Bachelor of Science in Nursing


The UW–Madison School of Nursing is committed to offering a strong and challenging academic program of study that builds the knowledge, judgment, and skills necessary to enter the exciting field of nursing. We seek to admit students who demonstrate strong academic ability, as well as leadership, community service, creativity, talent, and enthusiasm. Admission is offered to students who present the strongest overall applications and who are anticipated to contribute to the university and nursing profession. Admission is highly competitive and based on a thorough and holistic evaluation of each application. Factors/attributes considered include:

  • Academic Preparation and Performance
  • Leadership
  • Extracurricular Activities and Service
  • Health Care Experience and Professional Goals
  • Diversity in Experience and Background
  • Quality of Application Statements/Essays

Upper Division Admission Process

Students apply to enter the School of Nursing via Upper Division Admission after completing designated prerequisites. Typically students are admitted to UW–Madison as pre-nursing students, complete two years of nursing prerequisite and general education course work, and apply to officially start the two-year nursing sequence of courses as juniors. Admission takes place once a year for enrollment in the fall semester after successfully submitting all application materials in the prior spring semester. Transfer and second degree students also apply through this process.

Who Am I As An Applicant?

For more information about applying, select your appropriate student status:

  • High School Students: Current high school students or prospective students who have not yet attended college.
  • Current UW–Madison Students: Students currently enrolled at UW–Madison, either as pre-nursing students or students in another major/program.
  • Transfer Students: Students who attended another college or university after graduating from high school and wish to enroll in the nursing program at UW–Madison.
  • Second-Degree Students: Students who already have a bachelor’s degree from either UW–Madison or another college or university.