Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program

As a high school student interested in attending the School of Nursing, you can apply to the Freshman Nursing Guarantee program to begin your nursing major after your freshman year.

Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program

Getting started

Applicants wishing to complete a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree on the U of M Twin Cities campus can do so only through their admission to the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program. Given demand for this program, admission is highly competitive.  To be considered, students must submit both their complete application for freshman admissions (Available Aug 1), scholarships and the University Honors Program by November 1, 2018, and also the nursing supplemental application also by November 1. More information on the Freshmen Nursing Guarante program admission requirements can be found on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions webpage

What makes our program distinct?

Students learn in a state-of-the-art simulation center completed in 2013 that gives them the opportunity to practice using the latest equipment and learn from faculty who are practicing in the field.

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is centrally located on the Twin Cities campus and is part of the Academic Health Center, which includes the Medical School, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, School of Dentistry, College of Veterinary Medicine and other centers and health programs.

Get hands-on experience with the latest equipment at our simulation center

As a nursing student, you will participate in classes and activities that build your capacity to work effectively with other members of the health care team including pharmacists, physicians and therapists to improve patient care and coordination.

The school collaborates with a diversity of premier hospitals, specialty clinics and community clinics to place students in settings where you can interact with patients, gain knowledge and receive continuous feedback from experienced professionals. Additionally, by learning and living on a major research university campus, you will have opportunities to assist faculty with conducting important research.

Students interested in a pursuing a particular health care focus, such as pediatrics or public health, can learn about the possibilities from faculty who lead nationally in their fields. Those interested in graduate study may also explore their interests right here.

Length and commitment: Four years

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a four-year degree program that includes one year of prerequisite courses and three years of sequenced nursing courses and placements in clinical settings.

The BSN curriculum plan is full time during fall and spring semesters, but does not include summer semester coursework.

The majority of your coursework will be Monday through Friday during the day with the possibility of an evening course. However, your clinical/practicum experiences could occur during the day, evening, early morning, nights, or on weekends. Providing your own transportation is highly encouraged during the practicum experiences as many of the locations are not accessible via public transportation.

    Dates & deadlines

    Priority deadline: 
    November 1

    It’s highly recommended that all high school students apply by the priority deadline. All candidates who apply by the priority deadline are given equal consideration. Applications received after the priority deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.

    Contact us

    High school students applying to the University of Minnesota who are interested in majoring in nursing should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Once admitted, students can contact the School of Nursing to receive more in-depth information. 


    612-625-2008 or 1-800-752-1000
    TTY (for hearing impaired): 612-625-9051
    Fax: 612-626-1693

    Nursing-specific visits are available Mondays and Fridays throughout the academic year.

    Call to schedule a visit:
    612-625-0000 or 1-800-752-1000