Freshman Acceptance Program

You may be an ideal candidate for this program if you are a first-time freshman interested in declaring nursing as your major at Jacksonville University. The Keigwin School of Nursing offers first-time freshman an opportunity to be accepted into the Traditional BSN program as a high school senior through our Freshman Acceptance (Direct Entry) Program. 


  • A dedicated program advisor from day one

  • Guaranteed seat in the Traditional BSN Program

  • Begin exploring your career first semester in 'Introduction to Nursing'

  • Join the Student Nurses Association before you start nursing courses

  • Automatic consideration for merit scholarships when you submit an application


Please note, you can only be chosen for this program as a high school senior.

In order to be accepted to the Freshman Acceptance Program:

  • You must be a high school senior
  • You must have a high school GPA of 3.50 (weighted)
  • You must have a 'B' or higher (or equivalent weighted AP course grade) in the following courses:
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Algebra II
  • You must have an SAT score of 1180 or ACT score of 24

Please note: Please ensure you apply as a freshman and select 'Bachelor of Science in Nursing' as your Primary and Secondary Academic Program. If accepted, your decision letter will specify you have been selected for the Freshman Acceptance Nursing Program.

Beginning the Traditional BSN Program

Accepted students must have the following completed in order to begin their nursing curriculum:

Please see the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog for the recommended JU Core and pre-requisite course schedule.


Hey, Class of 2023. 

Ready to secure your seat at the Keigwin School of Nursing?

Apply to JU as a Freshman


For questions regarding the Freshman Acceptance Program, please contact:

Shamus Hulihan

Undergraduate Admissions

Email address

Elizabeth Gould

Freshman Acceptance Program - Academic Advisor

Email address

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2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Telephone number (OTD)

(904) 256-8000