Traditional BSN Selection Process

All applicants who are  California residents, and  apply through Cal State Apply during the application period, to the correct Nursing major, will be reviewed for admission. Please note that this pathway is approved by the CSU Chancellor's office to use an approved holistic admission process.

An online information session about this program was held on 10/15/2020, please click hereOpens in new window to view the recording.


A grade trend review will be conducted for the applicant's freshmen through junior years in high school. We will look for an increase in GPA or a maintained GPA.


Two (2) letters of recommendation are required for Traditional BSN pathway applicants inside the Cal State Apply application. Within the application the applicant will provide their recommenders’ names and email addresses, and the Cal State Apply system will contact the listed individuals.

Applicants: your two recommenders should be your current or former teacher(s) or counselor(s), or someone who has supervised you, mentored you, or led you. Family members are not acceptable for either of the recommenders.

Applicants should not send letters to the School of Nursing or CSUF Office of Admissions.The letters are submitted within the Cal State Apply application only. On the Recommendations Tab within the application, the applicant must enter December 9, 2022 (or earlier) as the due date for the two (2) recommendations. If both recommendations are not submitted by the December 9, 2022 deadline, the application will be denied.


An essay is required inside the Cal State Apply application. The required Statement of Purpose essay will be read and scored by two to three Nursing faculty, utilizing a rubric. The rubric will measure how well the applicant addresses the given prompt, as well as grammar and writing style. The essay prompt can be found inside the Cal State Apply application.

Applicants should not send their essay to the School of Nursing or CSUF Office of Admissions. The essay is submitted within the Cal State Apply application.


The top applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews will take place in February or March of 2023.

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 Last Published 8/31/22

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