How to Successfully Apply to Top Nursing Schools

Tips for applying to top Nursing School Programs.

Due to increasing interest in careers in healthcare, admission to many nursing programs has become quite competitive. Director of Financial Aid and Student Success Katie Kennedy has some insight into how candidates can make themselves stand out in the admissions process.

What advice would you give to students who are preparing their application packages right now?

Apply to more than one school, and do your research. If you find yourself with multiple admission offers, spend some time evaluating your options. This will allow you to be more confident that the choice you eventually make is right for you.

For students who are admitted to several nursing schools, what advice would you give them on how to select a single nursing school?

Visit! You’ll learn things in a visit that you won’t learn any other way. There’s often a sense that you get when you’re on campus that can’t be described, but you’ll know it when you feel it — either good or bad.

How does the admissions committee evaluate applications?

Most admissions processes combine an initial application review by the admission team followed with a review by a broader committee that is composed of admissions office representatives and faculty members. These reviews look at every aspect of an applicant’s qualifications. The admissions committee strives to create a class of students that brings together people who can not only learn, but who can also contribute to the learning community from their own unique experience.

How can prospective students set themselves apart with their applications?

Your resume is key. Make sure it is updated and includes all leadership activities, volunteer history, education and work history, publications/presentions. Don't give us fluff or pad your resume, but do make sure it is honest and complete. Also, remove all track changes!

What are the most common mistakes you see on applications?

Avoid waiting until the last minute. Procrastination leads to errors in grammar, poor organization, and an application that reflects very little effort. At competitive schools, any of those errors can lead to a quick rejection.

Every year, schools see glimpses of hundreds of qualified candidates in whom they would have a real interest, and would even support with financial aid, but the process can’t continue because candidates haven’t completed one or two application requirements. That’s pretty sad when you think of the opportunities that are lost to the candidates. This is why we simplified our application process at Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

Next Steps

Thinking of applying to Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing? Learn more about the program by attending an information session, and apply to the program using our new online application. It's easy, and it takes less than 30 minutes to complete.