Frequently Asked Questions

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BSN & Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Programs

Where can I apply? +

The deadline to apply for the ABSN is in August. The deadline to apply for the 5-semester BSN is in December. The application is posted online approximately two months before each application deadline. New Accelerated BSN (ABSN) students begin the program in May and new traditional BSN students begin each August.

How do I submit an application for the School of Nursing? +

Applications can only be submitted online and are found here.

How many applications do you receive each semester? How many students do you accept? +

The School of Nursing receives approximately 300-400 applications for the traditional BSN program each year. We admit 104 students each fall. We typically receive 200-300 applications for the ABSN each year and admit 104 students each summer.

When should I expect my admissions decision letter? +

Admissions decision letters for all applicants are mailed out approximately 12-14 weeks after the application deadline. We are not able to inform applicants of their admissions decisions by phone or email.

Do you have a waitlist? +

Applicants will receive admissions decisions via mail indicating if they have been admitted, denied or waitlisted. Waitlisted students may be notified up until the day courses start if a space becomes available in the program. No information is released regarding position on the waitlist or the number of students placed on the waitlist. If spaces do not become available, the waitlist does not carry over to the following term. Waitlisted applicants must submit a new application to be considered for admission for a future term.

How competitive is admission to the School of Nursing? +

Admission to the School of Nursing is very competitive. The minimum cumulative grade point average for admission to the BSN is a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Admission to UNC-Chapel Hill as a first-year student does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing as a junior. The minimum cumulative grade point average for the Accelerated BSN is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must be eligible to return to all institutions previously attended.

How is my application evaluated? +

The admissions committee critically evaluates each applicant’s academic performance, descriptive essays, community service history, and special skills and abilities that have the potential to affect care delivery or contribute overall to the nursing profession. The ideal applicant will clearly demonstrate a strong academic history as well as a commitment to the ideology of nursing and service to others. Performance in required science courses is particularly important.

Can I study part-time? +

Pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires a full-time commitment throughout the 4 terms or 5 terms of enrollment. Attendance is required in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Where are clinical rotations held? +

Clinical rotations are held at various health care locations in Orange County, the home county of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as all counties contiguous to Orange.

Will I be able to work full-time while attending nursing school? +

As the BSN program is a full-time course of study, the majority of nursing students find the demands of attending courses and clinicals far too rigorous to incorporate full-time employment into their daily schedules.

Can I finish my prerequisites after I begin nursing school? +

No. You may find the prerequisites for the BSN and ABSN here.

I took the science prerequisites more than five years ago. Do I need to retake them? +

All applicants must have completed Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology within five years of the application deadline. General Psychology and Statistics must have been completed within 10 years of the application deadline.

My cumulative and/or science prerequisite GPA is slightly below the required minimum. Should I apply anyway? +

No. Only applicants meeting the minimum GPA requirements will be considered for admission.

Will the admissions committee consider graduate-level work when determining my cumulative GPA? +

Yes. All college coursework, including graduate-level courses, is included when calculating an applicant’s cumulative GPA.

I already have a bachelor’s degree. Should I apply to the ABSN or BSN? +

Beginning with the fall 2020 application cycle (fall 2021 matriculation), the 5-semester BSN option is open to first degree applicants only. Students holding a bachelor’s degree in another field must apply to the 4-semester Accelerated BSN option.

I have attended college before and want to apply to the School of Nursing to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. What should I do first? +

We strongly encourage students to submit their college transcripts for a transcript evaluation before applying. The transcript evaluation form can be found here. After receiving your completed transcript evaluation, you should verify completion of all prerequisites and finish taking any outstanding courses before submitting your application. Students may wish to complete their outstanding prerequisite courses through The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education at UNC-Chapel Hill or through a local community college.

I am in high school or have never attended college and I want to earn my BSN from UNC-CH. What should I do first? +

You should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC Chapel Hill to obtain information about admission to the university. Your first two years of study will be devoted to completing General Education requirements and the Nursing Science Prerequisites. Students seeking a first bachelor’s degree in nursing are typically admitted to the School of Nursing in the spring semester of the sophomore year for enrollment in fall of the junior year. Students must complete all General Education courses and all Nursing Science Prerequisites by the end of spring semester prior to entering the School of Nursing.

Is financial aid available? +

Yes. We encourage all students to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Prospective students may also wish to contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at UNC. Additional information regarding scholarships and financial aid for prospective nursing students is available here.