There are always more qualified applicants than space available in our nursing programs. Therefore, our process is competitive, and we have to deny admission to some students with good academic records.
All applications are holistically reviewed by program-specific admissions committees, comprised of faculty and staff. Committee members read applications prior to a committee meeting where all applicants are discussed.
Even when taking many factors into consideration, it is sometimes difficult to provide specific feedback on why a student has been denied admission. This section provides information that may help you better understand our decision-making factors and how you can strengthen your application in the future.
What is a “holistic review”?
We use an evaluative rather than a quantitative process in our admissions review. This means our decisions are based on more than simply which applicants have the highest grades.
We form an overall evaluation based on academic background and other factors, such as outside interests and activities, evidence of leadership and a sense of direction, and life experience.
We do not expect all students to excel across the board, but achievement in relevant academic areas or evidence of overcoming hardships can strengthen an application.
What it means to be on the waitlist
The UW School of Nursing (SoN) has extremely limited space in all degree programs. Competitive applicants who we do not have enough space to admit to a particular program or track will be offered a place on our waitlist.
Frequently, offers of admission are made to competitive applicants and for any reason, their plans may change or they decide to accept an offer from another school. If an admitted applicant forfeits their offer of admission, the SoN contacts the next person on the waitlist.
Unfortunately, because the SoN has no control over any individual’s plan to accept an offer of admission, there is no way to know if or when a space will open up for anyone who is waitlisted. There are many items to consider in addition to the instructions stated in your letter:
- The SoN makes offers from the waitlist until the last possible date where a prospective student can realistically meet compliance requirements necessary to begin the program. Sometimes, students are admitted off the waitlist all the way into the beginning of the quarter of matriculation.
- Waitlist lengths are limited to a number that is realistic in terms of how many spaces we think may open up any given year. In other words, we do not want to ‘tow anyone along.’ If you were offered a waitlist slot, the faculty believe there is a possibility that space may open up and you could be offered a spot in the program.
- If a space opens up for you, we contact you immediately by phone and by email. If you do not hear from us, you can assume that there is no space at this time. If your contact information has or will be changing from what you submitted in your application, make sure you let us know.
- Historically, there is no consistent pattern and thus, there is no way to predict exactly how a waitlist will run for a program or track. Some years, we go through the entire waitlist. Some years, only a few spots open up. It is rare that everyone who is made an offer of admission accepts it.
If not admitted/invited to the proctored essay
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) programs
Many factors contribute to why the admissions committee may have denied an applicant. Each applicant is scored and considered in relation to their competitiveness within the entire pool of applicants.
If you were not invited to the proctored essay
All ABSN applicants are expected to write the proctored essay.
Not all BSN applicants are invited to write the proctored essay. Applicants who did not receive an invitation are no longer being considered for that year’s admissions cycle.
All BSN applications receive a preliminary holistic review, which includes a review of an applicant’s:
- Overall academic record
- Personal statement
- Letter of recommendation
- Background and healthcare experience
Applicants invited to write the proctored essay will receive a second holistic review, which will include their responses to the proctored essay. Applicants who are invited to but do not attend the proctored essay are no longer considered for that admissions cycle.
If you were not admitted to the BSN/ABSN program
- The applicant did not meet minimum requirements. For example, an application was submitted despite not meeting stated prerequisite, grade, GPA, or application completion criteria. Or, if minimum requirements were met, it is possible that an applicant was denied based on a low ranking within the entire applicant pool.
- An applicant is considered an academic risk if they have repeated and/or withdrawn from several natural world courses in order to meet the minimum GPA requirement for the program. Or, there may not have been enough evidence that an applicant could adequately handle the rigorous workload. Though the applicant may have met the minimum requirement, a pattern of repeats, withdrawals, or inconsistent performance makes them less competitive within the context of the entire pool that applied at the same time.
- The applicant may have expressed minimal or less relevant healthcare experience in relation to their stated goals or in relation to the pool of overall applicants. Specifically, an applicant must clearly articulate a match between their experiences and goals as related to nursing. Please learn more about the hands-on healthcare experience requirement.
- The applicant did not clearly articulate how their background, experience, and goals have prepared them to succeed in the program and in the profession. For example, several applicants did not follow directions for how to format their resumes, and as a result, the admissions committee was unable to ascertain information about an applicant’s health experience, community service and involvement, leadership, and trainings and certifications. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide evidence in the application that they are a solid fit with the program and profession.
- The applicant submitted inconsistent or inappropriate essay responses between the personal statements and proctored essay by not indicating a clear line of thinking with supported rationale, evidence of critical thinking and self-reflection, and/or problem solving. Some applicants failed to respond to the actual essay prompts. The components of the application are designed to glean whether an applicant possesses the “Essential Qualifications of Candidates for Undergraduate Admissions, Continuance, and Graduation.”
- The applicant got all word problems on the proctored essay wrong.
