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Are you a freshman or high school student who is interested in a nursing degree? Continue reading to learn more about how to apply to Northwestern's nursing program.

Incoming freshmen will spend their first two years at Northwestern as a pre-nursing major fulfilling the prerequisites for the baccalaureate nursing degree program. Application to the School of Nursing may begin the Fall semester of your sophomore year. The Accelerated Path begins in May, immediately at the close of the spring semester. You can also choose the Traditional Path, which would begin in August of that year.

If you are a current high school senior with a minimum 3.75 GPA and a minimum 28 composite ACT score, you may apply directly to the School of Nursing as an early-admittance candidate. If this applies to you, please contact your admissions counselor. Note: Early-admittance candidates will still be expected to complete all Pre-Nursing requirements during your first two years prior to entering the School of Nursing.

Nursing candidates with more credits from Northwestern will be given higher consideration over those with fewer credits from Northwestern.

Space in the program is limited and not all candidates are guaranteed acceptance, so apply for pre-nursing at Northwestern today!

How will I enroll in the Baccalaureate Nursing Degree Program during my second year at Northwestern?

  1. Apply and be accepted to Northwestern.
  2. Successfully complete (with a C or higher) all prerequisite courses during your first two years at Northwestern.
  3. Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.00 scale) based upon credits earned from Northwestern.
  4. Complete the School of Nursing application.
  5. Complete satisfactory personal interview with Northwestern's Nursing Admission and Progression Committee.
  6. Written acknowledgment of School of Nursing Acceptance Letter.

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