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Preacceptance of Exceptional High School Students

Exceptional high school students interested in pursuing a degree in nursing are eligible for pre-acceptance to the nursing program at Hope College.

  1. In order to qualify for pre-acceptance a student must meet the following criteria:
    • Acceptance to Hope College
    • ACT score equal to or greater than 28 or SAT evidence-based reading and writing + math score equal to or greater than 1310
  2. Application for pre-acceptance to the nursing major must be completed by March 15 of the senior year of high school. However, the number of pre-accepted students is limited and will be considered as they are submitted. Students are encouraged to apply early.
  3. During application to Hope College using the Common Application, students with the necessary ACT/SAT scores who indicate nursing as an academic interest will receive an email from the Hope College Admissions Office inviting them to electronically apply for pre-acceptance. An email confirmation will be sent to the student when the application is complete.
  4. Requirements for the online application include: 
    • Goal Statement Essay:
      • The essay should state potential as a nursing student and long-term goals as a nurse. Students should give examples of the following factors: critical thinking, caring, communication, leadership, and personal characteristics. The essay must be formatted in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced, no more than 500 words, and must be in a Microsoft Office compatible format.
    • References:
      • References from two professional people (non-family) are required. One must be from a high school science teacher. References will be completed via the online reference form that will be emailed to the professionals.
    • Transcripts:
      • A copy of the student’s high school transcript, including grade point average (GPA) and ACT or SAT exam scores will be provided to the Nursing Department by the Hope College Admissions Office.
  5. Exceptional high school students completing the application process will be notified of their pre-acceptance status within 30 days of a completed application by the Student Admission and Progression Committee.
  6. Qualification and completion of application does not guarantee pre-acceptance into the nursing major.
  7. Pre-acceptance to the nursing program and continuation in the nursing program is contingent on passing a criminal background check and a drug screen as a college freshman (Policy #126 in the Hope College Nursing Department Student Handbook). The criminal background check and drug screen will be completed at the same time as other students who are accepted into the nursing major in the spring semester. This criminal background check and drug screen must be completed before May 1 of the freshman year at Hope College. Additionally, acceptance and continuation in the nursing program is also contingent on the student’s ability to meet clinical agency (e.g. hospitals, clinics, etc.) requirements for functional ability.
  8. Students who are awarded pre-acceptance status must meet the following criteria by February 1 of the freshman year at Hope College:
    • Cumulative Hope College GPA of at least 3.20
    • GPA for each completed Hope College natural science course or social science course of at least 3.00
    • Completion of one required pre-requisite natural science course
    • Enrollment in or completion of an additional pre-requisite natural science course
    • Enrollment in or completion of one pre-requisite social science course

      Students who do not maintain each of the above standards will lose pre-acceptance status. These students may apply to the nursing program once they meet the requirements for admission as stated in Policy #100 Student Admission of the Nursing Department Student Handbook.
  9. After February 1 of the freshman year at Hope College, pre-accepted students must meet the same progression criteria as all other nursing major students as described in Policy #105 (Student Progression) in the Hope College Nursing Department Student Handbook.

Approved January 20, 2010; Revised October 5, 2017