Direct Admission

The Direct Admission program is available to high school seniors who plan to enroll as first-time freshmen at the University of Louisville and major in nursing. A limited number of spaces are reserved each academic year in the upper division portion of the BSN degree for this program. Students apply while enrolled in their senior year of high school and will be considered for a space based on the student's competitive application. The deadline to complete the application is November 15th. Students will be notified of their decision in December.


To be considered as a high school senior for guaranteed admission into upper division, an applicant must:

  • Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted).
  • Score of a minimum composite ACT of 25 or SAT 1200.
  • Score a minimum Math ACT sub-score of 25 or SAT MSS 590.
  • Have a first-time freshman application on file with UL and be admitted into the lower division of the nursing major.

Application Requirements:

  • An essay of 500 words or less describing your interest in a career in nursing.
  • Completion of the School of Nursing Direct Admit application (button link below).
  • Deadline is November 15th of student's senior year of high school.

To Maintain Direct Admission Status:

  • Accept a specific spring semester upper division start date. If an earlier start date is determined possible by the nursing academic advisor in the first semester of enrollment at UofL, a fall upper division semester may be approved by request.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative and program GPA of 3.0 each academic year of enrollment in lower division.
  • No repeats of required science or nursing courses: BIOL 102, CHEM 105, BIOL 257, BIOL 258, BIOL 260, BIOL 264, BIOL 261, and BIOL 265.
  • Must complete a minimum of 6 science lecture courses and labs, during freshman year of college: BIOL 102, CHEM 105, BIOL 257, BIOL 258, BIOL 260, and BIOL 264.

Apply in August