Undergraduate Programs

Declaring a Nursing Major

Admission to the freshman Nursing class at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is contingent upon successful completion of required high school courses at a level consistent with the University’s and the College of Nursing’s admissions standards. The College of Nursing administration (dean or designee) meets annually with the Office of University Admissions to review the criteria for admission. The primary criteria for admission are the high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores. The University of Massachusetts Amherst uses a holistic admissions review. Factors like personal experiences, strengths, and compatibility with the university are also considered.

Students must provide evidence of high school degree conferral as documented by official transcript, including translations and evaluations of non-English transcripts, as well as compliance with the immunization requirements specified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Applicants are notified about admissions decisions by the University's Undergraduate Admissions Office. More information about the admissions process is available on the Admissions website.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the College of Nursing is highly competitive, as we are limited by the availability of clinical placements for students. Acceptance to the University does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Major. The typical accepted student in the Nursing Major has a 4.1 GPA (weighted and recalculated), an average SAT score of 1360, and an average ACT score of 28. The approximate acceptance rate for Nursing applicants is 12%. 

We do not accept transfer or change-of-major students. There is no minor in Nursing. 

Application Deadlines

Early Action: November 1
Regular Decision (Freshman Fall Admission): January 15

Candidates must submit all materials by November 20 for Early Action and February 1 for Regular Decision.

Application Process

Students must follow instructions at the UMass Amherst Undergraduate Admissions site to apply through the Common Application. 

Students will be notified of their acceptance to the Nursing major by the University's Undergraduate Admissions Office.