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Direct Admit Nursing Programs

While the majority of college and universities require that undergraduates enroll in two years of lower division coursework before applying to a nursing major, there are several programs offering direct admission to highly qualified prospective freshman (during their senior year of high school). If awarded entry, these students are guaranteed a spot in the institution's nursing major; and provided they meet course requirements, can be assured that they will graduate with a nursing degree.

Below is a comprehensive list of selective colleges and universities offering direct admit nursing programs. Please click the links below to explore each program's offerings and admission criteria.

Table updated 2022.

InstitutionSAT/ACT(For Admission)Minimum High School GPANCLEX Pass Rate(First-Time)Nursing Degrees (BSNs) Produced (2018-2020)
Arizona State Universityhttps://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/programs/bsn/traditional1230/25 (Minimum)3.5 or 3.887%905
Belmont Universityhttp://www.belmont.edu/nursing/programs/index.html1100/22 (Minimum)3.294%506
Binghamton University (SUNY)https://www.binghamton.edu/decker/nursing/undergraduate/bs.html#pathways1380/30 (Average)3.0096%539
Bloomsburg Universityhttps://www.bloomu.edu/academics/programs/nursing-bsn1110/24 (Minimum)Not provided97%290
Boston Collegehttps://www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/cson/academics/bachelors-program.html1410/32 (Average)Not provided92%317
Bradley Universityhttps://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/nur/major/nursing/1200/26 (Average)Not provided100%262
Carlow Universityhttps://www.carlow.edu/Pre-Licensure_BSN.aspx1160/21 (Minimum)3.0 or 3.496%340
Case Western Reserve Universityhttps://case.edu/nursing/programs/bsn1440/32 (Average)Not provided95%192
Clemson Universityhttps://www.clemson.edu/cbshs/departments/nursing/students/prospective-nursing-students.html1370/30 (Average)Not provided92%521
Creighton Universityhttps://nursing.creighton.edu/future-students/admissions/requirements-bsn1280/27 (Average)3.0096%636
Drexel Universityhttps://drexel.edu/cnhp/academics/undergraduate/BSN-Nursing-CO-OP/1310/28 (Average)Not provided94%1713
Duquesne Universityhttps://duq.edu/academics/schools/nursing/undergraduate-programs/bachelor-of-science-in-nursing/admissions1080/22 (Minimum)3.0095%802
East Stroudsburg Universityhttps://www.esu.edu/nursing/admission_criteria.cfm1170/24 (Minimum)3.089%168
Edinboro Universityhttps://www.edinboro.edu/academics/schools-and-departments/cshp/departments/nursing/Admissions.html1030/20 (Minimum)3.0 or 3.2593%181
Endicott Collegehttps://www.endicott.edu/academics/schools/nursing/undergraduate-programs/nursing-program1230/26 (Average)3.88 (Average)96%294
Fairfield Universityhttps://nursing.fau.edu/admissions/bachelor-of-science-nursing-program/freshman-direct-admit/index.php1290/28 (Average)3.0087%465
Florida Atlantic Universityhttps://nursing.fau.edu/admissions/bachelor-of-science-nursing-program/freshman-direct-admit/index.php1200/25 (Preferred)3.6096%698
Florida Southern Collegehttps://www.flsouthern.edu/undergraduate/programs-list/programs/nursing.aspx1240/26 (Average)3.76 (Average)81%193
Georgetown Universityhttps://nhs.georgetown.edu/degree-programs/bachelor-of-science-nursing-bsn/1460/33 (Average)4.01 (Average)96%72
Hartwick Collegehttps://www.hartwick.edu/academics/academic-departments/nursing-department/nursing-degree-program-options/nursing-for-high-school-graduates/1080/24 (Minimum)3.3089%141
Illinois State Universityhttps://illinoisstate.edu/academics/nursing-bsn-traditional/1140/23 (Average)3.93 (Average)96%543
Illinois Wesleyan Universityhttps://www.iwu.edu/nursing/admission.html1280/27 (Average)3.0091%127
Loyola University Chicagohttps://www.luc.edu/nursing/bsn/1290/28 (Average)3.0095%1035
Marquette Universityhttps://www.marquette.edu/nursing/undergraduate-programs.php1280/27 (Average)Not provided100%430
Marshall Universityhttps://www.marshall.edu/nursing/bachelors/pre-licensure-bsn-program/1480/21 (Minimum)2.5092%335
Marymount Universityhttps://www.marymount.edu/Academics/Malek-School-of-Health-Professions/Undergraduate-Programs/Nursing-(B-S-N-)/Admission-Requirements/Traditional-BSN1140/23 (Average)3.0087%375
Milwaukee School of Engineeringhttps://www.msoe.edu/academics/undergraduate-degrees/nursing/bs-in-nursing-traditional-track/1310/28 (Average)Not provided87%216
New York Universityhttps://nursing.nyu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/traditional-4-year?id=overview1440/32 (Average)Not provided88%1250
Niagara Universityhttps://www.niagara.edu/nursing-program-information/960/20 (Minimum)80%77%307
