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The Lincoln University Department of Nursing Science has a selective admission procedure.
Enrollment is limited to 30 students each semester (Spring/Fall). Applicants are selected based on the following criteria:
  • Admission to Lincoln University
  • Minimum ACT 21
  • Minimum TOEFL of 600 if English is a second language.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5
  • Have completed the following courses with a grade of C or higher within two attempts:
GE 101
ENG 101
ENG 102
PSY 101
MAT 111
MAT 117
SPT 206
BIO 103/104L
BIO 208/209L
S/A 201
NUR 100
Note: Registration in a course and then subsequently withdrawing (W) is considered an attempt. If the student has received a D, F, or W in prerequisite and /or required course onthe second attempt, they must wait five years to apply to the nursing program. If extenuating circumstances have occurred, the student may petition the faculty in writingfor an exception.


  • Nursing department application with $25 non-refundable application fee
  • Three reference forms
  • Personal Interview by invitation
  • Good academic and non-academic standing

Applications and reference letters are due the last Tuesday in September for spring admission and the first Tuesday in March for fall admission.

The student is responsible for contacting the Nursing Department office (573) 681-5421(573) 681-5421 to make sure their application and references have been received and are complete by the deadline. The student is responsible for providing and maintaining a current address and contact number to the Department of Nursing Science. Lincoln University will be the only email address that will be utilized.


After the above criteria are met, the admissions committee will review the applicant's admission packet and file for acceptability for interview.  After the interview, all applicants will be notified in writing of their acceptance or rejection. If the applicant is denied and chooses to reapply the next semester, the application process will need to be repeated. Applicants who are accepted into the BSN program are requested to confirm in writing their acceptance.