be good preparation for our curriculum;
  • Psychology and sociology courses also help to round out a student's application.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Job shadowing can help students determine their career aspirations and support a stated commitment to the field
  • Volunteering, especially if it provides exposure to the clinical environment, can be helpful to students as they explore their reasons for pursing a nursing degree
  • Experience in research can help prepare a student for the opportunity to participate in independent study research with faculty at the junior and/or senior level
  • Leadership is important, but note that we are more interested in learning what skills were acquired and how the skills were developed through leadership activity rather than merely the title or position held.

Personal Qualities

  • Emotional intelligence: the ability to read people and situations is critical to becoming a successful nurse. Emotional intelligence also includes the ability to determine the appropriate behavior and communication in a clinical setting. 
  • Communication skills: A nurse must be able to understand a patient's perspective, ask the right questions in the right way when speaking with patients, and exercise effective non-verbal behavior when interacting with patients and their families. 
  • Initiative: The structure of our program requires that our nursing students demonstrate initiative on a regular basis. They must have the ability to synthesize information learning in class and apply it to clinical experience while continually asking questions as a part of their immersion learning process.
 

Can I Visit the School of Nursing?

Please do! Information sessions are offered monthly at the School of Nursing.
 

Contact Information

Contact the Recruiting & Admissions team with any questions at UMSN-UndergradAdmissions@med.umich.edu or 734-763-5985.
U-M School of Nursing
426 N. Ingalls Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2003