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BSN - Early Decision FAQs

If a student submits their application for Early Decision Admission to our College of Nursing, then it is expected that the student would not apply at any other Early Decision Institution. Further, it is expected, that if the student is offered admission to our College of Nursing, the student will attend. The student will have two weeks to decide whether or not they will accept the offer of Admission.

The binding part means that you are ethically agreeing that the University of Iowa is your first choice for your nursing education, and if admitted with adequate financial aid, you will enroll and withdraw all other college applications.

As we all know, affordability is a critical factor in the decision to attend a college/university. According to the principles of Early Decision, if the university does not offer a financial aid package that allows attendance to be affordable, the student can cancel their acceptance to the program.

Students can apply at only one college/university under Early Decision. Students can submit as many applications as they want for regular admission to other schools. If the one school that the student applies for admission under Early Decision offers the student admission, and the financial aid package makes attendance affordable, the student must withdraw any active applications for other institutions immediately.

Students who earn admission into the College of Nursing via Early Admission are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 after the first academic year (defined as fall and spring session), and the subsequent semesters prior to beginning the Nursing major coursework. Student must also have no incidents with the law (including, but not limited to alcohol-, drug-, assault-, or fraud-related offenses). Student records will be reviewed at the end of the first year at the university and at the end of each following semester. Any violations of the above conditions could result in probation or dismissal from the College of Nursing. A student would still be eligible for Competitive Admission.

We recognize that attending the University needs to be affordable to students and families. If a student is considering applying for Early Decision Admission, and financial aid is critical to attendance, then we encourage you to connect with the Office of Student Financial Aid to review your personal situation and obtain the information needed for an informed decision.