- The overall presentation of the application did not indicate to reviewers a level of maturity, self-awareness, and/or self-reflection necessary to succeed in the program, which is academically and personally demanding.
This is not an exhaustive list, but does summarize and highlight the most common reasons for denial of admission. If you are considering applying to the program at a later date or if you seek more information about how your file was reviewed, we highly recommend that you attend and/or listen to an ABSN/BSN Information Session.
Additionally, we go over each application requirement with the aim of transparently informing applicants exactly how and why the admissions committee weighs an application fairly within an extremely competitive pool. Visit our information session web page to find ways to improve upon your application should you decide to reapply next year.
If you still have questions once you have reviewed all the information we have made available to you about your application, we invite further inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Washington's BSN program 2014
by Just_keep_swimming, BSN, RN
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- 0 Good morning!
So I'm going to try this whole process over again, as a repeat offender...I mean applicant for UW's BSN program 2014. I applied last year, made it through the proctored essay portion but was not accepted. After nursing (haha) my wounds w/ large amounts of ice cream, chocolate & such, I've recently found my mojo to try again. Anyone else re-applying or 1st time applying for 2014? I know it's extremely early in the game, but those deadlines come up faster than you think! I've saved all the tips applicants that have applied more than once and hope that 2nd time is the charm.
Anyone else out there getting ready for it? We got this
- I am thinking about it. I am doing my pre-reqs at SPSCC in Olympia, and I recently finished my CNA course. I started applying for jobs immediately after finishing the course just so I can get the experience required to apply for the program.
I will see how I feel this fall though once they update the website and I can go to an information session.
- Where did you go through to get your CNA. I'm trying to find a 3 week course, I have to take leave in order to attend, having a hard time finding one that short. The only one that I've seen so far is the Kamanga one in Des Moines.
- I did it through SPSCC. It's a pre-req for their nursing program here, so I just took it last quarter. I didn't even look into any other programs that are operated independently of the college.
- Oh ok I've looked into a couple so far, I just want to do everything I can to be a more qualified candidate, just hard with my AF job, but I'll figure it out somehow
- Last edit by anichka on Jul 20, '13A few people I work with went through Simmons and Holliday caregiver training courses but that would be hard for you unless you are able to take a whole month of leave.
I don't know if you have the time for it, but you might look into a fire station if you're interested in doing EMT-B. I am volunteer and they are putting me through the EMT course. I have to work once every 9 days. That involves spending the night at the station, basically. I think it's doable with a full-time job, and they are usually somewhat flexible with hours since you're a volunteer, after all!
Did you go to an info session last year?
- I sure did, and listened to them about 18 times, I feel that I probably didn't show them how dedicated I was to becoming a nurse since I didn't have any type of certifications, and only had around 139 hours for volunteering. I'm an aircraft mechanic, so those hours were my only experience. Plus I totally screwed myself on the proctored essay I may not get many more hours this year, but I'm hoping my CNA certification, plus the experiences I'll face when working as a CNA will help if I make it to the essay.
- I literally live right down the street from a fire house, I think I'll go check them out for volunteering as well, more perspective , right? Thank you so much!!
- I am going to try to go to one of the in-person info sessions this fall. I was excited to check the website today and see they've finally updated some stuff for the applications for 2014 (although not the info session dates just yet).
Do you know if a recommendation from an LPN would be acceptable? I know it says ideally an RN will write your recommendation.
- That's a good question, if possible, I would still try to get an RN to write it. From what I remember from last year, they made it a point, basically foot stomped it, to follow all directions to a T when it came to completing the applications & essays. They even listed it as one of the reasons why people weren't accepted into the program. If there's no way you can, I'd probably ask it during the info session you attend.
- Aug 24, '13 by JLoya, BSNHere is a bit of insider information... Rumor had it this year that this years applicants during the proctored essay were quite poor. MANY people didn't follow the explicit instructions they gave.
KNOW, KNOW, KNOW basic medication calculation problems. People didn't follow directions or simply sucked ass at basic math. I heard alot about this. Increased Cortisol levels or not, KNOW your basic math.
Another point made: Know how to spell and use proper grammar. I am completing my BSN this year and never re-applied. This might help you. My classmates and I made several points to follow in the last admission forum. Look through that for any other ideas to follow...
- If math was so important, why did they accept people in previous years that didn't finish their math portions? I agree, my essay sucked big time, and if allowed to take again, I know what to focus on this time around thanks to you & previous/current students, we truly appreciate the help!
- Aug 27, '13 by pdxapplicantHello fellow applicants! I am applying to the program for the first time and have a few questions about the prerequisite course checklist. Anyone else applying who didn't go to UW for undergrad? I have all the prereqs complete but they are listed under different course titles and I can't seem to get any answers when I call the school of nursing office. Any suggestions from previous applicants would be much appreciated! Also..can anyone tell me exactly what is to be included in the hard copy of the application versus the electronic copy. I see the checklist on the website but it doesn't really specify which are supplemental materials.
Thanks and good luck to everyone!