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At the University of Rochester School of Nursing, become a better clinician, educator, researcher, and leader.

Applying to the School of Nursing

We’re excited that you’re considering advancing your education and proud to show you why the University of Rochester School of Nursing should be your top choice for a rewarding and successful health care career. Whether you are brand new to nursing or pursuing an advanced degree, our academic programs are some of the best in the country and backed by expert faculty. 


Our vision

The University of Rochester School of Nursing employs a holistic application review process to identify curious, capable, and engaged students from across the globe.

We seek to understand each applicant’s academic strengths, life experiences, and ethical character to determine their potential to contribute to diverse learning environments and improve the health of individuals and communities.

We are a school that values equality of opportunity, diversity, inclusivity, and honest, respectful examination of ideas. We seek applicants who will champion these values as future clinicians, leaders, educators, and scholars, joining us in making the world ever better. Meliora!


Programs & certificates

Courses, degree and certificate pathways to pursue endless opportunities in nursing


Matriculated students

Average fall enrollment for all programs over academic years 2018-2022


Graduates in 2022

1,610 total degrees and certificates awarded over academic years 2018-2022



Number of students from underrepresented groups in nursing over last 5 years


Start your application

The UR School of Nursing admits students for multiple enrollment cycles each year. Applicants to degree programs are required to assemble and submit a complete application to the Admissions Office by 11:59 p.m. ET on the deadline

Only complete application files received by the deadline will be considered for admission. Applications that are received after a deadline or that are incomplete may be rolled over to the next appropriate deadline by applicant request.

Application requirements

Program Semester Application Opens Application Deadline

Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing (ABSN) Programs



March 16

July 1


(12 & 24-Month)

July 16

Nov. 1



Nov. 16

March 1

Accelerated Master's Program

Spring March 16 July 1
Summer July 16 Nov. 1

RN-BS Program

Spring July 16 Nov. 1
Summer Nov. 16 March 1
Fall March 16 July 1

Master's Programs, Advanced Certificates, DNP Program

Spring May 1 Sept. 15
Summer October 1 Jan. 15
Fall Feb. 1 April 15
PhD Program Fall Priority consideration
given to applications
received earliest
Jan. 15 (priority deadline)
March 1 (final deadline for international applicants)
July 1 (final deadline for US applicants)


Attend an event

We host a full schedule of events and webinars so you can take a closer look at what the UR School of Nursing has to offer.

Attend a virtual info session or application workshop, join us on-campus for an open house, take a tour, or meet with a dedicated Admissions representative to learn more about our school, our programs, and the UR School of Nursing experience.

Events & webinars


Take an inside look

At the University of Rochester School of Nursing, you'll find innovative teaching and research; supportive faculty who are top-ranked educators, researchers, and practitioners; and student-centered programs designed to meet your needs. 

Our partnership with a leading academic medical center offers world-class clinical facilities with an intimate classroom setting right across the street for vibrant student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction.

Take our virtual tour, schedule a visit, and learn what it means to be a UR Nursing student. See yourself here.

Schedule your visit

Discover your pathway

Discover your pathway

A degree from the University of Rochester School of Nursing prepares you as a different kind of nurse — one who has completed a rigorous and cutting-edge program and is well-equipped for what health care is today, and what it will be tomorrow. Whichever program you choose, our student-centered approach helps you do it on your terms, with the support you need to succeed.

Academic programs
Take a course

Take a course

If you are considering applying for a degree program, one of the best ways to experience our quality education is to take a course with us. Registering as a non-matriculated student gives you the opportunity to get a feel for our programs or complete coursework before you are admitted. See recommended courses and our upcoming course schedule.

Non-matriculated courses
International applicants

International applicants

Join our vibrant global community, and see all that Rochester has to offer. Our students come from around the world to experience our top-ranked programs and research opportunities at a leading academic medical center. We are here to provide guidance and support throughout the application process and as you settle into your academic program.

International applicants


Financing your education

We believe every student should have access to a UR School of Nursing education. We provide scholarships, grants, and other aid opportunities to serve a diverse student population from all backgrounds. These include:

  • UR Nursing Scholars Program
  • SON Tuition Grant
  • Finger Lakes Regional Scholarship
  • Affiliate Professional Development Grant
  • Patrick P. Lee Foundation Scholarship
  • Other merit-based scholarships
  • Veteran resources
  • Federal aid and other resources

Financial aid & scholarships


Frequently asked questions

Curious about common application or program questions? Need more in-depth information before contacting Admissions? Check out some of our frequently asked questions to learn more about our academic programs, scholarship opportunities, financial aid, and application process.

Read our program FAQs

We offer over 30 program pathways, providing a range of degree, post-degree, and certificate options so you can pursue endless opportunities in nursing. Our students come from various academic and professional backgrounds — to meet their diverse needs and career goals, we offer various bachelor's, master's, and doctoral-level programs, advanced certificates, continuing education, and non-matriculated course options. 

Learn more about our academic programs

Each of our programs has specific admission requirements, including eligibility criteria, deadlines, and application elements or materials.

Since application requirements vary by degree program, we recommend you visit the individual academic program page to review the application and admission requirements for your specific program.

Learn more about general application materials and requirements

Our admissions team is here and happy to answer your questions about our school, academic programs, admissions requirements, or financial aid. You can:


The School of Nursing has a self-managed online application

Applicants to degree programs are required to assemble and submit a complete application to the Admissions Office by midnight of the deadline. Applicants interested in registering for a non-matriculated course need to register using a different application process.

Only those completed application files received by the deadline will be considered for admission. Applications that are received after a deadline or that are incomplete may be rolled over to the next appropriate deadline by applicant request.

Learn more about applying

Start an application

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 page.

Many of our programs require clinical experience and/or licensure, especially those at the graduate level, but not all do. For instance, our Accelerated Bachelor’s program does not require any previous clinical experience, and our Leadership in Health Care Systems program (MS) requires only one year of experience in the health care industry, not necessarily from a clinical discipline. Please refer to specific eligibility and program requirements for your program of interest.

Official materials are documents or materials that are produced and sent directly to the UR School of Nursing or through our application platform by an official source.

For instance, official transcripts include the seal and signature of the registrar's office, and must be sent directly from the original institution either as a physical transcript in a sealed envelope, or as an electronic file emailed directly from the school. Official references must be received directly from the reference writer through our application system. To learn more about admission requirements and application materials, visit our How to Apply page.

While some applicants choose to submit their online application and materials at the same time, you may submit your application and materials in any order, and at any time, before the deadline. Materials can be sent following the submission of your application; however, your application file will not be considered complete until both your online application and all required materials are received.

Please keep in mind that the program deadline signifies both the date by which to submit your application, as well as to submit all of your required supplemental materials.

After you submit your online application, you will be able to view your applicant portal and access details regarding the status of your file. From your applicant portal, you will be able to directly upload select materials, such as your resume or writing sample (if applicable), and see which materials we have received or are still awaiting. 

Connect with us

Our admissions team is here and happy to answer your questions about our school, academic programs, admissions requirements, or financial aid.

Contact us at or (585) 275-2375.

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