Application and Requirements

The School of Nursing uses a self-managed application for admission to its undergraduate program. This means it is your responsibility to prepare or collect all forms, applications and credentials, then submit them at one time on-line to the Office of Academic Assistance.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

All applicants must be accepted by Georgia State University as a degree-seeking undergraduate student before your nursing application will be reviewed. Nursing applicants that have not been accepted by Georgia State by our nursing application deadline will not be considered for admission for the semester in which you are applying. Please contact Georgia State’s Undergraduate Admissions Office regarding processing time for your university application.

Application Instructions, Checklist & Covers

Important Application Links

The School of Nursing uses a self-managed application for admission to its undergraduate program. This means it is your responsibility to prepare or collect all forms, applications and credentials, then submit them at one time on-line to the Office of Academic Assistance.

A self-managed application requires appropriate planning on your part to allow time for you to prepare the application properly. This process, however, also gives you the applicant, control over when your application is complete. It eliminates the concern over lost or misdirected applications, recommendation letters or any other application materials.

You may select only one option. Apply online or submit a paper application, if option is available. Problems submitting an online application, please contact the Office of Academic Assistance – Admission at 404-413-1000 or email us at We may be reached, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. We will be happy to answer questions only on how to submit online application. Ensure all supplemental forms are included before submitting. You will receive an email notification confirming your application was successfully submitted online.   Our office will not accept separate parts of the application or recommendations that are mailed or delivered in person, for the ACE, Traditional or Transfer professional undergraduate nursing application. They must be submitted online. The RN to BS is the only paper application to be submitted to the Office of Academic Assistance.

The preferred method is to submit an application online.  It is convenient and faster to fill out. This method provides automatic proof application was received with date and time. Eliminates misdirected application to wrong departments or address. It allows the adviser or admissions to quickly contact you if questions on your application.

Paper Application Process Create an Online Application
Not applicable Traditional Application – Online Application
Not applicable ACE Application – Online Application
Not applicable Transfer Application  – Online Application
RN to BS Application Packet – Paper RN to BS Application – Online

Supplemental Forms & Instructions

Short Answers (Traditional/ACE Applicants Only)

Short Answers (Traditional/ACE Applicants Only) are completed during the online application process but you may review to prepare and submit. Please prepare Volunteer Verification Form and courses taken before beginning the online application process. The questions include completion of up to three additional forms to be attached during the online application process: Volunteer Verification Form, Traditional Courses Taken, and ACE Courses Taken. Please complete and save each form as an Adobe PDF form before beginning the application process. Forms must be added to online application when applying.


Discuss your position on a healthcare or social issue in a two-page, double-spaced, typed essay. Attached to the appropriate section in your online application. Include your full name on the first page of the document and add a work cited page. Do not include cover page or graphics. The RN to BS nursing application does not require an essay, but requires a resume instead.

Two Letters of Recommendation

The self-managed application requires planning to complete each step. Letters of recommendation hold substantial weight in the admission decisions due to highly competitive applicants. It is imperative that you follow the instructions exactly to receive maximum points or to avoid disqualification of recommendation letters.

Please allow your recommender ample time to submit your recommendation before application deadline.

Contact the recommender before the application deadline if you have not received an email confirming a submission of recommendation. You should receive two separate notifications for each recommendation submitted.

A previous recommendation cannot be used for a new application. It may be used for an application update.

Students are responsible to ensure recommendation letters are submitted only by recommenders. Do not jeopardize your application by submitting recommendation yourself. Provide the following to recommender so they may submit recommendation letter.


  • Georgia State Panther ID Number
  • Program you are applying Traditional, ACE or both
  • Term you are applying
  • Your email address
  1. Each letter of recommendation submitted must be on an official letterhead providing complete address of company or affiliated organization.
  2. One letter must be academic (preferable college level); the other may be academic or professional.
  3. Letters must include full name, title/position, telephone number and organization affiliated.
  4. Each letter should be signed with an authentic recommender’s handwritten signature or electronic digital signature, dated and in the appropriate letter format. No computer signatures will be accepted unless using software to allow a digital signature.
  5. All academic references must be placed on letterhead to avoid reduction in application points.
  6. You may contact student to let them know the recommendation was submitted as a courtesy.
Your recommender must submit letter of recommendation before application deadline (March 1 –Fall; October 1 – Spring). Recommender’s should enter the correct e-mail address of prospective student applying. A notification will be sent to the prospective student notifying a recommendation was submitted on your behalf via email. Again, no paper recommendations will be accepted for the ACE, Traditional or Transfer applications. Recommendation must be submitted online.

Those applying for RN to BS must submit paper recommendation in a signed sealed envelope. Recommender must send with signature across the back before application deadline.

Online recommendations must be submitted through the recommender’s email address not the prospective student applying to the professional program. Your recommendation letters will be disqualified and no points received if not submitted by recommender’s email. Recommender must certify prospective student DID NOT author recommendation and submit.

Any attempt to circumvent the process is considered a violation as referred to in the GSU Code of Conduct and Administrative Policy Prohibited General Conduct. The following types of behavior constitute violation of the Georgia State University Student code of Conduct. Any student who is found responsible for any of the following misconduct is subject to disciplinary sanctions outline.  This can include the rejection of the application and recommendation letters.


Submit Recommendation Letter 

The Test Essential Academic Skills-TEAS

The Test Essential Academic Skills-TEAS must be taken as part of your application. Exams taken at Georgia State require registration. If taken at Georgia State University, the TEAS must be taken by the last testing date listed on the website. If taken at another college, TEAS scores must be submitted directly to the School of Nursing and received no later than nursing application deadline. Scores received after the deadline will not be considered. Scores submitted within the application packet will not be considered.


If you have taken courses at another college or university during the last two semesters, you must submit a transcript from each school in which you received credit for this time period. The transcript(s) sent with your nursing application materials may be unofficial, but will not substitute for your official transcripts that need to be sent to the Undergraduate Office of Admissions. (Do not submit transcripts if you have taken all of your courses at Georgia State University.)


Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions
Office of Academic Assistance
PO Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 30302-3995


Deliver to:
Urban Life Building
140 Decatur Street, Suite 811
Atlanta, GA 30303

Application Updates

If you applied to the School of Nursing last semester, you may be eligible for an application update. Update forms may only be used to reactivate a complete nursing application for one additional semester. Please be aware that pre-requisites and GPA requirements may have changed from the previous semester. This form may be submitted once per completed full application, and can only be used to apply to the next available semester.

Applications completed one year prior or more cannot be reactivated. A TEAS may be applied to an application update if desired. Those applicants who wish to re-take the TEAS must specify the date of the exam to be reviewed on the update form in the space provided. This date cannot be changed. The applicant must choose a test to be reviewed before submitting the update form.

The TEAS score from the previous semester will automatically be applied with no exceptions if no box is checked/no test date is written on update form. Download update form.

NOTE: Applicants whose files are completed before the deadline and score in the upper 15% of admissions criteria will be reviewed on a rolling basis and may be offered early admittance.