Students enter the program as freshmen with a major in nursing and do not need to reapply to enter the nursing sequence, which begins in the sophomore year. 

Candidates for admission to the School of Nursing will be evaluated by the criteria required for admission to the College of Liberal Arts, where the major emphasis is placed on academic achievement. For those applying as freshmen:

  • Fifteen academic units within the areas of English, foreign language, mathematics, laboratory science and social science.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average based on a 4.0 scale.
  • Results of the SAT-I or the ACT showing comparable aptitude.
  • Student activities.

In addition to the above, it is recommended that candidates for admission to the School of Nursing have a strong preparation in the sciences, and at a minimum should have completed, upon graduation from high school, one year each of biology, chemistry, algebra, and geometry.  It is highly recommended that students have three years of high school math, and, a science in the senior year.

“This summer I was selected to participate in a 10 week nursing externship at the Mayo Clinic. I worked on the Medical Oncology- Hospice unit and had the unique opportunity to see real life patients, nurse work flow, patient prioritization and other skills that I never could have had during a usual clinical experience. Instead of going to clinical once or twice a week, I woke up every day at 5:30 AM and worked Monday through Friday, 8 hour shifts. Instead of being assigned one patient, I worked alongside my assigned clinical coach RN who took on full patient loads. Before returning to IWU for my senior year I accepted a job as a future RN at the Mayo Clinic. When I accepted this position I knew exactly what I was getting myself into: I knew the floor, the people, the culture of the hospital, and its values and mission. It was essentially a 10 week job interview and I have never felt more prepared for a semester of school. Going out and succeeding in one of the top hospitals in the world helps me to reflect on the bigger picture when I’m struggling to study for a major nursing exam or balancing other responsibilities at school. I am confident of what nursing really is and it makes me excited to start my career. Something I am grateful for is the support from Illinois Wesleyan University throughout this externship experience. My professors were excited for me, Dr. Jarvis even took the time to give me a book about the history of the Mayo Clinic;  staff reached out to me over the summer to see how I was doing, and were excited to hear about my summer when I returned. The Hart Career Center asked to write an article about my experience. It is the support from IWU which has made this experience mean so much. What is a great experience--without having others to share and learn from it?”                                                 Julia Nykaza '17

Guidelines for assessing nursing skills for prospective students are outlined in the School of Nursing Student Handbook (pdf) in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Transfer Students

Prospective students wishing to transfer into the School of Nursing must meet transfer requirements.

Campus Visits

All students interested in applying to Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing are encouraged to schedule a campus and School of Nursing visit.  Campus visits may be arranged by contacting the Recruitment Coordinator, Ms. Kim Schultz, BSN, RN, at the School of Nursing or the  Admissions Office. To best learn about the opportunities for students at IWU, your visit should include time at the School of Nursing, a meeting with an Admission counselor, and a campus tour.  Please plan to arrive no later than 1PM if possible on weekdays.  Saturday visits are scheduled in the mornings, and School of Nursing staff are generally not available.  School of Nursing students welcome anyone coming to visit our nursing lab while on tour, and it is advised that you request this if here on a Saturday. 

Once students have applied, they are encouraged to return to campus to visit a nursing class and spend time with nursing students.  Nursing classes are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, beginning at 9AM.  Contact the Recruitment Coordinator to schedule a class visit.

Open House

Campus Open Houses are also an ideal way to visit the university and explore a major area of interest.  Faculty Open Houses allot a fair amount of time to individual majors, including nursing.  Along with receiving general university information, you will meet and talk with nursing students and faculty, plus tour our Garden Level nursing laboratory spaces in Stevenson Hall.

Campus Faculty Open Houses:    (General Campus Open House with School of Nursing Component)  

October 10, 2016, Faculty Open House

November 12, 2016, Faculty Open House/School of Nursing Open House (extended School of Nursing Component)

February 18, 2017, Faculty Open House