Any USC-Columbia student interested in changing their major to Pre-Nursing Lower Division within the College of Nursing must participate in the following change of major process and meet minimum academic requirements for consideration. Acceptance into Pre-Nursing Lower Division does not guarantee acceptance into Nursing Upper Division. A separate, departmental, application is required for consideration into Nursing Upper Division. Students accepted as a change of major will receive additional information regarding when and how to apply to Nursing Upper Division.
Students must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements to change their major to nursing:
- A minimum Institutional GPA of a 3.000
- Grade Forgiveness will not be factored into the calculations of your GPAs
- No more than one below C grade in a BSN required science course
- Complete a minimum of 12 graded credit hours
IMPORTANT: Due to the capacity limits of the College of Nursing meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
TIMELINE: For spring semester, all change of major applicants must submit a change of major application by October 1st. For summer/fall semesters, all change of major applicants must submit the change of major application by March 1st. Applications go live on the College of Nursing website each spring and fall semester on the first day of classes. Notifications for both acceptances and denials will be sent via email by the 15th of each of the above months.
ACCEPTED STUDENTS: All accepted change of major applicants are required to attend a College of Nursing New Major Information and Advising Session. This session will provide an overview of the BSN program, the curriculum, application process to Nursing Upper Division and will include a one-on-one advising appointment with one of the College of Nursing academic advisors.
ADMITTED STUDENT PROFILE: The following statistics reflect the average admitted student profile of the past three change of major applicant pools.
Average percent of accepted eligible applicants: 54.76%
Average Institutional GPA: 3.850
Average Nursing Progression GPA: 3.873