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Important FAQs


How difficult is it to get into the College of Nursing?

  • Nursing is one of the most competitive majors on campus.  You’ll want to stay on top of your academic studies from the first day!

How many people are accepted each semester?

  • On average, approximately 120 students apply for admission each cycle. Of these, 80 students are accepted.

What was the average GPA for acceptance into the College of Nursing?

  • The average College of Nursing GPA for acceptance varies based on the pool of applicants, but typically falls between 3.4 and 3.6.

What happens if I do not get in?

  • If you are determined to be a nurse, you may benefit from further guidance by making an appointment with your academic advisor and the Assistant Director of Student Academic Affairs in the College of Nursing. When selecting a competitive degree like nursing, it’s always a good idea to have a “Plan B.”  There are more ways to help people and/or to be in healthcare including other majors in allied health fields, health care management or other helping professions.  Students may also think about reapplying, changing majors (including several options in Biology), or adding a minor.

Is there a waiting list?

  • There is no waiting list.

If I don’t get in, do I need to reapply or does the College of Nursing keep my application?

  • Students not admitted in a given semester must submit a new written application in subsequent semesters to be considered for admission, including background search. Contact the Undergraduate Nursing Office for a special code with a reduced price. Entrance exam results taken previously must meet or exceed the current national norms as required by the College of Nursing.  Exam results must be attached to the application.  Exams can be repeated to improve the previous score.

How do I apply to the College of Nursing if I am a transfer student?

  • Transfer students seeking admission directly into the clinical major in the College of Nursing are eligible to apply either semester.  All transfer students must complete two applications.  Students must be accepted into UW Oshkosh prior to filling out the nursing application.  Please plan on extra time for the application to be processed.  A valid UWO ID and email address is required to complete the nursing application.   Transfer students must first apply to UW Oshkosh and attend a Transfer Day session.  Students will meet with a pre-nursing advisor on this day.

Will my credits transfer to UW Oshkosh?

  • Refer to the Transfer Admission Guidelines to identify course equivalents. All other college courses must be evaluated by UW Oshkosh Admission Office AFTER the University admission transfer application is submitted.

How do I apply for admission to UW Oshkosh College of Nursing if I am a transfer student?

  • You are not eligible for admission to the clinical component of the nursing major until you have been admitted to UW Oshkosh.  If you are not a current UW Oshkosh student, you must apply and be admitted to the University before you apply for admission to the clinical major.  This process is completed through the Admissions Office.   To apply for admission to the University, submit your application online. Submit the application and all necessary transcripts, test scores and the application fee (where applicable) to the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will notify you of the decision to accept or deny your admission to UW Oshkosh. Upon admission to the University, you must submit the $100 enrollment deposit and the class registration form to the Admissions Office.  Information on how to do so will be included with the letter of admission to the University.  Transfer credits will not be posted to your record until you submit the $100 deposit. In some cases the $100 fee may be waived by the admissions office. The College of Nursing cannot review your transfer credits until they are posted.  You cannot be considered for admission unless this is completed. If you have questions about the $100 enrollment deposit, please call the University’s Admissions Office at (920) 424-3164.  It is essential that this be completed a minimum of two weeks before the application due date. Following acceptance to UW Oshkosh, the College of Nursing application form is required to apply for admission to the clinical major if pre-requisite course work completed.  All application deadlines are upheld, therefore, we are not able to consider late applications.

When I am first applying to the University, do I need to forward or submit my transcripts to the College of Nursing in addition to submitting them to the admissions office?

  • No. Transcripts are accessible to the College of Nursing once they are posted. However, when you apply to the clinical major, you will be asked to attach your unofficial UW Oshkosh transcript or STAR report.

How do I know if I should be a nurse?

  • If you have a strong interest in helping others, have good communication skills and are a high achieving academic student with a strong aptitude in the sciences, nursing may be the career for you!  Working in health care as a CNA will help you to better determine if this is the right educational path.  Get involved in Oshkosh Nurses Association and/or Great Lakes American Assembly for Men in Nursing early in your curriculum so you can learn more about nursing specialties and meet other students. Networking with others in the College of Nursing will help you to sense if it is a good fit for your skills and abilities.