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FAQ: Academic Programs and How to Apply

We have outlined common questions about our academic programs, application process, scholarship opportunities, and financial aid. If you have further questions, please connect with us by emailing or calling (585) 275-2375. For more information about our Accelerated Bachelor's Program, visit the FAQ webpage.

Academic Programs FAQ

Yes, there is the possibility to live on campus. Students have also found rental housing in close proximity to the School of Nursing in the City of Rochester, and surrounding area. For more information please visit our Residential Life page.

Since the University of Rochester is a private institution, tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. For tuition information, please visit our  Tuition and Fees page.

Yes, we offer programs in a variety of formats to meet the needs of busy working professionals and distance students. Program formats include online with occasional on-campus intensives, hybrid online with a mix of face-to-face and online activities, and traditional face-to-face instruction.

Regardless of the format, all programs and courses are designed to provide rich a meaningful interaction between students and faculty. To find out more about online and hybrid program offerings, please visit the Online Programs and Courses section of our website.

Unfortunately, no. The School of Nursing requires that students have an associates degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in another area, at minimum, to apply to one of our undergraduate programs. The one exception is that we have a Dual Degree in Nursing program for high school seniors who wish to pursue a non-nursing bachelor’s degree in addition to a nursing degree.

Matriculated: By submitting a matriculated student application, you are seeking admission to the University of Rochester School of Nursing to complete courses toward a degree or post-master's certificate program.

  • Baccalaureate
  • Master's
  • Post-Master's Certificate
  • Doctoral


  • RN First Assistant Course
  • Legal Nurse Consultant Course

Other Non-Matriculated courses include: Medical Terminology, Care Management Education Program, Fast Track Online Prerequisite courses, and Non-Matriculated Course registration. To register for these courses, please visit our Center for Lifelong Learning.

By registering for a non-matriculated course, you are not seeking admission into a program or certificate program, although you may choose to do so in the future. Courses taken as a non-matriculated student may be applied to a degree or matriculated program at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. (The number of non-matriculated credits able to be transferred into a matriculated program is limited.)

Yes, most of our programs are tailored to working professionals and are designed for students to work full-time if they wish (part time, hybrid programs offer a flexible format with some online coursework).

However, there are a few exceptions. The Accelerated Programs for Non-Nurses are very rigorous, and we strongly suggest that students do not work since students are often more successful while enrolled if they are not employed. The intensity and rigor of the MS-PhD Dual Degree and PhD programs require full-time effort. 

Yes. The School of Nursing provides all preceptors to students for clinical practice, except for students in the RN First Assistant course.

No, we do not offer an LPN program.

Some programs offered through our Center for Lifelong Learning may be appropriate for some LPN’s. Visit the  Center for Lifelong Learning webpage for more information on health care career development courses.

The School of Nursing’s Center for Lifelong Learning provides a variety of opportunities for nurses and other health care professionals to learn new skills and explore new career roles and responsibilities, including: online prerequisite courses, the RN First Assistant course, Legal Nurse Consultant course, and Care Management Education program. Explore these and other continuing education opportunities at the Center for Lifelong Learning webpage.

Yes. We offer:


Application-Related Questions

After you submit your online application, you will be able to view your application portal which will provide a lot of insight as to the status of your record. You will be able to upload select materials directly in your portal, such as your resume, or writing sample (if applicable). You will also be able to see whether we have received your materials. If you have submitted materials that are not listed as received, please reach out to our   Admissions Office. It is most helpful for us if you are able to verify where your materials were submitted/mailed, the method of submission, as well as the date they were requested/submitted or any other confirmation information you may have.

No, you do not need to have all supplemental materials in order to submit your application. Additional app requirements can be sent in following the submission of your application. Please note, if you are applying to a program that has a deadline, the deadline signifies both the deadline to submit your application, as well as to submit all of your required supplemental materials.

No, we do not currently require the GRE for admission to the School of Nursing. 

If you have an extenuating circumstance, or concern regarding your official transcripts, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Admissions Office at (585) 275-2375.

Students are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office to set up visits or to answer questions about applying. Schedule a one-on-one virtual visit with our Admissions Counselors. The Admissions Office can be contacted through email at or phone at (585) 275-2375. The School of Nursing’s program directors are great resources as well. Program directors’ information can be found on the faculty pages of the website.

Yes, students often enroll in a course as a non-matriculated student to get a feel for the program before officially applying. For more information and courses related to your program of interest please visit the Non-Matriculated Courses & Registration page.


The federal school code for students applying for federal loans through FAFSA is 002894.

Each of our different programs has different deadlines and start dates throughout the year.

The International Applicants page on the School of Nursing’s website is the best place to find these specific School of Nursing academic answers. Also, international students can contact the University of Rochester’s International Services Office (ISO) for information on visas, employment, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, as well as general information on relocating and health care.

Some programs require clinical experience. The Accelerated Bachelor’s program does not require previous clinical experience, although some exposure to hands-on care is highly recommended. More information on specific program requirements is listed on individual program pages, which you can access  here.

No, references must be received directly from the reference writer to be considered official in review. Applicants can submit electronically through the app system (occurs automatically when you send a reference). If you have any questions regarding reference submission, please reach out to the Admissions Office at (585) 275-2375, or

No. Submit your online application anytime on or before the deadline. Materials must be received by/postmarked by the deadline.

Most programs require a $50 application fee, except for the RN to BS program. (For RNFA application fee, refer to  RN First Assistant webpage).

We waive the application fee for students who:

  • attended an info session 
  • graduated from the UR School of Nursing
  • graduated from a school we are affiliated with through an articulation agreement (GCC, FLCC, MCC)
  • graduated from a school with which we offer an early admission option (Wells, HWS, Spelman) 
  • are an active duty military person
  • are a veteran
  • identify as a McNair Scholar
  • work at the New York State Office of Mental Health


Useful Links

SON Programs

Financial Aid Office Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses
Admissions Office Accelerated Master's Program for Non-Nurses
Student Support RN to BS Program
Residential Life RN to BS to MS Program
International Applicants Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program (AGACNP)
International Services Office Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program (AGPCNP)
Student Organizations Family Nurse Practitioner program
Registering for Courses Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program
Directions to SON Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program
History of SON Pediatric/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program
Research Opportunities Clinical Nurse Leader program (MS)
Diversity Leadership in Health Care Systems (MS)
Online Application Master's in Nursing Education program (MS)
Admissions Events & Open Houses Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Rochester, NY area PhD in Nursing and Health Science
SON Alumni