College of Nursing

Undergraduate Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance into the baccalaureate nursing program is based on a number of criteria including, but not limited to, academic performance, essays, other parts of the application and your service list.


Students must complete all pre-requisite courses with at least a C (a C- is not satisfactory progress). NOTE: Students can have prerequisites in process during fall, if registered at BYU, and still apply for winter. Students will submit grades at the midterm in fall. If a student is accepted for winter semester, but does not pass any prerequisite with a grade of at least a C or within a reasonable grade from the one submitted at midterm, their acceptance will be rescinded, and an alternate will be put in his or her slot.

* All Independent Study classes (if taken) must have grades posted on transcript by application deadline.


Student must have an ACT or SAT or TOEFL (for English as a Second Language students) on file at BYU in order to apply.

Service List

The college of nursing is looking for an ongoing commitment to service over time (5 years) in community, school, and church service/leadership. Continuous involvement in organized service opportunities is encouraged whether the student is involved in many short-term projects, or fewer long-term projects.

Impromptu Essay

Essays are rated based on the content of information addressing the topic, organization & logical flow of ideas, grammar, spelling & sentence structure, and appearance.  Also taken into consideration but less emphasis is the punctuation, grammar and spelling. We realize the opportunity for revision is limited. Organization of thought is likewise important on the impromptu essay. You must sign up in the application in February or August in order to take the impromptu essay at the times listed in the application (just go to the essay step in the application). Essays are only given and due at the beginning of both March and September. Contact the Advisement Center BEFORE the deadline if you will not be in Provo for the essay times.


Recommendations are online forms to be filled out by the recommender, not letters. Recommendations should come from someone who knows the applicant well and who can address the character traits identified on the form. Applicants can select individuals from the following options: organizational leader, co-worker, supervisor, coach, employer or teacher. (High school teachers often know the applicant better than a BYU professor.) The recommender should not be a parent, sibling, spouse, other family member, or close friend (i.e. roommate).

Acceptance Data

For current acceptance data, please see the Basic Information Packet.