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Transfer Admission Criteria for Internal Students

Current ESU students (internal) seeking admission as a Nursing major will submit a letter addressed to the Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee indicating their interest in the Nursing program for the next fall semester and all college transcripts directly to the Nursing Department by February 1st. The Nursing Department is located in DeNike 202.

Current ESU students interested in being admitted into the Nursing major in the fall of their sophomore year, must have at least 30 college credits, an overall college GPA of 3.25 or better, and the following specific college courses completed with a grade of “B” or better by the end of their spring semester:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with related labs
  • English Composition
  • General Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Cultural Diversity
  • Speech Communication

Applicants are considered for fall admission only into the Nursing major, and preference is given to applications who submit all required materials by May 1st Admission is highly competitive and seat availability is limited.

Transferred Students: External and Post Baccalaureate

Applicants are considered for fall admission only into the Nursing major, and preference is given to applications who submit all required materials by May 1Letst Admission is highly competitive and seat availability is limited.

Students interested in transferring directly into the Nursing program in the fall of their sophomore year, must have at least 30 college credits, present an overall college GPA of 3.25 or better, and the specific college courses completed with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with related labs
  • English Composition
  • General Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Cultural Diversity
  • Speech Communication

Applicants must also provide official college transcripts, two letters of recommendation from professors whom the student had in class at the college level, and a letter of intent indicating why the student wants to pursue the nursing profession.

  1. Letters should be addressed to the Admissions, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee.
  2. Transcripts and letters should be sent to the Associate Director for Transfer Admission, Walt Lukow, who can be reached at (570) 422-3110, wlukow@esu.edu or by mail at East Stroudsburg University, Office of Admission, 200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Please provide your full name and contact information.

The final deadline for completed applications is May 27th.

Pre-Nursing Admission Criteria

Perspective students seeking admission to the nursing program who have not met the requirements for admission outlined will be admitted as Pre-Nursing students provided that they meet the following criteria.

A NEW SAT score of 1040 or above or an Old SAT score of 960 or above or an ACT score of 22 and above.

A minimum cumulative high GPA fo 3.20 or a 4.00 scale.

Freshman applicants who meet or exceed the above criteria will be admitted under the “Pre-Nursing” concentration.

“Pre-nursing” freshmen will be advised by faculty within the Department of Academic Enrichment and Learning and registered for the following courses:

  • 4 credits - BIO 117 Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professions with lab
  • 3 credits - MATH 110 General Statistics
  • 3 credits - PSY 100 General Psychology
  • 3 credits - First Year Experience
  • 3 credits - ENG 103 English Composition - (A critical reading/verbal SAT score of 480 or above to take this course) Total Credits= 16

Pre-nursing students will in their freshman year be required to complete the ten courses listed above (32 credits) with a grade of “B” or better in each of the above courses present a minimum cumulative ESU GPA of 3.25 in order to mbe minimally qualified for admission to the Nursing major.

Pre-nursing” students who do not meet the 3.25 GPA will be advised into other majors.

After the first semester, those Pre-nursing students with a GPA of 3.25 or above will be admitted into the Nursing program. Acceptance into the nursing program is contingent upon the student maintaining an overall GPA of 3.25 or above in their spring semester courses which include BIO 119 Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professions II with lab and other general education courses.