Before applying to the Undergraduate BSN Program
Those students who are planning to complete the application to the undergraduate nursing program must apply and be accepted to the university at large through Undergraduate Admissions office BEFORE the School of Nursing deadline. Your application will not go for review if you are not an active student. If you are a transfer student, please have all transcripts submitted to the university to ensure that all prerequisite courses that have been completed are transferrable. This process is important to ensure that you have all the courses completed prior to the term in which you are planning to start. TEAS scores are valid for only a year from the original test date.
Regarding a reattempt to apply to the Undergraduate BSN Program
The admissions process at Georgia State University is highly competitive in nature. Individual phone calls or emails to GSU faculty, staff, and administration disputing or questioning final acceptance status are prohibited due to the high volume of applications received each application cycle in order to promote objectivity and fairness in our admissions process. We stand against nepotism and favoritism to promote equality.
Please note the following regarding applying to the Undergraduate BSN program at GSU:
The School of Nursing (SON) requires a secondary application that is found on our website. All materials required for the application include: an application, two letters of recommendation (academic and professional), short answers, volunteer verification form, 2-page essay, TEAS exam scores, and unofficial transcripts. Your application will be incomplete without these documents.
Regarding applying for transfer to the Undergraduate BSN program
Those students planning to complete the second application to the undergraduate nursing program as a transfer student must be in a nursing program at another institution. As a part of the application requirements, you must provide a letter of good standing from the nursing school that you are transferring from, a copy of the course syllabi of courses that you attempted and passed, along with TEAS score and other application materials as listed on the application. Please note: the nursing program will determine if transfer credit for Nursing courses can be used towards GSU’s nursing program.
Where and how do I go about receiving advisement prior to and after acceptance?
- If you have declared Exploratory Nursing as your major, you can be advised in one of two places: The University Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance. They will assist in making sure all pre-requisites are on track or completed prior to admissions, and answer any questions or inquiries related to being eligible for admissions.
- If you have been accepted to the program, you will be assigned a Nursing faculty advisor. They will assist you with matriculation through the program and completing all requirements for graduation. You are required to meet with them to get approval for registration every semester for Nursing courses.
What are the requirements to be considered for early action?
At the time of application, students need to have a 3.6 GPA, and have completed or be in progress for 30 credit hours.
When will I be able to start the Nursing program if I am accepted through the Early Action process?
Your admissions will be for the following term. Example: If you apply for Fall admissions, it will be for the following year; likewise for Spring admissions. If a student applies during Fall 2022, the intent is start Fall 2023, etc.
How do I improve my TEAS exam score?
- TEAS Exam
- Students accepted to our undergraduate BSN program have competitive TEAS scores that varies each semester based on the competitive nature of the applicant pool.
- The average TEAS score of accepted applicants is 85%.
- Please review the TEAS study resources to support you in improving your score.
Are there resources for writing a strong nursing school essay?
- Students accepted to our undergraduate BSN program write passionate essays that are well written and proof-read carefully.
- Please contact the GSU Writing Studio for writing support to ensure that your essay is written well.
- Additionally, student essays that meet the criteria for acceptance to our program are competitive and include APA cited references and formatting.
- Please utilize the following websites to enhance the APA formatting of your essay:
- Inclusion and diversity are at the center the learning within our nursing program at Georgia State University. The essays written by students that are accepted to our program reflect critical thinking regarding passion for healthcare topics impacting areas of need in our current society.
- The following are examples of essay topics of accepted students:
- Inclusion and diversity
- Nursing healthcare concerns for underserved populations
- Personal experiences within the healthcare system that inspired a career in nursing
- We expect to see your passion for our profession in your writing!
- We also expect that your nursing essays are written in a very focused manner that includes logical flow.
- Additionally, students that utilize the GSU Library to identify peer reviewed journal articles to include in their essay tend to generate a higher quality essay.
- The following are examples of essay topics of accepted students:
What other strategies can I take to ensure that my application is super strong when I submit?
- Students accepted to our program work very hard during the years prior to admissions to ensure that they have the following to enhance their application:
- Volunteer activities (especially in healthcare or a related field)
- Scholarly activities (e.g., presentations, serving in leadership roles)
How many times am I permitted to apply to the UG nursing program at GSU?
An applicant may only apply to the program twice.
How do I ensure that I have a competitive GPA for admissions to the UG nursing program at GSU?
- Please see our required pre-requisite courses here.
- Although GPA is evaluated in different ways during the admissions process, please note that the science courses listed in the above weblink carry significant weight in the admissions process.
- If you repeat any science prerequisites, please note that the first and second attempts only will be calculated into the science GPA.
- Please note that the stated GPA requirements represent the minimum accepted GPA for admissions. Our applicant pool each admissions cycle is competitive and may represent much higher GPA averages above of required minimum as posted on the website. Acceptance is not guaranteed for applicants who meet the minimum posted admissions requirements.
Do all pre-requisites need to be completed prior to completing the application for the UG BSN program?
At the time of application, you can be in progress with certain courses. It is encouraged that you have all of your pre-requisites completed prior to the start of the program provided you are accepted to the program. If you are currently enrolled , it must be indicated on the application using the courses taken table that is required for the application.
When is the deadline for admission in the School of Nursing?
- Freshman Fall Admissions Deadline: June 1
- Freshman Spring Admissions Deadline: December 1
Regular Admissions (Non-Freshman)
- Fall Admissions: February 15
- Spring Admissions: October 1
When and where will I receive correspondence regarding acceptance to the program?
All decisions will be sent to your student email. Please allow 4-6 weeks to receive and be processed.
What is the duration of the program?
- We admit twice a year: Fall and Spring. Effective January 2022, the BSN program will be FOUR semesters:
- Fall Start: Fall/Spring/Off Summer/ Fall/Spring
- Spring Start: Spring/ Off Summer/Fall/Spring/Off Summer/Fall
- “Summers Off” will allow students to experience extern & scholar program, pursue minor, honors college, take any nursing electives, or take some nursing classes to decrease fall and spring load.
Last Updated: 06/29/2022
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