University of Wisconsin–Madison

Application Process

This information only applies to accelerated BSN or direct entry MSN programs.  For information on UW School of Nursing’s application, visit their website.

We are here to help you throughout the application process.  For help with school selection, the personal statement, letters of recommendation, or interviews, see our “Apply” tab.

School Selection 

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has a searchable database of programs on their website.  For more information on accelerated nursing programs, visit the AACN.


The application process for accelerated nursing programs varies.  Some schools use a centralized application called NursingCAS.  Other schools have individual applications.

Standardized Test

Some, but not all, programs require the GRE. To hear how other students have prepared, visit our exam tips page.

Letters of Recommendation

Letter requirements vary between programs.  Many programs require two letters.

Advice from Students

One UW-Madison student describes her experience applying to Direct Entry MSN programs: