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Basic BSN Admission

Freshman Admission to Nursing Major
- Fall 2020

(Information reviewed annually and subject to change.)

Priority Admissions

For priority admission consideration, prospective students must apply and be admitted to the University of Wyoming by December 1 prior to the fall semester they are seeking university admission. As part of the university application, applicants select Nursing - Pre-Basic BSN (Laramie Campus) (PNRS) as their major in order to be included in the School of Nursing review. The School of Nursing will review applications received by the December 1 priority deadline in December/January.

  • Acceptance to the University of Wyoming does not imply acceptance to Basic BSN.

  • Meeting the criteria below for freshman admission consideration does not guarantee admittance to Basic BSN as a freshman.

To be a competitive applicant for freshman admission consideration to the nursing major...

...the preferred criteria are:

  • 3.6 cumulative, unweighted high school grade point average (GPA)

  • 23 ACT or 560 SAT math score (SAT math score may vary annually based on UW Math placement review)

  • 23 ACT science score (there is not an SAT science score)

  • 27 ACT or 1280 SAT composite score

...the minimum criteria are:

  • 3.5 cumulative, unweighted high school grade point average (GPA)

  • 23 ACT or 560 SAT math score (SAT math score may vary annually based on UW Math placement review)

  • 23 ACT science score (there is not an SAT science score)

  • 25 ACT or 1200 SAT composite score

Applicants who do not meet all of the minimum criteria...

...are encouraged to consider retesting and submitting new scores and/or submitting updated high school transcripts as applicable to the university. [NOTE: Applicants who are submitting updated test scores and/or transcripts after the December 1 deadline and who are able to meet the minimum criteria for freshman admission, please contact Debbie Shoefelt at or (307) 766-4292 to ensure that your records are reviewed again.]

...will not be accepted for freshman admission, and their major will remain as BS in Pre-Nursing-Basic BSN (PNRS).

Applicants who are offered freshman admission to the nursing major...

...will have their major updated to BS in Nursing-Basic BSN Track (NURS).

...will be advised through the Basic BSN Advising office (see Basic BSN Advising/Registration).

Applicants who are not accepted for freshman admission and who are declared as BS in Pre-Nursing-Basic BSN (PNRS)...

...will be advised through the Advising, Career, & Exploratory Studies (ACES) office ( or 307-766-2398)

...are encouraged to take the pre-clinical courses as outlined in the Basic BSN Program of Study [find linked form on main Basic BSN page].

...are encouraged to apply in the fall semester in which completing final pre-clinical courses for any unfilled seats for Basic BSN through Non-Freshman Admission to the Nursing Major.

...are welcome to visit the Basic BSN advising office to ensure they are taking the appropriate pre-clinical courses in preparation of the non-freshman admission application (see Basic BSN Advising/Registration).

Additional Admission Review

Additional reviews by the School of Nursing will occur throughout the spring and summer for applicants admitted after the December 1 priority admission deadline. These additional reviews will take into consideration if meeting criteria specified above, as well as space availability for the program. Please note that some admission decisions may not occur until after May 1 following the deadline for UW Enrollment Confirmation.

Means of Notification

All application and admission notifications by the School of Nursing are through email as well as hardcopy mailings. Some notifications have response deadlines.

  • Applicants should monitor both UW email (activated following payment of the UW Enrollment Confirmation Fee) and non-UW email (provided on UW application) for notifications from the School of Nursing.

  • For non-UW email sources, we recommend not using your high school email, but rather a different provider. We have found that some contacts are blocked and not going through to the student.

  • These notifications may pertain to admission status and/or program expectations associated with freshman admission to the nursing major.


Updated: 06/18/2019

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