Wayne State University

Admission to the B.S.N. program

Holistic Admissions Statement

Admission to the College of Nursing is a competitive process. However, we know that students come from different backgrounds and experiences. We welcome the benefits that a diverse student body brings not only to the college but ultimately to the profession of nursing. That's why we look at each individual applicant as just that — an individual.

Use of a holistic and inclusive approach allows the Undergraduate Admission Committee to consider not only your grade point average and standardized test scores, but also the information provided through your essay. For example, consideration of your experiences and involvement in community service are taken into account when determining admission.

Effective Fall 2019, students also complete a holistic admission process through the College of Nursing. (Note: course prerequisites must be completed by January 31, 2019). The holistic admission process includes not only a critical evaluation of these same metrics, but also includes a requirement for community service, and an essay submitted by the applicant detailing any personal attributes and experiences that the applicant feels would support their admission to the CON. The entire application packet is evaluated by an admission committee composed of faculty from the undergraduate program.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program if they are entering professional nursing for the first time and meet the following criteria:

  • Admission to Wayne State University.
  • Completed a minimum of 30 semester credits and all prerequisites by the end of the winter semester of the year you intend to apply.
  • All applicants are required to submit the CON secondary application and supplemental application materials (essay and community service form) by January 31.
  • If the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required, the minimum accepted scores are: 101 total score with a minimum of 25 in Listening, 25 in Reading, 25 in Writing and 26 in Speaking. To be exempt from the TOEFL requirement for the CON the applicant must possess at least one of the following exemptions:

    • Your native language is English.

    • You have completed all secondary or postsecondary education in the United States, Canada or other another English-speaking country, including:

      • Antigua and Barbuda

      • Anguilla

      • Australia

      • Barbados

      • Bermuda

      • Bahamas

      • Belize

      • Canada

      • Dominica

      • Great Britain (UK)

      • Grenada

      • Greenland

      • Guyana

      • Jamaica

      • St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla

      • Cayman Islands

      • Saint Lucia

      • Liberia

      • New Zealand

      • Trinidad & Tobago

      • Virgin Islands (British)

      • Virgin Islands (U.S.)

      • South Africa

Important deadlines for fall 2018

January 31, 2018 Application (online) and transcripts through Dec. 31, 2017 must be submitted to Wayne State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@wayne.edu or mailed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Wayne State University, P.O. Box 02759, Detroit MI 48202.
March 31, 2018 Admission decisions will be made.
June 1, 2018 Final offical transcripts and additional documentation must be submitted to WSU. (Documents must be received by 5 p.m. on June 1, not postmarked by that date.)

​Admissions criteria

  • Admission to the College of Nursing is competitive. Not all applicants who meet the minimum criteria will be accepted. The College of Nursing has adopted a holistic admission process which considers academic metrics such as GPA and individual experiences and personal attributes. Transcripts are reviewed for patterns of withdrawals and repeated courses.
  • A minimum overall prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to be considered for admission. To calculate the prerequisite GPA, science prerequisites are weighted 55% and non-science prerequisites at 45%.
  • Completion of all prerequisite science courses with a "C" or higher by the end of the Fall semester prior to the application deadline. All science grades (transcripts) must be received by Wayne State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions no later than January 31 of the application year.
  • Applicants are allowed a maximum of one repeat in a prerequisite course, with the exception of repeats in science courses that were taken more than five years prior to application to the CON.
  • Up to two, non-science, prerequisite courses can be completed during the Winter semester of the application year. Updated transcripts must be submitted by June 1 of the application year. Applicants must achieve a "B" or higher in each remaining prerequisite course.
  • Conditional admission granted to students who are missing a prerequisite course and is contingent upon successful completion of any outstanding prerequisite course taken during the winter semester. Successful completion is defined as a final grade of "B" or higher. Grades less than a "B" will result in rescinding the offer of admission.

Step 1 - Apply to Wayne State University

Unless you are already an undergraduate student at Wayne State University, you must first gain admission to WSU. An undergraduate application and all required documentation are necessary to be considered for admission. Documentation includes official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions sent directly from the institution to the WSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 02759, Detroit MI  48202-0759, (313) 577-2100 or email admissions@wayne.edu.

Step 2 - Apply to the College of Nursing (CON)

  • Submit a CON secondary application by January 31.
  • A non-refundable $50 application fee is due at the time of application. Applications will not be reviewed until the fee is received.
  • Submit all official transcripts from previous post-secondary institutions to WSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions by January 31.
  • If enrolled in a Winter course at a different institution, all official transcripts must be submitted by the current post-secondary institution to WSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions by June 1.
  • All official test scores, if applicable, must be submitted to the College of Nursing by January 31.
  • Upload a 200 – 500 word essay that describes any skills, experiences, and personal attributes that you feel make you a good fit for the profession of nursing.
  • All required documentation must be received by WSU by 5 p.m. on June 1, not postmarked by that date.

* All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credentialing agency. The agency must then send a course-by-course evaluation report directly to the College of Nursing. Recommended agencies are Educational Credential Evaluators or World Education Services

Step 3 - Monitor your personal page

After applying, you can continue to monitor your application by checking App Status. Contact us at nursinginfo@wayne.edu if you note discrepancies or have questions.