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Nursing (B.S.) Admission Information

The School of Nursing is a competitive five-semester program. We accept qualified applicants based on comprehensive admission profiles which include grades on prerequisite courses, reading comprehension, and exam scores.

Applications are accepted between September 1 and January 15.

Students will hear back from the university regarding general acceptance before the School of Nursing makes final decisions in mid-late April.

The School of Nursing will not review incomplete or late applications.

Freshman Applicants

If you have fewer than 24 college semester hours before January 15, you will apply as freshmen.

  1. Apply to NIU; indicate nursing as your intended major
  2. Submit application and required documents to the Office of Admissions by January 15.

Admission is based on your ACT scores, high school rank and/or GPA and reading comprehension score. Highly qualified applicants may receive early admission prior to January 15.

Transfer Applicants

If you have more than 24 college semester hours and/or are transferring from another university or college: 

  1. Apply to NIU; indicate nursing as your intended major
  2. Submit application and required documents to the Office of Admissions by January 15.

You must have completed at least five of the nursing prerequisite courses with a C or better by the application deadline.

Admission is competitive and based primarily on your GPA in those prerequisite courses. It is also based on your overall GPA, number of prerequisite courses completed and reading comprehension score.

Current NIU Students

If you have more than 24 college semester hours you will apply as a transfer, even if you are a current NIU student.

Current NIU students must submit a paper application through the College of Health and Human Sciences in Wirtz 227 or at the Nursing Building, Room 190. All applications must be submitted by January 15.

You must have completed at least five of the nursing prerequisite courses with a C or better by the application deadline.

Admission is competitive and based primarily on your GPA in those prerequisite courses. It is also based on your overall GPA, number of prerequisite courses completed and reading comprehension score.


Reading Comprehension Requirement

The School of Nursing standards require applicants to demonstrate a certain level of reading comprehension. Applicants can do so by achieving a minimum score on one of these exams:

Contact the NIU Office of Testing Services for information on ACCUPLACER.

Send official SAT or ACT scores directly to NIU. Your application will not be reviewed without submitted test scores. Students with an earned bachelor’s or master's degree are exempt from the reading score requirement.

Prerequisite Requirements

Admitted students must have all prerequisite courses completed prior to beginning their nursing coursework.

If you took prerequisite classes at a local community college, refer to the Limited Admission Program Transfer Course Equivalencies page to verify transferability.

Be sure to read our FAQ page for more information.

Core Performance Standards

There are core performance standards for all nursing majors. Please see the student handbook for further information.

Contact Us

School of Nursing
1240 Normal Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1231
nursing@niu.edu