Application Requirements


While the College of Nursing does not admit first year students directly into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, applicants seeking admission into the UIC as freshmen are encouraged to apply to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) as an undeclared major. In doing so, you will indicate pre-nursing as your educational goal in the undergraduate application. With a pre-nursing educational goal, you will receive advising from a staff of pre-health advisors in LAS for completion of the nursing prerequisite course work. 


If you are an academically talented high school student and planning to apply as a freshman to UIC, you should also consider applying for the Guaranteed Professional Programs Admission (GPPA) program. Admission into the GPPA program guarantees you admission into the College of Nursing in your junior year. Students admitted in to GPPA, are still required to complete all nursing prerequisite course work and maintain all GPPA required academic standards prior to beginning the nursing course work (junior year). 

Admission into the GPPA program is competitive. The most successful candidates to the GPPA program will meet the following criteria:

  • ACT score of 28 or higher (or SAT score of 1240 or higher)
  • Rank in the top 15% of their high school class

For more information on how to apply to the GPPA program, admission requirements, and applicable application deadlines, please visit the GPPA website.


Application Deadline: January 15th

Admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program occurs during the fall semester only.

Admission into the BSN program is competitive.  For full consideration, the following minimum admission criteria must be met*:

  1. 2.75/4.00 cumulative transfer GPA
  2. 2.50/4.00 natural science GPA
  3. Completion of three of the five prerequisite science courses (by the application deadline: January 15th)

Additional documentation may be required for International applicants. Please visit the Office of Admissions International Student Admission Requirements page for details. 

*Important notes:

  • Meeting the above minimum admission criteria will result in a review of your completed application but is not a guarantee of admission.
  • An application for admission may be submitted while course work is in progress. However, all prerequisite course work must be complete by the end of the Spring semester with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  • The five prerequisite science courses must have been completed within seven years of starting the BSN program.
  • An applicant must have all BSN prerequisite courses completed by the end of the Spring semester before the start of the program.
  • Selected applicants may be called in to interview with faculty, after the application deadline. Only applicants who meet the minimum application requirements, and complete the entire application process before the application deadline of January 15th, will be contacted for an interview.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses can be completed at any accredited college or university (including community colleges). 

The UIC’s Office of Admissions offers individual pre-admission counseling appointments to transfer students who may have questions regarding the application and transferability of courses. Please call 312.996.4350 to schedule an individual appointment with an Admissions Counselor.

If courses are taken outside of UIC then use Transferology to determine equivalencies.  If you are unsure about whether or not a class is transferable, please contact Michael Behlke at



General Chemistry (lab required)

4-5 hours

Organic / Bio Chemistry (lab required)

3-5 hours

Anatomy & Physiology I, II (lab required)

8-10 hours


3-5 hours


Lifespan Development

3 hours


3-4 hours

Human Nutrition

2-3 hours

Upper Division Elective**

3 hours




English Composition I, II

6 hours

Understanding the Past*

3 hours

Understanding the Creative Arts*

3 hours

Exploring World Cultures*

3 hours

Individual & Society (Introduction to Psychology)

3 hours

United States Society (Introduction to Sociology)

3 hours

Total Minimum Hours

57 hours


* UIC students can consult the UIC Catalog for approved courses in each category.  Non-UIC, please see Transfer Tool Information below.

** Upper Division Elective: Students may choose a course from one of these categories: physical sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, social sciences, fine arts, performing arts, or humanities. Must transfer to UIC as a 200 level (or higher) course. Though the requirement may be completed after entry to the program, it is very highly recommended that students complete an upper division elective with other pre-requisite courses prior to enrollment.

*** The number of elective hours will vary according to the number needed to total 57 credit hours after all prerequisite requirements have been met.

Transfer Tool

Please utilize Transferology – an online tool that will help you view program requirements, course equivalencies, and see how courses you have taken or plan to take transfer to UIC and the College of Nursing.