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Direct Admit Program

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High school seniors who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) from South Dakota State University have the option to apply for the direct admit program. The direct admit program guarantees admission into the professional nursing major, prior to the competitive selection process, for students who meet specific, pre-established criteria. Students who do not meet the criteria for the direct admit program can apply for admission to the professional nursing major as part of a competitive application process, as long as all eligibility requirements have been met. 

Selection criteria for the direct admit program

To be considered for the direct admit program, you must:

  • be admitted as a first-time freshman pre-nursing major at SDState main campus in Brookings,
  • have a minimum 27 composite score on the ACT (SAT equivalent 1280 reading and math), and 
  • submit the College of Nursing direct admit application.

Application process and timeline

The deadline for incoming freshmen to apply for the direct admit program for fall 2021 is April 1, 2021. To be considered, students must complete the SDState application for admission and the College of Nursing direct admit application. The application process is as follows:

Application Step 1: Apply for admission to SDState (in Brookings)                

To be considered for the direct admit program, you must first receive admission to SDState:

  • Applications are accepted year-round, on a rolling basis.
  • You must indicate an intended major of pre-nursing on the SDState application.
  • For more information, please visit the SDState Office of Admission website.

Application Step 2: Complete the College of Nursing direct admit application

You must receive admission to SDState before you can apply for the direct admit program. Once you are accepted as a first-time freshman pre-nursing major at SDState, you can complete and submit the direct admit application.

  • The direct admit application is available on this website January 15 each year and must typically be submitted by April 1.
  • Notification of admission into the direct admit program will be sent within 3-4 weeks of application deadline.
  • All students who have completed college credits while in high school must submit an unofficial copy of their transcript from each institution attended at the time of application. High school transcripts are not required for the direct admit application. Official transcripts will be required by the Office of Admission as part of the application to SDState.
  • All applicants must submit an unofficial copy of ACT or SAT scores at the time of application. Component and composite scores are required. 
  • The direct admit application, unofficial ACT or SAT scores, and any required unofficial transcripts should be emailed to or mailed to:

South Dakota State University
Nursing Student Services
Box 2275
Brookings, SD 57007

Requirements to maintain direct admit status

Direct admit students are provisionally admitted to the professional nursing major. They must meet a specific set of requirements during their first three semesters on campus in order to begin the nursing major coursework at the start of the fourth semester. Once admitted in the fall of their freshman year, direct admit students must:

  • be enrolled as a full-time student each semester,
  • participate in the Fishback Honors College and meet the Fishback Honors College progression standards required for priority registration each semester (students with a 27 or higher ACT are automatically admitted to Fishback Honors College),
  • apply to the nursing major* before or during their 3rd semester on campus, once all pre-requisite courses are completed or in progress, and
  • earn a letter grade of 'C' or higher (no D, F, or Withdrawal grades) in all pre-nursing courses:
    • CHEM 106/106 or CHEM 112/112L
    • CHEM 108/108L or CHEM 114/114L
    • HDFS 210
    • NUTR 315
    • MICR 231/231L
    • PSYC 101
    • SOC 100, 150 or 240
    • BIOL 221/221L
    • BIOL 325/325L

*Application to the nursing major is required for validation purposes. Students must pass a background check and drug screening after provisional acceptance into the nursing major.

If a direct admit student does not maintain eligibility, their application to the nursing major will be considered in the competitive application pool, as long as application requirements have been met.