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Freshman Criteria

Incoming Freshmen-Direct Admission 30 Students Annually

  1. A new SAT scores of 1170 or above or an Old SAT score of 1100 or above, or an ACT score of 24 or above.
  2. A minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Three units of laboratory science selected from among biology, chemistry, and physics. The three units may include a second year of an an earlier course. For instance: biology, chemistry, and AP biology.
  4. Four units of college preparatory mathematics including algebra I, geometry, algebra II, and a math class for which algebra II is a prerequisite.

Direct Admission Freshmen Nursing majors will be advised by the Nursing Department Faculty and registered for the following courses:

Fall

  • BIO 116/117 Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professions with lab- 4 credits
  • MATH 110 General Statistics- 3 credits
  • PSY 100 General Psychology - 3 credits
  • First Year Experience - 3 credits
  • ENG 103 English Composition - 3 credits Total Credits = 16

Spring

  • BIO 118/119 Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professions II with lab - 4 credits
  • HLT/EXSC 105 Health and Wellness - 3 credits
  • CMST 111 Introduction to Communication - 3 credits
  • SOC 102 Introduction to Cultural Diversity - 3 credits
  • General Education Elective course - 3 credits
  • Total Credits = 16

Direct Admission Nursing majors will be required to complete the ten courses listed above and earn a grade of "B" or better in each course, and an overall cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better in order to progress in the nursing program.

Pre-Nursing Concentration

Prospective students seeking admission to the nursing program who have not met the requirements or admission as outlined in the criteria for direct freshmen admission into the program can be admitted as an pre-nursing concentration student provided that they meet the following criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. A minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. High school completion of three units of laboratory science with preference given to biology, chemistry, and physics.
  4. High school completion of three units of college preparatory mathematics that include algebra, geometry, and algebra II.

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

Fall

  • BIO 116/117 Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professions with lab - 4 creditsv
  • MATH 110 General Statistics - 3 credits
  • PSY 100 General Psychology - 3 credits
  • First Year Experience - 3 credits
  • ENG 103 English Composition - 3 credits Total Credits = 16

Spring

  • BIO 118/119 Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professions II with lab - 4 credits
  • HLT/EXSC 105 Health and Wellness- 3 credits
  • CMST 111 Introduction to Communication - 3 credits
  • SOC 102 Introduction to Cultural Diversity - 3 credits
  • General Education Elective Course - 3 credits Total Credits = 16

Pre-nursing concentration students are required to complete the ten courses listed above (32 credits) with a grade of "B" or better, and achieve a MINIMUM cumulative GPA of 3.25. The GPA of 3.25 is needed in order to be minimally qualified for consideration for admission into the nursing major.

Achieving a GPA of 3.25 does not guarantee a seat in the nursing program as seats are limited. The selection process will be driven by the top academic performance of students in the required courses and it is expected that a maximum of 30 students will be selected from the pre-nursing cohort.

Pre-nursing concentration students who do not meet the 3.25 GPA will be advised with selection into another major.

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, two letters of recommendation from professors at the college level who can speak of your academic performance in their class, and all college transcripts are to be submitted 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 Feb 1st. Admission is highly competitive and seat availability is limited.

Transferred Students: External and Post Baccalaureate

External applicants are only considered for fall admission into the Nursing program starting in the sophomore level of the curriculum and preference is given to applications who submit all required materials by April 1st. 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.
  3. Please visit transfer admissions which outlines the steps for admission into the nursing program and provides admission counselors contact information under the "Questions? Contact Us" tab