Sophomore Admission

  1. Consult with the Nursing Department chair as soon as possible to express an interest in the completion of a nursing major.
  2. Seek advising assistance for selecting course prerequisite to the nursing major. Four prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year.
  3. In the fall semester of the sophomore year and by appointment, applicants will:
    • Complete an essay
    • Complete an admission interview
  4. Students will be notified of conditional acceptance into the nursing major by a letter from the Nursing Department chair before second semester of sophomore year based on the following criteria:
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.85 after three semesters (0-4 points)
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.70 in a minimum of four prerequisite courses (0-4 points)
    • Essay (0-4 points)
    • Admission interview (0-4 points)
    • Student status (enrolled = 4 points, St. Olaf graduate = 2 points, transfer = 1 point, non-St. Olaf graduate = .5 points)
  5. Conditional acceptance to the nursing major will become final, if students meet the following criteria at the end of the sophomore year:

    A.  Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.85
    B.  Prerequisites must be taken for a letter grade, cumulative grade point average of 2.70
    C.  Only one prerequisite course may be below C- and this course (or an alternate course approved by the Nursing Department Chair) may be repeated once
    D.  A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in the repeated or substituted course
    E.  If a grade of C- is not achieved in the repeated or substituted course, the student may not continue in the major
    F.  If two or more prerequisite courses are below C- the student may not continue in the major