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Common Reasons BSN Admission was not Offered

We thank you for taking the time and effort to apply to our programs. Because we are unable to speak with every applicant individually, we are posting the most common and consistent reasons applicants were not offered admission to the BSN program. Many factors contribute to why the admissions committee may have denied an applicant. Please carefully review this list of common reasons for denial. Be sure to take into consideration that though a majority of applicants meet the minimum criteria and are generally competitive for admission to the program, each applicant is scored and considered in relation to her/his competitiveness within the entire pool of applicants. The UW School of Nursing received many more applications than spaces available in the program. Unfortunately, we are unable to admit every applicant.

  • The applicant did not meet minimum requirements. For example, an application was submitted despite not meeting stated prerequisite, grade, GPA, or application completion criteria.
  • The BSN program is academically rigorous. An applicant may have been considered an academic risk if s/he has repeated and/or withdrawn from several natural world courses in order to meet the minimum GPA requirement for the program. Though the applicant may have met the minimum requirement, a pattern of repeats, withdrawals, or inconsistent performance makes her/him less competitive within the context of the entire pool that applied at the same time.
  • The applicant may have expressed minimal or less relevant health care experience in relation to her/his stated goals and/or in relation to the pool of overall applicants.
  • The applicant did not clearly articulate how her/his background, experience, and goals have prepared her/him to succeed in the program. For example, several applicants did not follow directions for how to format their resumes, and as a result, faculty were unable to ascertain information about an applicant's health experience, community service and involvement, leadership, and trainings and certifications.
  • The applicant submitted essay responses that did not indicate a clear line of thinking with supported rationale, evidence of critical thinking and self-reflection, and/or problem solving.
  • The overall presentation of the application did not indicate to reviewers a level of maturity, self-awareness, and/or self-reflection necessary in order to succeed in a demanding academically and personally challenging program and profession.

This is not an exhaustive list, but does summarize the most common reasons for denial of admission. If you are considering applying to the program at a later date or if you seek more information about how your file was reviewed, we highly recommend that you attend and/or listen to a BSN Information Session. In the sessions, we give tips on how to submit a competitive application. Additionally, we go over each application requirement with the aim of informing applicants as to exactly how and why the faculty weighs the information in considering each applicant fairly within an extremely competitive pool. Visit our information session web page to find ways to improve upon your application should you decide to reapply next year.