Admission Requirements

The pre-licensure program application for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is accepted between the following dates:

  • Fall applications: Oct. 1 - Oct. 15 (11:59 p.m.)
  • Spring Applications: March 1 - March 15 (11:59 p.m.)

Applications (online)

Applications are reviewed for admissions to the program for the following academic year. For example, if you apply Oct. 1, 2021, you are being considered for admissions in the term that begins with the Fall 2022 semester. The program accepts only online applications.

Other forms are found at B.S.N. Applications, Forms and Resources.


Thank you for your interest in professional nursing education. Please review the general information section, complete all items on the checklist, and submit the application.

Applications will be accepted online Oct. 1 - Oct. 15 for fall admission or March 1 - March 15 for spring admission.

General Information

admission requirements

Transcripts and transcript credit reports must be submitted before Jan. 1 for fall admission and May 15 for spring admission. Admission is competitive; an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 and sophomore standing is required to enroll in pre-nursing courses.

All prerequisite coursework for fall admission into the Professional Program of Study in Nursing should be completed by the end of the preceding spring semester. However, the pre-nursing courses NURS 2021, NURS 2032, NURS 3342 and NURS 3321L sometimes are offered in summer session.

Enrollment in summer pre-nursing courses will be based on the following criteria:

  • Has the student submitted an application for nursing school?
  • Has the student completed or enrolled in all required program prerequisite courses?
  • Has the student met the minimum overall GPA requirement of 3.00?

All coursework for spring admission must be completed by the end of the preceding fall semester prior to entering the Professional Program of Study in Nursing (B.S.N. Admission Policy). Students who are conditionally accepted into the nursing program must maintain a grade of C or above in all courses.

Checklist

  • Apply for admission to the University of Arkansas. The address is Silas Hunt Hall, Fayetteville, AR 72701, or you may apply online for university admission.
  • Review pre-nursing courses with your adviser.
  • Review degree audit with your adviser.
  • Apply for admission to the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing B.S.N. Program. Applications are to be submitted electronically only. No paper applications will be accepted.
  • For spring semester EMSON admissions, you must notify your adviser if you have taken coursework during the early summer intersession and/or regular summer session after the application deadline (March 1 – March 15). The transcript has to be in the Registrar's Office by May 15. No late summer intersession can be applied to the upcoming spring applicants.
  • For fall semester EMSON admissions, you must notify your adviser if you are taking a winter intersession course after the application deadline (Oct. 1 – Oct. 15). All transcripts have to be in by Jan. 1.
  • Request that official transcripts from each higher education institution you attended be sent to the University of Arkansas, Office of the Registrar, Silas Hunt Hall, Fayetteville, AR 72701.
  • If transferring from another nursing program, you must complete the above listed admission requirements. In addition, you must provide the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing with a letter from the nursing program that you are eligible to return to that program and are in good standing and with syllabi from all nursing courses that you have completed.

If you have questions concerning the process, please call the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at 479-575-3904.

Admission

Students interested in nursing will be admitted to the university as pre-nursing majors. Admission to the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing requires an application (in addition to the application to the University of Arkansas) and a personal statement.

Candidates are scored, and the top tier are invited for interviews. In line with the university and the College of Education and Health Professions initiatives, as well as the philosophy of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, this holistic admission process is utilized to enhance a diverse academic experience for all students and results in additional expertise in providing care to an increasingly diverse patient population. Admission is competitive: Not all students who meet the minimum requirements will get in.

We value communication skills, leadership experience, initiative, community service and clinical experience, as well as accomplishments in athletics, employment and research. Our goal is to recruit and educate a class that will serve the needs of a diverse population.

We consider factors not reflected in the academic record: evidence of extracurricular achievement or work experience; evidence of having overcome social, economic or physical barriers; evidence of exceptional motivation, maturity or responsibility.

All prerequisite coursework for a fall admission into the Professional Program of Study in Nursing must be completed by the end of the preceding spring semester with the exception of the three pre-nursing courses NURS 2012, NURS 2022, NURS 2032, which may be taken in the summer session prior to entering the program of study in the fall. All coursework for spring admission must be completed by the end of the preceding fall semester prior to entering the Professional Program of Study in Nursing (B.S.N. Admission Policy). Students who are conditionally accepted into the nursing program must maintain a GPA that is at or above the cut-off GPA within the accepted cohort.

Pre-licensure B.S.N. Application Cycles

Application Period U of A Transcript Deadline EMSON Admission Expected Decision
Fall: Oct.1 - Oct. 15 Jan. 1 Late January
Spring: March 1 - March 15 May 15 Late August

FAQs for Prospective Transfer Students

The link to the online application.

The professional course of study starts the semester in which students are admitted to the program and usually requires 4 full semesters or 2 years to complete.