Application availability and deadline

Applications for the 2022 BSN cohort are now closed. We anticipate that applications for BSN 2023 will launch in October 2022. The application deadline will be 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on January 15, 2023 to begin study the following autumn.

Write the proctored essay

Following the application deadline, all BSN applicants must complete an online proctored essay. We will conduct the proctored essay online using a service called Canvas.

The proctored essay is scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, 2022. You will be given one hour to complete this essay once it begins.

There are NO early or make-up sessions for the proctored essay.

If you will need disability accommodations to write the proctored essay, please read our instructions for accommodations confirmation.

Essay process

Those who apply by the deadline will receive a link by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, for a practice quiz. This practice quiz will allow you to test your hardware in the days leading up to the official proctored essay. Please log into your account in advance of the essay to set up your password.

You can complete the proctored essay between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. You will have one hour to complete the essay; please give yourself enough time before the 10 p.m. deadline. If you start the proctored essay within the hour leading up to the deadline, you will only have until the deadline to complete it.

Technical support

Contact Student and Academic Services (, 206.543.8736).

Minimum requirements

  • A stable Ethernet or WiFi connection for the duration of the essay
  • You may use any browser to complete the online essay, but Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Use a browser that is up to date. Check your browser version by accessing the Help > About menu in your browser of choice.
  • We recommend restarting your computer or device within 24 hours of writing your essay.
  • If you do not wish to restart your computer or tablet, clear the cache of the internet browser you plan to use and close and re-launch your internet browser, or use a private/incognito window.

Proctored essay FAQs

What is on the proctored essay?

During the proctored essay, you will write one essay.

Will we get the prompt ahead of time?

No. All applicants will receive the prompt when they begin the online proctored essay.

Will there be math problems during the proctored essay?

No, math problems will no longer be included in the proctored essay.

I do not meet the hardware/internet requirements. What do I do?

If you cannot complete the pre-test, contact, and we will find a way for you to complete the proctored essay.

How much time should I spend writing the essay?

The time you spend completing the essay response varies from applicant to applicant. There is no set time you should spend, other than making sure you complete it within one hour.

When can I complete the proctored essay?

You can complete the online proctored essay anytime from 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Keep in mind that there will be no staffing on our phone and email account outside of regular business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

I got kicked out of the essay and still have time left! What do I do?

Send an email to as soon as possible if you are still within your hour-long essay window and it is before the 10 p.m. deadline.

Time ran out before I could hit the submit button! Was my essay submitted?

Yes – essays are automatically submitted if you run up against the time limit.

If I start the proctored essay at 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time, will I get the full hour?

No. If you begin the essay at 9:30 p.m., you will have until 10 p.m. – the deadline for all essays to be completed – to write your essay.

Can I use scratch paper?

Yes, you may use scratch paper during the essay.

Can I compose my essay in a word processor and copy and paste it into Canvas?

No. Essays must be written directly in Canvas without the aid of grammar and spell checks.

Can I use extensions like Grammarly during the proctored essay?

No. Supplemental applications and extensions are not allowed during the proctored essay.