The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Undergraduate Program

Nursing Major Admissions

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 all admissions standards.The dean or designee of the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing 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.

Beginning with the spring 2021 term and continuing for each spring and fall term through spring 2023, we are making standardized tests optional for first-year entering applicants.

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 Undergraduate Admissions website.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the Nursing Major 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.

Note: The University of Massachusetts Amherst does not defer admission decisions for students who are unable to attend during the admitted entering term indicated on the offer letter. If you are unable to attend at this time, but wish to enroll for a future term, you will need to file a new application and meet all requirements and deadlines for that term. If you believe you have extenuating circumstances, please see important information for entering first-year students on the Undergraduate Admissions website.