Northeastern Universityhttps://bouve.northeastern.edu/nursing/programs/bsn/1440/32 (Average)3.0091%339
Pennsylvania State University - University Parkhttps://www.nursing.psu.edu/general-bsn-degree-program/1310/28 (Average)3.7596%239
Purdue University - West Lafayettehttps://www.purdue.edu/hhs/nur/students/undergraduate/majors/nursing.html1310/28 (Average)3.0097%415
Quinnipiac Universityhttps://www.qu.edu/schools/nursing/programs/bs-nursing.html1240/26 (Average)Not provided91%641
Rutgers Universityhttps://nursing.rutgers.edu/academics-admissions/bachelors/bs/1310/28 (Average)3.2093%1055
Saint Louis Universityhttps://catalog.slu.edu/colleges-schools/nursing/nursing-bs/1310/28 (Average)3.2090%605
Samford Universityhttps://www.samford.edu/nursing/bsn1060/21 (Minimum)3.0095%334
San Diego State Universityhttps://nursing.sdsu.edu/programs/bs-in-nursing/admissions/direct-admission/1430/32 (Average)3.0096%578
Seattle Universityhttps://www.seattleu.edu/nursing/bsn/program-summary/typical-4-year-program-of-study/Math SAT 560/ACT 24 (Minimum)3.0084%450
Seton Hall Universityhttps://nursing.rutgers.edu/academics-admissions/bachelors/bs/1240/26 (Average)3.5090%342
Simmons Universityhttps://www.simmons.edu/undergraduate/academics/majors-minors/nursing1240/26 (Average)Not provided97%480
Temple Universityhttps://www.temple.edu/academics/degree-programs/nursing-major-hp-nurs-bsnu1280/27 (Average)3.2585%294
Texas Christian Universityhttps://harriscollege.tcu.edu/nursing/academics/areas-of-study/bachelor-of-science-in-nursing/1310/28 (Average)3.5095%566
The College of New Jerseyhttps://nursing.tcnj.edu/programs/bachelor-of-science-in-nursing-bsn/1310/28 (Average)Not provided100%281
The University of Tennessee - Knoxvillehttps://nursing.utk.edu/undergraduate-programs/bachelor-of-science-in-nursing-bsn/1300/29 (Average)4.22 (Average)99%658
Truman State Universityhttps://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/majors-minors/nursing-major/1280/27 (Average)2.7594%149
University of California, Irvinehttps://nursing.uci.edu/programs/bs/1430/32 (Average)3.0089%151
University of California, Los Angeleshttps://www.nursing.ucla.edu/admissions/undergraduate/bachelor-science1460/33 (Average)3.5091%133
University of Cincinnatihttps://nursing.uc.edu/academic-programs/bsn/admissions/direct-admit.html1070/23 (Minimum)3.0086%1322
University of Connecticut https://nursing.uconn.edu/1280/27 (Average)3.5090%779
University of Delawarehttps://sites.udel.edu/nursing/undergraduate/traditional/1310/28 (Average)Not provided90%587
University of Hawaii at Manoa https://nursing.hawaii.edu/nursing-bachelor/high-school-direct-entry-in-nursing/1100/22 (Minimum)3.0087%379
University of Iowahttps://nursing.uiowa.edu/admissions/bsn/direct-admission1300/28 (Minimum)3.8098%661
University of Mainehttps://umaine.edu/nursing/undergraduate-program/1120/23 (Minimum)3.3088%228
University of Massachusetts Amhersthttps://www.umass.edu/nursing/academic-programs/nursing-major1360/28 (Average)4.1 weighted (Average)87%561
University of Miamihttps://bsn.sonhs.miami.edu/1100/24 (Minimum)Not provided99%746
University of Michiganhttps://nursing.umich.edu/academics/BSN1430/32 (Average)Not provided98%480
University of New Hampshirehttps://chhs.unh.edu/nursing/program/bs/nursing-major1240/26 (Average)Not provided96%204
University of Pennsylvaniahttps://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/bachelor-of-science-in-nursing-bsn/1460/33 (Average)3.0094%539
University of Pittsburgh - PIttsburgh Campushttps://www.nursing.pitt.edu/degree-programs/undergraduate-bsn-program1400/31 (Average)3.20100%700
University of Portlandhttps://nursing.up.edu/undergraduate-program/bsn-first-year-entry.html1240/26 (Average)3.0089%608
University of Rhode Islandhttps://web.uri.edu/nursing/academics/bs-nursing/1240/28 (Average)3.9 (Average)85%1122
University of San Franciscohttps://www.usfca.edu/nursing/programs/undergraduate/nursing1280/27 (Average)Not provided88%675
University of Vermonthttps://www.uvm.edu/cnhs/nursing/nursing_bs1310/28 (Average)Not provided87%309
University of Virginiahttps://www.nursing.virginia.edu/academics/bsn/traditional/1430/32 (Average)Not provided79%329
Villanova Universityhttps://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/nursing/programs/undergrad/bsn.html1400/31 (Average)Not provided94%727
Virginia Commonwealth Universityhttps://nursing.vcu.edu/programs/traditional-bs/1280/27 (Average)Not provided95%648
West Virginia Universityhttp://catalog.wvu.edu/undergraduate/schoolofnursing/bsn/#Direct_Admit1240/26 (Minimum)3.6098%592
Widener Universityhttps://www.widener.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/nursing1100/24 (Average)Not provided79%556
Xavier Universityhttps://www.xavier.edu/nursing/1240/26 (Average)3.0083%633
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