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Applying

Entrance into nursing school is a competitive process. While requirements vary from school to school, qualified applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, as well as a 3.0 average in the required science coursework. As always, it is a good idea to review each school's profile to determine what the minimum requirements are for entry.

Application Requirements

Each school will vary with what the specifically require to apply to their program, but the following is a list of common components of the application process:

  • Letters of Recommendation – Written by faculty members, schools may require 2-3 letters on your behalf. Ideally these letters should come from faculty who know you well and with whom you have done well in their courses.
  • Essay – Most schools will require to write an essay regarding your interest in nursing school and the field of nursing. Some schools may even have specific questions for you to answer.
  • Entrance Exams – Some schools require exams such as the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

Additional Resources

For information on specific schools requirements, please visit the individual school website. For additional information regarding Nursing, please visit the following websites:

Students interested in Nursing are also encouraged to join the Pre-Nursing Society (PNS), which offers programs and workshops throughout the the year. To join the PNS, students can log into myUMBC and join the Pre-Nursing Society community.

Nursing Schools in Maryland

UMBC students apply to nursing schools all over the region, but many choose schools in the Baltimore area. Below you will find a list of the most popular schools our students apply to, and some basic information about their application process. For more detailed information, make sure to contact the individual school.

School Semester Start Types of Programs Application Deadlines Minimum GPA
Bowie State University FallAccelerated BSN*,
Traditional BSN
Accelerated – Feb 1
Traditional – April 6
Accelerated – 3.0
Traditional – Overall 2.75 & 2.5 Science
Johns Hopkins University FallAccelerated BSN** Accelerated – Nov 15
Traditional – Jan 15
Accelerated – Not Specified (˜3.0 recommended)
Traditional – Not Specified (˜3.0 recommended)
Stevenson University Fall Traditional BSN Feb 15 Overall & Science 3.0
Towson University Fall & Spring Traditional BSN Fall – Jan 15
Spring – Aug 15
Overall 3.0
University of Maryland, School of Nursing Fall & Spring Traditional BSN,
Accelerated CNL
Fall – Feb 1
Spring – Sept 1
Overall 3.0

* Does not require a Bachelor's Degree
** Requires a Bachelor's Degree (not in nursing) to apply