Students are admitted to the four-year BSN program for the fall semester each academic year.
When you apply to the program, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions conducts a preliminary review to determine your general admissibility to the University. If you are a potential candidate for admission, your application is then forwarded to the School of Nursing Admissions Committee for final review and a decision on admission to the major.
We consider a number of factors in reviewing applications for admission. These factors include your academic performance in high school – particularly your high school GPA and course rigor. Applicants for admission are expected to complete a minimum of 16 units of college-preparatory coursework as follows:
- 4 units of English
- 3 units of mathematics (including algebra, geometry, and algebra II)
- 2 units of the same foreign language
- 2 units of a laboratory science
- 2 units of social sciences
- 3 additional units in any of the subject areas above
Students are recognized in the admissions process for pursuing a challenging curriculum beyond the minimum required, including, for example:
- Mathematics beyond algebra II
- Laboratory science beyond chemistry
- A third or fourth year of a foreign language
- Advanced Placement courses
- Honors courses
Other factors considered in the review process include:
- Two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors or employers
- A well-written, thoughtful personal statement
- Demonstration of extra-curricular activities such as community service, leadership in student organizations, athletics, performance and artistic activities
- Experiences related to the health care field
Each application for admission to Montclair State University is reviewed individually. Decisions are made within the context of the whole applicant pool and the number of places available for the incoming class.
Prior to beginning clinical practica, all students are required to successfully pass a criminal background check and urine toxicology screening, which is performed by an external agency. Reports are sent confidentially to the School of Nursing. Fees will apply.