Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing will be reviewed on an individual basis. If you are interested in applying for admission you should have the following educational credentials:


Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

Students interested in applying for admission to the BSN program can complete an online application for admission. Applications are currently being accepted for the BSN program, which will begin in Fall 2014.  Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.  To be considered for the BSN program, you should have the following educational credentials:

First-Time University Enrollment

  • A cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.75 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited high school or earned a score of 250 or higher on the GED. 
  • A composite score on the ACT of 21 or higher on the combined SAT critical reading and math tests a score of 980 or higher.
  • Freshmen who have been out of high school for more than one year will be required to take the University's placement test, ASSET, as part of the admission process.

Transfer Enrollment

  • A cumulative college GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) in all college-level coursework attempted at regionally accredited institutions.
  • Successful completion (C- or better) of college-level English and Mathematics, or achieve minimum benchmark scores on the University's placement test, ASSET.
  • If currently or previously enrolled in a nursing program at another institution, a letter of good standing must be submitted from the institution.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN Program

Applications for admission will be reviewed on an individual basis. If you are interested in applying for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN program, you should have the following educational credentials:

  • An associate of science or a diploma in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.33 on a 4.0 scale in all work attempted.
  • Licensure to practice as a registered nurse in Wisconsin.

Master of Science in Nursing 

Applications for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program will be reviewed on an individual basis. If you are interested in applying, you should have the following educational credentials:

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing and other course work.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate courses in statistics and nursing research.
  • Computer literacy.
  • License to practice as a registered nurse in Wisconsin.

In addition to the educational credentials mentioned above, it is also required that all candidates for admission to the MSN program complete a Reflective Essay on Professional and Educational Goals as follows:

Essay should be 3-5 pages in length, typed using proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. and with a scholarly writing style.

  1. Reflect on the following: 
  • Your goals for graduate nursing education (provide at least 2-3 goals with discussion);
  • How will an MSN degree from Stritch advance or change your career path in nursing and as a nurse educator;
  • How will a graduate nursing degree with an educator focus affect your individual nursing practice and the discipline of nursing; and
  • Your reasons for choosing Stritch and the MSN degree program it offers.


Applicants educated outside of the U.S. must follow academic admission procedures relating to English ability and credential evaluation described on the International Admissions webpage.

If you have questions regarding the nursing programs, please contact Nursing Admissions at (414) 410-4054, toll-free (800) 347-8822, ext. 4054, or nursingadmissions@stritch.edu.