San Diego State University

High School Graduates (Direct Admission)

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The primary route for admission to the Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing program is via direct admission from high school. The Nursing program can be completed in four academic years, preparing the graduate to sit for state licensure as a registered nurse (RN).  As an impacted program, admission to the Nursing major is highly selective.

In the 2014-2015 academic year, the School of Nursing initiated a new admissions process and curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.  Freshman applicants must apply to San Diego State University via Cal State Apply and select “Nursing (BS)” as their intended major at the time of application.  Incoming Freshman applicants are admitted directly to the School of Nursing to accommodate the new four-year, 120-unit curriculum.

IMPORTANT!  Given the structure of the new admissions process and change in curriculum, it is not possible for students admitted to SDSU as Undeclared, or under another major, to change their major to Nursing during their tenure at SDSU.


Admission Standards for High School Graduates (Direct Admission)

Admission to the School of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing program is highly selective.  Applicants will be ranked for admission by the Office of Admissions using GPA and SAT/ACT scores.  Students will be admitted to the School of Nursing according to rank and the number of positions available.  Additional information about ranking and admissions process for Freshman can be accessed on the Office of Admissions website.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in A – G coursework
  • Minimum grades of B in Intermediate Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry with lab courses. If AP or IB level courses were taken in these areas, applicants must have earned a minimum grade of B.
  • SAT Critical Reading and Mathematics (old version) -or- SAT Evidenced Based Reading and Mathematics (new version) -or- ACT English and Mathematics.

Note: Freshman admitted to the BSN program are not coded as Nursing majors until they successfully complete BIOL 211/211L, BIOL 212, BIOL 261, CHEM 102, Statistics 250, COMM 103, RWS 100, and RWS 200 with the minimum required grades (B- or above for all Biology courses, C or above for all others)

Application Process for Entering Freshmen Application Due Dates

Application Due Dates:

  Cal State Apply Application Due
Fall 2017 Admission Oct. 1 – Nov. 30, 2016

Fall 2017 Freshman Applicants must apply to San Diego State University via Cal State Apply as a “Nursing (BS)” major:

Submit Cal State Apply Application

Applications to SDSU are made via Cal State Apply. Application to the Cal State Apply system initiates your SDSU Web Portal account. Check your account to keep abreast of important dates and deadlines to submit official transcripts and other important documents to the Office of Admissions.

All application deadlines are firm and final. The School of Nursing WILL NOT grant deadline extensions under any circumstance. If your application is submitted after the deadline, you will not be considered for admission.


All admissions related questions (i.e., application dates and deadlines, eligibility index inquiries, admissions criteria including minimum grade requirements and college entrance exam scores, AP/IB credits, transcript information, ranking methodology) should be directed to the SDSU Prospective Student Center at or 619-594-6336.

Additional questions regarding the Nursing program can be directed to the School of Nursing Student Services Advisor, Jason Ramirez, at




last updated: October 03, 2016