Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program

About the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program

The Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program is a unique program that identifies students for entry into the School of Nursing at the point of freshman admission. The Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program is the primary path to enrollment in the University's School of Nursing.

What is the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program?

Students selected for the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program begin their studies in the College of Liberal Arts while receiving guidance and mentoring from the School of Nursing. Students are expected to meet grade and course expectations of the first year and are then guaranteed transfer admission to the School of Nursing to complete their sophomore through senior years.

How do I apply for the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program?

  1. Submit your freshman admission application and select "Nursing" for your first-choice major.
  2. Submit your Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program supplemental application to the Office of Admissions.

To be considered for the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program, you must submit your application for admission, Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program supplemental application, and all required supporting materials by November 1, 2016. Additional details about selection are included below.

Why does the University of Minnesota offer a Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program?

Our unique Freshman Nursing Guarantee program demonstrates the University's continued commitment as a leader in nursing education. This program ensures that students are prepared to begin their nursing studies in their second year of University study. The program is highly selective. Due to lab space needs and competitiveness of clinical placements, the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program is very highly selective.

Participants work directly with faculty and advisers in the School of Nursing during their freshman year. Close interaction with our faculty and advisers during this important first year of University study facilitates students' successful transition into the nursing program beginning the sophomore year.

What factors do you consider when selecting students for participation in the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program?

Admission to the University of Minnesota is competitive, and admission to the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program is particularly competitive. The competitiveness of admission each year is based on the number of applications received, the academic qualifications of the applicants, and the number of spaces available. For fall 2016, the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program had 108 spaces. For those spaces, 2,499 students applied and 318 (13 percent) were admitted. The middle 50 percent of applicants who were selected for fall 2016 had high school class ranks in the 89th to 98th percentiles and ACT scores of 28 to 31. Successful applicants typically had 'A' grades in their college preparatory coursework, and additionally, extensive leadership and school and community engagement. To learn more about the students admitted to the each of the University's freshman-admitting colleges for fall 2016, see the academic profile of fall 2016 admitted freshman applicants.

Admission decisions are based on a very careful, overall assessment of each student's academic preparation and performance, as well as the additional information provided in the application. For a complete list of factors that we consider when we make and admission decision, see our admission decision overview.

If I am not selected for the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program, may I transfer into nursing after enrolling in another program?

The Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program is the primary path to enrollment in the University's School of Nursing. Students not selected for the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program are encouraged to pursue another area of undergraduate study as preparation for a master of nursing (M.N.). The M.N. provides students with another pathway to the School of Nursing, as space in the School of Nursing is limited and selection for the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program is highly selective.

How can I learn more about the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program?

Contact the Office of Admissions to speak with an admissions counselor, or join us for a campus visit. Health Sciences and Nursing visits are offered on Mondays and Fridays.

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