School of Nursing admissions standards

Students are admitted to the university in categories.  While it is possible for all students admitted to The University of Akron to ultimately achieve the BSN, MSN or Ph.D., admit status may effect the length of time it will take to earn a degree.


Undergraduate categories for admission

Direct admit

Academically talented students are admitted directly into their college of choice.  Students admitted this way stand the best chance of completing the BSN in four years.  They are referred to as "prenursing students" in the School of Nursing.

  • Direct admit new high school graduates meet the following criteria:
    • 3.0 high school GPA
    • 22 ACT minimum or 1030 SAT minimum
    • Core curriculum for nursing (Algebra, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry)
  • Direct admit transfer students meet the following criteria:
    • 3.0 college GPA
    • 24 transfer semester hours
  • Direct admit postbaccalaureate students meet the following criteria:
    • 3.0 Baccalaureate cumulative GPA

ALL students holding a nursing license (RN or LPN) are directly admitted to the School of Nursing.  No GPA or credit hour requirements.

University admit

Students who do not meet the direct admission criteria at the time of application will be considered for University admission to take general education coursework their freshman year. Students will be advised by an academic advisor within the college of their intended major.

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Graduate categories for admission

Several admission categories are used for students applying for graduate level programs at The University of Akron. The admission category may effect the length of time needed to complete the degree.


For international students

Foreign nurses must have their previous training evaluated through CGFNS International (formerly the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) in order to identify their US licensure status. They must hold a valid Ohio nursing license prior to beginning the nursing major.


How to apply

All students interested in the nursing major must apply through the Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Office. Declare the appropriate nursing major on your application.

Apply to Undergraduate Admissions if you are interested in:

You will be given instructions by your university adviser on how to apply for the nursing major once all prerequisites are completed and required GPA is met.  Nursing is a competitive entry major.

Apply to Graduate Admissions if you already hold a BSN and are interested in:

  • MSN (any track)
  • Ph.D.