Bachelor of Science in Nursing (First Year Entry)

Evaluation Criteria

Prepare to Apply

Applicants are assessed holistically using multiple benchmarks, which include qualitative and quantitative achievements as noted below. A competitive applicant will have a combination of academic and personal achievements that may include the following:

  • Advanced studies in the mathematics and the sciences.
  • Competitive high school and science above (see below for details)
  • Competitive SAT and ACT scores (see below for details)
  • Strong writing skills as demonstrated with the written material and course grades.
  • Well developed university and nursing goal statements clearly demonstrating a strong connection to nursing and understanding of the major and the profession.
  • An active CPR or card exposure to nursing/healthcare with at least one or more health care or human services related activity sustained over a period of time
  • Recommendations that support success in the major and career.

Average Incoming SAT/ACT Math Score and GPAs of Fall 2015 admits

Average SAT score (Math and Critical Reading)


Average ACT score (Composite)


Average incoming high school cumulative GPA


Average incoming high school science GPA

(includes Biology, Chemistry, and Physical Sciences)


Earning College Credit in High School

First Year applicants who have selected to complete college coursework while in high school need to carefully review the information on earning college credit.

Examples of Preparation

Prepare Academically:
Show evidence that you are prepared to succeed in a full time, quantitative and science based curriculum. Complete courses that improve quantitative competency such as college algebra, pre-calculus or calculus, and statistics; courses that prepare students to take the nursing sciences such as general physics, introduction to biology, anatomy and physiology (if in high school), or nutrition; and courses that increase academic reading, writing, and oral communication skills.

  • Be quantitatively competent. Take all the mathematics you can!
  • Complete the math prerequisite prior to applying or prepare to place into college level algebra at the time of application.
  • Complete advanced studies in the sciences such as chemistry, biology and physics. You need to be ready to jump into college chemistry and biology (and crunch some serious numbers!).
  • Maintain a steady to positive grade trend in your coursework.
  • Take an allied health or health related class if available at your school.

Demonstrate Your Commitment to Nursing: Provide evidence that you have the personal motivation, the academic preparation, exposure to health care, human services or community related activities and an understanding of what it means to be a nurse will greatly strengthen your application.

Get Involved and Gain Exposure: Provide evidence that you are committed to the field of nursing by demonstrating an understanding of what it means to pursue a nursing major and career. This can be demonstrated in your journal of activities/accomplishments by involving yourself in health care, human services or community-related activities. You will need to document both the number of hours and the overall start and end dates of the time you were involved in each activity so keep track. For example you may consider one of more of the following activities:

  • Volunteer in a health care setting such as a community health or retirement center, hospital or clinic.
  • Participate in health care, human services or community related activities.
  • Seek basic CPR or BLS certification.
  • Shadow a nurse or, at a minimum, a health care provider.
  • Participate in informational interviews with nurses and or other health care professionals.
  • If your school offers an Allied Health program, enroll.
  • Enroll in a Nursing Boot Camp.
  • Help take care of family members.

Network: Because the BSN is a professional degree, you need to submit at least two recommendations.

  • Review the recommendation forms.
  • Carefully consider who would best be able to answer the questions. Is it a teacher? Someone from one of your activities?
  • Who could best describe why you are the ideal candidate and that nursing is the major for you.
  • We recommend you request at least one of your recommendations come from a teacher and the other from someone who oversaw one of your activities. While there is no requirement that you select either one of these positions, be sure to select those who you believe could best answer the questions on the form.

Start the Personal and Nursing Goal statements Early: Provide a well-developed and grammatically sound personal and goal statement. Be sure to stay within the word count. These statements are often the best way we have of really getting to know you. Share with us what you value, why you have chosen UWB and nursing as a major and profession, and how you see yourself contributing to the university, major and profession through your lived experiences.

  • Answer the prompts! Remember, you are more than just a GPA.
  • Rewrite and rewrite it.
  • Avoid grammatical errors and typos.
  • Have someone edit it for you.
  • Be willing to open up and share.
  • Stay within the number of words required--no more and no less.
  • Get an early start on composing your personal and goal statements.