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College of Nursing

Admissions Requirements

Requirements and Materials for a Complete Application


The following requirements/materials are needed for a complete application. Admissions decisions will be made after each deadline, following a faculty review. All materials submitted become the property of the University of Colorado College of Nursing.


  1. An undergraduate nursing degree from a CCNE accredited school or university.
  2. One copy of the official transcript from each college or university ever attended.
  3. Four (4) letters of reference with at least one academic reference: The online application data system will require you to submit the names, telephone numbers and e-mail address for your recommenders. Once you complete your application and hit submit, your recommenders will receive an e-mail with instructions, along with information and an e-address to submit their recommendation on your behalf. It will take the data system approximately 24-72 hours to deliver this information to the recommender once you have submitted your application. Letters of recommendation need to be completed by the application deadline.
  4. Completion of a research course, at an institution that is regionally accredited, with a grade of C or better.
  5. Completion of a statistics course, at an institution that is regionally accredited, with a grade of C or better.
  6. Copy of current and unencumbered nursing license.
    • Out-of-state applicants must submit a copy of their current and unencumbered nursing license and must obtain a current Colorado nursing license prior to starting their program of study if doing clinical course work in Colorado.
    • For more information contact:
      Colorado State Board of Nursing
      1560 Broadway, Suite 670
      Denver, CO 80202
      (303) 894-2430
  7. The GRE is highly recommended of those applicants whose cumulative undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0.
  8. TOEFL is required for all applicants with a primary language other than English.

International Students

  1. In addition to the standard admission requirements, international applicants must submit the following:
    • A copy of your current passport.
    • Financial statement for international applicants. Call 303-315-2230 for more information.


  2. TOEFL required for all applicants with a primary language other than English.

  4. For all applicants with educational coursework from a country other than the U.S.:
    • A course-by-course evaluation for U.S. equivalency of international transcripts executed by an approved international transcript evaluation service.
    • Evaluation by World Education Services (WES) is preferred.
    • The evaluation must be mailed directly from the evaluation service to the College of Nursing.

Transcript Information​

The following transcript information is needed:

  • One copy of your official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  • Transcripts submitted to the College of Nursing by the application deadline. We now accept eTranscripts.  You may have your institution e-mail the eTranscripts to, or mail them to the address below.
  • To be considered "official", transcripts must be sent (mailed or emailed) directly from the institution.


Mailing address for Transcripts:                                      

Office of Student Affairs & Diversity
University of Colorado, College of Nursing
C288-6 13120 E 19th Ave.                                                
Aurora, CO 80045    


​Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Important TOEFL information: 

  • If your primary spoken language is not English you will to need to submit TOEFL score as part of the application process.
  • If you are an international applicants to the College of Nursing you need to submit a TOEFL score as part of the application process.
  • The College of Nursing TOEFL Exam Code is 3377. Please be sure to use this code when registering for the exam to ensure that we receive the results.
  • A total score of at least 560 on the paper-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE), 220 on the computer-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the TSE, or 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL with 26 or above on the Spoken portion is required.
  • Applicants that do not currently meet the minimum TOEFL requirement may participate in the College’s free English as Second Language (ESL) workshops that are offered on Saturdays throughout the school year.