How Likely Are You to Get Into an East Coast FNP Program?

From ivy leagues to smaller, private colleges, the east coast boasts a plethora of highly sought after family nurse practitioner programs. Continuing with our series on acceptance rates, here’s what faculty at east coast schools had to say about the likelihood of being accepted into their masters FNP programs.

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

An admissions committee at Sacred Heart University decides, based on criteria, which applicants will be admitted per cohort. In the Fall of 2018, the program admitted a total of 48 students.

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University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, CT

At the University of Saint Joseph, FNP applicants are reviewed by an A&P committee in October and March. Candidates are then invited to participate in mandatory interviews prior to their acceptance in the program. The number of applicants accepted varies with each cohort, but the FNP program tries to keep class size between 15-20 students per semester.

University of Southern Maine

Portland, ME

Acceptance rates to the FNP program at the University of Southern Maine depends greatly on the program and plan of study; for example, for applicants who already have a BSN, the acceptance rate is about 75%, however, most openings in the program are for the part time plan of study, not full time. Because the FNP program keeps its clinical cohorts at 24 students, when a student is accepted into the program, they’re given a start date for classes and a start date for clinicals. In some cases, students who would like to attend full time may be accepted into the part time program; in these instances, the FNP program will try to move students up as full time openings become available.

University of Massachusetts

Boston, MA

The University of Massachusetts boasts a high acceptance rate of approximately 90%.

University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

The acceptance rate at the University of New Hampshire depends on the number of applicants and varies every year.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Teaneck, NJ

Applicants who have a minimum GPA of 3.0, an RN license in the state of New Jersey with one year of registered nursing experience, and two letters of recommendation are typically automatically accepted into the FNP program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

William Paterson University

Wayne, NJ

William Paterson University has a 40% acceptance rate into its master’s FNP program. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and be licensed as RNs in New Jersey.

Binghamton University

Binghamton, NY

Binghamton University has an aggregate acceptance rate of 57.49% for all of its graduate nursing programs. The Decker School of Nursing receives this report from an on-campus department which only provides aggregate data (i.e. not specific to FNP program).

Long Island University

Brookville, NY

The FNP program director and LIU interviews each applicant personally and admits or declines each based on their merits.

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

Stony Brook University’s FNP program has only 60 seats and receives over 400-500 applications annually.

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

The acceptance rate to East Carolina University’s online FNP program varies on the number of applicants, however, the program admits 25 students every fall.

Bloomsburg University

Bloomsburg, PA

Applications to Bloomsburg University’s hybrid FNP program are accepted in both January and August. The number of students accepted varies depending on the qualifications of applicants

La Salle University

Philadelphia, PA

The FNP track at La Salle University builds upon the AGPC-NP program. The acceptance rate depends greatly on the number of applicants.

Misericordia University

Dallas, PA

Misericordia University accepts 30 students per year in to the FNP program. While the university has typically always accepted all students who meet the criteria, 2018 was the first year that they had an abundance of applications.

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Philadelphia, PA

The University of Pennsylvania has only a 25% acceptance rate into its top-ranked FNP program.

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

The FNP program at the University of Scranton sees an acceptance rate  that is greater than 90%.

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University accepts approximately 80% of applicants into its masters FNP program.


1 thought on “How Likely Are You to Get Into an East Coast FNP Program?”

  1. I would say Bloomsburg University is best among other universities in terms of education, facilities and accomodation(icluding off-campus).

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