College of Nursing
How to Apply

Nursing Personal Essay

  • Note: The nursing personal essay replaces the personal essay requirement in the Common Application. Applicants do not need to write the essay that the Common Application prompts them to write; instead applicants will upload the nursing personal essay as outlined below:

    The nursing personal essay should be 1 ½ - 2 pages, double spaced, and detail your reasons for applying to the nursing program. We specifically look for four components in your essay:

    • your command of the English language (correct grammar, appropriate style)
    • interest in the nursing profession
    • commitment to social justice
    • altruism (i.e., what will you give back to the communities you serve? How will you use your education to help people?)