BSN Direct Admission

Direct entry option for nursing students

The IU School of Nursing accepts a limited number of direct admit students each year at its three campuses—Bloomington, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis. Admission to the program is highly competitive and designed for students who demonstrate a commitment to nursing as their profession. Students who are admitted through direct admission will have immediate access to School of Nursing academic advisors, who will help you plan your program of study.

Students who are not selected for direct admission will begin their college career as pre-nursing majors and will apply to the BSN program after completing all pre-nursing coursework.

Criteria for IU School of Nursing direct admission

To be considered for direct admission to the School of Nursing you must meet the following requirements:

  • Apply for admission to Indiana University (Bloomington, Fort Wayne, or Indianapolis) by November 1
  • Declare Nursing as your major
  • Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.8
  • Submit two required essay questions

Please note that the direct admit applicant pool is competitive and the number of seats is limited. Meeting all requirements does not guarantee direct admission to the program. The majority of nursing students will still be admitted traditionally. If you are not offered admission through the direct pathway, you will apply for the traditional pathway.

Students who are offered direct admission to the School of Nursing have guaranteed placement in the program beginning their third semester if they maintain eligibility. To maintain eligibility a student must:

  • Complete all School of Nursing prerequisites with a grade of C or higher
  • Maintain a prerequisite GPA of 3.5 or higher

Students who fall below a GPA of 3.5 in the first semester will be required to participate in a student success support program. Students who fall below a GPA of 3.0 will forfeit their direct admission seat but would still be eligible to apply through the traditional pathway.

Important direct admission dates

  • August 1: Indiana University common application opens
  • September 1: IU School of Nursing direct admission application opens
  • November 1: Deadline to submit application for admission to Indiana University
  • December 15: Deadline to submit School of Nursing required essays
  • March 15: Direct admit applicants will be informed of an admission decision
  • May 1: Deadline for students to confirm acceptance of their direct admission offer from the IU School of Nursing

Required direct admission essay questions

Students who want to be considered for direct admission to the IU School of Nursing must submit two essay questions along with their university application. 

  1. How will you leverage your personal experience, background, and perspective to provide compassionate care to patients from diverse backgrounds? (300 words or less)
  2. Describe how your personal strengths, experiences, and/or abilities will contribute to your success in nursing school and the nursing profession? (300 words or less)

Learn how to submit your essay questions

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