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FAQ: Academic Programs and How to Apply

We have outlined common questions about our academic programs, application process, scholarship opportunities, and financial aid. If you have further questions, please connect with us by emailing or calling (585) 275-2375. For more information about our Accelerated Bachelor's Program, visit the FAQ webpage.

Yes, there is the possibility to live on campus. Students have also found rental housing in close proximity to the School of Nursing in the City of Rochester, and surrounding area. For more information please visit our Residential Life page.

Since the University of Rochester is a private institution, tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. For tuition information, please visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Yes, we offer programs in a variety of formats to meet the needs of busy working professionals and distance students. Program formats include online with occasional on-campus intensives, hybrid online with a mix of face-to-face and online activities, and traditional face-to-face instruction.

Regardless of the format, all programs and courses are designed to provide rich a meaningful interaction between students and faculty. To find out more about online and hybrid program offerings, please visit the Online Programs and Courses section of our website.

Unfortunately, no. The School of Nursing requires that students have an associates degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in another area, at minimum, to apply to one of our undergraduate programs. The one exception is that we have a Dual Degree in Nursing program for high school seniors who wish to pursue a non-nursing bachelor’s degree in addition to a nursing degree.

Only the PhD programs require official GRE scores be submitted for review. All other graduate programs do not require standardized exams for admission.

Students are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office to set up visits or to answer questions about applying. The Admissions Office can be contacted through email at or phone at (585) 275-2375. The School of Nursing’s program directors are great resources as well. Program directors’ information can be found on the faculty pages of the website.

Yes, most of our programs are tailored to working professionals and are designed for students to work full-time if they wish (part time, hybrid programs offer a flexible format with some online coursework).

However, there are a few exceptions. The Accelerated Programs for Non-Nurses are very rigorous, and we strongly suggest that students do not work since students are often more successful while enrolled if they are not employed. The intensity and rigor of the MS-PhD Dual Degree and PhD programs require full-time effort. For further questions, contact the appropriate program director.

The School of Nursing encourages students to explore potential employee tuition assistance benefits through their current employers.

Yes, students can be non-matriculated. The School of Nursing offers an array of online continuing education courses. For more information and course lists please visit the Non-Matriculated Courses & Registration page.

Yes, for a complete list of scholarships available through the School of Nursing and suggested scholarship opportunities through external organizations please visit the Scholarship Opportunities page.

The federal school code for students applying for federal loans through FAFSA is 002894.

Each of our different programs has different deadlines and start dates throughout the year.

The International Applicants page on the School of Nursing’s website is the best place to find these specific School of Nursing academic answers. Also, international students can contact the University of Rochester’s International Services Office (ISO) for information on visas, employment, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, as well as general information on relocating and health care.

Yes. The School of Nursing provides all preceptors to students for clinical practice, except for students in the RN First Assistant course.

Some programs require clinical experience. The Nurse Practitioner programs recommend or require clinical experience, depending on the specialty program. 

The Accelerated Bachelor’s program does not require previous clinical experience, although some exposure to hands-on care is highly recommended. More information on specific program requirements is listed here.

No, references must be received directly from the reference writer to be considered official in review. Applicants can submit electronically through the app system (occurs automatically when you send a reference). If you have any questions regarding reference submission, please reach out to the Admissions Office at (585) 275-2375, or

No. Submit your online application anytime on or before the deadline. Materials must be received by/postmarked by the deadline.

Most programs require a $50 application fee, except for the RN to BS program. Please refer to the RN First Assistant webpage for details about program application fees.

We waive the application fee for students who:

  • attended an info session 
  • graduated from the UR School of Nursing
  • graduated from a school we are affiliated with through an articulation agreement (GCC, FLCC, MCC)
  • graduated from a school with which we offer an early admission option (Wells, HWS, Spelman) 
  • are an active duty military person
  • are a veteran
  • identify as a McNair Scholar
  • work at the New York State Office of Mental Health

No, we do not offer an LPN program.

Some programs offered through our Center for Lifelong Learning may be appropriate for some LPN’s. Visit the Center for Lifelong Learning webpage for more information on health care career development courses.

The School of Nursing’s Center for Lifelong Learning provides a variety of opportunities for nurses and other health care professionals to learn new skills and explore new career roles and responsibilities, including: online prerequisite courses, the RN First Assistant course, Legal Nurse Consultant course, and Care Management Education program. Explore these and other continuing education opportunities at the Center for Lifelong Learning webpage.

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Useful Links

SON Programs

Financial Aid Office Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses
Admissions Office Accelerated Master's Program for Non-Nurses
Student Support RN to BS Program
Residential Life RN to BS to MS Program
International Applicants Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program (AGACNP)
International Services Office Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program (AGPCNP)
Student Organizations Family Nurse Practitioner program
Registering for Courses Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program
Directions to SON Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program
History of SON Pediatric/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program
Research Opportunities Clinical Nurse Leader program (MS)
Diversity Health Care Management program (MS)
Online Application Master's in Nursing Education program (MS)
Admissions Events & Open Houses Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Rochester, NY area PhD in Nursing and Health Science
SON Alumni