Application availability and deadline

Applications for the 2021 BSN cohort are now closed. We anticipate that applications for BSN 2022 will launch in October 2021. The application deadline will be 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on January 15, 2022 to begin study the following autumn.

Apply to UW Seattle

If you are not currently a student at the University of Washington Seattle campus, you will need to apply to the UW as a transfer or post-baccalaureate applicant to begin Autumn 2021. Applications are due February 15, 2021.

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Save the date for the proctored essay

Following the application deadline, all BSN applicants must complete an online proctored essay. We will post more details here as they become available.

The proctored essay is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27, 2021. 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.

Minimum requirements

Tips for a successful essay

  1. Download the Chrome browser and Proctorio extensions in advance of the essay date
  2. Complete the pre-test ideally before the day of the proctored essay; you will receive a link for this after the application deadline
  3. Restart your computer before taking the essay; this resolves most of the problems applicants have
  4. Make sure no one else will enter the room or disturb you while you write the essay
  5. Have a photo ID ready for the ID check (e.g., driver’s license, passport, school ID, military ID)
  6. Contact immediately if you encounter any issues during the essay
  7. Click the Submit button only when you are ready to submit your essay; you cannot go back into an essay that has been submitted, even if you have time remaining

Proctored essay FAQs

What is on the proctored essay?

During the proctored essay, you will respond to one essay prompt and answer three math problems.

Will we get the prompt ahead of time?

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

What type of math problems are on the test?

The math problems are like those featured on the NCLEX exam prep. If you do an online search for “drug dosage calculations,” you will have a good idea of what to expect.

Another useful resource is for practice questions.

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.

Can I use scratch paper?


Can I use a calculator?

No. Use of calculators and phones is not allowed during the proctored essay.

How much time should I spend writing the essay?

The time you spend completing the essay response and math problems varies from applicant to applicant. There is no set time you should spend on either, other than making sure you complete everything within one hour.

When can I complete the proctored essay?

You can complete the online proctored essay anytime from 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Keep in mind that there will be limited staffing on our phone and email account outside of regular business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

It asks for an access code. Where is this?

Restart your computer and log back in to the system. It should give you an option to “Take with Proctorio” and not ask for a code.

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 11:59 p.m. deadline.

Will the system flag head movements as suspicious if I am using scratch paper?


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 11:30 p.m. Pacific Time, will I get the full hour?

No. If you begin the essay at 11:30 p.m., you will have until 11:59 p.m. – the deadline for all essays to be completed – to write your essay.

Can I use extensions like Grammarly during the proctored essay?

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